I found one of these for $600 used that I'm contemplating buying. It has about 75% bulb life left.
My buddy has a HD1000U that I'm impressed with, and I also read good reviews about it, but it's a little too costly for my budget ($800-900 new IIRC). To my understanding this is an older model with better contrast but lower brightness which is OK 'cause I can always make the room darker. So I'm convinced the HC3000U is a good unit.
What I'm not sure of is if a 720p projector is overkill for my needs. Right now I have a Wii (480p) and DVD player (480p). I have some HD content on my HTPC but I rarely use it. No satellite or cable (HD)TV service and don't plan on getting that as I don't watch much TV. I may check out over-the-air HD though.
This begs the question, why get a 720p over a (presumably less expensive) 480p projector? Is it worth spending a few more bucks to future proof myself? Is the quality of a 720p projector like this that much better than a 480p projector, for 480p inputs?
I also want to make sure that inputting a 480p device into this 720p unit won't degrade quality. Would it, instead, be upscaled and look even better?
Thanks in advance!