After waiting for two weeks, I picked up my HC6500 last night. Currently my theater room is "under construction":But even though I am not set up, I HAD to take it out of the box and set it up in my bedroom with sponge painted walls! At about 13' to the wall and about a 112" diagonal, the picture was very bright in high lamp. This was with ambient light behind the projector. The box says "whisper quiet fan". No kidding. Even in high lamp, I had to put my ear to the projector to hear it at all! I had it setting on my D*HD reciever temporarily to hook it up. I could hear the D* box over the Mitsubishi! I am very pleased with my first projector! If my son will help, in a week or so, I will post some photos. However on the "sponge wall" Football looked really good to me.