.... Formerly Vidikron certified and trained installer steps to the podium, clears throat...
DON'T BUY IT.
* I was factory (well, import warehouse)trained on the old 3-gun series VPF40 & 50 series and the Vision 1 & 2, but also had to wrangle with Crystal series in store displays, and the Marantz LCD for a time.
Find a good, used DLP, not a badge-engineered bomb waiting to go off. Back in the day, if anything short of a clump of pixels resulting in a very, very noticeable blob on your screen didn't go out, no warranty on the LCD panel...
*** all statements subject to my admittedly foggy memory
*** Three guns break. They're like computers, it's not "Will it break", it's "How much will it cost to fix when it breaks" because it will. Trust me, it will. Usually when you have a house full for the big game.
*** Picture a 4 square inch piece of shrinky-dink plastic baking in your oven...That's your LCD panel sitting in front of that super-bright bulb. It will fail, oh yes, it will fail...
**** slightly off topic-CRTs- The guns in a 3 gun CRT projector are working anywhere from 3-8 times (depending on your fact source, projo model, etc.) than do the guns in a rear-projection TV set. Life span is shortened accordingly. Remember that a re-tube also necessitates re-set-up of your projector. That's not free unless you happen to be able to do it yourself, and I've not run across anyone without formal training who could do that (although if there are people who can "just figure it out" I'm sure they frequent this forum...) Remember if you do it wrong, you can and will make your picture look crappy, and quite possibly trash your new guns.
**last thing- DO NOT commit the sin of thinking any old screen will do. You need to match the screen type with the projector, the room, and your viewing position as well as ambient light issues to make it worthwhile. Your co-worker's screen may not be what your room needs. Check out the websites of Draper and other screen companies for more info on screens and applications. With ANY LCD or DLP projector, keep in mind good black levels will be tough to get, which means you absolutely must control ambient light and get the right screen. Oh, and pay close attention to set up and required positioning of the unit for your desired screen size-- LCDs are limited in this regard.
*** You really want a little box with a noisy fan and heat output like a first generation Krell amp on full boil in your music room?
****I need therapy.