After much research, the PJ551D Viewsonic projector provided the best balance of price and performance. For less than $600 shipped, you get a great picture, 3-year warranty, and an extra bulb valued at around $250. That's very hard to beat. Though, it is not a high-end projector, with multiple inputs. For my first projector, I am very happy with the picture projected on our bare, tan walls. It still renders great color and I believe would be even better with a high-contrast screen. For ease of use, it can't be beat. Simply plug it in and turn it on. The keystone correction works great from the small card-size remote control. With the extra bulb on hand, I am running the projector in True Color mode which shortens the bulb life, but provides a brighter more color-rich picture for movies. I have yet to notice the fan noise even with the projector 4 feet away. It simply doesn't get too loud. It does, however, get hot, but that is common to projectors. Viewsonic has one of the best warranty's in the projector market, and they continue to produce quality products with attention to picture quality and ease of use. I highly recommend this projector to anyone interested in bypassing the 60" Plasma craze with portability and scalability. Just imagine surfing the net on a 12' screen with sharp, easily read text - that's impressive!
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