We have been looking for a decent projector for home theater in rather restrictive budget. I am trying to stay as close to $1K as possible. Having said that, I have looked at 2 projectors so far in the same price range. I would greatly appreciate your expert opinions/advice. 1.Epson Powerlite S1 (LCD) 2.HP VP6110 (DLP) The Epson S1 is a fairly good projector. I specially liked the short throw distance. We placed it on the center table and got a 130” screen, which is exactly the size I am looking for. It had a reasonably good picture contrast (~400) & (~1.1K) lumens, though not even close to the DLP based projectors... Ok for dark room though! The screen door effect is there! It does bother me at times… my wife can see it, but is not bothered by it. So I ended up returning this projector. The lamp cost is very reasonable on this (~$200). It did not have any dead pixels, but I am definitely concerned about it… Is it a real bad issue with LCD? It needs special cable for component video; so I did not check the response from component & progressive scan. All my experience with S1 is on S-Video signal The HP VP6110 has outstanding contrast (~2K) & lumens (~1.5K). The picture is vibrant and watch-able even in light. The signal through S-Video has much better contrast and colors (with all factory settings), whereas when you connect the component video it fades quite significantly and you have to readjust settings to a much higher level. Is this normal? Also, a few other observations… Are these expected in a DLP projectors or there is something wrong with this particular unit? 1.Seems to give more eye fatigue / headache… This is just my observation. Apparently it improves when running a Component Video signal with Progressive Scan on from the DVD player! Does it make any sense? 2.A bright line of pixels at the left edge of the image. This is only evident in brighter images. It looks like a line from left top to left bottom of the picture frame about one pixel wide. 3.The bright line mentioned above also sometimes appears on right side if I adjust Keystone. 4.The picture seems snowier as compared to the 27” TV or LCD projector. Especially in the white or bright areas. Is this a DLP characteristic? 5.What exactly is the Rainbow effect? Is there any photo available to see? 6.Do DLP’s also get dead pixels? 7.The lamp on HP is much more expensive (~$500+) Are you supposed to change the lamp when the projector “lamp hour” counter shows 2000 hours, or just wait till it completely goes out? Which projector would you choose and why? Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for your help.