All considered, the HC5500 really is an excellent projector. If you choose to put it in your home theater, you will almost certainly be most pleased with its performance and low cost, both for the projector, and, if you run in low power, its cost of operation. More importantly the overall picture quality is very good, as its its brightness in best mode. Purists will, however favor an Epson or BenQ, for the additional dollars. The physical placement limitations will also affect its popularity, but that's a simple thing - either it works in your room from a placement standpoint, or it doesn't. When you consider the differences between the HC5500 and the older HC4900, the newer HC5500 is definitely worth the difference in price, as its black level performance is now very good, and typical for projectors in the price range, whereas the HC4900 had the weakest black level performance in the field. Certainly, it is comparable in value, overall, with the heavy competition from Panasonic and Optoma, as well as others.