The Very Bottom Line on the Pro9000 projector
The verdict is still out. If the new projector shows up with the fixes promised, and some better color I'm going enjoy having a hybrid light source I can recommend.
This is a projector that will be more at home in a theater than a livingroom, based on lumens. Still, the Pro 9000 projector has enough brightness to work in more of a family room environment as long as you don't go too large on screen. Movies can certainly look good at night, and sports can work in the daytime with some ambient light.
Today, thanks to 3D capable projectors needing extra brightness, most of those are simply a brighter proposition for a livingroom family room. Those others do a better job when messing with ambient light, whether that light is inherent to the room, or because sometimes - like with sports and friends, you just don't want the room dark.
I owned a JVC projector in my old family room with rust colored walls. It had less than 900 lumens at maximum, and I got by fine with a 128" diagonal screen. With that in mind, if the value proposition of this Viewsonic Pro 9000 projector makes sense, know it can work in those "lighter" rooms than a dedicated theater.