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Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bakersfield, Ca
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It's been awhile but I think it's good to reassess this from time to time. Looking back it looks like I had a Benq DLP when I purchased my lens new. To date it's the largest purchase for a single I've made for my HT to date. At the this includes the 7 projectors, countless amps, pre amps, cd & dvds players and on and on. My thoughts at that time were that this would payoff in the long run, that 16x9 chipped projectors were here to stay. That has proved to be the case.
My glass has now fronted its fourth projector. Of the three previous, the Benq was given to a relative. My first JVC died out of warranty and also was given away and I still have my X500. While the projectors did their job, I basically have nothing to show for it. A good amount of us here do this. Some sell them and get a portion of the money back but for those that projector cycle, it's more or less like a vacation or fine dining. It's good to get away and you have great memories but when it's over it's done.
I didn't know for sure how this would turn out when I purchased mine, theres was talk of 2.35 chipped projectors. So I bet on the tried and true 16x9 projectors and that has proved to be the right choice as 235 projectors were a one hit wonder and disappeared. When I prorate the purchase, it has proved to be even better than anticipated. I was hoping for 10-15 years or more and I'm half way there. It's really is a heirloom quality AV purchase. If there can be such a thing.