Originally Posted by rljetsetradio
Yes I have a 5.1/2 system (does a transducer count as a .1?) I couldn't imagine using the Mitsubishi speakers. Im fairly handy and wouldn't mind making my own screen at all.
I think ill take your advice. I have two expensive hobbies and tend to be penny wise pound foolish with them. Ill start to read up on dlp maintenance.
I had a Mits WD-Y65 purchased at Circuit City back on Christmas Eve 2006. Had 0 problems with it. Sold it for $350 a couple of months ago. Upgraded to a 70 inch 3D Sharp LED panel. 7000 hours on the bulb is excellent life, but your picture has probably dimmed a bit by now. You could install a new lamp, and clean the inside assembly, and basically have a new set. I retired mine for two reasons:
1: Fan noise - it was slightly noisy when running
2: Cabinet size - I wanted to regain some space in my 12 X 14 living room. And I was tired of my cat walking across the top of the set.
The new television supports 1080P resolution from my HTPC without custom scaling. Text is quite sharp (no pun intended) and response time is very good. I was looking at the 65 inch Panasonic VT50, but I would have had an issue with glare with my pocket doors open. In your case, consider the pros and cons of a projector against a flat panel, or a new, larger DLP display device.
With a projector, you will still need to factor in lamp replacement, and the cost of wiring and mounting the projector and screen. And, you need to think about controlling ambient light in the room.
With a LCD flat panel, you can scale the size up to 90 inches, and not have to worry about image retention or replacing a lamp.
Plasma offers the most accurate picture, with great black levels, fast response times, and excellent off axis viewing, but reflections off the screen might be an issue.
With a DLP television, you can go up to 92 inches at fire sale prices (under 3K) now since Mitsubishi has bailed from the DLP biz.
Have fun shopping!