I currently own a 5 yr old NEC HT 1000 that is giving me problems thus causing me to consider upgrading thus leaving me with 4 options:
1. NEC bulb went out that had 1624 hrs on it so ordered new one, installed it and it went out after about 6 hrs so obviously it is not the bulb. I could send it in for repair but anticipate that would be at least in the $300 to $500 range for repair.
2. Purchase the Panasonic PT- AE 3000
3. Purchase the Epson 1080 UB
4. Await release of the Epson 6500 in early December.
I am presently leaning toward purchasing the Epson UB 1080 for the following reasons and would like your alls thoughts and input.
Per Projector Review.com http://www.projectorreviews.com/pana...000u/index.php
it appears that the 3000 and Epson are very close with the Epson exceling in some areas such has brightness, more pop & wow feel, a little better blacks. The report gives the edge on motion blur in fast moving scenes to Panasonic but indicates it is minimal.
Thus I am leaning toward the Epson for the following reasons:
1. COST: With rebate and free lamp offer net cost is $500 or 20% less
2. Warranty: Epson offers 2 years with immediate projector replacement whereas Panasonic is only 1
3. Build quality seems to give Epson advantage
4. Blacks: Per the above report tester feels Epson's blacks are slightly better than Panasonic even thought Panasonic has a slightly better contrast ratio.
5. Per Projector Review choice between these two is a tough call so mixing 1 & 2 into the mix would indicate Epson is way to go.
6. Customer Service with Epson is reported to be excellent.
I know in terms of features, Panasonic wins hands down.
Option 4: I suspect the 6500 will obviously be somewhat better with the blacks, with up conversion of SD DVD's and a longer bulb life but at a cost of about a $1,000 net difference assuming it will list for $3,000. Seems longer bulb live advantage is eliminated by fact you get an extra bulb with the 1080 UB. My guess is improvement will be minimal.