You peeps are awesome . . . I mean it . . . I wish you all lived on my street.
Should I buy a BenQ W5000 ($1875) or a W6000 ($2800). The ~$1000 delta is significant to me in this day and age. I will consider only DLP, and the BenQs seem to provide the most bang for the buck in this price range. I'm a freak for DLP's image sophistication, depth of field, and resistance to ambient light. In my layman's opinion only the JVC's can compare in the two non-DLP categories.
My SharpVision XV-Z9000U is giving up the ghost. After almost 8 years of high-quality-optics-fueled DLP glory at 720p, the colorwheel blew up a few months ago. I had it replaced for $850, and had just recently bought a new bulb ($475, the SV's third) to boot. The Sharp-authorized tech didn't get all the CW pieces out of the optical path, so I took it back. When it came back with a clean optical path, it looked fantastic, but after a couple of weeks a weird monochrome flashing began to appear after about two hours of use.
I took the 9000 back in again, and after a couple of weeks the tech reported that (a) the unit probably need a new main board ($2800), and (b) he might have cracked a "trace" on the main board during one of his trips inside the unit.
So I'm nursing the 9000 for a while in order to try to get my money's worth out of the new $850 colorwheel and $475 bulb. The monochrome flashing is bearable while I'm just channel surfing (if it gets too bad a shut down and restart fixes the picture for awhile), but it's a real bummer in the midst of a good movie. It doesn't always happen, but when it does it kills the mood.
The W5000 seems to have briefly gone under $1500 in Nov/Dec. of last year. If I see it below that price point this holiday season, I'll probably pull the trigger as long as the seller warrants that I'm getting the latest firmware (2.01 or later?) on board. Or, if the W6000 breaks near or under, say, $2000, should I get that? Right now I'm not too worried about the 2500 lumens spec, as it looks like the W6000 also has a lower, more HT friendly setting of about 1200 lumens.
I sincerely appreciate all info and input, and thanks for holding my hand while I nurse my magnificent XV-Z9000U through its last days.