Originally Posted by CT_Wiebe phipsi1
-- It is unfortunate that you are based in the Philippines (this bothered me all last night). It looks like it would cost you a significant premium to purchase a PJ where you are located.
That is the situation and market conditions that I have to deal with now that I'm based in the Philippines. And to top that off, we do not get the outstanding rebate deals or free replacement bulbs that are offered on the projector units that are sold in the US. We only get the 1 year "in-house" warranty which has caused me to do in depth research on the store's after-sales support by inquiring with consumers who have bought the units that I have been interested in along with actually meeting the owners of these shops face-to-face to get a feel of their "attitudes" with clients.
Not to mention now, I have added another projector to the mix after being informed that it would be offered at the equivalent of $2,400 USD and that is the Epson TW3500 (the U.S. equivalent is the Epson 8100). The supposed lamp life of this unit of 4000 hours in normal or high power has me really interested simply because a replacement lamp in the Philippines will cost up to the equivalent of $550 USD. Hence this is a factor I must really contemplate into my purchase.
From my research I have found that the main issue with the HC6800 that is popped up is the "black levels" from what two posters have been mentioning and even one person wanting to sell his unit now because of this issue, BUT I have noticed that the HC6800 doesn't suffer from the random shut-down glitch as the HC3800 along with the fact that since the HC6800 is a 3LCD projector it doesn't suffer from RBE which I am extremely prone to from demo'ing the unit. Along with that, the HC6800 seems to offer a stronger fan output when it is turned on to help get rid of the dreaded "dust blobs", which seems to be an issue with the Panny PTAE4000. The main issues that have cropped up re the epson TW3500 (8100-US Vers) is the sensitivity of the lens shift, convergence issues, and focusing issues in which during the viewing period the focus is sharp, but when the viewer watches the next day the focus is lost. Overall, people are quite impressed with the PQ of this unit along with the supposed lamp life and the brightness it can output.
Now my shortlist has come down to the Panny PTAE4000 - approx $2,830 USD, Mitsu 6800 - approx $3,050 USD, & Epson TW5300 (8100-US vers.) - approx $2,400 USD! Almost tempted to go for the cheapest unit of the three, BUT to be honest I want the unit with the best: 1.) Picture Quality, 2.) Quality Assurance, and 3.) Budget Conscious.
Any input from you or any of the fellow avsforum brethren would be greatly appreciated.