Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 05
A few weeks ago a customer called trying to get a lamp for his XV-Z20000 and he was not having any luck finding one anywhere. in the country. They were on back order for three weeks at least.
Yeah, that's a gotcha with these units, for sure. 2,000 hour rated lamps that are very expensive.
That said, there were no lamps to be had in-country last time I picked up a new one for my XV-Z12000, but I did eventually get one.
I guess I'm used to the DLP look because it's all I've ever had (never was a fan of LCD when DLP vs. LCD was all the rage). However, I haven't so much as really seen the likes of LCOS or DILA in person (or even the newer LCDs for that matter). I've been kind of "out of the game" since buying the Sharp...just enjoying.
Is 3D to a state where I should really be even interested? I like the effect at the cinema (I don't understand most of the extremely negative reactions to it I've heard), but it's obviously not something for every film and all the time. However, I do find myself doing quite a bit of gaming on XBox now and I know some titles support this and am kind of intrigued. I can see Gears of War 3 or Modern Warfare 2 being pretty cool at 106" in a dark cave with a bit of perspective and depth. I'm wondering if 3D might be a part of the reason to upgrade.
I'm also kind of toying with a cheap implementation of CIH. Years ago I built an anamorphic lens of my own to pair with the mighty Infocus X1, and later went in on an experimental acrylic Panamorph. A friend recently did something using the zoom method that he likes. However, I'm again really kind of pampered by the sharpness and film-like nuance the Sharp is capable of, and if I go back to pixel city, or to LCD color blast, or to chromatic aberrations, or to soft focus, I wonder if I'd be at all impressed.
I do quite like what I'm reading about the RS55. I'd love to see one sometime. The SIM units I never hear anything about (perhaps I'm usually too busy "slumming it" to come across them).
I also see RS40's and 50's floating around for sale out there.
I'm just surprised that it's still so hard to make an obvious leap without considering more than a couple-few thousand. Dang lenses and their fine craftsmanship! It's like the man-cave version of diamond jewelry. "High-end Lenses: For just 3 month's salary, give him the gift that will last forever*"
*where forever is equal to 2-4 years of decline towards product obsolescence and full fair-market value depreciation.
Too bad projector lenses aren't like like camera lenses. You know, some kind of a standard that you can keep, just replacing camera bodies / projectors. I'll almost feel kind of bad if one day I have to junk this projector knowing such a fine piece of workmanship sits there in the optical path, in as perfect shape as it was one day one.