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Old 03-17-2012, 03:59 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a 3 chip DLP projector that I bought 6 years ago from TAW, who is now out of business. Unfortunately, the projector is no longer working. Considering the current state of technology, I was hoping to hang on to this thing for another 1-2 years and then get some fancy 4K, laser 3D thing for $500 bucks.

Do any of you have a recommendation for a place that can try to repair my unit? Or do you think I should just move on? If I move on, I guess I have the option of buying a $3-4000 unit now and then get a better one in a few years, or going ahead and investing $15,000 or so now, which would be my typical budget.

Thank you for your opinions.
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They reboxed some manufacturer's projector. I don't remember the brand, but with somereasearch on yhe net you will be able to figure it out.
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Thanks Mark-TAW had started by re-boxing another manufacturer's single chip projector. Then they came out with the flagship 3-chip, sold 12 (one to me) and went under. I am pretty sure this one was their own design. Actually, the company's demise was because they couldn't afford the HDMI license, so they went all with SDI. Bad bet.
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I doubt it was their own design. They couldn't of had the engineering ability or capital to design or build one. The HDMI license was I believe $17,000.
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Let's just say for arguments sake that it isn't a re-boxed unit and all the googling on the web doesn't give any indication that it could be and when I bought it I spent months talking to the guy who was working on the design with oversees engineers...

If, hypothetically, that were the case, does anyone have an opinion as to whether there might be a repair shop that could look at it, or if I should buy another now?
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What exactly is wrong with it? If it's something like a power supply, there may be people who can fix this. Did the manufacturer ever publish a service manual?
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I don't know. Could be a power supply. The machine turns on like normal and the light starts to come on, then it turns off. That is why I asked the question. If I found someone that could fix the unit for, say $500 or less, that would really be great.
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interesting.

I did not know they made a digital projector.

Could you take a picture please?

Also, what was the list price of this thing and model number?
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Sounds like it could be the ballast from the symptoms. If you can find the part, it is a pretty easy fix.

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Thanks Lawguy. I can at least try that.
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It was the TAW Revolution. List was about $25,000. A picture would take some time.

I am going to look at the ballast this weekend and the power supply. Both good ideas.
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Sorry to hear about your PJ issue. Here is a link to photo: http://www.hometheater.com/content/c...attractions-78

Hadn't thought about Phil and TAW for quite some time until this thread....
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IIRC the Revolution was a straight Delta ODM. It is the same platform as the similar ill fated (from a sales perspective) Marantz 10S1. The Infocus 777 is based on a similar OEM platform.

Service Manuals for the 10S1 appear to be available via ebay which may be a helpfull start.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Service-Manu...item1e685c2672

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I think Curt Palme has done some digital repairs. There is another guy on his forum that repairs just about everything. He could probably diagnose and repair the problem.

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I sent Curt an e-mail. In the mean time, I'll pull the projector down (no small task) and see if I can see if it is the power supply or the ballast.
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I have a 3 chip DLP projector that I bought 6 years ago from TAW, who is now out of business. Unfortunately, the projector is no longer working. Considering the current state of technology, I was hoping to hang on to this thing for another 1-2 years and then get some fancy 4K, laser 3D thing for $500 bucks.

Do any of you have a recommendation for a place that can try to repair my unit? Or do you think I should just move on? If I move on, I guess I have the option of buying a $3-4000 unit now and then get a better one in a few years, or going ahead and investing $15,000 or so now, which would be my typical budget.

Thank you for your opinions.

Well the bigger problem is cost of repair. Even if you find a place that will look at it, depending on the problem, it could be costly. I had an old 720p 3-chip I needed looked at for a customer. Was about $3k to repair. For its day it was a $25k unit, but, it is worth about $500 now. So then became the question...pay $3k to repair an totally outdated unit?

Obviously each person would have to answer that, but I pointed out many of the new ~$3k units kill his old one...though not as bright. Just a thought.

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