Originally Posted by zombie10k
If the company that Planar recommends for repairs will fix it for $900, I would still consider this option since none of the budget replacements are going to match it's 2D PQ.
Yeah, that's kind of what I'm thinking. Though the question is, do I tear it apart first to see if I can find something obvious with the PSU or just send it. For a while my brain was locked in this "$900, that's crazy money for a repair, I can get a brand new projector for less than that". But as you say, there's really nothing under $2k that can match it. And I'm not that
interested in 3D that that's a factor (a W1070 would get me 3D).
considering how well calibrated this projector is out of the box, there must not have been much to do back in the day of it's popularity other than to plug it in and enjoy it. It took some of the other manufacturers years to catch up to this, the RS46 is the first imo from JVC that did this well without needing a major cal.
All the DLPs I've had have been remarkably stable, calibration wise. Though Planar did do a great job dialing it in at the factory, you can tell they individually calibrated them all. It must be something with the degradation/change of liquid crystal panels that causes them to need more maintenance. Makes sense if you think about it, the odds of 3 panels degrading, changing at the same rate in the same way is probably tiny. Though that doesn't really explain why so many were so far off out of the box, other than other companies just don't calibrate each machine off the line.
DLP in comparison has an array of mirrors, nothing to degrade there until the point of total failure of a pixel. And the colorwheel just spins so it gets a relatively constant amount of wear, though the spinning probably helps mitigate that since no color is in the light/heat all the time.
Here's hoping DLP will make a comeback. I'm not like some of you, I don't need it to have cutting edge contrast, if they can just get competitive again, on both contrast and price, that will be great.