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Question Should I? Qualia 004

I have the opportunity to buy a 900 hr Qualia 004 and a FireHawk G2 110" rigid screen for about $1500.

So, is the Qualia too old? I am not looking for another project outside of installing the equipment.

Should I look at a new/newer Epson PJ around $600-800 instead?

Thanks a million as I am new to the projector world.

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The price for that combo is excellent. You'll be happy with the PQ on the Qualia 004. The only place it's lacking is with its contrast performance. Compared to today's tough standards it's quite a bit behind. If you dont need modern contrast this setup should be great. I'd rather own the Qualia over a $600 Epson.

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Yeah, genuine lamps for the Qualia are expensive, as in almost the cost of this combo. The Qualia uses a Xenon lamp and these lamps are becoming harder and harder to find. That's how high end this projector was at the time. This may indeed change your decision.

Here's an example:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SONY-LAMP-LM...item258530efe6
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Thanks everybody. I have been reading on the cost of the bulb and the power supply issues, but I think I may risk it as a first projector, especially at that price.
I know just about nothing as far as the projector and screen are concerned, but I think this may be worth the gamble.
Are these screens THAT good? Is it better than an Elite screens 120" electric for $300?

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Are these screens THAT good? Is it better than an Elite screens 120" electric for $300?
I had one for several years and was never a real fan (high quality materials nevertheless). The texture was too easy to spot, sparkles could be seen at times and with off axis viewing the image brightness varied to a large degree. Now most of this didn't bother me too much until I replaced the screen with another that didn't have the issues...

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I had one for several years and was never a real fan (high quality materials nevertheless). The texture was too easy to spot, sparkles could be seen at times and with off axis viewing the image brightness varied to a large degree. Now most of this didn't bother me too much until I replaced the screen with another that didn't have the issues...
Just to be clear, did you have a FireHawk or Elite Screens?

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Just to be clear, did you have a FireHawk or Elite Screens?

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He is talking about the FireHawk. Go with a fixed frame screen if possible. Not much to go wrong with a fixed frame. It is like a picture hanging on the wall. No moving parts.

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Didn't think it made sense to start a new thread, but for any Qualia owners out there Sony is offering 25% towards the purchase of a new/current 2016 4k projector through March. For someone looking at the laser projector it might be worth getting one of these used for the savings!

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Where can I find out more about this offer from Sony? I have been a Qualia user since 2004 (gone through over a half dozen bulbs so far), and it's probably time to upgrade..... BTW, my setup is a 108" diagonal rear projection design, since my room has no serious light control, so brightness is important. Of course, moving to 4K might require a new screen to handle the smaller pixel geometry. My current screen is even older, going back to original pairing with an AMPRO 3600 in 1998, so that might need replacing as well. The screen is a Draper rigid Fresnel/lenticular design.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Didn't think it made sense to start a new thread, but for any Qualia owners out there Sony is offering 25% towards the purchase of a new/current 2016 4k projector through March. For someone looking at the laser projector it might be worth getting one of these used for the savings!

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Where can I find out more about this offer from Sony? I have been a Qualia user since 2004 (gone through over a half dozen bulbs so far), and it's probably time to upgrade..... BTW, my setup is a 108" diagonal rear projection design, since my room has no serious light control, so brightness is important. Of course, moving to 4K might require a new screen to handle the smaller pixel geometry. My current screen is even older, going back to original pairing with an AMPRO 3600 in 1998, so that might need replacing as well. The screen is a Draper rigid Fresnel/lenticular design.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Any Sony dealer should be able to give you the info. If you don't have someone near you, feel free to PM me and we can discuss.

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