Originally Posted by Tom Monahan
Wher to you guys get your replacement lamps from and what is the cost? I see some selling for under $200 on Ebay but don't know if they are just a cheap knockoff.
Well, that's kind of a hard question to answer unless one just tries them. I believe most likely there are some "out there" that would probably work fine but its still kind of tricky. I been wanting to see if there isn't either a Philips or Osram (just bulb) that would fit. But it appears that's not all that easy to find out and also better if could actually hold one in person. But rarely had a problem with those two in all the rear projection type I've replaced, which would be in the hundreds.
Iwasaki made the Original lamp for JVC in the RS1 & 2. I assume they still do but haven't seen a new one to look at recently. But trying to find that bulb inside the USA appears to be about impossible, but can in China. (HSCR200V1H) is the Iwasaki bulb number.
The thing is though, I don't like that flicker they seem to develop so fast, and not sure about what I read to invert the bulb before 500 hours to stop it from happening. That would be easy to do but shouldn't be something I need to do.
So, actually I'm not that hot on the Iwasaki lamp anyway.
Then I read all the complaints about the new JVC projectors and lamps too dim and they don't seem to know if they change manufactures or not recently. But there's only a few manufactors that builds lamps for companies so seems like there should be something on the blub that tells.
Mostly its, Osram, Panasonic, Matsushita, Philips, Phoenix, Ushio, Iwasaki. Maybe a couple more unless someone new popped up. But with the rear projection lamps dying out, kind of doubt there is anybody new.
But yeah, there appears to be quite a few copies and fakes these days when regular people want to replace a lamp. But sometimes they even manage to trick the companies also.
So, I haven't really decided if I want to try a couple of Osram or Philips 200W Blub's to see if they actually fit. But I reckon I'll be keeping this PJ for awhile longer so guess I'll have to buy something sometime. Far as price, $265 plus shipping is about the best price I can get one with the magic word "JVC" on it, which is complete with housing of course.