Originally Posted by stanger89
Don't underestimate how much of a difference other attributes can make. I couldn't imagine going back to my W5000 after having my Planar 8150 or either of my JVCs.
I realize that but honestly I haven't really found anything yet that would justify all the trouble of installation work. I actually have Panasonic VT60 plasma too and while it has so much better contrast than W5000, picture is not that much better overall. Also my W5000 beats image quality of my local cinemas digital projectors any day, so that's why I've been waiting patiently.
I have checked few units during years but almost always they would have required serious adjustments in my living room (wrong throw ratio, no lens shift or too limited and so on). I have placed my W5000 on the top of the large cabinet so high that I need a lot of lens shift to get picture low enough. Also depth of that cabinet is limited and cannot be increased, so projector's depth has to be the same as W5000 or less. Lately I've been also seriously waiting for OLED flat screens improving and coming available bigger than 65" and they should be coming pretty soon (I just hope price will be reasonable, like in the smaller models today), so that would be a nice alternative for projector also.
Wish mine would have lasted that long.
Mine has been incredible. By far the best projector I have ever owned, and I have had them so many in my life most of them costing many times more than this. This has been the cheapest, most reliable and the only one that I have been happy with image quality for long time. I used to update projectors before this even only after some months. Some units I kept couple years. Most of them had terrible problems in them from the beginning, and if not they developed one. This one was serviced only once.
I'm not saying another projector is out of the question but I have no idea what to even consider as replacement that would meet my requirements. Any suggestions?
Preferably DLP without costing arm and leg, and it should have about the same throw ratio as W5000 and lens shift should be able to place upper edge of the image at the same level as lens when unit is right side up.