Nothing to see here ... keep moving along people..
Actually if you buy a rear projector you need to understand they need plenty of cool air and you need to understand they break. If you are spending $1299 at Paul's TV for 73738, spend $200 more for a Mack extended warranty and the budget in a lamp at $119 and you know what your costs are for the next 36 months. After that 36 months is up replace the 73738 and put in a secondary role or give it to relative who does not watch much TV, in light duty they last pretty much forever.
The above is $1620 divided by 36 months gives you an amortized cost of $45 a month to watch a TV of the caliber. Come on folks, the only sad sob story is the people who let themselves fall out of warranty... that is a choice. Remember $200 divided by 36 is $5.50 a month to stay out the white dots predicament.
If you think you won't get other manufacturers stuff that is dead out of the box, then you don't buy much. The only issue you ever really have to worry about is down time. If down time is problem, then you are not creating a big enough fuss!
That in a nutshell is the whole story...
Now if you spend more on the TV the amortized cost over 36 months goes up. The set will be obsolete in 36 months anyway. The days of buying a display and using it for 12 years are over, get over it.
Mits WD-92840 92" DLP - Lumagen Radiance XS, Martin Logan Motion 40s, Ascend Sierra 2s
Older 58" Panny Plasma -DVDO DUO, JBL Studio 530
Pioneer AJs, PSB Images, Usher S520, JBL HLS-610, Definitive SM45, MusicHall Marimba