I haven't been very active here since finishing my HT
... but I knew this was the best place to come for this kind of advice:
I'm really enjoying my Epson Home Cinema 720 projector. I use it in a dedicated home theater on a 120" 2.40:1 screen. My screen is DIY Center Stage material from Seymour. It's a perf screen with speakers hidden behind.
My projector has over 1800 hours now and it's telling me to replace the lamp. Picture still looks good, probably has lost some brightness but theater room is completely free of ambient light.
I watch 60% DVDs, 40% football / HDTV / blu-ray. For DVDs, I like everything about the picture quality except plugged up shadows. I've tried calibrating it, and I'm happy enough but that's the main area I'd like to improve when I get a new projector.
My question is, have there been major changes in projectors in the past 18 months? Particularly to black level? Noise is the other area I think my HC 720 could be probably be improved upon.
I know at some point I'll probably want to upgrade the screen too, but I like the look of the current one installed in the room and not itching for another project at the moment.
Whats the best course of action, with an eye on bang for the buck?
1) Replace the lamp and wait another 18 months for projector evolution?
2) Spring for a new projector? Possibly Epson Home Cinema 8350
3) Replace the screen?