Ok... so I bit the bullet and took advantage of the pricing on Amazon.com. First HD33 that came in floored me with the stunning image!!! Blacks were awesome. Color was fantastic. Sharp as a tack and no ghosting what so ever with the RF glasses. EXTREMELY BRIGHT!!! in my dedicated room which is completely light controlled. Everything was great EXCEPT for the lower left hand corner of the image. while the other 3 corners were razor sharp, this corner was blurry. After the pj had been running for about 1hr, the blurriness moved from the lower left corner to the upper right corner. After seeing this, I request a replacement from Amazon.
Replacement comes in next day (yesterday). I'm very happy cause I have a brand new pj on a Saturday!!! YAY!!! OR so I thought... Unbox the new replacement, mount it and power it up. First thing you hear is a ticking from the pj, then the fan blows at 100%, then ticking again, and finally the indicator light for the bulb starts to blink. Damaged bulb. Not happy!!!!
With that, I quickly contacted Mike at AVS which picked up while he was at a family outing. Mike, thank you for doing that and I'm sorry for interrupting!!!
He instructed me on what to do to place an order for the HD3300. I placed my order yesterday as per his directions. Should have a new HD3300 by mid week.
Moral of the story... It was probably coincidence but to have 2 HD33's in a row does not speak well to their build quality. Moving up to the HD3300 was not that much more especially when you think about gaining 200 extra lumens, 1000 more in contrast, 2 extra years of pj warranty and 2yrs of bulb warranty. Peace of mind was well worth it and I should have done this from the beginning.
I love Optoma!!! The HD3300 is replacing an Optoma HD72 which has been and still is a great pj which is the reason why I'm sticking with them!! This whole fiasco with the HD33 however has left a sour taste in my mouth as far as their mass produced products go.