Folks, if your 3010 needs a bulb replacement or a repair, I highly recommend you to look into upgrading to one of the many new DLP projectors. I was a big fan of 3010 3 years ago as it was the only PJ that combined many goodies like 2-year warranty, brightness, vibrant film-like image quality, excellent 3D performance with minor cross talk. Now that the bulb aged rapidly even at 1800 hrs, the cross-talk has become unacceptable. I am quite upset with this degradation as bulb aging should only make the image dimmer but not destroy the quality.
Now i am cross roads of plunking in $300 for a new bulb and instead I decided to switch to Optoma HD25LV for $600 more (included 4 year square trade warranty). Its a HUGE upgrade in every conceivable way. The image is super bright even in ECO mode and even in 3D. The razor sharp ZERO-cross-talk 3D is a thing to behold.With 3010 I had to consciously ignore the layer of cross talk that corrupted the image in the background and double image in foreground. Now I can see endless amount of detail and perceive the amazing layering in many of the previous 3D movies. Even in 2D, if you tune it properly using something as simple as Disney WOW, the image quality is superb.
If the bulb costs on 3010 fall, I may buy one just to get the film-like image that I quite loved about 3010, but otherwise, I see no reason to go back to it.
Last edited by falafala; 12-30-2014 at 01:02 PM.