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The wife and I watched Gravity in 3d with the new bulb, looked really good. Much better than the theater. I really think I am going to using dlp for a long while. I love the focus, motion handling and 3d performance. I was thinking about a 5030 but saw one recently at a home theater store and was reminded of yet another plus for dlp, a higher fill ratio. The pixels on LCD are far more noticeable when you get closer to the screen.
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10 months and mine won't even power on anymore. I tried to get service to do a chat but they make you put in the serial # and they tell me my warranty expired 3 months before I even got it.

I did finally get a hold of someone. Have my fingers crossed. I LOVE the PJ and the 3D but there are so many little headaches with it. With all the issues this model has had I really wouldn't mess with a refurb again.

To their credit, Acer absolutely did right by me. The PJ was NOT under warranty any more (be more careful buying a refurb than I was- a 3 mo PJ warranty is nearly worthless) but they fixed it at what had to have been extreme cost to them (optical block and many more parts were replaced) and they even shipped it back to me next day air as I needed it for a gathering that had been on the calendar for a long time.

It works (knocking on wood) like a champ and I now consider it one of the best values I have ever bought (got it for ~$700 refurb). The 3D is awesome and I don't see any rainbows.
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Figured I'd come back and toss a comment in here. My second H9500BD (full replacement) has worked pretty well, but I do occasionally need to completely unplug it and replug it because the red standby light is not lit. Downside: Every time this happens, I loose all my custom configuration for colors/brightness/etc.

If I were advising anyone now, I'd say steer clear of the unit. Too many small issues that kept it from being a solid purchase. When it's working, it does have a great picture and (at the time I bought it) an untouchable feature set for the price.

Hoping I get another 12 months out of mine.
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Good to hear there are still some 9500s out there making their owners happy!
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I changed out my 1585 hour original bulb last week after slowly realizing that my contrast was dropping and my colors didn't seem very deep. This was even more noticeable with the lack of shadow detail in 3D.

The new bulb brought the projector back to life and is MUCH more vibrant.
I think I was a frog in boiling water for a little while. My wife also noted the improvement (if only she felt the same way about some of my additional speakers).

It was well worth the ~$113 shipped from a US seller for a new phillips bulb on ebay. Changing it took about 30 mins total going slowly and wearing gloves to avoid getting any finger oil on the bulb. The phillips bulb was silver on the back where the original wasn't but fit and has been working perfectly.

One thing I will note is that the bulb assembly really didn't want to come out of the projector. I had to pull on it slightly harder than I would have thought even after the two screws that hold it in were removed.

Also be very careful with the latch on the bulb door. If you try to install the door without the latch in the right place it is very easy to break the latch....

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Onkyo TX-NR929 as a Pre-Pro/Surround Amp Running 9.2, Adcom GFA-7000 driving (WL/L/C/R/WR)
Acer H9500BD / Monoprice 106" Multi-Format Screen.
Home Theater Direct Level 3 Left/Right/Ccenter (First Generation w/ Silk Dome Tweeters)
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