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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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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....

-Rich
So, I might have more hours than you. Just a couple of quick questions. Do you use the Dynamic Iris? I started noticing a while ago that the picture seemed more dim, and that I needed all the lumens the PJ could muster, so I don't really use the Dynamic Iris anymore. Also 3D looks darker than in the past.

You don't think installing the lamp into the housing and the PJ was too difficult? I know you can buy the lamp and housing together, but that's like $100+ more. Any observations that would push me over the edge? I am at a stage where I know I can put up with it a little longer, but, am tempted to just buy a new lamp.
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So, I might have more hours than you. Just a couple of quick questions. Do you use the Dynamic Iris? I started noticing a while ago that the picture seemed more dim, and that I needed all the lumens the PJ could muster, so I don't really use the Dynamic Iris anymore. Also 3D looks darker than in the past.

You don't think installing the lamp into the housing and the PJ was too difficult? I know you can buy the lamp and housing together, but that's like $100+ more. Any observations that would push me over the edge? I am at a stage where I know I can put up with it a little longer, but, am tempted to just buy a new lamp.
My projector was just overall darker than it should have been. 3D was really bad and is now back to life.

I do use the iris on medium. At one point I had gone into the settings and tweaked it but I think it is just default medium now (after the firmware update the high setting is no longer there).

I bought just the bulb and had handled it with gloves on. I actually had some thin cloth gloves laying around that came with my speakers so I just used those and didn't touch the inside of the reflector for fear of putting a dust flake or fabric flake on it. Neoprene or latex gloves should work well too, I was just worried about getting any finger oil on the bulb which really wasn't an issue since there is no reason to touch the bulb glass anyway.

It took me about 30-45 mins going slow. The worst part was that my housing was somewhat stuck in the projector and did not want to come out. I had to pull harder than I thought I would to get it out after removing the screws that hold it in. I also forgot to tighten the screws that hold the housing into the projector at first on final install (which pulls it fully into the connector) and the door wouldn't close. Also be very careful with the door latch it is easy to break and the projector won't turn on if it doesn't press the safety in. Push the release in when putting the door back in place or if you push on it with the latch out it can break. I broke the latch when I got it new and was inspecting it and was nearly without a projector until they replaced it (had to use a twist tie to hold it for a while).

I got a phillips bulb from an ebay seller and it fit perfectly. The housing dis-assembly was pretty obvious by I am also pretty handy and work on cars a lot (or used to anyway). You do have to flex the housing slightly to get it apart but it wasn't bad and I was never near breaking it.

After doing it I felt that the choice was correct and that it was worth the extra 20-30 mins rather than more money to buy the complete bulb with new housing.

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Do yourself a favor and buy a new lamp. It isn't that hard to do, I posted some pics earlier this year. It's like getting a new projector for a little over a 100 dollars.

With the short fan cool down runtime on the 9500 I think we get short changed on lamp life. I have been taking lumen readings and I don't think we will ever get anywhere near the rated lamp life. If Acer would have only set the cool down fan to run for a minute or so.
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Do yourself a favor and buy a new lamp. It isn't that hard to do, I posted some pics earlier this year. It's like getting a new projector for a little over a 100 dollars.

With the short fan cool down runtime on the 9500 I think we get short changed on lamp life. I have been taking lumen readings and I don't think we will ever get anywhere near the rated lamp life. If Acer would have only set the cool down fan to run for a minute or so.
Unfortunately even if they updated the firmware I don't think we can actually upgrade from a USB stick anyway and it would have to be sent in. I am somewhat surprised that fan cool down can't be increased from the debug menus. Obviously decreasing the time wouldn't be allowed but increases seem reasonable...

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