Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Phoenix, AZ area
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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....
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)
Home Theater Direct Audio Level 3 12" Subwoofers
Home Theater Direct Audio Level 2 Towers for WL/WR and Level 2 Bookshelf Surrounds