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The lamp on my Sony Vpl-aw15 is getting very dim. Looks like it's gonna cost me in the $300 range to replace so I was thinking about upgrading to something 1080p.

I've been looking at the Epson 8350 and decided that it's the one I'll go with if I upgrade.

My question is will there be a significant difference between the two? Enough to justify spending $800 more to upgrade?

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The image will be a little sharper because of resolution. Contrast won't be a major upgrade from what you're accustom too. The LG CF181 would be a more logical upgrade in this price range. The Benq w6000 or Mits 4000 would also be a staggering upgrade from the Sony.
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My main problem is that I need significant lens shift. If I remember correctly none of those have that.

Also looking to stay around $1000-$1200.
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My main problem is that I need significant lens shift. If I remember correctly none of those have that.

Significant in what way? Horizontal, vertical, both?
At that price your choices are slim. For $300 to $400 more, you're getting much nicer images.
I'm wondering if the viewsonic pro8100 would be a better option image wise? http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-PRO8.../dp/B0011U64YE
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Significant in what way? Horizontal, vertical, both?

Mainly vertical. I could probably get by without horizontal.
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The Benq has both vertical and horizontal. The LG has vertical lens shift. You could possibly find a deal on refurb higher end Epsons.
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I have a 4 year old Panasonic AE1000u with 6100 hours. My bulb was significantly dimming and I have been considering an upgrade. So I borrowed a friends fairly new Epson 8350 (99 hours) and was blown away by how much better everything looked.

But then I got a new Bulb for the AE1000u and I find that I actually prefer its picture to that of the 8350. It is like a new projector with the new bulb. And at this point I can see very little reason to consider an upgrade.

The 8350 still holds an advantage in shear lumens in living room and dynamic modes, but in cinema mode, the 4 year old AE1000 is holding it's own.
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I have a 4 year old Panasonic AE1000u with 6100 hours. My bulb was significantly dimming and I have been considering an upgrade...

Hi TCroly
6100 hs on the first bulb???
Didn't you saw better contrast and blacks with the Epson?
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Hi TCroly
6100 hs on the first bulb???
Didn't you saw better contrast and blacks with the Epson?

3000 hours on the first bulb
2000 hours on second bulb
1100 hours on third bulb
New bulb at 6100 total hours = like new picture quality

Blacks are only a tiny bit better in 8350, but I usually have some light on in room and under those circumstances the blacks are equal.

Contrast is better on the 8350 in certain types of scenes, but many scenes just look better on Ae1000.

I have spent 20+ hours running both projectors simultaneously and doing A/B comparisons and the PQ difference is very slight with some things looking better on the 8350 and some better on the AE1000, but neither image ever looking "bad" on anything.

This has surprised me since I expected that 4 years would have made for much. More improvement, but I made 4 upgrades prior to my AE1000 (Panasonic Lu75 to Sanyo Z2 to Z3 to NEC ht1100 to AE1000u) and as an upgrade the AE1000 to 8350 upgrade would be the least amount of PQ improvement I ever experienced.
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Significant in what way? Horizontal, vertical, both?
At that price your choices are slim. For $300 to $400 more, you're getting much nicer images.
I'm wondering if the viewsonic pro8100 would be a better option image wise? http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-PRO8.../dp/B0011U64YE

I am going to be listing my Pro8100 here on AVS. It is a nice projector with good convergence. Very sharp. I have no problems using it with an HTPC.

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