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I originally posted this in another thread, but thought I'd post my own question...

I am struggling with replacing the bulb vs. upgrading to a newer 720p model.

The DT-500 has been great for me. Does anybody have thoughts on making a "lateral move" vs buying a new bulb?

I love the PJ but I don't want to put too much money into a model that is now 5 years old and has many hours on the parts (colorwheel). Thoughts???

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New projector. There have been many advancements in 5 years. Nice opportunity to go 1080p
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other than lumens ,3d and a DI on 1(benq w700-yes one ,that will get you around 10,000:1 cr) it will be a lateral move under 3k.the sharp probably has better optics than most in the lists.I have a SharpVision XV-Z2000 that i just put a new bulb in and it holds its own(Im told and i think) against new acers and optoma 720p pj,s that friends use for their 3d stuff.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/proj...dvi=&r=12&tt=0

http://www.projectorcentral.com/proj...sort=pop&sz=15

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Thanks for the replies. I am leaning toward keeping what I have, but I would love to hear from a few more folks.
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I don't know how much you want to spend or what your set-up is but you can still get an Epson refurb 6500ub for $949 delivered (VisualApex). Don't shy away from the fact that it's a refurb because Epson covers it with their standard 2 year warranty. Epson's service is by far the best in the business. If you have a problem they overnight you a replacement and you send yours back to them on their dime. BTW, the replacement comes with a new bulb.
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Here is my experience.

My Sharp Dt-400 lamp blew up a few months ago. I decided to keep it and change the lamp.

after changing the lamp, the projector would not power up everytime 1 out of 3-4 attempt. After validating if the lamp was original manufacturer lamp it was not... Order a new lamp and that one was an original. Same problem occur. Projector would not open 3 out of 4 times. so I am 500$ in lamp so far. I took it to an electronic shop for an evaluation and repair. After a few weeks at the shop, the result is that that the new lamp have a crack in it and would need to be change again and 90$ for the time looking to find the problem.

I decided to finally have my new lamp reimburse and keep the first lamp and live with it, meaning that each time I wanted to use the projector, it takes times before it work.

Christmas time I decided to buy an OPtoma Hd33 to replace it And I dont regret it a bit. I am now up to date and the picture quality is much better ( even the wife sees it as night and day) and I now have 3d and 1080p. Could not be happier.

That was my experience, you never know what is going to happen when things are getting old .
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I also have a sharp Dt-500.. And I just set up a epson 8350 for my friend and I got to tell you the Image is noticeably better , I wouldn't say day and night but definitely more vivid but I'm going to wait one more year to upgrade because I want 3d and I have a feeling the next crop will have a few more advances over the current models. The sharp is a great performer and in its day was a good bang for buck.
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I replaced my Z2000 with a used RS1 2 years ago. The Sharp was the best in its class in its day, but I wouldn't spend money on a new bulb for one.

There is a significant difference in sharpness (no pun here) in the new generation of 1080p. Replace it and dont look back. You won't regret it.

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Once again, thanks for the diverse opinions! You guys are great.

My biggest fear is stephrich1's experience, so maybe I need to proceed with a new PJ. Both my projectors have been DLP units (the other was a Mits HD1000), but I am open to LCD.

The 6500UB for under $1K sounds pretty darn good. I was also thinking of the Benq W700 for closer to half that price, or even the refurb Epson 705 for under half the cost of the 6500UB.

Given that my DT-500 was one of the better performers of its day (in its price range), would I see something like the Epson 705 as a step backward? I don't mind going laterally, but I wouldn't be able to stomach something worse to save a few bucks...
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Have you gone to this site to read the reviews?

http://www.projectorcentral.com/

If you can spend $949 then it's a no brainer. Nothing is going to come even close to it's picture quality in this price range.

If you can't, or don't want to spend that much then go with the less expensive options. They'll be at least as good as what you had.
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all of these 1080p can be had for around a grand BRAND NEW
http://www.projectorcentral.com/part...108&pid_8=5905
the mits is the best of the bunch out of the box that i have seen.

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all of these 1080p can be had for around a grand BRAND NEW
http://www.projectorcentral.com/part...108&pid_8=5905
the mits is the best of the bunch out of the box that i have seen.

Forgot to include the Epson projectors.

Only one of those projectors that you list in your comparison has good contrast. The rest of them have horrible contrast. Contrast is the single most important thing affecting PQ. Sure the other factors have to be considered but none affect PQ more than contrast.
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Good food for thought here! Now I just need to figure out what I am going to do...

Nice to have so many good options at or under $1K.
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