I've had my Optoma HD66 for about a year and a half now and really enjoyed it until three weeks ago when I noticed 2 white specks on the image. Two days later there were four, and I became dismayed after searching online and figuring out that these are "stuck mirrors," a.k.a. the dreaded DLP dance of death. Now they're up to 8 white specks (and a couple dark ones), and I give myself 4 or 5 more movies before it becomes unwatchable.
Further research showed that I seem to have gotten one of the 10% or so of these Optoma projectors that have this problem (amazingly, almost all of the users had the same timeline, noticing the DLP failure just after their 1-year warranty had run out).
My question for more experienced folk than myself is do all DLP projectors have this risk attached? I can't find much about it on the "expert" sights. When discussing the downside of DLP technology nobody even mentions the potential failure of the DLP chip. Did I just get really unlucky?
So I'm now in the market for another projector but am really leery of a) Optoma and b) DLP technology in general. I'm strongly considering going LCD. I also am reluctant to spend another $600-700, less than 2 years after dropping that much for what I thought would be a 5-7 year investment.
Can anyone give suggestions on a decent, low-end and above all RELIABLE projector? I watch a lot of movies but am by no means a visual connoisseur. I can be convinced to go DLP again I suppose, but would really like to know more about this chip-death phenomenon.
I appreciate in advance any help.