Originally Posted by B-2Admirer
So, I am supposed not to worry about the possible early fault and if it happens enjoy the process of mailing the defective unit to another country and waiting for indefinite time for it to be replaced/repaired? I don't live in the US, if that's what you think.
Every DLP chip with native 1920x1080 resolution is going to have square 1:1 pixels.
What on Earth are you talking about?? Not counting lamp replacement, Benq w7000 costs more than the new LED/Laser Acer K750, which needs none. Regarding Benq w7000 being "one of the sharpest cheaper DLP's", where does that info come from?
I don't even know where to start with this. First off, why worry about what you cannot control, no-one knows exact failure rates, and the Benq is at least a seasoned design with a track record (but more importantly it is known to likely be sharper). You asked for help in this forum, then you just dispute everything I say. Why are you here if you already know the answers. Fact, yes some projectors have pixel mapping issues due to a scaling bug in the firmware, this included the Benq w7000, Acer 9500bd, and the Viewsonic Pro8200. (Benq and Acer fixed it with a firmware patch, Viewsonic appears to have ignored it and has done nothing).PROOF: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1382091/jvc-rs-45-sony-hw30-benq-w7000-epson-5010-mini-shootout/2820#post_22170151
(also read the next 15 posts which go into utter detail on the problem).PRICING FACT:
I haven't seen pricing for the Acer K750 yet, but for the UK I saw this posting (UK later this month bearing a price tag of around £1,700 (approximately $2,650)). In the US, the w7000 often sells for just under $2000. That means you could buy 2 lamps + the lamp it comes with would be 3. That could be anywhere from 15,000+ hours worth of lamps, almost as much as the LED lamp MIGHT last. By the time the 1080P BUDGET LED's get mainstream, we often see FURTHER price drops on the regular DLP's after they are a year old (case in point you can sometimes get Benq w6000's for say $1200 now), one time it was even $1000. So then if I'm wrong, get a w6000 for even less and buy 3+ bulbs. Just because it is an LED lamp does not mean it is immune to blowing or dimming, it just means if EVERYTHING is working perfectly it could last 10x longer.
The MFR lamp ratings are not a guarantee and this goes for both LED and regular UHP lamps.
Actually since you probably won't need 3D, if I were you I'd probably just get a Benq w6000 used and buy an aftermarket warranty, then you'll have enough to buy 5+ extra bulbs.FACT:
It is always risky buying the first design made by the budget manufacturers (and this include ACER 1080p LED's and Viewsonic and Optoma).FACT:
So far the budget LED projectors have not been as sharp as their regular DLP competitors (even 720p vs 720p). For whatever reason, this has held true, but it might change this year with the new LED's.
There are some really high-end LED projectors like Runco if you want to spend a fortune just to save on bulbs, it's like driving 50 miles to save $1.00 on gas.Note:
If you use your projector 40 hours per week, that is only 2080 hours per year. Some REGULAR BULBS can even last 2+ years at that rate, so if you had 5 bulbs, that's like 6-10 years, what is even the point of needing more, you'll most likely replace the PJ before the 3rd lamp.