I'm looking for a replacement lamp for my PT-AE900 and their price is about half of what I found on other stores. They list the manufacturer as Panasonic and they list the original part # but I have a feeling I'm going to get what I paid for; a cheap knockoff.
On a side note, I noticed that the window on the lamp assembly seemed a little faded/foggy. Is this normal and should I also consider replacing the full assembly? Most stores seem to sell only the lamp and not the full assembly as shown in the link above.
For a $154 you can be assured it's a clone. It doesn't really say it's an OEM Panasonic replacement, Amazon just has a link back to Panasonic related products. A faded/foggy lamp assembly is caused by heat and dust and is normal, that is why the entire assembly has to be replaced. You can take a chance and buy this or spend twice as much for a real Panasonic lamp.
Spare yourself the headache and go to Provantage for the real deal.
It's surprising that Amazon doesn't take action against companies selling knock offs. I'm guessing if the products in question were made by Gucci instead of Panasonic it might be a different story.
Thanks for the link, that's actually a really good price. It looks however like it's just the lamp, and not the complete assembly. Are they usually purchased together or is it a separate part number? I have the service manual which includes a list of parts but I'm not sure if it's TEEC5179 "LAMP HOUSE" or TXFKL01VKB4 "LAMP COVER ASSY". I searched for both those part numbers and a lot of stores seem to have them, but none of them include a picture. Any information would be appreciated!