Long time lurker. My Sony Ruby has reached 2500 hours. I use a 116" DaLite High Power screen in a light controlled room. Its been great. The picture has always been great and sharp and true to my eyes BUT not bright enough unless every little bit of light in the room is off. That has always been my biggest beef for this projector. We watch blu ray movies, tv and play games.
So the question (and I know this has been asked before) is whether to upgrade to a new projector OR buy a crazy expensive 900$ replacement lamp. There really is nowhere I know of to go and check out new projectors. So I may be forced rely on reviews that I've read on this forum and on other forums. I am willing to spend more than the cost of the lamp on a new projector. So my annoying question is will a $2,000 - $3,000 be much better than the Sony? That is probably an obvious question (yes I imagine). But buying something without getting to try/see it first is a tough part of buying a new projector. I suppose i should get a new projector because I have never been happy with the brightness even when it was new and I have the light cannon settings enabled too?
Any advice? Optoma? JVC? Panasonic? A newer Sony? Argh! What is the best $2,500 projector right now? You know, the 'sweet' spot...?
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