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It may be a few hundred dollars or so to repair the unit... Is this worth it to you? The Epson 8350 is what I might call a 'sidways' step. Not really an improvement, but not necessarily a step backwards. So, at over $1,000 you will get similar performance, and you will have to pay more for what I would consider any actual improvement.
This may be worth it if you want to add 3D to your setup, but certainly your projector is no slouch. The 1080UB was really one of the leading edges in the sword that has become the home theater division of Epson. It's as good, or better than the Panasonic of that year and it set a benchmark for Epson to deliver quality for the last half decade.
I would seriously consider repairing it. Call Epson, get an estimate, and spend the $120 or so getting that estimate. Then decide. At $500 I probably would opt out, but at $300 for a repair? I would probably do that. You can get several more years usage out of what is already a very solid projector and the prices that drop will pretty much pay for itself by the time you are really ready for an upgrade.
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