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post #1 of 9 Old 08-20-2013, 12:34 PM - Thread Starter
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i got the dreaded "red light" flash unfortunately mine is at the 1 second interval, .5 second if for a dead bulb. though i replaced the bulb anyway it still wont come back.

  • so the short version is : red flashing light, turbo fan, and no light from the lens.

manual states to call for service at this point.

  • am i overlooking any tests?
  • is it worth it to repair a 6yr old projector ?
  • should i move on to another better unit ?
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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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called epson and got some less than favorable results. epson was ok but the contractors they put me in touch with werent. the first wasnt friendly at all. which isnt good considering im a potential customer i pretty much told them on the phone id look elsewhere for help..

i did however get in touch with a company in SC that does a free diagnostic. so im likely going to ship it to them.. to least at see whats going on.

thanks for your response. ill likely opt out over 400 and move on. i got the unit used with low hours its been great but i started to notice the convergence a little.
as of right now im looking at the Panasonic PT-AE8000U and the Epson 5020.
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have a look at this: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1475984/jvc-x35-vs-epson-hc720

it details the experience I had upgrading my Epson home cinema 720(the 720p version of the 1080ub, minus the ub part too I guess, haha).

projectors have gotten a lot better since the 1080ub was released. also, if 3D isn't a huge concern(although I still find the 3D on my jvc flawless) you should considering the x35/rs46 as well. I had it written off and was looking for a deal on the 5020 but when it came to street prices, the x35 was only about 500bux more, and it came with an extra bulb(3d emitter and glasses were also included, but you get those with the 5020 too) so I figured it was only about a 200 dollar increase once you factor in the bulb. the convenience of lens memory alone is worth that to me, not to mention the increase in 2D picture quality and not having a dynamic iris(I hated the DI on my old Epson)

anyway, my vote is upgrade. i'm super happy I did, and my Epson wasn't even broken

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WHOA!

2662.26$ repair.

main-board and optical engine. (85$ of that is labor)


to the dumpster with you
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WHOA!

2662.26$ repair.

main-board and optical engine. (85$ of that is labor)


to the dumpster with you

Any way I could get the projector from you to some forensic investigations into the ACTUAL cause of this? Because you KNOW that that quote is BS!

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sure shoot me an email..


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e-mail has been shot.

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So what was the actual cause ?
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