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From what I surmise, the 8345 is the 8350 with the newest firmware in it. If you buy a 8350, it likely will have the same firmware, but it may be an older model, with older firmware. I believe that Epson has stabilized voltage some, and done some work on the electronics to give a more stable voltage to the lamp to help with lamp blowouts which were more common with the 8350, and haven't been reported as an issue as much with the 8345. So, I would very specifically get the 8345, as it's just the most 'up to date' 8350 on the market. I do believe that they very slightly brought lamp power down a bit to help increase lamp life and to stabilize the electrical system a bit.
The 8345 is a great projector. Not as good as the W1070 from BenQ, but the optical system on it is really incredible, and sorely missing from newer models, especially DLPs.
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