OK, I had this problem 2 years ago with 1100 hours on the bulb. I sent the projector into Optoma Canada for "out of warranty service" because I figured it had to more than just changing the bulb. I cost me $120 to diagnose the problem, their prognosis... I needed a new bulb. They told me they would install one for $399. I passed on the offer and purchased one online for about $100. The HD72 worked well up until last month when the same issue came up, this time 1180 hours.After thinking it over I placed an order for a 60" Plasma (boxing day sale) and put my remote screen up for sale on Kijiji.
Well I kept thinking, and I hate the thought of watching a smaller image. Which brings me back here. Two years ago I thought it would be the lamp driver assembly, but Optoma did not come to that conclusion. After reading nearly this entire thread I am convinced that the lamp is probably fine and I need to replace the driver assembly. Last night I emailed Optoma for a price and delivery for the part, today I get a response,
"Unfortunately, we do not ship to Canada. Please, contact globalsemi.com".
I'm thinking no problem, I check out Globalsemi.com...good site, punch in the optoma part number and hold my breath. WOW! The part is listed!! But the price is $297!!
I read in earlier posts that some were paying $100 in the US. I figured if I could get the part for a reasonable cost I would fix it, but now I am not so sure.
I apologize for the long winded post but my questions are.
Is this a reasonable price? How much are others paying? Does anyone have any recommendations for me?