Originally Posted by Upgrader
Wow, I ran into this thread once again after my lamp went out again. Bought this projector for 2800 bucks in June of 2006 with a DaLite High Power screen and have been using it for more than 9 years now. I have really enjoyed it, (great colors, decent picture) but one major problem has been lamp life. From the very beginning of ownership I have had to replace lamps every 700-900 hours of use. I just bought my last lamp and when it goes out this PJ will be donated to charity for a small tax write-off.
I have been looking for a replacement and people have been steering me to the SONY VPL-HW40ES which can be had just under the 2K mark but I would like to hold on a little longer as I just got the new lamp for my old Samsung. I will probably become a serious buyer in December/January. I would be looking at the 3000 dollar price point and would like to keep the next projector at least 6-8 years.
I know this thread is pretty dead right now but if you find yourself back here again what was the new unit you went to after the Samsung?
Know what you mean, lamp life is not this projector’s strong suit. I purchased my Joe Kane enhanced H-710 in July 06 as well. (I did get to meet Joe at one of the CES’s held in Atlanta. He is a true enthusiast.)
If you recall, early versions of the Samsung 710 had serious reliability issues, to the point where people stayed away in droves.
I was able to purchase my 710 new from Tiger Direct for $899. I just couldn’t pass up a $10,000 projector for about 1/10th the price.
The reviews were so good, I figured I would be able to enjoy a state of the art (Joe Kane designed) DLP even if only for a brief time.
That was nearly 10 years ago; several lifetimes in consumer electronics.
We’re not home just now so I can’t check to see exactly how many hours are on my 710 but I’m pretty its more than 7000, thus quite a few lamps.
I was always on the look-out for deals on replacement lamps and when I saw a bargain I bought it.
Some bulbs lasted much longer than others. I still have two replacement lamps in the wings.
Quite frankly I’m ready for an upgrade, but with the decade old 710 still working like the day it was new, it’s difficult to justify shelling out 4 or 5 grand for a new PJ. (It wouldn’t be right to lie to your wife and tell her your all out of lamps would it?)
I do have my eye on a JVC RS-57U however.