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View Poll Results: How Often Have You Replaced Your Primary Projector In The Last 10 Years?
Never 62 22.55%
Once 93 33.82%
2-3 times 83 30.18%
4-5 times 22 8.00%
More than 5 times 15 5.45%
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post #31 of 78 Old 08-30-2014, 10:41 AM
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Only been at it 4 years.

Panasonic AE4000 (not nearly as impressive as the rave reviews had me believe)
Acer 5360 until it died two years later at 4000 hours.
BenQ W1070, currently with 2000 hours.

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2010 - Panasonic PT-AE4000u
2011 - Panasonic PT-AE7000u
2012 - Panasonic PT-AE8000u
2013 - Sony HW50es
2013 - Epson 5030ub
2014 - JVC RS4910 (Current Projector)

125" 2.35 screen Elite Cinetension2 screen.

I'm 27 years old, I've never worn glasses (and don't regularly get eye exams) and over the last couple of years I thought maybe i've just been getting some unsharp projectors or something which is the reason why i bought so many projectors (was just never fully happy). Come to find out I had an eye exam last year after i sold the Sony Projector and found out i needed glasses as i'm getting slightly near-sighted. With the correct prescription, the JVC is the best projector i've ever personally seen. Just wish I would have found out I needed glasses a couple of years ago because I could have saved some money on upgrading so many times, but i'm completely happy now and just waiting for affordable 4K.
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When Netflix/Vudu predominantly broadcast 4k Dolby Atmos and FIOS replaces copper wire I will get HDMI 2.0 gear.
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I've gone through 41 different projectors in 3 years.

In Chronological Order:

1.) Panasonic PT-AE900U - 720p 3LCD
2.) Sanyo PLV-1080HD - 1080p 3LCD
3.) Epson Home Cinema 6500UB - 1080p 3 LCD
4.) JVC DLA RS10 - 1080p LCOS
5.) JVC DLA-RS20 - 1080p LCOS
6.) Planar PD8150 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
7.) Sim2 Domino D80 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
8.) Optoma HD20 - 1080p DC2 .65" DLP
9.) Epson 8100 - 1080p 3LCD
10.) Mitsubishi HC7800D - 1080p .65" DC3 3D DLP
11.) Infocus IN81 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
12.) InFocus IN82 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
13.) InFocus IN83 - 1080p .95" DC4 DLP
14.) JVC DLA-X3 - 1080p 3D LCOS
15.) BenQ W5000 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
16.) Marantz VP-11S1 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
17.) NuVision ProVu P2 - 1080p .95" DC4 LED DLP
18.) Marantz VP-15S1 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
19.) Vivitek H5085 - 1080p .65" DC3 DLP
20.) Samsung SP-A800B - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
21.) Vivitek H9080FD - 1080p .95" DC4 LED DLP
22.) Runco LS-1 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
23.) JVC DLA-X30 - 1080p 3D LCOS
24.) Mitsubishi HC5 - 1080p 3D LCOS
25.) Optoma HD25 - 1080p .65" DC3 3D DLP
26.) BenQ W20000 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
27.) JVC DLA-X55R - 1080p 3D E-Shift v.2 LCOS
28.) Optoma HD131Xe - 1080p .65" DC3 3D DLP
29.) Knoll Systems HDP460 - 1080p .95" DC4 DLP
30.) JVC DLA-X90 - 1080p 3D E-Shift v.1 LCOS
31.) Runco RS-900 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
32.) Sony VPL-VW90ES - 1080p 3D LCOS
33.) Runco RS-1100 Ultra - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
34.) Mitsubishi HC7900DW - 1080p 3D .65" DC3 DLP
35.) Sharp XV-Z30000 - 1080p 3D .65" DLP
36.) Runco Q750i - 1080p LED .95" DC4 DLP
37.) JVC DLA-X500 - 1080p 3D E-Shift v.3 LCOS
38.) Runco LS-100D - 1080p LED .95" DC4 DLP
39.) Runco LS-10i - 1080p 3-Chip .65" "DC4" DLP
40.) Sim2 C3X Lumis Host - 1080p 3-Chip .95" DC4 DLP
41.) Planar PD8130 - 1080p User Upgraded to a .95" DC4 DLP

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Running a Panny 3000u for the last 4 or 5 years. I'd like to upgrade, but I can't justify the cost as it works just fine.

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Starting from 2009 I've owned 3 projectors:

JVC RS20
JVC RS55
JVC RS57

I seem to be in a 2 year cycle for projector upgrades and I'm partial thus far to the contrast of the JVC projectors.

When I see a few AVS members who have lived with a single projector for many years I wonder how they do it.

:-)
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Using a Panasonic 3000 for several years with my old makeshift theater. Will probably use it in the new one, but will likely upgrade soon.
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Started projecting in 2010 with an Epson 8350.
Recently got a slightly used Epson 5020UB
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First projector: Sony VPL-PX20 in early 2001.
(Side note, was horrifying watching The West Wing when the broadcast was interrupted with the Sept 11 attacks and watching it all unfold on a 120 inch screen.)

Second (and current) Projector: Epson TW-1000 bought in 2008 (I think??)

Certainly time for an upgrade but minister of finance has other things way ahead of projector upgrade
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Quote:
Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post
Starting from 2009 I've owned 3 projectors:



JVC RS20

JVC RS55

JVC RS57



I seem to be in a 2 year cycle for projector upgrades and I'm partial thus far to the contrast of the JVC projectors.



When I see a few AVS members who have lived with a single projector for many years I wonder how they do it.



:-)

Hi Rich;
As one of those guys, for me it's a matter of discretionary income and balancing HT with other hobbies.
I've also dabbled in photography from 2010 ($6.5 k total investment DSLR and lens/other), then astrophotography in 2011 ($3.5k telescope/mount/other), among other side hobbies, including my HT audio upgrade in 2012 to 11.2 ($4k).

Realizing we all have different financial situations, I do enjoy seeing people getting the new stuff more than I, and raving about it.

Gives me something to plan and look forward to with my approx $2-3k/year total hobby budget.

Now, the guy who had 40 PJ's in 3 years...,,that's gotta be a record here at AVS. He must be connected to the industry and get demo units or great discounts.


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2003: Electrohome ECP 4500
2005: Barco 808
2012: JVC X30

Next will be a 4K with min. 240Hz panel..
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Sony G70 to Sony vpl-vw85 to Sony vpl-vw95.

Seegs108 is my inspiration (but so unobtainable)!$
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Was forced to upgrade after Blu-ray was released.

I still have my trusty (And noisy!) Sony LCD projector (VPL-W400Q) that had analog HD (720i) component inputs only. Only bought an Epson HD LCD projector to watch the blu-ray discs I now have through the "required" HDMI inputs that newer Blu-ray players can output. I recently picked up an second generation older Blu-ray player that has HD analog component output capability, not just the 480 SD resolution that newer players "feature". I will be trying it out soon since I still liked the picture of the Sony and having a dimmer output is actually a plus for a larger screen, IMHO. I also have 2 Sony replacement bulbs, too. The newer Epson has one spare bulb and I will save that projector for when I can't source older blu-ray players anymore. Picture isn't mine since the projector is still in storage.
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I use my projector for daily use as a primary display...

2004=Epson 1080 (replaced because newer projectors had better pictures and were brighter)
2013= BenQ w1070 (replaced because I wanted a projector with power zoom, power focus, and lens memory)
2014= Panasonic AE8000 (I plan on keeping this one until I find a projector that (A) has a shorter throw, (B) Has more lumens, (C) Has a bulb that lasts longer, and is under $3k... LED hopefully)

Denon 4520ci, (3) JBL 2360As/EV DHA-1s, (3) 1/4 Pie bass bins, MiniDSP 2x4s, (4) Klipsch HIPs, (2) Klipsch KP3002s, PS3, XBox 360, (3) Intel NUCs, Monoprice Redmere, Monster HTPS7000, 2 SUPER SPUD subs, Panasonic AE8000us SeymourAV 180 (195" diagonal) scope screen, Yamaha P7000s (for the subs), (2) Yamaha P2500s amps for the front (3) bass bins.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post
I've gone through 41 different projectors in 3 years.

In Chronological Order:

1.) Panasonic PT-AE900U - 720p 3LCD
2.) Sanyo PLV-1080HD - 1080p 3LCD
3.) Epson Home Cinema 6500UB - 1080p 3 LCD
4.) JVC DLA RS10 - 1080p LCOS
5.) JVC DLA-RS20 - 1080p LCOS
6.) Planar PD8150 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
7.) Sim2 Domino D80 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
8.) Optoma HD20 - 1080p DC2 .65" DLP
9.) Epson 8100 - 1080p 3LCD
10.) Mitsubishi HC7800D - 1080p .65" DC3 3D DLP
11.) Infocus IN81 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
12.) InFocus IN82 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
13.) InFocus IN83 - 1080p .95" DC4 DLP
14.) JVC DLA-X3 - 1080p 3D LCOS
15.) BenQ W5000 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
16.) Marantz VP-11S1 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
17.) NuVision ProVu P2 - 1080p .95" DC4 LED DLP
18.) Marantz VP-15S1 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
19.) Vivitek H5085 - 1080p .65" DC3 DLP
20.) Samsung SP-A800B - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
21.) Vivitek H9080FD - 1080p .95" DC4 LED DLP
22.) Runco LS-1 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
23.) JVC DLA-X30 - 1080p 3D LCOS
24.) Mitsubishi HC5 - 1080p 3D LCOS
25.) Optoma HD25 - 1080p .65" DC3 3D DLP
26.) BenQ W20000 - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
27.) JVC DLA-X55R - 1080p 3D E-Shift v.2 LCOS
28.) Optoma HD131Xe - 1080p .65" DC3 3D DLP
29.) Knoll Systems HDP460 - 1080p .95" DC4 DLP
30.) JVC DLA-X90 - 1080p 3D E-Shift v.1 LCOS
31.) Runco RS-900 - 1080p .95" DC2 DLP
32.) Sony VPL-VW90ES - 1080p 3D LCOS
33.) Runco RS-1100 Ultra - 1080p .95" DC3 DLP
34.) Mitsubishi HC7900DW - 1080p 3D .65" DC3 DLP
35.) Sharp XV-Z30000 - 1080p 3D .65" DLP
36.) Runco Q750i - 1080p LED .95" DC4 DLP
37.) JVC DLA-X500 - 1080p 3D E-Shift v.3 LCOS
38.) Runco LS-100D - 1080p LED .95" DC4 DLP
39.) Runco LS-10i - 1080p 3-Chip .65" "DC4" DLP
40.) Sim2 C3X Lumis Host - 1080p 3-Chip .95" DC4 DLP
41.) Planar PD8130 - 1080p User Upgraded to a .95" DC4 DLP

Denon 4520ci, (3) JBL 2360As/EV DHA-1s, (3) 1/4 Pie bass bins, MiniDSP 2x4s, (4) Klipsch HIPs, (2) Klipsch KP3002s, PS3, XBox 360, (3) Intel NUCs, Monoprice Redmere, Monster HTPS7000, 2 SUPER SPUD subs, Panasonic AE8000us SeymourAV 180 (195" diagonal) scope screen, Yamaha P7000s (for the subs), (2) Yamaha P2500s amps for the front (3) bass bins.
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Only one replacement and that was because I moved to a bigger house and the the throw wouldn't work.

1. Mitsubishi HC6500
2. Epson 8350

I loved that Mit 6500 I wish it could have thrown the picture size I needed. In some ways I like it more than the 8350. Even though the black levels are slightly better on the epson, the Mitsubishi was -- Quiet. EVERYTHING was controllable from the remote, including zoom, positioning and focus.

Flipside is that the Epson is bright enogh that I can project onto a 21 foot screen for awesome summer parties.

I don't imagine 'upgrading' unless 4k becomes widely adopted. Even then... I don't know.

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Got my first projector in 2006 - a demo Runco CL-700. It was a first-gen 720p DLP. I didn't have a digital input!





In 2009 I replaced it with a Sharp XV-Z20000 1080p DLP, This one I got used, with 15 hours on the bulb. The difference was amazing. I am really pleased with the Sharp. I've seen the newer projectors at Magnolia and such, and haven't felt that they were enough of an improvement over the Sharp to justify the cost. (I wish the Sharp handled 24p, however.)


I'll replace the Sharp with a 4K LED projector - probably a second gen. (I would like it to be a Sharp, but...)


I don't use is as my primary display, but it's out movie-night hangout, and I'll watch TV on it sometimes.
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Sharp has basically abandoned the HT projection market. A very wise business decision on their part.

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I still have my trusty (And noisy!) Sony LCD projector (VPL-W400Q) that had analog HD (720i) component inputs only. Only bought an Epson HD LCD projector to watch the blu-ray discs I now have through the "required" HDMI inputs that newer Blu-ray players can output. I recently picked up an second generation older Blu-ray player that has HD analog component output capability, not just the 480 SD resolution that newer players "feature". I will be trying it out soon since I still liked the picture of the Sony and having a dimmer output is actually a plus for a larger screen, IMHO. I also have 2 Sony replacement bulbs, too. The newer Epson has one spare bulb and I will save that projector for when I can't source older blu-ray players anymore. Picture isn't mine since the projector is still in storage.
I got a loan for 7K to get the same exact pj + screen....the first 16:9 projector out there in '97, and I was only 23 years old went thru about three of these with dead pixels, etc...the final blow was when part of it just melted....I got it totally refurbed, then sold it. I've had mostly sony projectors since, and about 30K later, my latest and greatest is still my Cadillac JVC RS20, paired with an A lens and Darblet....Money is rough for an upgrade, but I really don't see a need right now (did I just type that?).....already 3 bulbs in; the most I've put in a pj
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approx 2003: electrohome marquee 8500 (sold with house)
approx 2008: electrohome marquee 9500LC
2014: Mitsubish HC5. tickles me pink. might have to try the darbee though...
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Still going with my first one--Sony AW15 LCD 720p. One my second bulb. When the bulb goes, I'll upgrade. But I'm in no rush.
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I purchased my first projector in 2007. It was the Optoma HD70. Had it for 5 1/2- 6 years and then stepped up to the one I have now...Benq W1070.


I still own the HD70 today and it still works fine...still on it's original bulb. I wanted to step up from 720 to 1080p.

Projector: Benq W1070 1080p 2D/3D
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Center: Klipsch RC-62ii
Surrounds: Klipsch RS-42ii x 2
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Hi Scott,


Great thread!!


I have been into home theater since the late 80s and I have gone through so many PJ, I have had my Current PJ for about Two years .
I am hoping that my next PJ has a new light source, better blacks, better contrast ratio, higher dynamic range, UHD, and better color gamut.
I can hope..


Here is a list of my PJ
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My first projector was the Epson 10 +, I had from 2004 until 2011, I changed my lamp 2 times.
in 2011 a friend bought the Optoma HD70, I had just over a year. to access the HD20 which is what I have so far, I hope the next 2015. purchase HD25lv.
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benq 6200 i think from whenever it first came out. but it wasn't a 'true' 720p project, i repurposed its 1024x768 as one. it wasn't until 2005 that i got my current Optoma HD66... but have since gotten married+now 1 kid... so who knows when i'll get the chance to upgrade again. lolz.

on the other hand, projection is advancing rapidly. guess whenever i get budget to do this might be the day when OLED/LED projects with full XYZ color range and inter-change-able HDMI interface so you can continously upgrade the HDMI set 4k or 8k in 3D with the full color ranges (maybe Dolby Vision?) all of under $1,000

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Panasonic AX-200 from 2007 - 2011. My first projector and I'll never go back to the small screen! Although, they do seem prone to more problems and difficulties than flat panels etc. - it's worth it though! Ended up tossing it in the trash due to the dreaded burned polarizer issue which turned my picture yellow - it suffered from vertical banding as well.

Epson 8350 from 2011 to present. Had to return it 3 times over 2 years due to various problems - dust blobs etc. They finally gave me a new one just before the warranty ran out. So far, that one has been solid for the most part.

Don't plan to upgrade until UHD standards are finalized and enough content is available. Probably will not consider upgrading for another 2-3 years.
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How Often Have You Replaced Your Primary Projector In The Last 10 Years?

Since 2005 I've owned 3 units. The Sharp DT300 (a Matterhorn DLP unit), the Epson ProCinema 1080UB, and the Sony VPL-HW30AES. Each one was a worthy upgrade. I am going on 3 years with the Sony and I plan on using this unit until 4K is affordable. As others have said I don't consider a projector as a primary display, but it's the preferred unit for movie watching in the household.


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My first PJ is the RS4810 that I bought from Mike last year and don't feel the need for a change yet....
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Hewlit Packard VP6120 1024x768 DLP replaced my Sony vph-1251 7" CRT in the late 90's
The Sony I tossed a year or so ago was still working
The HP I still have and it still works after about 5 lamp replacements
2010 replaced the HP with a used Epson 6100
replaced the 6100 with a Optoma HD33 only because I wanted 3D, sold the 6100 for more than I paid for it
Replaced the HD33 with a Mitts HC7900DW the beginning of this year only because it was too good of a deal to pass up
Sold the HD33 to a relative.
Love the Mitts and will keep it as long as possible

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I started with an InFocus 7200 that lasted for 3 years till I went to 1080p with a Sony VPL-VW60 that is still going strong, probably 4 years ago. I paid right around $2k for each of them second hand. I am itching to move on to a JVC 4910, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

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