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post #5851 of 6366
I can't see it move at all but it had shifted from one area to another without me moving the projector a bit ago. I will take it down from the ceiling, take the bulb out, see if that does anything.

Sounds like this could be more of a hassle then I was hoping for. I really don't want to have to send this in. Hell I was hoping it'd just be the bulb and I would live with it for a bit then replace it but that doesn't seem to be the case with what you're saying.

Thanks again for all the info.

I will post back my results. Fingers crossed that it gets better.
post #5852 of 6366
The lamp door is on the top of the projector so you can remove the lamp without taking the projector down. Mine had what looked like a hair in the light path similar to yours. I opened the projector door and took out the lamp and the lamp housing had a crack in the mirror that surrounds the bulb(1300 hrs on lamp). I put in my free replacement lamp and everything is fine.
post #5853 of 6366
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Originally Posted by DaGamePimp View Post

Is anybody using the 3800's 2.35 mode and happy with the results?

Anybody using an A-lens?

Jason

I'm using the built in 2.35 mode in conjuction with an Elite 2.35:1 screen and am very happy with the results. It beats buying a $3000anamorphic lens. I'm surprised that more people are not aware of this great feature on Mitsubishi projectors.
post #5854 of 6366
I noticed on Ebay there is like no used hc3800's hardly, I was just curious and checked.
post #5855 of 6366
I may be selling my calibrated HC3800 with a little over 100 hours on the original lamp and two additional sealed/brand new in the box lamps. This is not an ad or an attempt at getting pm's asking how much, it's simply a heads up to 'possibly' watch for it in the AVS classifieds (for anyone that's looking for one of course). I am still doing some figuring/planning for my next unit so I reserve the right to call my own bluff on this one .

Jason
post #5856 of 6366
What will your next unit be, JVC RS40?

I should have clarified in that I was only looking at it out of curiosity, not actually going to buy a used one. I would be buying an hc4000 instead. I had an hc4000 here, it just had checkerboard of death so decided to return it and repurchase later.
post #5857 of 6366
I'm guessing an sp8602, unless Jason wants 3D (maybe for gaming?).
post #5858 of 6366
HC3800 refurb with a new bulb now on sale for $849 here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
post #5859 of 6366
I ordered this from them a couple of days ago to replace an HC6500 I foolishly let go last year.

Really looking forward to it's arrival.
post #5860 of 6366
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Originally Posted by OBSSSD View Post

HC3800 refurb with a new bulb now on sale for $849 here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

For those interested, The Projector Place is an authorized dealer and has the Mits refurbs, along with New mits 3800's and of course mits hc4000....Nothing against ebay sellers but I would rather buy from an authorized dealer...from what I see they have the same prices..my understanding is that if you get a refurb it may have soime hours on the lmap..although that is my understanding..ymmv
post #5861 of 6366
It's actually $50 less for the eBay listed refurb.
post #5862 of 6366
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Originally Posted by Legairre View Post

The lamp door is on the top of the projector so you can remove the lamp without taking the projector down. Mine had what looked like a hair in the light path similar to yours. I opened the projector door and took out the lamp and the lamp housing had a crack in the mirror that surrounds the bulb(1300 hrs on lamp). I put in my free replacement lamp and everything is fine.

Ran the lamp on standard instead of low for a couple of days as suggested, making the fan work harder. Noticed the blur moved back to it's original spot and then it got smaller and smaller and eventually disappeared. Then it was at the bottom right of the screen but now I can't really see anything so I guess something was stuck in there but gone for now. Hopefully it doesn't come back.

Thanks for all your guys help.
post #5863 of 6366
Sounds like putting the fan on high blew it out. Glad to hear it's gone.
post #5864 of 6366
Hey everyone I am looking to upgrade my screen. Right now I have a 92" 16x9 screen but I was looking to get a 106" 2:35.1 screen. But I am stuck on ordering a white or grey screen. My room is a small spare bedroom 100% light controlled and black walls and ceiling. Just looking for some input. Thanks!
post #5865 of 6366
At that size I wouldn't go grey unless you get a gray screen with gain, but good ones will cost as much or more than your PJ.

So stick to white, probably 1.0 gain unless you want it to look like a TV/Plasma all the time (and if you do, go with a HP).
post #5866 of 6366
Any recommendations on where to but the HC3800 replacement bulb online, based on personal shopping experience?

Mine gave me the replace message after about 14 months of use on "high".

The Mitsu page says to call their customer service number, but its seems like there should be legitimate places to buy online.
post #5867 of 6366
To get the original OEM lamp it's going to cost close to $300 vs the cheap knock offs that don't last long. The cheapest OEM I know of is at B&H http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...A=endecaSearch Just scroll down to the HC3800 lamp for $298
post #5868 of 6366
Is the general idea to run the lamp in eco mode as it will produce better blacks ?

Does everyone use cinema mode when watching bluerays ?


If someone could list there settings it wiuld be appreciated
post #5869 of 6366
What's the going price for a used HC3800 these days? I'm thinking of upgrading to a 1080p 3D.
post #5870 of 6366
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Originally Posted by jamieuk147 View Post

Is the general idea to run the lamp in eco mode as it will produce better blacks ?

Does everyone use cinema mode when watching bluerays ?


If someone could list there settings it wiuld be appreciated

The main reason to use eco mode is to get MANY more hours out of the bulb. The only reason not to use eco mode is if you have a lot of ambient light during the day. I use Cinema mode for everything, along with Medium color temp, Sharpness at 1, Color at 0, Tint at 0. Brightness and Contrast you have to set for your own room with a calibration disc or THX Optimizer.
post #5871 of 6366
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Originally Posted by threed123 View Post

What's the going price for a used HC3800 these days? I'm thinking of upgrading to a 1080p 3D.

Of course there's a sucker born every day, but I doubt you'd get more than $300 for it. Have you thought about keeping it for a backup?
post #5872 of 6366
How do I save the memory settings on the remote ?
post #5873 of 6366
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Originally Posted by Jim McC View Post
The main reason to use eco mode is to get MANY more hours out of the bulb. The only reason not to use eco mode is if you have a lot of ambient light during the day..
No.

The reasons to eco mode can be for better black levels, lower audible noise and if you don't run a big screen (or have a HP), you don't have to run high lamp mode.

Though as the lamp ages, you can switch to high lamp to extend its use.
post #5874 of 6366
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Originally Posted by Jim McC View Post
Of course there's a sucker born every day, but I doubt you'd get more than $300 for it. Have you thought about keeping it for a backup?
I any owner of a HC3800 would be a sucker for selling it that low.

A quick search of ebay showed 2 being sold for about $600ea, 1 had no lamp, the other had no description of condition other than 'used' (no hrs listed, etc.), so that's suspect.

A defective non-working unit sold for $400.

I would say if low hrs, you could expect anywhere from $700-$800'ish depending on your feedback rating, etc.
post #5875 of 6366
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Originally Posted by jamieuk147 View Post
How do I save the memory settings on the remote ?
It's in the drop down menu. I don't remember which one, but it's the first or second drop down, and towards the bottom. I think it might say something like 'AV memory', etc. That should get you the first AV1 memory save. To save a 2nd, push AV2 on the remote, change the settings you want for that memory position, then go to the drop down menu to chose the memory save and it will save to the AV2 memory that you're currently in.
post #5876 of 6366
I personally think the fair value is around $500 to $700 with a working lamp depending on how many hours are on the lamp.

With a blown lamp, no more than $350 to $400 at the most.
I think the used market for electronics is often out of balance, and especially sometimes lower-end projectors sell too close to the new price.

If you look at what the higher units sell for used, they are generally discounted about 30% to 50% even in near mint condition. It is just that on lower-end units people are really tight on the budget so many people may be forced to go used which drives the prices up from the demand.

Although many hc3800's have sold for $700 to $900 even very used, they are not worth that, because the price people are willing to pay doesn't necessarily make that a "smart price".

I mean think about it, why would someone want to save $200 - $250 (less than a lamp costs after shipping) off what you could get a new hc4000 and get rid of all the risk, get a longer warranty, new lamp life, and slightly better PQ.

Of course I feel that way about most used electronics, they are often overpriced. People are too quick to try to save $200 just to go used, you really need to save 40% minimum for it to be worth it, and hopefully more than that.
post #5877 of 6366
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Originally Posted by coderguy View Post

With a blown lamp, no more than $350 to $400 at the most.

Well the last sold on fleabay with 'no' lamp @ $600.
post #5878 of 6366
Right, it's worth to some what the current market conditions allow. I'm just saying the prices aren't logical, they don't make sense when you run the numbers against lamp life + warranty + updated tech, etc...
post #5879 of 6366
Well, he just asked for the 'going price these days'....
post #5880 of 6366
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

Well, he just asked for the 'going price these days'....

Yeah, it's a great projector, I'd get another for $300. The market determines the price. Find a comparable current projector, less the hours, less warranty and that should give you the price someone would be willing to pay, which is probably about $600. The same price I sold my 720p before I got the 3800 (with a screen) 2 years ago, half of what the 3800 cost and half of what the prior projector cost. And of course, I set it up for a very happy family.

People that have seen projectors in action are much more likely to buy...

btw, I am on the second 3800 after a failure last year (under warranty). I went down from a 3xxx sn to a 1xxx sn. I don't think they sold a lot of these.

Greg
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