So my wife comes to me the other day and says, "why don't we get a new projector?". Yes folks, you read that right! Her idea, unsolicited.
I've got a heck of a woman.
We have a trusty AE900 that we got when it was first introduced and now has nearly 3000 hours on it (it spent a year in a box while building our new home).
A few months ago I was able to take our 900 to a friends house that had just gotten a 3000. We did a direct A/B comparison using a piece of cardboard to cover each lens and go from one to the other. My first impression was not how great the 3000 looked, but rather how terrible my 900 looked. It looked far worse than how I felt it looked at home. So immediately I started thinking it was time to upgrade. I got back home, hooked the 900 back into my theater and watched a movie...whada ya know, I'm pleased with the image once again. Sure, it was nothing to write home about, but certainly good enough to make my wallet tight.
I've read this entire thread and hear all the over the top comments about the performance increase from the 900 to the 4000. And I have personal experience that tells me that these comments are warranted. Yet, last night we watch a movie on the 900 and it makes me feel like I'm taking advantage of my wife if we upgrade now. Does that make any sense?
And, while technology moving quickly is wonderful, the flip side is that it is almost self deflating and robs you of the high you get from a new purchase. Upgrading instantly dates your theater rather than putting you on the cutting edge.
I'll likely still pull the trigger on this, just rambling a bit about some of the wrestling in my head. Heck, I remember when upgrading projectors was necessary because your old projector had pixels the size of nickels! Now, it's less and less necessary and more of a luxery.
Where's that phone number for ProjectorPeople ???