Originally Posted by lousygolfer
OK, my Marantz VP4001 720p projector appears to have died, I've been quoted as a really rough ballpark figure repair cost $300-$600 and I just don't think the projector is worth that much any more. I've done a bit of quick research and in light of the today-only 11/2 projector sale on at Newegg, for $425 it looks like it would make more sense to buy a new H5360 to have for a few years until 1080p 3D projectors come down below $1000, than sink probably at least that much into repairs of my 5-year old Marantz, plus the Acer would do 3D.
My day is jammed and I simply don't have time to do the usual research I would normally do before Newegg's sale expires this evening and I hope someone familiar with this forum can help me out.
Some basics: I've got a 110" DIY screen, ceiling mount's about 12.5-13' from it in a mostly light controlled room. Intended use will be roughly 1/3 movies for the family (hopefully including some 3D ones), 1/3 TV and 1/3 gaming for me, with a few football game parties a year (the H5360 is a bit of a light cannon, isn't it, suitable for sports with some ambient lighting on in the background?) Use wil be about 20-25 hours/week.
I've got the following questions:
1) How prevalent is the dead pixel and other reliability issues? I've seen a number of complaints about it amongst the Newegg customer reviews, only a few of them from the Amazon reviews, and a few more here, but I don't have the time to look through all 1500+ posts in this thread. From the sounds of it, the problems are mostly with Pre-2011 units or is it that it's got about 1.5-2 years before problems develop and that time has been reached by now for a lot of people in 2012?
2) Is Acer tech support and service as bad as some are complaining about? I saw something about a $200 flat fee service and that doesn't sound too bad at all compared to what I've been quoted by an authorized Marantz repair shop (SuperScope, in Illinois).
3) Anyone have an idea of how different this $600 MSRP Acer 720p DLP projector's image will look compared to my once $6,000 MSRP Marantz 720p DLP projector's image (bought 5 yrs ago for $1200)? Per projectorcentral's calculator, there's at least a bit of an overlap between the two projectors in placement distance for a 110" screen, so I should be able to use my Marantz's ceiling mount in place without any alteration.
4) I've got an older nVidia 9600gt (might be 9800gt, I forget) graphics card lying around that should do 3D in my HTPC if I swap it out for the Radeon HD4850 that I've got in there - does that sound right? I'm not sure if a 9600gt will play Crysis, Assassin's Creed I, Diablo III, etc... (Except for D3, I'm around 3-4yrs behind current with my games and have a big stack of circa 2007-2009 games that I've not yet played) at 720p with most/all effects maxed out, though like I currently can with my Radeon 4850 - any suggestions on the cheapest nVidia 3D card that will play my somewhat older games maxed out at 720P?
5) I'm currently running my LG Blu-Ray/HD-DVD drive with the OEM Power DVD software that came with it but I also have a copy of Corel WinDVD Pro 2011, which I believe does 3D. Do I need the whole nVidia 3D Vision kit or just individual nVidia 3D glasses?
6) Extended warranties: Newegg is charging $40 for 1yr, $90 for 3yrs. Any thoughts on those for an H5360?
Thanks - I really appreciate the help.