Has anybody noticed, when taking out the lamp assembly to do the cleaning, that the glass cover on the lamp assembly is cracked? (Sorry for the cross post, if you are reading the RS20 owners thread, I asked about this a few days ago, but figure non-RS20 owners, who also have the same kind of bulb, may see the query here, but didn't see it there.)
I recently purchase a lightly used RS20, fired it up, saw that it was working apparently correctly (ie, putting out an image, menus operated).
But before mounting it, I decided to clean it (filter, etc) and while checking the lamp housing area for cleanliness, I found that the front of the lamp housing, the glass, was cracked right across the full width of the housing.
full size detail: http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b.../sale/lamp.jpg
1. Is this a danger? It would seem that part of the function of that big piece of glass on on the front of the lamp housing is to protect the rest of the projector, if the lamp itself blows. Or not?
2. Is this a performance problem? IE, is it likely to impact light output, or the ability of the machine to correctly reach its stated specs/contrast ratio?
3. Will this shorten the lamp life itself?
4. Anyone ever seen this before?
I don't think this was due to rough handling, and I don't think this is the seller pulling a fast one.
It would seem it could have been this way for a while without a user knowing it -- perhaps wondering about a drop in performance, but not experiencing a total unit failure. Of course, it may just be luck that this didn't cause a catastrophic failure, yet. I don't know. So far, the advice I've received is "replace immediately" from everyone except one person, who apparently had the same issue.
Any advice or insight based on experience would be appreciated.