I bought my Pearl in late 2006. Later I added lens (Schneider) and a 9 foot wide cinemascope screen. I have about 2500 hours total time mostly watching movies. I replace the bulbs every 600 hours or so as the color balance starts to drift after that. All the Sony new projectors with exception of the VW 1000 have too short a throw for my theater. I have wished for a VW 200 but it would take redesigning the custom mounting plate and is twice the weight. I have one word of caution. The original Pearl has a bug in the firmware that causes tearing on the lower 5% or so of the screen when showing 1.78:1 aspect ratio material at 24 pfs. I needed a video processor as the VW 50 has no vertical stretch and mine allowed sending 48 fps to the projector. At the time, one could send it back for a factory retrofit to correct this issue. I decided to go with sending a 48 fps HDMI signal and not risking damaging anything by sending it back to the factory. The panels on these projectors operate up to 96 pfs so the 48 fps is doubled in the projector. I know I could replace it but I would want the VW 200 and both of them are getting old.