Originally Posted by shelly
Your two questions could apply to any projector out there, not just the Epson.
They all get dust blobs (or not) which show as green blotches on dark background. They have been reported for many years, at least through the years that I have had 3 different projectors. Never had one myself.
Lamp life is a guesstimate, some get longer and some folks get shorter number of hours.
I think that you are over thinking the purchase, and you can't beat the price of the 8350 for what you get. It will be the best tv you have ever had.
Why not just hop on board and enjoy what a front projector can do to enhance your theater experience?
Yeah thats true. I know all PJ's are susceptible to dust which is why that wasn't my main concern. It was more the lamp life.
See the thing is in our house is that with a full family of 6 people I know the PJ will get run at least 4-5 hours (pretty excessive I know) every day as this PJ is going in a living room area and really a replacement for a TV (the living room area ambient light can be controlled pretty well).
With that being said thats around 1825 hours in a year based on 5 hours a day. And it sounds like the lamp doesn't actually last the rated 4000 hours so at $300 for a lamp every year, lol, its quite a bit (assuming roughly a 2000 hour lamp life). 92" screen is the max we can go in the living space. Given the cost of the lamps Ive just been thinking if it would be better to just get a LCD or plasma in the 70" range and call it day and give up the extra 22 or so inches of screen.
If I get a projector the Epson 8350 is definitely the one we will get thats for sure. Its definitely a top performer for the $$$ and it would be nice to have a 16:9 92" screen to watch movies and PS3 gaming.
I guess I was just hoping to see if the actual lamp life is closer to the rated hours or pretty much half to better decide if this would be a good idea.
Thanks for the post though Shelly... Appreciate it.