Originally Posted by billbillw
Muse, I don't think you got the 'last one'. He meant the last one in his list of suggestions. Vapex has plenty of the refurb 8700ub (for now anyway). The price is great on those and I think you will like it. I have the slightly older 6500ub and its great.
I saw a YouTube video yesterday comparing the 6500ub to a $1000 PJ. It was amazing. The amazing part was at the end when the guy explained that the 6500ub has a high end processor that creates an almost 3D effect. He showed the same scene first with the $1000 PJ and then the 6000ub, and the Epson absolutely blew it away, it was amazing. Here's that Youtube video: $999 HD1080p compared to High End 1080P Home Theater Projectors
Yes, I figured maybe I misunderstood him on the "last one" statement, but TBH it had me hurrying over there to buy it.
Actually, I was already pretty close to getting it. I really was seeing nothing else that didn't have a downside compared to the 8700ub. It's big, is the biggest problem with it for me, but I figure that's something I can deal with, and once dealt with it won't be a problem. The other thing that had me seriously concerned is the fact that in this thread there are a lot of complaints about problems with this PJ, artifacts, lamps that die prematurely, various others. I read those until I was fairly paranoid. However, I realize that dedicated threads like these naturally attract those who have serious problems with the merchandise. It's just not quantifiable. Maybe 97% of the buyers have no problems at all, how can I know? I was unhappy that I missed the rebate for a replacement lamp, especially since I was seeing so many post by people who said their lamps went out pretty early. My situation may be different, though. My throw is very short, under 10 feet, and my light control is excellent. I will probably be able to run this PJ at reduced brightness, as reduced as it will allow and still have plenty of light. That should extend the life of the lamp greatly. If the lamp isn't defective, it might approach the manufacture's estimated life span of 4000 hours, well I can hope!