Originally Posted by gaffo
lol - same hear! 680 for the "spare" 4000 after mits rebate from amazon (730?) pre-rebate. I've got a 3800 for the last 3 yrs (4000 came out a couple months after I got my 3800 - my understanding is that they are essentially the same).
for 680, its a better deal than 2-bubs instead for same $.
couldn't care less for 3D (gimmick) - hell there are PC programs to convert your vids if you want - using the old Blue Green scheme might for fun for sheets and gigs - that type of 3D works on 2D equipment.
Yeah, it's a good deal for sure. Also an HC3800 owner here
But, the deal is dead and the HC4000 is discontinued ---and out of stock at newegg, and others.
At that rebate price it would get me thinking of getting one....after some thought, for 'me'>
> Upgrade from my HC3800, but honestly, probably so slight I wouldn't notice
> Good deal, Good PJ, kinda like a lamp purchase with an new HC4000 thrown in for $300 more
> Discontinued, so if you want a new one, get it now!
> Upgrade from my HC3800 will probably be unnoticeable (and if so, canceling out the slight 'pro' from above)
> Calibration: I'm no calibration expert, and calibrating by discs (have like 3 different ones) isn't fun, nor complete...usually tweaking by eye before finally being satisfied (especially with gamma). Probably the #1 con for me in this case.
> Hours: I actually only have about 600 hrs on my original HC3800 lamp! AND, I have an untouched extra new lamp that I got on a new lamp rebate deal during my original PJ purchase. So I'm obviously not an heavy user.
> Discontinued: I would assume Mits's support will still be outstanding for the 2-3 years warranty period....but we all know about assumptions...
Ultimately, even if this deal was still alive, I would probably pass----very reluctantly though. I would like a true upgrade....unfortunately, as much as I love DLP for what it 'was', moving forward into the future it appears DLP hasn't, and will not really progress much further. I'm looking towards a JVC in maybe 2 years time....by then I would hope the JVC's have addressed my main concerns, i.e., lamp life (looks like they might have already got that handled), optical block issues (again, seems to be getting better---but failures right out of warranty still scare me), JVC's notoriously bad CS (compared to Mitsubishi's), and performance wise, increasing ansi contrast and decreasing calibration drift.
By that time, I would hopefully be well into my 2nd lamp on my HC3800 and hopefully patting myself on the back for waiting it out.