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Purchase a used Sony VPL-VW60 w. 3000 hrs?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have an opportunity to purchase a used Sony VPL-VW60 projector for $350. The unit is in need of a lamp (still works-but is dim) which is going to run me around $130 aftermarket or $400 for a genuine Sony part.

The owner says there are no issues with the projector other than the bulb and said that I am welcome to inspect/ test at his home prior to finalizing the deal which I will definitely do.

This is going to replace my current Infocus IN76 720p DLP projector, I want to go 1080p.

I would appreciate any comments/ feedback on the sale price given the hours on the unit and given the newer technology with even today's entry level 1080p projectors which can be had for approx. $1000 would this be a worthwhile purchase?

Thanks
post #2 of 13
I have owned my VW 60 since 07 or so. Your costs for a lamp are right on the low end but about $150 high on the $400 - check AVS store, this site.

My Sony has far more than 3000 hours on it and still works as well as when it was new. Some have said that a lot of the Sony projectors that came after it were not as good. I don't know if that's true. I only know that I run it night and day, probably have 9000 plus hours on it and I am still very satisfied with the quality of the image, (color accuracy, brightness, blacks), and the other factors people talk about on this site. Of course I have never had another projector to compare it to, so take what I state in that sense.

I doubt you can go wrong with that Sony at that price, as long as it is still working properly. It is a reliable and capable machine. Remember, though, it isn't a 3D unit. If you simply have to have 3D, there are other choices that might be better.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick reply. It is encouraging to hear that you have that many hours on your unit and it is still working properly.

Have you ever had any issues with it? Is there anything I should be checking specifically to confirm proper operation of the unit.

I have done some preliminary research on these units, is there anything that tends to fail or malfunction on these units typically?
post #4 of 13
Really, the best way to check it is with a new lamp and watching a movie. I haven't had any issues at all with mine,and in fact have had fair luck with the cheap lamps.

The problem is, with a few minutes of viewing, you might miss something you later decide is important or distracting. For instance, some of the guys have noticed brightness in the corners of the image. I haven't seen that, but some of the old posts indicate that.

My experience has been trouble free, so I am not the best person to ask what to look for. In fact, even though the unit came with a computer color program, I have never used it because I thought the colors were very close right out of the box.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Where do you purchase your bulbs from?
post #6 of 13
Here at AVS once, and I just shop around and when I find a deal, I google the company name and see if they stand behind their stuff. I don't actually commit company names to memory on that.
post #7 of 13
If it is a fully working projector minus the bulb than that price is an absolute steal!
post #8 of 13
First I would avoid the off brand lenses... If you check around here you will find they always cause more headache than anything. That being said, the actual Sony lamps we sell for under $300, so the delta is not all that large.

For $350, that is a good deal. Yes there are newer and better units now, but if you are not looking to put out a lot of money and want to get into 1080p, that is a decent starting point.
post #9 of 13
Great deal.

I had both the IN76 and the VW60, but moved onto JVC due to Sony's dynamic iris. The positive going for the Sony were noise level and natural color, but the black is so so, even comparing to the RS2; it is ok for RS1 which only claimed 15k contrast. Sony's specs, like many, were inflated. My latest is the RS20, absolutely gorgeous black w/ a 3D look (depth) but w/o the 3D issues.

For $350 and a new lamp, I could use it for a backup. It's a steal.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by dragonbud0 View Post

Great deal.

I had both the IN76 and the VW60, but moved onto JVC due to Sony's dynamic iris. The positive going for the Sony were noise level and natural color, but the black is so so, even comparing to the RS2; it is ok for RS1 which only claimed 15k contrast. Sony's specs, like many, were inflated. My latest is the RS20, absolutely gorgeous black w/ a 3D look (depth) but w/o the 3D issues.

For $350 and a new lamp, I could use it for a backup. It's a steal.

Agreed. And compared to the IN76 the OP has, even the Sony's black levels will be notably better...
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input gents. I never ended up buying the projector. I felt the seller was not fully disclosing the history of the projector. First he told me that he changed the bulb once or twice, later he tells me that he changed it 4 or 5 times. My guess is that there is probably 6,000 to 8,000 hrs. on the unit, maybe more.

He said he was original owner and told me where he purchased it. I called the store and they informed me that they never carried Sony projectors.

All of this was a deal breaker for me. So I will wait it out and save more money and most likely go with a new JVC model with a warranty when the time is right.
post #12 of 13
If I were into 3D, the RS40B being sold by AVS is a bargain. For comparison, I paid over $2k for the RS2 refurb about 3 years ago, but only moving on to the RS20 just because...

GL.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by guida74 View Post

Thanks for all the input gents. I never ended up buying the projector. I felt the seller was not fully disclosing the history of the projector. First he told me that he changed the bulb once or twice, later he tells me that he changed it 4 or 5 times. My guess is that there is probably 6,000 to 8,000 hrs. on the unit, maybe more.

He said he was original owner and told me where he purchased it. I called the store and they informed me that they never carried Sony projectors.

All of this was a deal breaker for me. So I will wait it out and save more money and most likely go with a new JVC model with a warranty when the time is right.

I would love to buy it for a friend of mine.

I have a vw60 and I am on my third bulb, I have a friend who is a priest and wants a cheap projector for church presentations. So, mostly I'm looking at $500 projectors but the vw60 would be great for him.

Anyway pm me details if the pj is still available. Please.

-Brian
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