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Are you still replacing DLP lamps?

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The 5th bulb just blew on my Toshiba 56hm195 I purchased in 2005. I still love the look of movies and sporting events for the detail and natural looks and I will replace it this time. A fresh bulb will be nice to watch the olympics.

Having said that I am thinking about replacing it with a plasma/LCD. Prices are coming down and if the lamp price starts going up I just might pull the trigger. The appeal of DLP to me is that despite the cost of the lamp, it's essentially a new tv after each replacement.

I wonder how long these lamps are going to be avaialble though. As I understand most Toshiba DLPs of that era used the same lamp therefore I'm guessing there is a large customer base needing new bulbs. But I wonder if the old TVs are being replaced with newer ones. Are you holding on to yours or like me considering a replacment?

Cheers
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The 5th bulb just blew on my Toshiba 56hm195 I purchased in 2005. I still love the look of movies and sporting events for the detail and natural looks and I will replace it this time. A fresh bulb will be nice to watch the olympics.

Having said that I am thinking about replacing it with a plasma/LCD. Prices are coming down and if the lamp price starts going up I just might pull the trigger. The appeal of DLP to me is that despite the cost of the lamp, it's essentially a new tv after each replacement.

I wonder how long these lamps are going to be avaialble though. As I understand most Toshiba DLPs of that era used the same lamp therefore I'm guessing there is a large customer base needing new bulbs. But I wonder if the old TVs are being replaced with newer ones. Are you holding on to yours or like me considering a replacment?

Cheers

2004-2005 Toshiba lamps were known for going early. There was even a class action lawsuit over it. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/03/class-action-se/

I have had two Mitsubishi DLPs, friends and family have 5 more, and all the lamps lasted 5000 hours, minimum. Also, replacements are $99 and come complete with a slide in/out cartridge. A new 73" can now be had for under $1200. http://www.amazon.com/Mitsubishi-WD-73740-73-Inch-1080p-Projection/dp/B004ZL2OB8

I wouldn't rule out DLP in your shopping. http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/
Edited by Augerhandle - 7/8/12 at 12:48pm
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