|Originally posted by HEAT
Now,the definitive -finally put to bed shootout would be-and I dont know why nobody has done this yet is to compare -lets say a Sim HT300+ XTRA/Sharp 11k/Marantz S3 with a G90/Marquee Ultra 9500lc Ultra/Cine 9.
Anybody want to take bets on whats going to look the best?
I don't know what CRT Guy Kuo has, but I'm hoping to do a comparison with my 11k soon. IMO, the CRT had better look better than the 11k. I might be able to get $5500 for the 11k right now and it has many convenience advantages over a CRT (lens-shift, no color shifting with the High Power, portability, touch of a button lumens range changes, ease of sale, etc.). So, as I see it if these CRTs didn't put out better images to at least some people's eyes why would anybody want one unless they were only doing it to save money. And I doubt most G90 and 9500LC buyers bought them to save a little bit of money. More and more that is the case, but I doubt it is the case right now.
|Digital is a false economy-because (1) the $1000 digital will last 1000hrs-thats $1 per hour same as crt.
NOW to get the same use over the same period-you would need to buy another 9 bulbs for the digital-thats about $4,000.
What projector are you talking about here. The only $1k digital I know of that fits is the X1 and the evidence is that their bulbs last much longer than 1000 hours and cost much less than $400.
InFocus is claiming 3000 hours, so lets assume that they are exaggerating the real number by 50% (I have not seen evidence of InFocus exaggerating, but I'll give you that much for your comparison). Also, I believe they changed their firmware and have now started claiming 4000 hours, but I'll go with 2000 for this. And the first place I checked had the bulbs for $299, but they can be found for less. I'll assume $280 and also that the prices will not fall in the time someone has the projector and I also will leave out the option of upgrading the projector to an X3 along the way.
So, for 10k hours we have $1k for the projector plus $1400 for bulbs by taking realistic numbers (and even leaning them toward being conservative). That is 0.24 cents per hour. A far cry from the $1 per hour you came up with by using unrealistic numbers.
Now, if you are talking about the Sanyo Z1, yes they do seem to have a bulb problem and they don't seem to be lasting. The evidence is that the X1 does not exhibit this problem and there are many people with lots of hours on their X1s.
Also, Panasonic did not seem to have the same bulb problems with the AE300 and I believe that bulbs for the AE500 are about $229.
It isn't out yet, but for those looking for a budget projector to compare there will soon be the InFocus 4805 which will have a 4x wheel and sounds like it will be about $1400. I think it will ship in the next couple to few months, but I haven't heard of a date. Will it beat a used CRT for $1400 in just image quality? It better not or that CRT price will drop like a rock.