Thanks for the reply, rlb.
Have you (or do you know of anyone who has) ordered bulbs from NextDay DLP?http://www.shop.nextdaydlp.com/produ...&productId=222
They let you choose between the Philips and Osram bulbs (Philips is $15 more) and between a new and recycled housing (new is $10 more). They also offer a one year exchange warranty on the bulb. (Of course, that presumes they will be around in a year!) Anyway, $125 for an Osram in a recycled housing seems like a good deal. Is there any good reason to go for the Philips bulb or the new housing?
Or is there a better source? I found a couple of places selling the bulb and housing for $99 but they did not disclose the bulb manufacturer. I can also get the official-in-Sony-box, brand new XL-5100 for $175 - $225. Not sure that is worth the extra cost.
Anyone have any advice?
Note: River Valley Electronics offers a similar deal $125 for an Osram bulb in recycled housing or $15 more for the Philips bulb. Not sure if they are any more or less reputable than NextDay DLP.