Originally Posted by neils
Bigrushhead, I got a good laugh when you said going back to the AE300 would be like going back to dial-up internet. That statement alone is incentive to upgrade my AE300. I was thinking about this upgrade issue. My AE300 is working perfect, and the image is not all that bad, especially since I am projecting onto a high contrast gray Draper screen, which helps a lot. But I do find that the image is lacking some punch, probably due to the decreased perceived output due to the gray screen, plus the lower brightness compared to the newer models. Since I would like my projector to be HDCP compliant in order to use HDMI, I was thinking perhaps to upgrade to the AE700. This way I can turn my AE300 into cash, and my investment would be minimal to upgrade. Not only would this option get me an HDCP compliant model, but up my contrast to 2000 (from 800) and up my brightness to 1000 (from 850). Not too shabby, not as good as the AE900, but would be better to look at than the AE300 I have right now...
Anyone want to downgrade to an AE300 ??? It's for sale !!
I think I will have to try and sell it private to get some good cash for it, since it's selling for peanuts on eBay....
If it was me, I would get whatever I could on Ebay for the 300u, (should be able to get $300.00 or more). The cost of a replacement lamp would put you at $550.00 + to in effect, keep the same projector, and for $400.00 to $500.00 more, you could jump up to a 900u. if you know where to look
Actually I was you about a year ago, and this is exactly what I did, and believe me, I couldn't be happier. I hate to say this, cause I am trying to sell my 700u right now, but I would bypass it and go straight to the 900u. The 700u is very noisy and makes this "clunk" noise all the time, which I believe is the "Auto Iris" doing its thing, and one cant help but believe its somehow related to all the lamp failures, cause the 900u makes the same noise once in a great while, but no where near as much, is brighter yet, quieter fan, and has a beautiful picture, and even SD material is quite tolerable, and the air filter is way better, the remote is much improved, and 2 sets of component inputs.
I used to have to blow the dust bunnies out of the 300u pretty regular, but haven't had to deal with that at all on the 900u.
I wont be thinking about upgrading for awhile.