Originally Posted by Dave Mack
Guitarman, any idea why they are doing the rebate since this PJ is already way cheaper than the competition or even the HD78 or 79?
And what will happen after 6/30? Price drop? Free lamp or another rebate?
I assume that this will look considerably better than the IN76, yes?
Actually the free bulb promo passed by already and the rebate has just started. The free bulb was probably a better deal. My guess is the bulb is expensive, it comes from Germany not Phillips this time. Anyway at least there's a $300 cash rebate, started to speed up sales.
The HD7100 looks extremely good next to the HD72 HD2+ chip, isn't that model similar to the IN76? I was able to compare these many times. Twice the contrast, twice the black level, way better optics clarity. The 7100 is a DC3 and a darn good one at that. I was able to test out a much higher CR on the HD7100 than the HD72 (2000.1), H77 (2300.1), H79 (2900.1), HD7100 (4300.1).
The 4300.1 measurement is the highest CR any projector ever tested at in my home. The CR, blacks and this Lens I keep talking about is the reason I asked to buy the projector for myself. The 30day trial was running out and after comparing it to what I had (HT1000 & HD72) I just didn't want to go back down.
I'm hoping this 720p machine can keep me from spending six or seven thousand on a 1080p machine.
As far as track record, I bet we can do some searching on the HD2 model this platform used over in Europe. Maybe we can find out how well the machine performed reliability wise. For sure the bulb should be better.
Thought you would like to know. I just tested the light output at 370hrs. I got 18.00ftc in bright mode and 14.50ftc in econo. Pretty sure when it was new I got 18.50ftc in bright mode so the bulb is holding up very good.