Originally Posted by Mr Bob
What's the best source for getting the DMD chips cheap? I'm sure they don't have knockoffs there, the manufacturing on those has to be incredible when you know there's more than a million moving mirrors inside each chip.
I check with my sources and some of them insist you gotta replace the entire light engine when the DMD chip goes bad. Having done that chip-only replacement I know that's not true...
Gotta love it. I replied about 2-3 hours ago, posted and now it is gone thanks to me telling you where to go that is (I guess) competition for AVS. The price for the DMD's is under $200 by about 20 bucks. If you still have my # (I have no clue where yours is anymore
) call me and I'll let you know where they can be had.
And you are 1000% correct; the LE does NOT "need" to be replaced when the DMD is changed UNLESS there are other issues. My 56" that I sold wasn't a bad DMD, it was a defective (and well known) problem with the light tunnel itself. Had I been the original owner w/receipt, Toshiba would have replaced it for me for free.
As it is, I wasn't and I paid 180. Still a fair deal I thought. Got it at modus link? You know the place Bob, we discussed them before.
For the 73", I found a set at work that was 1 level up from mine, tho smaller screen (55" I think) and I was going to repair then sell it. Well it sat in the garage for awhile, and suddenly I started seeing 'white/black dots' and knew the DMD (another known issue of this particular chip apparently) needed replaced. Took the one from the 55" (same LE, just different lens is all) and popped it in my set and VOILA!
A perfectly functioning set. Been going strong the last 8 mos or so.
LOVE LOVE LOVE DLP!!!
The depth is incredible, even better (IMHO) than CRT, and sharper as well. No convergence, lamps are under $40 now
and I am literally blown away every BD I play.
No looking back here! But the Tosh is still in the MBR and the wife won't let it go (of course, neither will I) she likes it so much.