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post #9001 of 9206
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Klipsch Cornwall's

I like Klipsch, especially the Heritage stuff. I have listened to systems that used Heresy, La Scala's, Cornscalla's and Cornwalls. Heresy's were okay, but the rest make for nice systems, especially the Cornscala's. Once you hear a system that can do the clean dynamics of HT, there is no going back. Takes a lot of subs to keep up with systems like this. smile.gif
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post #9002 of 9206
I have almost a 1000 hours on my Pro8100 now. I am thinking about ordering a new lamp soon. I've been using normal mode for most of the last 500 hours. It is still bright enough but it is not as bright as when it was new. I have a 18' throw and a 120" screen so I need it to be as bright as possible.

Anyway, I went back and read the posts about the Mwave bulbs but I am not sure how the newest batch are perfoming. Could someone here recommend where to buy a new lamp? I am more concerned about getting a proper lamp than getting the absolute lowest price. Don't get me wrong the cheaper the better but I don't want to buy the cheapest available only to find out it is junk.

Has anyone bought just a replacement lamp and installed it in the orginal housing? I've done that in the past with some friends rear projection DLP lamps.
post #9003 of 9206
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Originally Posted by beekermartin View Post

I have almost a 1000 hours on my Pro8100 now. I am thinking about ordering a new lamp soon. I've been using normal mode for most of the last 500 hours. It is still bright enough but it is not as bright as when it was new. I have a 18' throw and a 120" screen so I need it to be as bright as possible.

Anyway, I went back and read the posts about the Mwave bulbs but I am not sure how the newest batch are perfoming. Could someone here recommend where to buy a new lamp? I am more concerned about getting a proper lamp than getting the absolute lowest price. Don't get me wrong the cheaper the better but I don't want to buy the cheapest available only to find out it is junk.

Has anyone bought just a replacement lamp and installed it in the orginal housing? I've done that in the past with some friends rear projection DLP lamps.

I'm pretty sure that the mwave's and what not are all the same lamp no matter who you buy them from so the cheapest of the clones is the same thing ..

I've installed for others as well as putting an mwave lamp in my own unit even though I'm against the clone lamps .. eek.gif .. why .. ?? Mainly because I just can't justify the cost of a real VS lamp based on the age of the 8100 .. I've seen refurb 8100's in the $400 range ..

No problems on any of the mwave lamps so far .. I'm pretty sure Dark Rider has used them as well, you may want to PM him for his thoughts ..
post #9004 of 9206
Thanks for the reply mgkdragon! I searched for Pro8100 and RLC-032 on Mwave and came up with this:
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/deepsearch_v3.asp?scriteria=RLC%2D032&FilterCatID=

There are three different sku numbers for what appears to be the same lamp. Then there is one that says it comes with the orginal bulb and I assume and aftermarket housing. I am leaning towards that one. I don't know if it is worth almost twice the money but if it really comes with the orginal bulb then it might be.
post #9005 of 9206
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Originally Posted by beekermartin View Post

Thanks for the reply mgkdragon! I searched for Pro8100 and RLC-032 on Mwave and came up with this:
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/deepsearch_v3.asp?scriteria=RLC%2D032&FilterCatID=

There are three different sku numbers for what appears to be the same lamp. Then there is one that says it comes with the orginal bulb and I assume and aftermarket housing. I am leaning towards that one. I don't know if it is worth almost twice the money but if it really comes with the orginal bulb then it might be.

I checked the link and all the lamps show Pureglare and generic in the detail pages .. so I don't know
post #9006 of 9206
I've got about a thousand hours on my M-wave lamp in the economy mode and it still looks good.
post #9007 of 9206
I just got an MWave bulb and the housing didn't fit properly. I tried to ease it in gently and it came to a stopping point before it was all the way in. I compared it to the bulb I was replacing and I couldn't see enough of an appreciable difference to make an adjustment to it. So i tried forcing it in, and the point where the connectors were held in snapped. I'm contacting them to make an exchange only because so many people vouch for this bulb. Has anyone had any issues when trying to install it??

-Tim
post #9008 of 9206
IIRC, there was some discussion earlier in the thread about having to slightly modify a small portion of the housing to get it to slide in and mate.
post #9009 of 9206
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Originally Posted by timfrommass View Post

I just got an MWave bulb and the housing didn't fit properly. I tried to ease it in gently and it came to a stopping point before it was all the way in. I compared it to the bulb I was replacing and I couldn't see enough of an appreciable difference to make an adjustment to it. So i tried forcing it in, and the point where the connectors were held in snapped. I'm contacting them to make an exchange only because so many people vouch for this bulb. Has anyone had any issues when trying to install it??

-Tim

YES

I had to GENTLY file a TINY bit of material from the bottom right corner of the housing to allow it to then seat properly. Unfortunately, I found that it was nowhere near as bright as my OEM lamp that had about 1K hours on it--even trying it on NORMAL as opposed to ECO on the OEM. Had to return it for a refund which they did with no issues. I think I'm the only one that reported this problem. I was tempted (still am) to try another but they didn't offer and I didn't ask. Please report back when you get your replacement.

Good luck!

Ed
post #9010 of 9206
2nd Bulb came. I had to pay close attention on how the previous after market bulb fit in, but the mwave worked this time. Had to be careful, but I didn't shave anything off. Now that it's installed what a huge difference. I paid $150 for the other aftermarket bulb after the viewsonic one failed only 2,000 hours in. The other bulb was never as bright as it should have been, and it had been some time since the original VS had been very bright. I'm finally enjoying this projector the way I should be after about 2 years of crap bulbs in it. After paying just a little more than half of the cost I paid for the garbage bulb I got last time I'll call this one a great value. I had the brightness settings all jacked up just so I could see some shadow detail in really dark scenes which obviously killed the black levels. I was also in normal bulb mode. With the Mwave bulb properly calibrated and in eco mode it's leaps and bounds brighter than the other bulb was, and I have the stellar black level/shadow detail performance back. Great recommendation, thanks a bunch!
post #9011 of 9206
^^^ The Mwave lamp is really a great value .. and measures at the same output as a VS ..
post #9012 of 9206
Could you please post a link to exact bulb you purchased. When I searched a few weeks ago I found 4 different ones. I didn't know which one to get so I gave up. Lol.
post #9013 of 9206
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Originally Posted by beekermartin View Post

Could you please post a link to exact bulb you purchased. When I searched a few weeks ago I found 4 different ones. I didn't know which one to get so I gave up. Lol.

+1!???

Seems like he purchased the lower priced one. I'd be willing to pop for the higher dollar one if it was in fact an OEM lamp. I had to return the one I bought for $80ish several months back--it was very dim. I think I'm the only lucky one to have had this problem.

Ed
post #9014 of 9206
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Originally Posted by beekermartin View Post

Could you please post a link to exact bulb you purchased. When I searched a few weeks ago I found 4 different ones. I didn't know which one to get so I gave up. Lol.
+2
Miner suddenly got lower output with only 1000 hrs on original bulb. It has sat in its box since
post #9015 of 9206
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Originally Posted by bassmansound View Post

+2
Miner suddenly got lower output with only 1000 hrs on original bulb. It has sat in its box since

It's normal for most lamps to drop in output at around the 1000 hour mark ..
post #9016 of 9206
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

^^^ The Mwave lamp is really a great value .. and measures at the same output as a VS ..

Don't ask Ed. wink.gif
post #9017 of 9206
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Originally Posted by 73shark View Post

Don't ask Ed. wink.gif

LOL smile.gif

Maybe I just got lucky???rolleyes.gif

Ed
post #9018 of 9206
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Originally Posted by 73shark View Post

Don't ask Ed. wink.gif

Yeah, I'm pretty sure by now we know he got a bad lamp .. wink.gif
post #9019 of 9206
I searched their website and ebay and they advertise the same lamp at different prices. Lower ok eBay. I confirmed this with them
post #9020 of 9206
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Originally Posted by timfrommass View Post

I searched their website and ebay and they advertise the same lamp at different prices. Lower ok eBay. I confirmed this with them

So did you purchase the one for about $80 or the higher priced one for around $160 that's listed as having an OEM lamp/Osram?confused.gif

Thanks!

Ed
post #9021 of 9206
No the $80 one. Which to the best I can tell is every bit as bright as the original lamp from viewsonic
post #9022 of 9206
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Originally Posted by timfrommass View Post

No the $80 one. Which to the best I can tell is every bit as bright as the original lamp from viewsonic

I installed 3 in different units that were actually a tiny bit brighter ..

You guys may want to PM darkrider for his take as well ..
post #9023 of 9206
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Originally Posted by timfrommass View Post

No the $80 one. Which to the best I can tell is every bit as bright as the original lamp from viewsonic

Thanks Tim, appreciate it. Looks like I'm gonna have to try another one. If I get another bad one I'll blame it on Uncle Willie..........wink.gif

Ed
post #9024 of 9206
OK guys, I ordered another one. Here goes nuttin'!rolleyes.gif

Ed
post #9025 of 9206
We're pulling for you. wink.gif
post #9026 of 9206
Good Luck old corps! When I can afford it I will be ordering one as well. I've got just over 1900 hours on my bulb in almost exactly a year. Enjoying the hell out of every minute! The image still looks fantastic! I have no desire to change the bulb at this point but want to have the new one on hand for comfort sake....Im still using Dark Riders March 2010 settings on Eco and see no degradation in the brightness since the slight dip around the 1000 hour mark...I will have to give the 2200 hour settings a whirl in a few weeks. I unplug every night, and have had no instances of banding in either direction! I still get excited like a little kid every night when show time rolls around...Amazing! Woo Hoo! Rock on fellas!
post #9027 of 9206
Jeeze, thanks guys........Hopefully I'll have an updated positive review soon.


Ed
post #9028 of 9206
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Originally Posted by nighteye View Post

Good Luck old corps! When I can afford it I will be ordering one as well. I've got just over 1900 hours on my bulb in almost exactly a year. Enjoying the hell out of every minute! The image still looks fantastic! I have no desire to change the bulb at this point but want to have the new one on hand for comfort sake....Im still using Dark Riders March 2010 settings on Eco and see no degradation in the brightness since the slight dip around the 1000 hour mark...I will have to give the 2200 hour settings a whirl in a few weeks. I unplug every night, and have had no instances of banding in either direction! I still get excited like a little kid every night when show time rolls around...Amazing! Woo Hoo! Rock on fellas!

Watched "Olympus Has Fallen" BD last night .. I'd recalibrated / cleaned the fiter and lens the day before since my latest lamp passed 1000 hours .. I still see no compelling reason to upgrade ..

5600 total hours ..
post #9029 of 9206
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Originally Posted by nighteye View Post

Good Luck old corps! When I can afford it I will be ordering one as well. I've got just over 1900 hours on my bulb in almost exactly a year. Enjoying the hell out of every minute! The image still looks fantastic! I have no desire to change the bulb at this point but want to have the new one on hand for comfort sake....Im still using Dark Riders March 2010 settings on Eco and see no degradation in the brightness since the slight dip around the 1000 hour mark...I will have to give the 2200 hour settings a whirl in a few weeks. I unplug every night, and have had no instances of banding in either direction! I still get excited like a little kid every night when show time rolls around...Amazing! Woo Hoo! Rock on fellas!

Some of us got a new bulb and put it in and saved the old one as a backup. That way you can test the new one and use it 'til it's used up and have a known good backup. smile.gif

My fear was always having the bulb fail during movie nite w/ guests or during something big e.g., Super Bowl. eek.gif
post #9030 of 9206
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Watched "Olympus Has Fallen" BD last night .. I'd recalibrated / cleaned the fiter and lens the day before since my latest lamp passed 1000 hours .. I still see no compelling reason to upgrade ..

5600 total hours ..

We just watched "Olympus" this weekend on BD as well. Great pq and audio! Too bad the movie itself SUCKED.frown.gif

JMHO

Ed
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