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I am using the RS-45, I haven't contacted JVC yet because waiting to see if lamp drops a bit more or pops. I have until November. I know JVC will want me to send in the projector, and I refuse, it's not the projector.
There really aren't that many people that have many hours on 03 series lamps, I asked a bunch of people how many hours on their 03 lamps, most didn't even hit 300 yet, so I am not sure how we know anything about 03 vs. 02 really. There are a couple that went over 500, but I don't think I've seen a single person go over 1000 yet. This isn't near enough data to say anything. When I see several people passing 1500 hours on the 03 lamps, then I'll be convinced it's fixed. I know of 6 people total that had issues thus far with the 03 lamps including myself, 3 of those are from another dealer (not AvS), 1 of them is me, and the other 2-3 are posters in this forum. I don't feel like digging up the posts, but they are there if you look for them.
I don't have any hard statistics, and there is some anecdotal evidence that the issue has improved, but there is just as much anecdotal evidence that the 03 lamps are still having problems as far as I am concerned. I think the most likely situation is that the 03 lamps helped redirect the airflow, so it reduced the chances of dimming early on, but I don't think it fixed it.
I mean if I had the reverse scenario (03 lamp make it to 1500 and 02 lamp go 500), then I could be proclaiming the issue is fixed, but I would be incorrect again, because it can go either way coincidentally. My 02 lamp was fine until about 800-1200 hours was the mass dimming, and 1500 was when it died. That doesn't mean the 03 is better if the 03 goes 1600 hours.
inconclusive if you ask me.
i do think this year's JVC's have better lamps though.