Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Vancouver, WA USA
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Originally Posted by Jmouse007
One of my dad's life rules of thumb: "NEVER buy the first model year of a new car or the first year of a major redesign."
I usually listen, but the one time I didn't and it came back to bite us in the butt big time. Case in point: We bought a SONY VPL-VW50, the SONY "Pearl". It was SONY''s first 1080p redesigned projector. It got rave reviews, looked nice and had great specs for the time so I broke the cardinalienable rule and bought one... BIG MISTAKE.
Within the first three months it died, had to send it back to SONY for repair. Got it back, after a short period it died again. Wash, rinse and repeat. To make a long story very short, I had to send it back SIX TIMES for repair of various issues. Over a period of 2 1/2 years SONY Repair Center had posession of our pj for a total of EIGHTEEN MONTHS! And they never could "fix it".
SONY CORP gave us the run around. We had to contact and file a complaint with our state's office of consumer affairs and finally had to get our personal attorney involved.
Only after receiving an official threat of legal action from our lawyer did SONY Corp FINALLY offer to replace the defective VPL-VW50 with a brand new, SECOND MODEL YEAR SONY VPL-VW60 for a "small fee". We accepted the offer and by this time: the SECOND MODEL YEAR OF PRODUCTION, SONY had fixed/corrected the plethora of bugs and issues that had been widely reported by "early adopters" like myself who had bought the FIRST MODEL YEAR VPL-VW50.
We have logged over nearly 16,000 hours on our meticulously maintained SONY VPL-VW60 and it has worked FLAWLESSLY. It is used nearly every day and is just now starting to show slight signs of the dreaded "SONY panel degradation" issue. I think daily use and a very carefully controlled "low humidity" environment, coupled with installing the lens cap whenever the pj is not in use, and frequently cleaning the air filter has greatly contributed to the projector's longevity.
That said, although our SONY VPL-VW60 is very "long in the tooth", we are in the market for a new 4K pj and would seriously be interested in the new JVC RS3000/NX7, I think we will sit this first year of production and wait until JVC works out all of the kinks and "bugs". Early adopting on the first year run of JVC''s 4K pj is for us a bit too risky, we don't want to get burned again.
I bought a SONY VPL-VW50 when it first came out and I never had an issue with it. I was so excited when I bought it. It had a great picture. I also bought a 1st year of the new 10th Gen Toyota Corolla in 2009. I still own that 2009 Corolla S and it has been a trouble free car for nearly 100k miles. In fact I just turbocharged it 2 years ago so now it goes like mad!
Theater Room - JVC RS2000, Dalite 148" Scope, Pioneer SC-65, Panasonic UB820, Energy APS 5+2(2), Energy AC 300(1), Energy CR-3(4), PSA 15"Sub(2)
Sports Room - JVC RS4810, Dalite 106" 16:9, Onkyo TX-SR875, Oppo BDP-103, Energy C-7(2) w/Energy S8.2(2), Energy C-C3(1) w/Energy S10.2(1), Energy CR-3(3), Energy S12.3