I’ve had a rear projection Mitsubishi DLP set continuously in my den for over 11 years. A 73” that I bought in 2008 and then a 92” as they were discontinuing them(don’t remember the exact year, but maybe 2012-2013). I think I replaced the lamp once in the 73” and my friend that I gave it to when I bought the 92” may have replaced it once, as well(before he got rid of it). I’ve replaced the lamp a few times on the 92” and it’s still chugging along, but it’s on it’s way out the door. Not because it hasn’t been a good TV or I’ve had issues, but now I can finally go 120” front projection in a relatively easy manner with the LG HU85 UST projector(which ironically is still DLP), that’s almost as easy as just removing it from atop the components cabinet and placing the new projector in its place. The hardest thing will be hanging the screen properly, but otherwise, it will be almost ‘plug-n-play’.
Rear projection DLP sets were the best bang-for-the-buck in screen size, back in the day. Heck, you still can’t get a flat panel 90”+ as inexpensively as you could a 92” DLP rptv. Were/are they perfect? No. But everything has its trade-offs and you have to pick the ones that you can live with to get what you want(or close to it). I know going in that my brand new projector won’t have the blacks and contrast that my OLED in the bedroom has, but no one is making or selling a 120” OLED set for $6K(I’m actually in for about $6600 with the projector and ES CLR screen). I think I was $4k in for the 92”, but it’s been so long ago, I can’t remember.
Now, what will I do with the 92”...? I offered it to my Mom, since she’s moving into a bigger house, but she doesn’t want a TV that big. It’s still working fine and I’m not the type of person that just throws something like that in the dumpster. I guess I’ll see if my buddy that I gave the 73” to previously, is interested.