Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Staten Island N.Y.
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I have a HT in a unique and problem room. I have low ceilings in my basement t and the only place I can place my PJ is about 11 feet from my 97 inch carada screen, and to the side by about 30%, so people don't walk into it. Lol. I've had great results with a Sanyo Z4. People were blown away by what I did with my room and I love my HT. my Z4 worked flawlessly for 6 + years. It had the best lens shift along with the Lanny 900 back then. I was very happy with the performance of my Z4 and was surprised at how versatile the world of front projection had become.
Then 2 years and 2 weeks ago I decided it was time to go with a new 1080p projector. I went with the Epson 8700 instead of the Panny 7000. This time I've had nothing but trouble. Out of the box I was amazed by the brightness of the picture and the overall quality of the picture. Unfortunately after using it for 5 hours, my bulb exploded. Since then every few months after very limited use, my bulb starts to noticeably dim and eventually explodes or just stops working. Every time Epson claimed that it was then bulb and not the PJ, and they told me that the warranty on the bulb was one year. I was happy to keep changing bulbs rather than sending it in for a refurbished replacement t after hearing others experiences with refurbishedEpson projectors. Now that my warranty is expired for 2 weeks or so, my bulb once again crapped out. This time theres no talk of it being the bulb and not the projector. Now that my warranty is expired, now im basically screwed! After begging and pleading I got them to send me a refurbished replacement. I dont expect the replacement unit to be any good. Ill keep sending them back until I get something usable and ill use it as a backup to my new projector. That's where I need some help.
Here is my current equipment list:
Outlaw 990 pre/pro
Outlaw 7125 amp
M&K S-150 THX LCR
M&K SS-150 THX dipole surrounds
M&K MX350 THX Sub
M&K column surround rear speakers
TIVO premier XL
Toshiba HD-A2 HDDVD player
I'm looking for a good 3D projector that has really solid lens shift that is NOT an Epson. The only obvious choice is the Panisonic AE 8000. That is definitely the top contender. I was hoping there were other quality 3D projectors to choose from that would work in my problem room mentioned above. My budget is about $3000. Unfortunately most projector reviews don't get too much into the degree of lens shift a PJ has.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!