I wonder if I could get the advice of a few people who know more than I do. I've read a bunch of (sometimes conflicting) info here and elsewhere but it seems to be leaving me even more confused than when I began.
I have a Mitsubishi HD1000 that was in my house when I moved in four years ago. I am an avid audiophile but am not particularly a videophile, and I find the Mitsu's picture sufficient for my needs in a dark room. However the room is bright enough by day that even with the shades drawn the picture washes out significantly. (Most of my watching is at night so this is an annoyance but not an absolute deal-breaker.) The projector is now flashing the "replace lamp soon" warning, which has led me to my current dilemma.
My initial thought was to buy a cheap replacement lamp (about $69). But then I read that the Chinese bulbs are less bright than the OEM ones (and, as I noted above, the brightness is my only concern with my Mitsu already.) So this made me lean toward an OEM lamp assembly, which is $200. But that in turn is 25% of the price of replacing the entire unit. So now I have three choices...
1) $69 aftermarket lamp - are they as bad as some people say in terms of brightness? Longevity?
2) $200 OEM lamp - worth the extra money?
3) New low-end ($800-$1000) DLP - will this be significantly brighter than what I have now on a "real world" basis? Also, given that my Mitsu has a centered lens, are there any budget projectors that will work without my having to relocate the mount (very difficult in this particular ceiling)? I read that some Epson projectors can compensate for lens location, but they don't seem to be the budget projector of choice on this forum. (BenQ and Optoma keep being mentioned.)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.