Originally Posted by Wallboy
I'm still using my 6500UB I bought for $3000 CDN many years ago when it released. My second bulb just died on me and I was about to purchase another one, but noticed how significant the cost of projectors have come down, that for a little bit over double the price of a replacement bulb I could get a new projector. I wasn't planning on upgrading my projector at all until I seen the prices of new projectors. Would it be worth it to just buy one of these sub $1000 projectors over a $300-$400 replacement bulb for my 6500UB? I need to start researching...
Out of curiousity, how many hrs. has your 6500UB logged?
Everyone will likely have a diiferent opinion on bulb replacement vs. buying a new sub $1000 projector. There are several things to consider -- you are likely already cosidering all of the pros and cons as I type this reply.
The build quality of your older projetor is possibly much better than newer projectors. But, your 6500 has provided many years of service and its reliability moving forward is unknown. With a new 2040 (using this new model as an exmple) you are starting with a full 2 year replacement warranty. The lamps for newer projectors offer longer bulb life -- and the 2040 bulb costs just $79.00 to replace. I have an Epson 5010 and a BenQ 1070. These units are great - but the pic quality isn't that different from the 2040 . . . and due to the high cost of lamp replaceent, their cost of ownerahip is much higher than for the 2040.
I wouldn't invest in a higher end 1080p projector at this point, snce 4K units will eventually dominate at an affordable price point -- with lazer being the light source for long life reliable projection.
The low-cost 2040 has so many features and advantages that I would likely get a new budget unit. Yes, the blacks won't be quite as deep as for your 6500, but it's still a very Impessive little unit. If you buy one, make sure you can return it should you not like it.
Hope you make the right decision. Believe me, I have been in your deciaion making space a couple of times myself.