Originally Posted by Legairre
There is a thread in the over $3000 forum about Sony panel degradation. I've seen questions asked in this forum about degradation of the 40ES but not a single person has said theirs was effected. Here's the thread in the over $3000 forum but it pertains to degradation of Sony 1080p 4K panels which the 40ES does not have. There very well be an issue on the 40ES and all Sony projectos but I haven't been able to find anyone who has a 40ES and has measured any degradation. I'm not saying it does or doesn't exist. What I'm saying is I can't find any cases of it on the forum or on the net for the 40ES.
I wonder if a part of this is because those in the 40ES/45ES market generally don't bother investing in the equipment to actually measure this phenomenon. According to the posts there, it can be hard to see initially as it is a gradual process, but it can be measured even relatively early on (after 500 hours or so).
Furthermore, the thread states that there has been unofficial information coming from Sony representatives that the 65ES employs some sort of countermeasures to address this issue, and that at the time of its release, it was the only one to have those countermeasures. (As we know, the 65ES came out a long time after the 40ES did.)
Since it looks like the 45ES is probably in large part a 65ES without the iris and network port, it might stand to reason that the 45ES may have inherited those countermeasures against SXRD panel degradation.
In my case it probably doesn't really matter that much since I suspect by the time I'd actually care, I'd probably be wanting to upgrade to 4K anyway because my usage of my projector is way less than the average here so it takes a long time for me accumulate the hours. I'm still on my first lamp for my Panasonic PT-AX200U with less than 2000 hours, despite the fact I bought that 8 years ago. At that rate, it'd take me a quarter century to go through a bulb for the Sony 45ES.
However, for a lot of other users here who can put say 1000+ hours per year on a lamp, the issue of SXRD degradation might be more concerning.
Originally Posted by Bachiano
The 40es was originally $2500 US
The 45es at $2999. (SGD) = $2200 (US)
So $300 cheaper with improvements is very tempting.
Let's see what dealers in the US do when they get their hands on them.
I think hoping for a US$300 drop in MSRP is a bit optimistic. That said, hoping for availability of 45ES for decent pricing in the US right at/near launch seems quite probable. Like I said before, pricing in Canada at the two stores I checked had the 45ES slightly cheaper than the 40ES at both stores, despite the fact the 45ES is a brand new product with no stock availability yet.