Lately I have a Projector dilemma; own my beloved BenQ W1080st since 2013 and 8K hrs in it (2 lamps)... Last time my lamp went out after 2,500 Hrs with a "OE Lamp" (Find out is not the same as OEM Lamp), had to wait close to 1 yr to have the opportunity to purchase a New OEM Lamp and just did it few weeks ago but during the replacement find out my Color Wheel Flex cable was pinch (my fault w/previous lamp replacement) and had to purchase a new OEM Color Wheel, then watch a maintenance video for the W1080st in YouTube and while was great I damage the Turbine Fan (again purchase a new one). The issue is that now after 50 Hrs of use Lamp goes out and need to RMA at B&H (no issues there), same time I contacted the owner from the YouTube Channel (Good People) who had help me a lot and explain me the Fan I purchase have all the numbers and may fir perfect but the turbine speed and air flow is not the same, causing a small over heat to the lamp and he found and recommend a full set for all fans for the W1080st and should fix the issue...etc
Between the OEM Color Wheel Not so good Turbine Fan and the OEM Lamp I had spend little over $400.00 and if choose to replace all fans another $50.00... I had spoken with B&H and I can credit the lamp $230.00 tour a new Projector if I choose and I'm between Fix vs Purchase... I'm aiming a Short Throw (if Purchase) with similar throw as my "Beloved" W1080st (before lamp went out looks great) but this time I also looking for better replacement lamp price and longer bulb life (I do like my TV Series and Excellent 3D Movies) and the ST Projector can not be over 1k (the less the better)... Must have great 3D
room have light control (Day time not fully dark but have good blinds) and off course all the goodies, Color Lumen, Contrast, Sharpness and Excellent Shadow Details, Fast Color Wheel or No Rainbow (believe I'm not affected) and good for gamin (doesn't need to be the fastest but good)..etc
Not sure which way to go and my OCD is kicking when trying to choose my next Projector (if is the best way to go), I had read lots of Forums and Reviews here and Pro Reviews but lately Pro Reviews aren't exactly clear with latest ST Projector if I want to compare them... We have the 3 Yrs Old Model and seems "the King BenQ HT2150st", the TH671st (w/ .47 or .67 DLP ?), View Sonic PX 706HD (+700HD w/ .47 DLP) Optoma GT1080st Darbee, Acer ? and Viviteck ? Did I forgot another ?
My Room is small wall to wall is around11' to 12' but I also have a TV mounted close the wall in my TV stand and on top a roll down (manual) 120" Elite Screen white 1.1 and normally the W108st will be in my coffee table, so it needs to be able to fit in my settings (could use my back wall (longer throw but must fill 120") and avoid too much $ in long terms...etc
So I could purchase another and notice BenQ will soon have the HT3550 that may fit in my wall (or if have a replacement to HT2150st w/4K) and if I purchase a new projector I could later sell it and use the $ tour the better 4K w/DCI-P3 + 3D + 120 Hz
(+4K?) and 16 ms lag..Holly Grail
like the wishful thinking RedRay 4K back in 2013 that never came out...etc
The issues is that I have no more than 1 Week to choose Fix the w1080st if need to sell later may loose more as it is an old model and not sure if can be sold over $250.00 or spend now $4-500.00 + Lamp Credit then sell it later for same $4-500.00 and use the $ tour HT3550/ TK800M ? or similar ?
Also if I really like the Projector I may keep but like the King (I guess everyone here will suggest) the HT2150st is a 3 Yr old model and it will really hut my ego if this Yr they come with a New Replacement (w/HRD aka Optoma + 120Hz aka Acer) also Lamp is $250.00 and 7K Hr (in reality is close to 550 Hrs), may be the best Pic but also the most Expensive to maintain and with almost all new Projector coming out have way more Hrs or better lamp, I think Corp got the message...etc But I may go that route
Advice or recommendation ?
Will Explain later what I like for Each Projector, all the reviews I had read and my concerns...
PS: I been here reading lots of info here since 2007 and know here I can found very good people with lots of knowledge...
Before I forgot- Usage: Lots of Moves, 3D and more 3D and little bit once in a blue Moon PC Gaming and did I said 3D ?
What to choose ?
Thanks in advance