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I have one of the first RS-1 units sold (from our trustworthy friends at AVS!). I turned it on last night and it was color shifted all over the place... so my lamp finally gave up the ghost after 2685 hours. I've read many comments about lamp life varying wildly. I can't believe it lasted this long... guess I've been very lucky. I have a pitch black media room with a high gain screen and didn't run at HIGH despite throwing more than 20 feet to a 165" screen. The RS-1 put out more than ample light in this situation, and though output did fall off from initial levels I remained very pleased with vibrance and intensity of the lamp until the end.


Are there other folks out there with long-lived bulbs? How about the other end - short life? I'm wondering what the range in performance really is on OEM units.


I'm also wondering about the longevity of the projector itself. The unit I have sits in a projection booth protected from dust and maintained at constant temperature. So far it's been a flawless performer - built like a tank. I'm wondering about long life issues and what I can expect down the road.


This has been one of the finest pieces of AV equipment I've ever purchased - hope to hear many trouble-free stories from folks.
 

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I had one with over 3,300 hours but on the 2nd lamp, then sold it to a member who is happy with it.


As for my RS2, I sold it after 400 or so hours so that is not a good data point at all.


Lamp is the weakest link w/ front projectors due to manufacturing tolerance or QC. It's pot luck even with those made in Japan.
 
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