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Topic:   LCD projectors - buyer beware? A 3-5 year shelf life?

Are LCD projectors built with an inherent flaw related to the 'optical block' that means one can only expect 3-5 years of use before they will need to be thrown out? My LCD Panasonic AE 700 has developed a bad blue haze across the screen. My bosses AE 700 from the same era also developed this very same blue haze problem. A search across the net finds that this is a common problem caused by the failure of the optical block and polarizer heat damage... The cost to repair is so signifant one is better off buying a new projector.... and that after only 3 - 5 years..very frustrating considering it was purchased for $2800 AUD.... While it is common knowledge that bulbs will need to be replaced I have read very little in magazines and reviews that point out that you can only expect 3 - 5 years from an LCD projector because of this 'optical block issue'... It is all very well to say a projector has a wonderful image (which the Panasonic AE 700 indeed had)....but is this the level of "consumerism" we have reached...that a 4-5 year old projector is basically a 'throw out' job? What has been your experience? Have you got an LCD projector that has lasted longer than this? Are the newer LCD projectors better? (I don't want to purchase DLP because they make me 'sick' with rainbow effects etc.) I really liked my Panasonic AE 700 (as did my boss)...but it was an expensive purchase...and it is very disappointing for us both that these projectors are now basically a write off.
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Topic:   Panasonic AE700U-Blue blobs and "burn-in"

I have about 5000 hours on my AE700U. It's our main TV getting about 4 hours of use every night. I recently replaced the bulb and have since seen a blue blob in the lower left quadrant of the screen. It's a bit annoying but I had been sort of dealing with it. Yesterday I paused a movie (Star Wars) while I went upstairs for 5-10 minutes. It was the scene where Luke is climing out of the X-wing after blowing up the deathstar. When I got back downstairs with my guests and went to put in a different movie the blue screeen came up on the projector. There was a clear afterimage of the outlines of Luke, the x-wing fighter, etc. This image did fade after 15-20 minute of watching Dark Knight but the blue blob remains. From my limited research it sounds like I have a bad optical block? Does anyone know what the current price to replace this is? The threads I have found are all pretty old (2004, 2005) and the price seemed to hover around $1500. Is this still the case (or worse)? I have gotten 4-5 years out of this projector so I guess I should be happy but I don't want to plunk $2500 down on a new projector unless I really have to.
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Topic:   blue discoloration in upper right corner

My projector has a blue discoloration in the upper right hand corner on all inputs. I replaced the bulb (after it popped)about 400 hours ago. any ideas? Thanks
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Topic:   Upgrading Panny AE700

Hello!!! Any suggestions? Comments? P-L-E-A-S-E???
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Topic:   Upgrading Panny AE700

After more than 4 years of trouble free 120 inch HD viewing, I am in the market to upgrade my beloved Panny AE700. I am looking at Panny PT-AE2000 ($2500), Sanyo PLV-Z2000 ($1600), or a Mitsubishi HC5000 ($1795). Is the $900 difference between Sanyo and Panasonic justifiable? Is the Mits 5000 still a good bargain? Any input and/or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
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