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Topic:   Predictions for laser light source Epson projectors in the Home Cinema line?

Thank you for the perspective on Epson's business model and their push for cheaper lamps. While I agree that many of their lamps are in the $50 range, the one for the 5040UB is not. Best prices for Epson brand lamps are more than $200! Non-OEM lamp assemblies are less and of course, bare lamps are much less, but also less convenient to replace. My luck with reliability and/or brightness on non-OEM lamp assemblies has been rather poor over the years, and as a result I am sticking with only Epson brand lamps for my projector. In our home theater with considerable ambient light, we run the 5040UB in Bright Cinema mode most of the time. On the positive note, the completely redesigned light engine and cooling on this latest model allows the fan to run very quietly at this power setting compared to the previous 5030UB projector. But the drawback of constantly running at the higher power setting is a shorter lamp life. We currently average about 1000 hours on our 5040UB and have replaced the lamp 3 times in less than 2 years. Bottom line is that we already have spent almost 1/3 of the projector purchase price (when the projector model was new, the lamps cost even more) on lamps with many more to be replaced over our projected 5 year usage time-frame. I will continue to hope that competitive pressure will keep Epson trying to reduce the total cost of ownership for this class of home theater enthusiasts. Being able to buy a projector that will last the entire time-span between model upgrades without further investment, is something that would create more projector demand over large flat panel TVs. If Epson is trying to take the inkjet printer business model (sell cheap projectors and make all the profit on replacement lamps) I will likely eventually change my home theater to a large direct view flat panel as their prices come down. BTW, I love our 110" diagonal home theater setup, and Epson has made it truly a pleasure to watch!
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Topic:   Predictions for laser light source Epson projectors in the Home Cinema line?

Any rumors as to when Epson will announce a new laser light source model to advance the 5040UB model? Now that they have the short throw LS100 on the market, I am thinking that they are gaining experience with how the laser light engine performs and what the reliability really might be. We have always had the Epson Home Cinema projectors in our home theater, and the upgraded models are always a very welcome improvement. Our home theater has a good deal of ambient light during the day, so a bright projector combined with our ALR screen is a must. The brightness of the laser projectors, and not having to constantly replace expensive projector lamps is something that would greatly improve our home theater experience!
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Topic:   Issue with 3D with Epson 9300w

I am having this same issue, did you ever figure this out?
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Topic:   10 year old JVC DLA-HD1. Time to replace?

I have a JVC DLA-HD1, I purchased it new in 2007. I'm considering swapping it out for the Epson 5040 UB or Sony VW285ES. Do you think the quality increase is significant enough to warrant the price of either of the new projectors. Sometimes the old stuff is as good or better than the new stuff. (It's for a dedicated theater with total control of ambient light, with 120 inch Stewart)
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Topic:   Buy now or wait for cheaper 4k?

I've got an aging Panasonic PT-AE3000U. It's been a workhorse through 4 bulb replacements in 9 years. It's starting to show its age, where the right side of the image is getting redder, while the left is getting greener. I've got a 92" screen, and my sitting area is about 10-12 feet from my screen or so. the Q is, do I wait for a new projector, or do I go for the Epson 5040ub? Will Epson be coming out with a "5050" or something in the next few months? Will there be a fantastic native 4k coming down the pipe in the next 2-3 months in the range of $2-3k? thanks for any of your thoughts!
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