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Is it unusual that in a time where electronics are outdated within weeks that this projector is still produced after almost 3 1/2 years? I do own one and wanted to upgrade and found out that you can still buy it. It has performed flawlessly for me and in comparison to 1080 projectors I do not see a significant difference in that class of projectors. Do others see it the same way or am I not videophil enough not to notice the difference? Has technology not improved enough in those 3 years to justify an upgrade?
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Most people, when they try to upgrade, often go from a cheap entry level to another cheap entry level. Sure, there is an improvement, but when I went from my 9 year old projector to a model five years newer, the jump in quality was not phenomenal. It was real, but wasn't huge. The biggest just I think that I would have seen would have been if I had gone to a JVC RS series projector, which is still a fair bit more money.

If you have a projector which works well, then I would wait a couple more years. At least five years would be my minimum recommended upgrade time frame. Also, instead of trying to go entry level to entry leve, perhaps going to a more mid-level projector will make you a lot happier.

The HD250 from JVC, for example, is a great alternative to the HD66, but still, it won't be huge right away. Most of what you will get from a new projector will be appreciated over time when you start noticing the details.

Also: If your room is less than ideal, then there is no projector which can improve the natural deficiencies with the room itself. The best theaters are capable of making the most of better projectors, but weaker rooms don't get as much out of better projectors because the room cancels out the improvements.
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I agree w/ the both of you. The hd65 is a solid entry level projector. The jump from 720p to 1080p is not as crucial of a jump from 480 to 720. Plus the fact that bulb replacement is pretty low compared to other projectors. I remember when all AV recommended was the hd65, and I was one of em that listened.
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I need to add that basically 720 projection is dead for home theater. There's no money in it. Panasonic didn't touch their AX200 and kept it in production for several years. Even now, they didn't upgrade their AE4000 which is now a year and a half old. But, when projector manufacturers are upgrading their home theater projectors, they are doing the 1080p models, not really so much with the 720p anymore. On the other hand, if they can make some money and have a decent 720p projector, like the HD65, then there is no real reason to change it out.
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