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We have a Sanyo PLC-WXU700A fixed installation projector that is failing. (This is a 3800 lumen WXGA LCD projector that retailed for $2995 3 years ago.) We are being told that it will cost $5000-$7000 to replace this projector with something that has equivalent performance.

I am a layman but I find this price to be very high. The wiring and projector mount are already in place; I assume a new projector could be attached to this existing hardware. And new projectors with similar specs to the Sanyo seem to be in the $2000 range these days. Am I missing something?

Thanks for the help.
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Depends on the throw distance, image size, and quality desired. But, yes, it is high. Call other places, if in the DC area, call me! But, at the end of the day, there are some options which may make a lot of sense for you guys, and potentially the original projector was not actually up to the size of the screen which is in use and if a complaint was brightness, then you aren't going to get a much brighter model for the same money.

Any idea what is wrong with the Sanyo? Those are typically very reliable long-term projector models!

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sanyo-PLC-WXU700A.htm

BUT: Under $2,000, here is a list of projectors that are at least 4,000 lumens and widescreen...

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=1&st=1&lng=1&mfg=&p=500&p=2000&w=&r=&br=4000-5000&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=Wide+%2816%3A9-10%29&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=&i=d&is=&sort=name

You will still need someone to come in and pull down the old model and put up the new model. You may also need a new mount or mounting plate if the old one was not a universal design.

I would expect this could be fully installed and tested for under $3,000 unless there is some other aspect of things which I am not aware of with your setup.
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Thanks for the reply. As for what's wrong with the projector--after being on for a couple of hours the image turns deep blue. This may have something to do with overheating, because if it is turned off for a while, the image goes back to being white. (The projector has been used for 8 hours day, 5 days/week, for around 3 years).

Regarding the price--it is very frustrating because, here in our large educational institution, we have to pay for these projectors from money generated locally in our department, but the purchase is made by the institution's "Information Technology Services" and we have no control over the price.

I am told that when the faltering Sanyo was initially installed 3 years ago, the cost was $10,000, and it replaced a projector that was failing, so it wasn't a completely new installation.

I am trying to get my boss to push for an investigation of the high prices, but he does not seem too interested...

EDIT: Sorry, I should have mentioned that it is a pretty basic classroom installation, I think. The projector is about 8-10 feet from the screen, I would guess. The ceiling is one of these with the removable soft panels. The wires run above the removable panels, then down through the wall at the front of the room to a panel near the bottom of the wall (same wall that the screen covers, in the front of the room).
[Edited by tanstaafl on Sep 5, 2013 at 5:13 AM]
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I worked at BestBuy for 5yrs in home theater and did a lot of home theater projector installs. I agree with AV_Integrated that all said and done it should run about $3000. The only reason I can think of for the quote being so high is that the company giving the quote is trying to work the system. I have seen this at some of the schools that I have done work for where vendor contracts have not been a good deal for the teachers, only the vendor and purchase manager.