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Topic: BenQ W1070 color wheel broke - maybe new projector time?
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In the fall of 2014 I built a home theater with a BenQ W1070 based on suggestions from ProjectorCentral. It was a FANTASTIC projector.

Last night the color wheel shattered. I'm reading that it's repairable but I'm not sure where I can have this done or if it's worth it. I installed a new lamp back in July and it has plenty of life left in it.

I'm looking at "Top 10 home theater" replacement models which is how I found the BenQ W1070. Current throw distance is between 11-12 feet and the diagonal measurement of the throw is 125". I definitely like the BenQ brand and hoping that if I stick to this I can still use my current mounting bracket which hangs from the ceiling but that's not a deal breaker.

Budget - I think I spent around $700 for the W1070 and I'd prefer to stay in the "under $1000" price bracket but could be compelled to go a little higher.

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Thank you,
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You can look at YouTube and FixItFrank for the full videos on how to replace a color wheel on your own if you want to keep the budget down. He can also source you the color wheel if you want to fix it yourself. It's some pretty real work, but if you are careful you can repair it yourself.

If not...
The BenQ HT3550 is basically the 1:1 drop in replacement for the W1070. It's larger, but it does support 4K and use the latest DLP chip from TI.

I guess it's closer to $1,500.

The BenQ HT2050A is the direct descendant replacement of the W1070. It's barely any better for the money spent and I would much more likely try to repair my W1070 before I would buy the HT2050A. That said... The HT2050A is every bit as good and perhaps just a tiny bit better than the W1070. It remains a top choice for a new entry level projector in 2020. Just like the W1070 was when you bought it.
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