So I worked for a dot-com (Quokka.com… man, what a winner… NOT) back in the day. When the place went tits up – nothing like getting your last paycheck and having the CEO tell you, “Walk DIRECTLY out the door and down the street to the bank to cash this check; DO NOT WAIT” – they had a bankruptcy auction. My now-wife and I went, and we bid on an InFocus LP735 projector, which we wound up winning for a $1,600 bid. I now find that the original MSRP was $9,999, so I guess we did pretty well – this was 2002 after all!
After five years of service and one $500 (ouch!) replacement bulb, it just died again – looks like the replacement bulb finally kicked it. We’re not going to buy another bulb for this one because $500 is just too fucking expensive, the thing is 4:3 aspect ratio, and it’s pretty noisy.
So. Once we save up the money, what’s a good, 720p, fairly inexpensive (under $1,500, preferably under $1,000), quiet projector to get? Don’t so much care whether DLP or LCD. >1000 lumens would be nice. There are shitloads of low-end projectors… what’s a winner? And what are some good sites to look for recommendations on?