I realise that the philips hopper sv10 is now a little old in the tooth. Three years to be precise. I've been fairly happy with this pj its not great on everything. Anyhow I digress. Over the xmas period I had use of an Epson EMP-50. Blimey this thing made the Hopper look like a projector of darkness. The image was so bright and yet the contrast vastly superior to the sv10. When I switched back to the hopper I found the image quality almost unbearable. I've cleaned all the optics and polorisers plus the lcd panels. This was a precarious job getting into the optics but aslight improvement was wrought. The lamp has done just over half of its claimed 4000 hrs, yet every thing seems so dull and lacklustre. My questions are thus 1) is it feasable the poor performance could be an electrical problem. 2) Could it be the lamp? Would a dying lamp manifest itself a poor image quality and lack of contrast? I'm using a iScan pro and I've tried taking out of the equation and just using s-video, but thats worse. What do people think of the Epson EMP-50? Finally if there is an electrical fault or it is the lamp. It's a poor showing for something originally cost over two thousand quid!