Repair old (2009) projector or upgrade?

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  1. DoubleDown33

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    First time post, long time reader,

    I purchased a house 3 years ago that came equipped with a home theater unit with a projector. Totally happy, and scored a house that my wife loved with a prebuilt man cave. Tonight, i was watching football, and I thought the power was browning out as the picture dimmed twice in about 30 seconds, and then stopped projecting. Not ever having a projector before I panicked, but quickly realized that it was more than likely the bulb, and I just needed to replace it.

    I called the dealer that installed the system and they quickly scoffed at my unit saying it wasn't worthy of repairing and I should really consider upgrading to one of their 4k units. As if I was watching football on a CRT from the 90's.

    The model is a SIM2 Domino D80, I found the bulb on Amazon for $79 + shipping but I needed to know. Since my unit is 7-8 years old, could I go out and get a projector for $500-$1000 and get a huge upgrade (I would spend more, but just didn't want to go to $10,000-$15,000 like the sales man over the phone was trying to sell me).

    I am happy with my current projector, but if it would make more sense upgrading versus replacing the bulb, I would love to get some advice. There seems like there are some 1-2 year old Epsons and others that are only $500-$1000.

    Thanks ahead for your advice, and feel free to point me at another thread if a similar question has been brought up

    -Darin
     
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    You said you were happy with it and hopefully for $79 you can fix it. If it was me I'd try that first.
    The sales man was an idiot 'scoffing'. From what I have read it is a bit too early for 4k yet, plus what I have read on here, not much noticeable difference and not much content.

    I'm in a similar position, I've got a very old projector, when the bulb goes, what do I do? I think my bulbs are almost non existent or over £200 so I may go down the new projector route, but definitely not 4k.
     
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    Thanks Fozzie. I decided after some research and Cyber Monday shopping that I purchased an Epson 2040 for $499 at Amazon. Seems like even for a much less expensive projector, I can get quite the upgrade in picture quality.

    I appreciate the help, and I agree the salesman was an idiot!
     
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    I would still spend the $79 on bulb looks like projector was circa $12000 when new. Would be interesting to get your feedback on current$500 model vs this, basically how things have moved on! I suspect lens in old projector could be superior.
    Sim2 Domino 80


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    Miracles do not exist. No way that 500 USD Epson projector will match the lens and picture quality of the SIM2 Domino 80. For much less you could have bought a new lamp or in my view you'd need to spend 2500-3000€ for something like a Sony VW65 or Epson 9300 to improve on picture quality.
     

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