Summary: We bought this projector to turn a spare bedroom into a budget home theater back in 2007 or so, and it's fantastic. Going on about seven years of sporadic use with no problems or lamp replacements. It's hooked up to a PS3 for HD video, and we created our own 109" screen with white blackout material from a fabric store (which we stretched and stapled to the wall and surrounded with a homemade wooden frame painted black).
Summary: Personal Experience I purchased this projector new when it was first released in 2005. I have since been using it as my families primary television for entertainment. The pj has performed with zero issues for the past 7 years. I annually remove the pj from the ceiling mount and clean it up, and have been replacing the bulb every 2 years.
Summary: We got this projector for Christmas in 2007 and have used it for at least three hours a week, every week since then. Some weeks, it was used much more for gaming. I estimate the lamp lasted at least 900 hours, and possibly much longer (there was a time when my son and his friends used it for five hours a day several days a week). It is rated for 2000 hours, but I wonder now if that is 2000 hours on the "low" setting (and will have a much shorter life on "normal").
Summary: Personal Experience Bought this used with close to 4000 hours on and it was on it's second lamp. Replace lamp with Factory lamp and purchased new remote (can only control iris with remote) I love this projector it is quite on eco mode and has and excellent picture with very little noise. I have yet to get it ISF calibrated, but will later this year. I have a grand total of $500 invested in this unit and it has been worth every penny so far.
Summary: It cost me 1800.00. Picture is movie theater quality. Color and contrast (black/whites) is better than any projector even ones with higher specs. I use the bare wall for screen and its not even completely white wall. 100 inch wide screen and its better pic than most flat panel TVs. Make sure u connect using HDMI cable for best result. But composite connection is good too. Check this review [...
Summary: I bought this projector because Consumer Reports rated it in the top 5 models that they tested. It was also considered one of their best buys. I got it home and set it up. Immediately I noticed that the fan was very noisy. Once you are watching a movie with the surround sound going, you almost don't notice it until you come to a quiet scene. Also, we had to replace the first bulb within 4 months of owning the system.
Summary: I bought this product after researching all over the net. It is one of the best product on this price range. It is very easy to install and operate. I love it and will highly recommend for anyone who wants a projector. If you limit its use only to watch movie rather than regular TV programs, the lamp will last longer.
Summary: I shopped for 6 months before purchasing a projector...I went to a local company that specializes in home theaters and looked at thier demo machines. The HC3000 had better picture quality that projecters twice thier cost!! It may not have all the options, bells, and whistles as the expensive machines, but you cannot go wrong with this one. Just hook it up to your DVD player and you are ready to go!