Summary: Personal Experience The projector has been in the ceiling for 4 months. Bulb and ballast blew at under 300 hours first time, continued lamp change alarms at under 10 hours and occasionally the cooling fan runs very noisy. Support is poor in that no one can or will explain why this happened, and servicing takes up to three weeks. Product no longer in production 6 months after purchase. Problems Bulb and ballast blew at 300 hours. Fan runs very noisy from time to time.
Summary: Personal Experience Great projector, but the bulb blew at 265 hours. At $400 per bulb, we're talking nearly $2 per hour. That is ridiculous. And there is NO RECOURSE. Pretty convenient of InFocus, assigning an arbitrary number of hours to the expected life--overstated by a factor of nearly TEN! I bought this projector thinking that it would cost $.50 per hour. Problems No problems at all except for the bulb.
Summary: Personal Experience Excellent image quality right out of box I have it at 14.5 feet projecting on appox 133' screen. Wish it had power zoom & focus. Problems DVI will not work. Had Toshiba upgrade the software version to 3.2 Now the bootup screen shows InFocus logo. Now with Samsung HD931 dvd player DVI works only at 480p resulution but not with 720p or 1080i. Picture is better with component video than 480p DVI.
Summary: Personal Experience My only design beefs are that the image could be a little brighter and that the projector could be a little quieter. The lamp was an utter disappointment--after only 500 hours and 6 months, the bulb blew during a movie with a little "POP" sound. I have 2 bulbs on order (OUCH) but 500 hours and a $500 list bulb makes it cost $2 per movie! That's substantially worse than the predicted 2,000 hours or $.50 per movie. I hope the replacements last longer!
Summary: Personal Experience Abosolutely blown away... having seen cheap DLPs and not been impressed I was going to buy a top range LCD. But then the offer of a Tosh came my way and Im glad I bought it. I've not seen a high end SIM2, but there still arent many hi-res widescreen DLPs with DCDi and 4 seg clr wheel. What it lacks are the luxuries of motor driven zoom/focus. Using it with a home painted Screen Goo wall and to a non-videophile it looks fantastic.
Summary: Personal Experience I purchased the Toshiba MT8U after reading many, many reviews and visiting a few stores. My system was installed by a local dealer who sold me the system for a total of $4500 (much less than the MSRP). I have thoroughly enjoyed this projector to view DVD's for the last 6 months and have not had a single problem. I can highly recommend it !! Problems Watching TV (not HDTV) is not nearly as cool as DVD's.
Summary: Personal Experience After owning a Sony 7" CRT Front Projection system with line doubler for 5 years, I had my doubts about the Toshiba- or any non-CRT system. I was wrong. It was like lifting a veil-- absolutely sharp and stunning image with far more dynamics than the Sony. Sharper, clearer and with superb color range. The clarity alone takes on a new dimension I've yet to experience in any video projector.