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Optoma UHD30 True 4K UHD Gaming Projector | 16ms Response Time with Enhanced Gaming Mode | Lowest Input Lag on 4K Projector | 240Hz Refresh Rate | HDR10 & HLG: Electron $1100

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Strongly suggest you call the company to find out how much it costs to buy a replacement bulb.

I have a Optoma HD141X Projector. It's a lower model than this one. My 1st bulb blew after about 50 hours (supposed to last 5,000 hours). We only use the projector once a week to watch one movie. They 'only' charged me 1/2 price and that was over $100 with tax and shipping.

Second one blew after about 350 hours. Better but no where near the claimed time. And when I say 'blew' I meant it! It literally shattered inside the projector with a loud POP! Had to shake the broken glass out. Crazy but from what I hear it is not uncommon with projectors.

For this new bulb I was charged full price which was about $200.

They also really encourage you to buy their brand bulbs. There is no where else to buy them other than from the company directly. It might be the printer ink business model. in other words, they make most profits from selling the bulbs.

Anyone else is selling off brand bulbs which the company warns might have less light or 'off' colors. Even so, I bought a bulb that fits from eBay. Despite the picture and description being on-point, they sent me a completely different bulb that I had to return. So it's a crapshoot. Will try again with eBay but it's not straight forward.
I've exclusively used epson projectors. I've had good luck with third party replacement bulbs off amazon. Easier returns than ebay. I'm using $500 projectors though. I've always gotten WAY more than the stated life from my bulbs. I like getting an overpowered lumen rating and then using eco mode for mostly nighttime use - less power and longer bulb life.

I feel like taking the risk on third party bulbs pays off over time, even if you ruin a projector at some point. $30-50 bulbs instead of $200
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How would that compare with the Vava 4K UST or the new Bomaker Polaris 4K UST in terms of picture quality?
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Quote from tumbaba :
Strongly suggest you call the company to find out how much it costs to buy a replacement bulb.

I have a Optoma HD141X Projector. It's a lower model than this one. My 1st bulb blew after about 50 hours (supposed to last 5,000 hours). We only use the projector once a week to watch one movie. They 'only' charged me 1/2 price and that was over $100 with tax and shipping.

Second one blew after about 350 hours. Better but no where near the claimed time. And when I say 'blew' I meant it! It literally shattered inside the projector with a loud POP! Had to shake the broken glass out. Crazy but from what I hear it is not uncommon with projectors.

For this new bulb I was charged full price which was about $200.

They also really encourage you to buy their brand bulbs. There is no where else to buy them other than from the company directly. It might be the printer ink business model. in other words, they make most profits from selling the bulbs.

Anyone else is selling off brand bulbs which the company warns might have less light or 'off' colors. Even so, I bought a bulb that fits from eBay. Despite the picture and description being on-point, they sent me a completely different bulb that I had to return. So it's a crapshoot. Will try again with eBay but it's not straight forward.
FWIW, I have an Epson Home Cinema 730HD that I bought factory refurbished in 2015. I bought a new OEM bulb around a year or two ago for less than $100 when it started nagging me about replacing the bulb. It's still in the box

The "Lamp Hours" counter on the Info screen now reads 6070 H in Normal mode + 3457 H in ECO mode.

Advertised lifespan is 5000 hours in ECO or 4000 hours normal - 25% extension in lifespan in ECO mode, or ECO hours x0.8 to scale it down to normal hours.

I'm basically at 8836 hours in Normal mode, or 11045 hours in ECO mode (6070 + 3457 * 0.8 total Normal hours or 6070 / 0.8 + 3457 to get ECO hours total).

Only reason I'm still putting up with the nag screen and haven't just reset the bulb life counter is to see how high up I can take this champion of a bulb lmao. This sumbitch is bright too at 3000 lumens. If I've been running it all day, it will start to flicker, but toggling ECO mode on/off makes that go away. And I still run it all day fairly regularly.

TL;DR Sounds like a really badly designed projector.

Quote from LeoDudepal :
I've exclusively used epson projectors. I've had good luck with third party replacement bulbs off amazon. Easier returns than ebay. I'm using $500 projectors though. I've always gotten WAY more than the stated life from my bulbs. I like getting an overpowered lumen rating and then using eco mode for mostly nighttime use - less power and longer bulb life.

I feel like taking the risk on third party bulbs pays off over time, even if you ruin a projector at some point. $30-50 bulbs instead of $200
What he said. Kinda sorta. I didn't feel comfortable taking the risk with a 3rd party bulb when I bought my replacement, but I still haven't even needed to install it.
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I put (faux) in the description for a reason. Even if it is faux 4k, I doubt many can tell the difference unless you are sitting three feet away from the screen.
You also put TRUE in the title.
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I think people that trounce on pixel shifters don't realize that they are in fact showing the required 8.3 million pixels every 1/60th of a second. At a normal viewing distance of 1' per 10" no normal human is going to be able to detect the difference between native 4k and these newer pixel shifters.

This excludes the Epson like you said. There is a noticeable difference between the 4.15m pixels the Epson throws up and the 8.3m the DLPs can do. Although, the Epson's usually have better contrast ratios which can assist in perceived sharpness and clarity. That kinda goes out the window if you're watching these with a lot of ambient light though. If that's the case then you'd probably want the sharpest and brightest projector.

Does this analysis hold up if you are doing 'office work' using a full 4k's worth of resolution with no scaling? Would text/spreadsheets, 4k video streaming and/or 4k gaming look just as (90+%) good as a 'true' 4k projector from sony for $5000 entry ticket? I work every day on multiple 4k monitors at 100% scaling, and would like to replace my 'basement' projector with a 4k one for when I feel like doing work in a different location. Really appreciate your guidance!
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You also put TRUE in the title.
The title is copied from Amazon, and so I put (faux) in the description. I doubt that you can tell the difference 😎

Watch this on your 4k tv:

https://youtu.be/_x-u8mUSFss
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Quote from tumbaba :
Strongly suggest you call the company to find out how much it costs to buy a replacement bulb.

I have a Optoma HD141X Projector. It's a lower model than this one. My 1st bulb blew after about 50 hours (supposed to last 5,000 hours). We only use the projector once a week to watch one movie. They 'only' charged me 1/2 price and that was over $100 with tax and shipping.

I have that same projector for several years now and I'm on the original bulb with about 3k hours used. maybe you got really unlucky or your conditions (power or temp/humidity) are different than mine and the one they tested on?
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The title is copied from Amazon, and so I put (faux) in the description. I doubt that you can tell the difference 😎

Watch this on your 4k tv:

https://youtu.be/_x-u8mUSFss
I read that the difference is almost unnoticeable but there are pixel peepers would get offended.
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I read that the difference is almost unnoticeable but there are pixel peepers would get offended.
It's always better to experience than to read. Reading is observing someone else's experience and personal view. Until you have experienced it, you shouldn't voice your opinions.
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I see this at least has digital SPDIF audio return - are there any projectors like this that at least have ARC?

I have a older yet solid receiver - and even if I didn't I would prefer for gaming and everything else to connect to the display first and then have audio piped back.

https://www.epson.eu/products/pro.../eh-ls500w

Haha, well, if a receiver is cheaper than upgrading to a ARC enabled projector, IDK.
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I see this at least has digital SPDIF audio return - are there any projectors like this that at least have ARC?

I have a older yet solid receiver - and even if I didn't I would prefer for gaming and everything else to connect to the display first and then have audio piped back.

https://www.epson.eu/products/pro.../eh-ls500w [epson.eu]

Haha, well, if a receiver is cheaper than upgrading to a ARC enabled projector, IDK.
Is there a reason you prefer your devices connected directly to the projector? This makes sense for casual portable viewing, but I think most people tend to use the projector as a recipient of (HDMI) signal, with a receiver handling the input switching and all audio output with no projector involvement.
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Have you heard any news about the Viewsonic release date? Been hearing the specs on this new projector are worth waiting for.
View sonic doesn't have3d if that matters to you
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It's always better to experience than to read. Reading is observing someone else's experience and personal view. Until you have experienced it, you shouldn't voice your opinions.
So you saying, I need buy every projector out there, experience it myself and throw away the ones I don't like?
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Have you heard any news about the Viewsonic release date? Been hearing the specs on this new projector are worth waiting for.
I'm confused, cause when I search that model number, tons of places have it in stock

Nevermind... Helps if I actually click on the sites
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So you saying, I need buy every projector out there, experience it myself and throw away the ones I don't like?
No, if you have a 4k TV, use it and watch the video link I included in the previous message.
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