optoma ep 1690 projector

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  1. f1nuts

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    thoughts on this projector for h/t use....i picked this up at a sale for ten bucks, no remote/cables/new lamp needed.

     

    2061 hrs on the lamp, got a 10ft wide image on the wall, which after being used to the plasma image i have, i liked the idea of the size, and it looked like a good dvd quality/ sometimes hi def ish picture.

     

    taking into account , the entire lounge has white walls , mirrors everywhere, needless to say the room lit up like a lighthouse, but i could live with the pic i saw just for the size alone.

     

    1080i via the dvi/hdmi cable i picked up.

     

    with a new lamp various prices on ebay, i would think this is a pretty acceptable image displayed,

     

    for the price, i probally shouldnt care right ?, i cannot afford a 1080p all the bells and whistles.....so am i missing much with this one ...being that it appears to be suited for office/presentaions but is hd ready ...

     

    also any recomendations for locating lamps at reasonable cost, and why ones better than the other...gonna be used for movies , maybe 6hrs a week

     

    thankyou

     

     
     
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    You may have only paid $10 for it, but you'll have to spend a lot more to be able to use it. You'll have to buy a remote for it, or you won't be able to set it up properly or calibrate it. Add in the bulb and you're probably spending $350-$400. Plus you'll still have a projector with 2061 hours on it. I would rather buy a BRAND NEW 720p projector for $600-$700 like the Optoma HD66 or Acer 5360. And they're both 3D ready(for whatever that's worth).
     
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    thanks,

    got the control of unit covered, just the bulb cost.....which seems to vary greatly..its still way under half of new unit....and a dip into the projector world...

     
     
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    Be very careful buying a new bulb. Make sure it's an original equipment bulb, not a knockoff. The ones that are much cheaper are knockoffs.
     
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    yes i read that.....

     

    does anyone have a link for original bulb/lamp replacement ?...also i tried looking for answer to filter cleaning...but do not see a removable filter....does this model have a filter ?

     

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    you also want to buy with the mounting assembly.

     
     
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    thankyou

     

    i have the mounting cage, so found a bulb as above for the cage and projector model....philips lamp . appreciate opinions as to if it appears to be original and not a knock off .....
     
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    I don't think you can buy an "original" bulb without the housing. That must be a knockoff.
     
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    are knock offs just not gonna last as long....or is there more to it than that?.....
     
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    From what I've read they don't last as long, and are not as bright as they should be.
     
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    being as i got the unit at a steal basically, i went ahead and bought the mentioned one at the link above.

    heres my thought...

     

    i really want a h/t projection room, i have a great room for it....and ok it may not last long, or be as bright, but it will sure give me an idea of what i could be looking at a later date., certainly as far as size of image , and i can then re-decorate the room , seating , test color for the projected image on wall ( no screen )

     

    and of course i can post my amateur review of it .( and the possible failure time ! )....thanks for your input above
     
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    ok i am about 10 days in with the new non branded bulb , and i have to say alls good !.


    i have a picture of about 106 inches or so, and the apparent 1080i pic produced by this unit is pretty close to what i had seen from my plasma...


    of course not quite as crisp for want of a better word ( as i am pretty much maxed out as far as distance to screen etc ), but i would certainly say that i am really pleased i made the jump to a projector.


    as far as knock off bulbs not being as bright, well after plasma pic, this bulb is producing a fantastic pic, i have setting for contrast,brightness etc fairly low, and find i do not need to increase in anyway to improve the image..


    so 10 movies in !.....i would be happy to buy a new lamp once a yr at that price opposed to 4 times that for a brand bulb...


    simple swap out, i will only use for movies, so hope it continues to work for the near future.


    certainly if it goes out, or the pre owned projector takes a dump, then i am only out of pocket one hundred forty five bucks, and thats with the steal of projector included....


    hope that helps anyone choosing to go with a cheaper alternative to new brand bulb, ...i am very happy !
     
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    After you replaced the bulb, did you re-calibrate the projector? Hopefully, you're not setting the contrast and brightness by eye.
     
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    sorry for the late reply,


    no , not yet,


    i had my plasma done when first bought, and to be honest the pic didnt look any better to me, maybe someone could recommend a vegas expert .


    just to add the lamp is working great still, movie every night , if anything i would say the pic looks its best 5 mins after intial turn on, i could be wrong there , eyes adjusted to darker room maybe.....but the bottom line is , if it looks this good, then i want a 1080p calibrated professionally projector - which i cannot afford ....so pleased indeed so far i am
     
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    Just calibrate it with a calibration disc or THX Optimizer, especially contrast and brightness. Then check the color, tint and sharpness.
     
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    the THX Optimizer patterns are a great starting point!!
     

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