I purchased a projector from my good friend Max a few years back. He told me it would likely need a lamp soon so I was expecting it to go out. But it didnt. A few years later and I began losing interest in watching the projector. It was easier just to fire up the TV and sit in the easy chair to watch a movie using (gasp) the TV speaker. I wondered what caused this gradual lapse in interest and one night it dawned on me, the image from the projector was not really all that great anymore. Fully expecting the 500 dollar lamps of old, I steeled myself and my wallet to look for a new lamp to see if that would make a difference. Wel my, my, my...the lamps are now 100 bucks! Awesome. I ordered it up and waited for it to arrive. After I installed it I fired up the projector expecting a marginal improvement, hopefully enough to inspire me to use the projector and full boat sound more often. Well zowie...it was almost a religious experience. The picture is absolutely stunning now and I cant get enough of watching it. We even watch our regular TV programs on it again. If you have a projector that you have lost the passion for, get yourself a new lamp.