I WILL SAY THIS ONE MORE TIME: I disclosed the replacement cost of my bulb simply as a proportion to how much it would cost the average customer (who spends $4,000-$10,000 on projector and another $700-$1,400 on screen) to have a bulb replaced.
Secondly, I by no means have more money than anybody else in the world, like everybody else, I am in debt up to my eyeballs (proportionately), so the whole "I'm rich" comment was compltely uncalled for.
Thridly, You have proven the average bulb for the average projector is within the $500-$1000 range. This is a contriadiction of your previous statement.
Fourthly, NEC has no affiliation whatsoever with Runco aside from the fact they are both part of the BDA. Where are you getting the notion NEC makes Runco? Don't you know Runco specializes in the creation of their very own processors, lamps and chasis? Do some more research before bringing in eronious information to this forum.
Fithly, I never said NEC made sub-standard projectors. Many companies are at fault, but those same many companies make very good projectors (like Sony, whose Bravia projector looks like ***, with a +/-200K differentiation of greens, whereas their SXRD and Qualia projectors are amazing at the price piont). It is not about certain companies being bad, it is about certain projectors being bad.
Sixthly, the Sharp is hardly comparable to the likes of the Runco VX-80D, which may have not received many reviews (but let us not forget: who is reviewing this? is it CR? etc. etc.), but for those that did review it, they loved it more than the Sharp. Do you know why? Because Runco makes quality stuff. Sharp...not so much by comparison. Their LCD's are made in China for crying out loud! Runco's video processing techniques and amazing color balnace are startling. This holds true even at the $4,000 level.
So let's take this one step at a time, shall we? Step one: your post would be the rediculous one. Step two: In a perfect world, we would have better than that. Step three: Runco is higher quality than the likes of Sharp, Sony , Panasonic, etc. and as a result makes for a better picture.
Regardless of this side conversation, DLP is a wonderful projection technology (over LCoS and LCD) for the price. The rich colors, lack of rainbow effect on Runco models, deep blacks, razor-sharp detail, and utterly mindblowing performace otherwise are what makes a DLP a DLP. Besides, If one really wanted perfection, they would buy a CRT projector with 9-inch tubes, very well calibrated. Good luck finding a cheap one! They go for 100,000 or more.
A good value for a DLP right now is the Runco VX-80D goes for $9,000, the Runco CL-710 runs $3,999, an inexpensive DLP with no raibows and no grains!