Originally Posted by lancenell
Thank you. I get your point. I actually watched a fair amount of content on my Projector. I believe a review suggested that on the order of watching the LS10k 4 hours a day on eco mode (30,000 hours) is equivalent to 20 years. There's a good chance I would replace it before then. HA!! I appreciate that many are focused on what they would consider the best projector for the money, and willing to accept some additional PQ maintenance items. I'm sort of in that camp also. I'm not sure you were able to read the reviews of the RS600 & LS 10k I posted. The reviews actually show the 2 quite comparable, with only a slight edge to the RS600. I was hoping for more conclusive comparisons from others.
Just some perspective... That's about 1000 hours per year. At that rate you're looking at having to replace a JVC lamp maybe once every 3-4 years.
I do understand that the RS600 is basically the RS500 with higher quality parts, and thought I read that it also has an improved lens which can account for many increased benefits. In many cases I believe that the better parts basically make the better machine, all else being equal. However for the cost differential, the RS500 is quite compelling.
They are the same projector, same design, the higher specs and quality come from having hand picked parts (which presumably all come off the same assembly line). The reality of the RS600 (and every flagship JVC projector since they started offering different models) is the price premium you pay for the top model is largely for piece of mind. The spec difference between the RS500 and RS600 are within the margin of error or unit-to-unit variance. You could well get an RS500 that outperforms an RS600, though it's most likely they'd just be indistinguishable. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't confuse what JVC does with it's models with other manufacturers. Every model from Sony is a different design or different feature set. The VW665 has different features (notably the dynamic iris) that make it superior to the VW365. This is not the case with JVC, who's top model is only separated from it's little brother by a bit of extra quality control, which doesn't guarantee better
performance, just increases the odds of getting a great unit.
Now that's not discounting the value of the extra warranty on the RS600, or the value of piece of mind knowing you probably have a top performing machine, and if someone makes that choice, no problem. Just make sure you make that choice knowing that you're buying better QC, not a "better" machine.
Originally Posted by lancenell
And there lies the dilemma. I'm in Spokane, WA and I'm not aware of anywhere to view these projectors in person. I only bring up the LS10k because an Epson rep came to Huppins to demostrate it. The sales guys (some which are tenured 20+ years) said it was one of the best projection systems they've ever seen. What does that really mean?
It's probably true, these are all great machines, it's really hard to buy a bad machine these days, but guy you talked to probably hasn't seen a JVC (almost certainly hasn't seen one of the new ones). I don't really have a problem with the Epson, other than they seem to want, based on the level of performance, basically a 100% price premium for the luxury of a laser light source. When I look at the equation, laser has benefits, but not $4000 worth of benefits. If you're going to "settle" (relatively) for the performance of the Epson, you can get that at a much lower cost than what Epson wants for it. And if you're willing to pay the price Epson wants, you can do a good deal better, especially now with the 2016 JVCs, which sound like about the biggest performance jump in JVCs line since maybe the original RS1.