I have a jvc rs 40 that I got as a b stock from avscience. It is still under warranty until march. I love the image of this projector and be perfectly happy holding onto it until 4k or better light sources become available.
But I can't help but worry if this thing will hold up, specifically the lamp issue. The orginal series 002 lamp went at 450 hours. It just dimmed, but didn't blow. Avs promptly replaced it with a new 003 flappe version. I am now at 400 hours and worry about a repeat. There has been little written on these new lamps, though what is said is positive that they are holding up. I could even live with getting 1500 hours out of a lamp. I don't use 3d at all so it's always running in normal lamp mode.
I have been tracking the light output with an i1pro. I don't think it is the best device for reading light output, but the readings are consistent from reading to reading and percent change. Both bulbs read 11 ftL when new and calibrated. Both read about 8 ftL after break in. The new lamp is holding at that. Again, I don't think it is really only 8ftL, but at least it gives me a percent change. This is with a 100" screen, 10 foot throw 1.1 gain.
I could offload this and get a b stock rs4800' but I don't know much about this model as there isn't much info on it. Or look for an rs46 if I could get one for around $2600. I prefer b stock because you get a full warranty and avoid the initial depreciation hit. I will stick with jvc. I have no desire for 3d and they have the best 2d picture I have seen.
I don't want to panic and sell for no reason. The longer I save the sooner I can upgrade to a newer technology. I also don't want to end up with a curing bulb issue while the resale for the rs 40 drops.
So what do you think?