from what I could tell, there hasn't been a ton of recent development in the single chip DLP market (under 3k anyway), other than some companies using LED/Laser light sources. so I'm not surprised a 2009 DLP is still relevant today.
but I'd double check on the bulb hours, and since it's a demo unit, demo it, haha. there are still some cons to DLP, and just because it's still a top quality DLP in that price range doesn't automatically mean it's a good projector for you.
I feel like for 1500bux, you'll be hard pressed to do better. but if you can afford the sony or jvc projectors, they offer a lot more for the money you're spending.
i just can't stop saying how happy i am with my jvc. honestly, there's only two things I'd like to change about it. even deeper blacks(cause it's never enough until i can't tell if it's on or not), and better motion resolution. seems like the runco would make blacks worse, but motion better. but even the things like sharpness, ansi contrast, that should be better with the runco, are so good already on the jvc, I'm not sure I'd even care about them getting better(ignorance is bliss?).