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I am looking to buy a 1080p front proyector for around $3000 MSRP. I have selected the ones mentioned above. Any suggestions? Specially on the JVC, which is one of my favourites.

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"JDLA-HD350BU"--is this the same as the DLA-RS10 (I think it is although it's contrast is listed as 2000 less)? I would probably go with the JVC (seems very very cheap for the JVC though) or perhaps the Epson.
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Yeah in your list rs10 and 6500ub are much better than the other two from everything I've read. The cheapest rs10 I found on the internet was just below $4k so I'm not sure how is it among the projectors with ~$3000 MSRP to you. So get the epson, imho.
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The Mitsubishi HC6500 is also above $3,000. Mitsubishi is not really allowing dealers to sell much lower than MSRP at the moment, due to the very tight margins in cost/profit. The MSRP on the Mitsubishi is $3,500. So really that only leaves the Epson and the Optoma in your price range. Unless of course you are willing to spend an extra $500.
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Actually the hc6500 I think some people were able to get for $1900 or so from best buy and it sells for similar prices on some online sites.
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The Mitsubishi HC6500 is also above $3,000. Mitsubishi is not really allowing dealers to sell much lower than MSRP at the moment, due to the very tight margins in cost/profit. The MSRP on the Mitsubishi is $3,500. So really that only leaves the Epson and the Optoma in your price range. Unless of course you are willing to spend an extra $500.

How many HC6500 do you want for $3,000?
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The Mitsubishi HC6500 is also above $3,000. Mitsubishi is not really allowing dealers to sell much lower than MSRP at the moment, due to the very tight margins in cost/profit. The MSRP on the Mitsubishi is $3,500. So really that only leaves the Epson and the Optoma in your price range. Unless of course you are willing to spend an extra $500.

Matt, if I'm not mistaken I think Mits lowered their MSRP on the HC6500 to $2499, at least as reported on a couple of sites. So that should be your starting point in negotiating with the B&M (Magnolia) at this point
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I guess I will go with the JVC or the Mitsu. I don't care that much if I have to spend some $$$ more, as long as they are well worth it. I appreciate all your help.
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Why would you go with the Mits over the Epson? The Epson definitely has better black levels (unless it's price).
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Why would you go with the Mits over the Epson? The Epson definitely has better black levels (unless it's price).

I agree. out of all of the projectors listed I would pick the Epson 6500UB. The JVC may be better than the 6500UB, but to me it is not enough better to justify the extra cost
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Thanks a million for all your advice. After reading some more reviews and doing a little research, I will go with the Epson 6500UB or the JVC's HD 350 (similar to DLA-RS10U).
I will look at these personally and test them, and then decide. Thank you for the advice.

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I was not aware that Mits had lowered the price of the HC6500. Well if that's the case I would highly recommend the Mitsubishi. It is a great projector, especially if you can get for the price that other members have mentioned.
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I was not aware that Mits had lowered the price of the HC6500. Well if that's the case I would highly recommend the Mitsubishi. It is a great projector, especially if you can get for the price that other members have mentioned.

I would rather buy from the company that makes the panels (Epson) rather from the company (Mits) that is buying panels from Epson.
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I would rather buy from the company that makes the panels (Epson) rather from the company (Mits) that is buying panels from Epson.

LOL. The Mitsubishi does a good job with those Epson panels. I haven't seen the new Epson models yet so I really can't recommend them. I am sure the new Epson models will give my Mitsubishi a good run for the money, and may even beat it in a lot of areas, most notably contrast. I still think the sharpness, fully motorized adjustments, and nearly silent operation in every situation I can think of, make the Mits. HC6500 very appealing to me. I also like the colors on the Mits. HC6500, not perfect by any means, but better than some I have seen, and I can live with slightly higher black levels for the price.

Again not dissing the new Epson models. They may end up being the best of the latest 3LCD crop. They certainly will be priced very competitively.
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