I currently have an Epson 8100 and a 100" 16:9 screen in a light controlled room. I have been pretty happy with it, although I know I will want to upgrade to a unit with better black levels and contrast. It has been a great first projector though.
I see that AVSCIENCE has those B stock JVC DLA-RS40 projectors at a really good price. Other than the bulb issue, which is supposed to be resolved with the newer bulbs, it seems like a great unit. I could make this upgrade happen cost wise.
The other options would be to wait it out another year and look at next years Epson 5010 equivalent....or the same price range from other manufactures. OR I could look for a leftover 8500UB. Basically staying in the $2000 price range this year, or I could spend closer to $3000 next year.
The JVC DLA-RS40 is tempting but I do worry about the issues others have had and that it is B stock.
How much better is the JVC DLA-RS40 versus my 8100?
How does the JVC DLA-RS40 compare to the Epson 5010, or the 8500 for that matter?
My main concern is 2D PQ, though I will eventually play with 3D a bit.