Originally Posted by Tnilsson
I don't see how a 3D projector can cost the same as a 2D projector with the same specs (other than 3D ability).
Just because you don't get it, doesn't mean it isn't the case.
3D processing is integrated into video processing chips. All projectors require video processing chips, and as manufacturers move forward with video processing technologies the old processing chips are discontinued and replaced with new chips. The new chips don't have added costs, they cost the same as the old chips because the build requirements of manufacturing remains the same. So, a $10 non-3D chip gets replaced with a $10 3D capable chip. This means that there is no cost on the front end to add this 3D capability.
Now, there is some cost with LCD with the new chipsets which had to be developed for 3D projection, but this cost is minimal, and IMO, Epson is gouging people on the new chips, but this won't last long specifically because of what BenQ and Optoma are doing in the DLP department.
The reason the 8350 is so popular is because of the lens shift and lens range which is included at the price point, but when it was released 3 years ago, this was a $1,500+ projector, while the 8700UB was closer to $3,000. Now, the 3020 and 5020 are the replacement in that price point market, but the 8350 remains along with the Panasonic AR100 because of their placement flexibility. That's what they deliver for a very good price. I expect within a year or two the 8350 will go away and the 3020 may get upgraded with longer zoom optics and lens shift... maybe. I have a feeling the reason the 3020 doesn't have those items is not because they couldn't put them on for the price, but because there was very little incentive for people to spend more on the better 5020 model.
Panasonic, by example, doesn't have a 'cheap' version of the AE8000 out there. They have the very different AR100.
But, JVC went from the non-3D projectors to the 3D projectors with absolutely zero price change from model year to model year, and have lowered their pricing in subsequent years while continuing to improve their product.
Not that any of this matters since the OP hasn't checked back in since his second post.