AVS Forum Special Member
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Northern, VA - Washington, DC
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 972 Post(s)
B-stock is typically a customer returned projector which they couldn't afford or just didn't want. Maybe zero lamp hours, maybe just a dozen or so lamp hours. It may also mean a piece of 'demo' gear which may have a few more hours on the lamp, but often may have been used for just a few dozen hours by the company itself.
For example, I bought a b-stock Panasonic AE1000 projector a few years ago for $300. It has 68 hours on the lamp and I had to fix the lens shift mechanism on it (30 minutes). I then used it for several years without any issues at all.
Refurbished typically means that the projector went in for repair, and was likely replaced by the manufacturer with another model to the customer. The projector was repaired entirely to the best of their knowledge, it was tested, and seems to work great. It has a brand new lamp installed in it. So, refurbished product typically has zero lamp hours.
Both refurbished and b-stock may carry a full manufacturer's warranty, but this is a key point as it also may NOT. So, check carefully on the warranty period you will get on refurbished or b-stock merchandise.
AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology installation in the Washington DC metro area.