Originally Posted by richardorser
Note the response I received when I wrote my local installer> I am sure you will have a comment--at least, I hope you do.
>>That projector has been discontinued, it was selling for $3500, so if you are finding it online for less than that, that's why. And it may not be coming with the warranty. We can get you an Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema 6030 Projector Bundle for $3,499. The bundle comes with the projector, mount & an extra lamp. The mount & lamp together would cost you around $600. It comes with a 3 year warranty & has been getting some great reviews. Let me know what you think.<<
There is no real need to respond to this. The RS46 is a much better home theater projector for serious movie viewing. Unlike the 6030 which has protected sales channels and gives more profit to the installer, the RS46 is available online and can be a fair bit less. So, you may need to pay closer to $3,000-$3,200 for a custom guy to install it for you as they need to make some money and they have bills to pay. Fair enough.
The spare lamp is worth something for sure, and JVC lamps aren't cheap. So, it's nice it comes with a lamp, but the 6030 is almost the exact same model as the Epson 5030 which is a $2,500 projector. So for an extra $1,000 you get $600 in bonus items! Wait... what?
The JVC RS45 is a better 2D projector than most of what is out there. The RS46 corrected some serious 3D issues, and is reasonably good with 3D, and is the best 2D projector under $3,000 that I know of for watching movies and occasional (non-serious) gaming.
Any custom guy selling you gear has to make money, I get it, but I don't understand why they would steer you to product that isn't as good. You can insist upon the RS46/X35 model and see what price you end up with. But, even on a good day, I wouldn't take the 6030 over the 5030 from Epson. The 6030 is kind of a suckers product. I mean, good for the custom installer, but when you know that it's the 5030 in a black shell, you can figure out quickly that it's not as nice.
I've bought a number of projectors from Visual Apex and other locations which I've sold to customers and have marked up a flat 10% for my time and effort and to cover any potential service calls which may be required under a 1-year warranty period. I've gone in and readjusted the projectors under warranty, etc. and customers have been okay with it.
Online pricing simply doesn't open fair competition to people who have to pay employees and actually will take care of you, so there has to be some give and take there.