Originally Posted by Joe879
Yeah I do watch a lot of sci fi movies, I would not be gaming on the projector movies only. And I'm trying be be in the ballpark $800 with projector and screen if possible. What models would you suggest to look for used?
The JVC RS-45 (x30) or the RS-46 (x35). There are 2 models for each unit, the x30 and the RS-45 are the same projector, and the RS-46 and x35 are the same. The RS-46 is better slightly, but it is probably out of your budget. Even a JVC RS-40 (x3) would be good, if you find one of those around $600 - $650 or so.
Keep in mind the older JVC's are NOT good at 3D movies, but they are great at 2D.
Also keep in mind that there is a lot more placement flexibility with a JVC, and you get motorized controls. There is a risk to buying used, but I think most people that owned JVC's took pretty good care of their projectors, as these were expensive machines in the new market.
For movies only, definitely a JVC, this is where the JVC shines greater than the others, especially SCI FI.
If you want to stick within your budget, keep your eye out for any price drops on a used JVC RS-46, I actually still own an RS-45, I have been debating on selling it, but I just don't want to let it go for $700 to $800 (which is what they are going for). I think it is stupid silly that the RS-45 projector goes for $700 to $800 in the used market, I paid over $3,000 for mine just a few years ago.
The only reason the RS-45's are going for so low, is because of some lamp issues (premature dimming). However, what people don't realize is that most are still getting 1000-2000 hours out of their lamps. Now consider also that you can now buy these lamps pretty cheap, even a Philips one for under $100, or the official one often for under $200.