Originally Posted by dragonbud0
Sony costs slightly more due their pricing structure; JVC is a better value IMHO. This might explain why the JVC is on back order.
According to Jason, the JVC is on backorder because they initially had a part problem that has prevented them from shipping the volume they wanted to ship. It is NOT primarily a value/demand issue (at least according to Jason).
As far as comparative value goes, the price differential is typically $350-$400, but the Sony comes with an extra bulb. I can't say which projector is "better" for me, much less for anyone else since I haven't compared them in person. However, Jason indicated to me that despite a few pros and cons for each, he felt they were very close in terms of overall quality/performance/features.
If you believe that and assume both projectors are equally "good" then the "value" difference is not very much once you factor in the extra bulb. While in general, I would favor saving the money and having the flexibility to decide when (or if) to buy my next bulb, the overall value was close enough for me that I picked the Sony due to the important feature of being "in stock".