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Refurb 1080p projectors?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Im deciding between these projectors:
Viewsonic PRO 8200: $700 after discount new
Epson 8350: $829 after coupon refurb with 2 year warranty
Optoma HD20: $657 refurb

Room has no ambient light if the shades and such are down completely.

Room is about 20' x 15' x 8'
120" Screen.
Just movies, rarely any gaming and 3d or not isn't needed.

Would like to upgrade to 4k projectors in a few years (would spend much more of course).
post #2 of 22
Little more money, but there are some B-stock JVC HD-250's available. Come with full factory warranty. Much, much better 2D movie projector than what you listed. Plus they have power lens shift, power zoom and power focus, so you can do a 2.35 scope screen if you want.
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post #3 of 22
Note, where'd you get that price on the Epson? Cheapest I've seen is 1k refurbished through Epson themselves...

Mike, I'll be calling about those b-stocks. (It'll be dependent on lens shift and zoom.)
post #4 of 22
Maybe go into the forum rooms of the pj's you are thinking of getting and read the last 4 or 5 months of posts, it will give you idea of how users feel about the pj they got. Also maybe check in those forum rooms bulb life, bulb replacement costs. Because bro, nice picture and all, do you want to have to change bulb at 400 hours or 700 hours or 2,000 hours for 300 dollars a pop, or get one with 5,000 - 6,000 hours with cheaper bulb replacement. Again, read the forum rooms, just type in AVS search each pj and read everything, the good , the bad and the ugly. Then buy the one that makes sense to you. That is the best advise I would give to someone.
Now, some of these guys are videophiles, and think nothing a getting a bulb every 400 hours for SUPER DUPER picture. Not me, give me a decent picture with 6,000 hours and I'm good to go. What type of person are you? smile.gif
post #5 of 22
FYI, Epson 6500UB is $849 after coupon WOW15 on the Epson site.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by chirpie View Post

Note, where'd you get that price on the Epson? Cheapest I've seen is 1k refurbished through Epson themselves...
Mike, I'll be calling about those b-stocks. (It'll be dependent on lens shift and zoom.)

yep
using WOW15
the 8350 is 15% off and you can get cash back from certain sites
post #7 of 22
Hi Guys,

i am in the same boat and want to buy a refurbished or B-stock projector. I checked the Epson site for the 6500UB and the AVS store site for the JVC HD-250 but can't find neither one of them for sale.

This will be my first projector, and i would prefer a better refurbished model than a cheaper new one.... Otherwise, i will have to go with a BenQ W1100 or Viewsonic PRO 8200 which are both in a different PQ league :-(
My use will be in a living room which has one large window which i will have a curtain in front, so it is decently dark.
The distance from the wall will be 12feet and i want to hang it off the ceiling/rear wall.

What other deals are available in the range of $1,000?

Thanks

Smiler51
post #8 of 22
I just bought a epson 8500ub refurbished for 1100 from epson with a two year warranty. I've had projectors for the last seven years and nothing i owned even came barely close to what this 8500ub is putting out as a picture. I'm completely blown away on the overall picture i would of never thought it was possible. The saying goes, you don't know what your missing till you experience it yourself.

I would strongly suggest a refurb over a entry level projector especially if the refurb has a better warranty then the new one .
post #9 of 22
I bought a refurb Epson 1080p UB (the model before the 6500UB) earlier this year and am really happy with it. I went cheap on the screen and regret it. So remember to factor that in.
post #10 of 22
Thanks for the advice guys.

Do you have nay idea where i could find another good deal on a refurbished model?
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by smiler51 View Post

Thanks for the advice guys.
Do you have nay idea where i could find another good deal on a refurbished model?

On both the US and Canadian Epson Site, they have refurbed 8500 ub"s for $1099. If I didn't have a projector already I'd be all over that. 2 Year warranty when you buy from them.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
bought the 8350 for $825
probably will sell in a few weeks for around the same price if the 6500ub gets back in stock
is the 8500 a big jump over the 6500?
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by note235 View Post

bought the 8350 for $825
probably will sell in a few weeks for around the same price if the 6500ub gets back in stock
is the 8500 a big jump over the 6500?

I would say so. The 6500 gets darker than the 8350 but the 8500 is a big step up. It gets really black when projecting a black image.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
ill see if i can sell the 8350 and most likely get a 8500, much thanks!
post #15 of 22
I also went for a refurbished 8500UB from Visualapex. Let's hope i won't have any convergence issues....

Am really excited and think refurbished is the way to go over new and lower spec model.

Thanks guys

Smiler51
post #16 of 22
I can't find these JVC 250's listed anywhere
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
yep--have a screen
much thanks guys!
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by YONEXSP View Post

I can't find these JVC 250's listed anywhere

Call AVS then can hook you up.

Tim
post #19 of 22
in your opinion, is it worth switching my current vpl-hw15 for a 250?
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by smiler51 View Post

I also went for a refurbished 8500UB from Visualapex. Let's hope i won't have any convergence issues....
Am really excited and think refurbished is the way to go over new and lower spec model.
Thanks guys
Smiler51

sold my 8350 and ordered a 8500ub

excited also
loved the look of the 8350--only had it for 2.5 days haha
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by YONEXSP View Post

in your opinion, is it worth switching my current vpl-hw15 for a 250?

Depends on convergence luck, but I would say generally yes, the HD-250 has better black levels and sharpness for movies over the Sony.
post #22 of 22
I'm in the same boat here where I am considering an 8350 (as well as the panasonic 100ur). Now running in to this thread I am seeing that there are other options out there but I winder how good will they be for my situation (at least compared to the 2 models I am currently considering). I have a theater basement that will also serve as a family/entertainment at times. Light control is possible since it gets very dark down there with the shades down on the 2 small windows. The walls are painted a dark shade of grey and the ceiling a lighter shade of grey (almost seems white when compared to the walls). I am planning on either a 125" or 128" screen so that is a big consideration. The projector will be ceiling mounted (94" ceilings) about 14'10" form the screen. Most TV viewing on the projector will be movies at night in the dark (70% of the time) along with some TV viewing at night with the lights on at medium brightness (20%) and sports events (such as Superbowl and other events) with lights pretty much fully on the rest of the time (10%). Taking all this into consideration, what do you all suggest for me?
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