Originally Posted by ttlnb
Would a demo 6020 with <800 hours on current bulb, spare bulb, full 3 yr warranty, mount, etc. be a good deal for $2400?
I believe that the 6020 is the installer version of the 5020. Mounts are pretty cheap at monoprice so it comes down to warranty and bulb. A bulb is probably around 300 so at 1900, the refurb 5020 would still be a little bit cheaper unless that 6020 comes with glasses. In this case, I'd opt for the refurb 5020, I'd rather have a refurb from authorized dealer because it's coming from epson. They have gone over the projector and tested it and fixed it. You have no idea what people were doing to the demo model, touching the lens, poking at it. The machine might say 800 hours on the bulb, but you have no way of knowing (usually you can reset the hours...and some customer might have done this while playing around on the floor and the store would have no idea). Also the brightness has probably been cranked up to deal with the stores ambient lighting.
If the savings were bigger maybe, but I think the 5020 refurb at 1900 is a better deal than the floor demo at 2400. Are you sure you get the whole 3 yr warranty? I'm wondering if the warranty period started when the retailer put it on the floor? I really have no idea how they sell these at near 3500 bucks, I'd be going for a sony hw50es all day over the 6020 at that price. Really epson, 1 yr warranty, a black case, a mount, and spare bulb is worth a 1K price difference?
The price is close enough though that for me, it comes down to getting a refurb that has been thoroughly tested at epson and a demo off the floor that I have no idea about. But ask if you get the 2 pairs of glasses with that 6020 deal. If so it's the same price as the 5020-refurb. 1900 for pj, + 200 for glass, + 300 for bulb = 2400