Originally Posted by DavidHir
I owned an RS4810 for almost three years and it's a very good projector for 1080p only, but I would not buy one for $1000 nor would I expect a five year old projector to last years without some potentially substantial repair costs along the way. The exception would be one with very low hours on it, but how do you know really? There are B stock RS420s with one year warranty out there going for very good prices. The Epsons are notorious for color uniformity issues - went through the same problem with several LS10000s before getting a refund back from them. JVCs are usually very good in this area.
Well if that's the budget, then their other choice is to get a DLP with bad contrast, I'd take the JVC for $1000, I'd just test it very thoroughly.
Actually I think JVC builds their projectors like tanks between the rs46/56/66 all the way up to the RS-540. NX series still has some growing pains. There have been fewer 'breakdown' issues reported on those projectors than I think any other in the entire forum. I'd be way more scared to buy a used Epson or Optoma than a JVC. Also, wouldn't touch a used Sony due to contrast degradation. Benq is ok, if it works, then it will usually last.
I wouldn't be surprised if JVC projectors can on average last 25,000 hours or 15-25 years. There are still plenty of people using RS-1's that work fine. I'm approaching 10,000 hours on my old RS-45, and the image looks exactly like DAY # 1, it's crazy. I did lose some brightness, but I think it's the aftermarket lamps and not the PJ. My PJ is fine and yet I'm using one of the LEAST reliable JVC models, the actual least reliable IMO is the HD250 and RS10 to RS20. Too many pink stripe or panel issues, but I've never had this issue on my RS-45 (or any HW issue actually).
Projectors can last almost forever really, I've seen some old NEC DLP's that had over 40,000 hours on them, they were surplus from schools. I think the most hours I ever saw was 62,000 on a used DLP. I went to an auction once where they were selling all kinds of used govt. electronics. I didn't buy anything because people were bidding too high on everything, except for certain things I wasn't interested in.