Originally Posted by ndabunka
I don't think anyone is thinking that they can buy a (working) JVC for $500.
Right, you were asking if you could get "high end" performance for well under $1000 by buying used, and I think everyone was saying no.
You DO realize that there are a lot of dealers and enthusiast here that HAVE reviewed both ends of this equation, right? It is those experts/leaders that are saying that the Sony & Epson's are delivering a lot for the price point.
The key there is "for the price point".
They point out that one can spend 100% more ($4K instead of $2K) and get marginally better blacks with the JVCs but, as previously pointed out, there is a law of diminishing returns here.
"marginally" is a value judgement that you're making.
Why pay 100% more for 5% better picture? Most wouldn't unless that $4K is more like a $20 bill to that particular person (e.g. the 1 percenters). But that is not the case for the majority of the public.
Because for a lot of us who have seen both, it's not a 5% better picture, its much more than that. I won't fault anyone for their value judgements, but I will argue with those who try to rationalize their decision by pushing their own value judgements on others.
FWIW, I've had <$2000 projectors and <$5000 projectors, and I don't regret buying the more expensive ones. For me the improvement, whatever number you want to put on it, is worth the extra cost. I'm sure folks who have $10k+ projectors have found the same thing.