Originally Posted by tnaik4
Is there actually B-stock JVC N7 ? If so that would be the best option for someone who doesnt upgrade more often, best combination of contrast/brightness/4k clarity and all features u expect from high end projectors.
Now if there is no B-stock than it might be overbudget.
The problem is B-stock are often worse convergence, so if you are focusing on 4k that means you are generally putting sharpness as the most important attribute.
Now I know this isn't purely the case, and NOT all B-stocks have worse convergence, but I mean on average, you're taking at least a 25% more gamble and probably even 50% higher chance that a B-stock has worse convergence or lens issue. However, with a good return policy, then you cannot go wrong either with this choice.
I liked both the Optoma UHD50/51a (or UHD60/65) and the Viewsonic 727-4k as budget DLP projectors for holdovers for those that are like ME and want to wait to see if Epson releases a Native 4k LCD panel.
Lamp ratings are mostly baloney, so how long the lamps last mainly depends on how bright they start out (unless there are reliability issues).
The Benq ht9060 is probably the best one still though, if you can get a refurb deal, but a little pricey for a "holdout" projector.
I am interested to see if Epson releases a Native 4k simply because of the brightness and cheaper lamps and lamp longevity, since it seems JVC might take forever to release a Laser or LED projector at a decent price.
However, I am scared of Epson's reliability record, but I would make sure I had an extra warranty if I eventually go that route.
I'd prefer a JVC honestly, but the current prices of their 4k units, their lamp prices, and no torch mode is turning me off a bit.
Unless it changes over the next few years.
I'm going to grab the Optoma to hold me over most likely until JVC or Epson come out with something different.