Are you referring to the 6050 or the 5050 here? The 5050 is not $4K
I looked heavily into getting a JVC before I bought my 5040. From my research, JVCs have their own failures and are by no means perfect. Plus their replacement bulbs are around $600 each.
FWIW, if my 5040 dies in a couple of years, I'll just pick up another refurb Epson. It won't be the best looking projector, but it's pretty damn good and I didn't spend $5-10K on something that'll be outdated in a few years.
This is Canadian current pricing right off a vendor website. If you read these older reviews:Yes, I should have specified. For JVC's on the same level as Epson, Epson refurbs vs. JVC lowest retail, is like a $3000 difference.
You'll see that all 3 of these projectors were compared head to head, with the Optoma almost seeming to take the lead. Right now the 5040 is NLA brand new, but the refurb is $1500cdn. The 5050 sells for $4000cdn on sale. The JVC LXUH1 is $2250cdn on sale and the Optoma UHD65 is $3500cdn not on sale. Of the 3 compared head to head, they concluded that the 5040 was more or less on par with the JVC and the Optoma took the lead by a smidge overall.
So yes, the refurb is the cheapest, but for a discount you are entering into the horrible refurb roulette - and they're not the best projector even brand new. Factor in horrific customer support and I understand the JVC has some setup things included to help you set up the picture. I know the 5040 won a lot of people over for pure value, but is it worth buying something that will likely cause you grief? Maybe just suck it up and hold out another year or two as real 4k HDR projectors become commonplace. Now that I re-read these reviews, perhaps I should have got the Optoma instead of the Epson. What I do know is that Epson service and product has not really won me over, I will certainly consider other brands over the Epson next time around. I'm not looking forward to being without mine for a few weeks when I send it out for repair with under 400 hours on it!