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Thanks Jimbo, Glad it helped.
I don't know that the panels in the AR100u are called "LCD 9" panels by nomaclature, part# or model #. But I can tell you they are the same size 3 panel unit as the LCD9 manufactured by Panasonic and used in the new Panasonic and Epson 3d PJs and not the same ones used in previous generation Panasonics. So, it may or may not be semantics based on 3d application or operating speed of 240/480 being used in the new 3d PJs vs the 60hz application in the AR100u. Hey, they're new panels not previously used and they just happen to be the same size as the ones they use in the new 7000 and sell to Epson which they call "LCD9".
This is my third PJ since 2005 (and it's the least expensive). The overall picture focus, pop, color, and contrast is better than any of the other eight TVs(5 are HD tube or HD LCD) in my home regardless of light conditions in any of the rooms. I have not seen any PJ under $5K in any special purpose theater room that projects any scene with the natual looking brightness of the AR100u. Even in dark, purpose built theater rooms, other PJs all appear to me as having a slightly darker or underlit appearance than would have been present when the scene was shot. The AR100u just does a great job of projecting an image with a more natural degree of brightness and light than anything else I've seen...even in a room that is fairly bright. No more dedicated closed off room, dark paint, dark carpet, painted ceiling...."it's my frickin' living room Scotty" with a $1300 PJ.
Personally I think the guys badmouthing Panasonic early in this thread were premature and didn't understand Panasonics' big change with its approach and application of this PJ. I know that I couldn't comprehend it either untill I had it. I'm sure there are some nay-saying video-phile purists and that's OK. I've had a few of them over to see this PJ and seem to get consistent responses of disbelief of just how good it is, and how good it is in all the ambient light. Then they want to know the price, and that is followed by disbelief of it's price. That says it all to me.