Add me to the "nothing to complain about" camp.
Last month, I noticed my 3yo AX200 had 2400hrs on its second bulb so instead of investing in a new lamp I decided to hit the forums and see what new models have come out. I've been far outside the loop. In fact, I avoid this forum if I'm not buying equipment...spending time here tends to make me convince myself I NEED new equipment. Maybe some of you can relate?
When I got the AX200, I wanted 1080p but I don't like paying the premium for the latest feature. I figured that 1080p was probably a standard feature by now so I started searching for whatever Panasonic released to succeed the AE4000. Well that looked pretty awesome, and the 7000's light output was better as a bonus (matching my AX200 if I recall). Price looked ok too. However, 3D now seems to be the latest premium feature so I started looking for the next model below the 7000.
Then...I found the AR100. 1080p, more lumens, and a price near what I paid three years ago? Yes please! My room is multipurpose and near a west-facing picture window, so I could not consider a batcave videophile projector at any price. Even though the AX200 was supposedly a light cannon, some days i had to hang blankets from the ceiling to block uncontrollable light.
Long story short, I am thrilled with the AR100. It looks better during the day than the old proj did at night The only thing that would make it perfect would be a frame creation feature, but since I've never owned a tv or proj with this feature I don't know (or want to know) what I'm missing. Maybe in three years.
If you're wondering why this thread has less activity than it "should," consider the possibility that the new owners are too busy watching their new projector to have time to write about it. Like someone said earlier, this proj opens up more time during the day that you can watch it...expect to go through lamps more quickly.