I'm considering buying the AR100 as an upgrade for my AX200. I had originally been looking at the Epsons. The 3010 has a slightly higher lumen output than my AX200 (which is one of the areas I'm looking to upgrade slightly, as I do have to deal with some ambient light during the day), but it won't work at my throw distance (19'-20' on a 114" screen). The Epson 8350 will work at that throw, but features the same lumen output as my current projector.
Enter the AR100. It offers the higher lumen output I'm looking for and will work at that distance. But I was hoping to avoid Panasonic because when I originally bought my AX100, I experienced the flicker problem and had to fight for a replacement (the AX200) after they wanted me to send it into Heartland for the second time in a few months. I was less than impressed with Panasonic's customer service. But it seems the AR100 is about my only option in that price range if I want a brighter picture.
Plus, it seems I just missed out on the $300 rebate (though the extended warranty is really more attractive than the money back). So that sucks. What say you? Is there any alternative to the AR100 that I'm overlooking? Something that offers comparable lumens and that will work at that throw distance? If not, are the flicker problems of the Panasonics in the past?