I've been reading up on this projector and it has me very interested. I recently bought and tried out the BenQ W1070 and I see too many rainbows for it to be enjoyable. So now I am looking for a good LCD projector. Originally I was looking at the Epson 8350 but all the QC issues have kind of scared me away... Are there any known issues with the AR100u? How about lamp life?
I will be in a completely light controlled basement. Viewing habits will likely be 45/45/10 for sports, movies, TV. I'll likely watch sports with some lights on. Maybe a dim light or two for movies, but I don’t know for sure since my basement is not completely finished yet and I’ve never had a projector before. I’ll be projecting from around 12 feet. Sitting around 13 feet. Screen size will be around 110 inches. I’ll likely use a DIY screen or some cheap Elite or Visual Apex screen.
Originally when I looked at this Panasonic I was concerned about the brightness. I thought it might be too bright for my fully light controlled basement, but from what I’ve been reading the Panasonic (on economic mode) will actually be less bright than the BenQ at my projection distance and screen size. Am I understanding this correctly? At 12 feet on a 110 inch (1.0 gain) screen I’m seeing 21.5 fl from the Panasonic and 30 fl from the BenQ. I don’t find the BenQ overly bright in a pitch black room so I should be ok, right?
I really like the fact that this thing will project a good image in ambient light. I’d like to have some buddies over for games and I don’t want to be sitting round in the dark. And I don’t want to be watching a washed out picture.
So is this thing right for me? I have no interest in 3D. I want a good picture in a dark and light setting. Don’t really care about getting the blackest blacks. As long as it LOOKS black, I’m good.
Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!