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Hi all:

I'm just trying to figure out how many total hours I have on my bulb- I reset the counter without replacing the bulb months back but I'm trying to remember when I started getting the flashing indicator upon start up-- I think it was around 2500 but I don't recall, precisely. Does it vary?

I grabbed (3) different 70-80 LCD TV's and wasn't happy with ANY of them so the panny will be going back into the living room- I was just using it outside.

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Hi all:

I'm just trying to figure out how many total hours I have on my bulb- I reset the counter without replacing the bulb months back but I'm trying to remember when I started getting the flashing indicator upon start up-- I think it was around 2500 but I don't recall, precisely. Does it vary?

I grabbed (3) different 70-80 LCD TV's and wasn't happy with ANY of them so the panny will be going back into the living room- I was just using it outside.

James
James,

The AR100U keeps track of your current - and the total - hours used.

Here are the instructions for accessing the service menu to figure your total hours so far.





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thanks Mr G.

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You'll be pleasantly surprised by the brightness and color pop that return to the AR100U with a new lamp. I was.

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Thanks Mr. G for checking in. I've tired to reply on your PM, but unfortunately my post count is too low.

For now I've decided to buy the ceiling mount only, and check if I need extension column or not. I' m gonna project on the wall, and don't want the top of the picture to be too close to the ceiling.
sorry for being late with my feedback.
peerless ceiling mount works like a charm. there is plenty of room for adjustment with 8ft ceiling, no need to worry that the image will be to close to the ceiling. Thanks Mr. G for a great recommendation.

Since I'm here, I would like to ask you some questions.
I found out, that my image projected on the wall is not focused evenly. I mounted my PJ using a laser level to make it perfect stright. But it looks that when I make the top of the picture focused, the bottom is a little blurry, and vice versa. So i checked the wall, and it seems that is far from being perfect. Right now trying to adjust mounting to make it focused evenly. Although projector won't be perfectly stright, but at least the focus won't be bothering any more.
What is the best way to adjust projector? I know, there are test paterns, but not exactly sure, how can i use it in my case

Another thing. I would like to do some calibration, and wonder what software you recommend in other to do it correctly. I'm using my PJ in family room, so there are different light conditions during the day. Would like to optimize picture modes, based on that conditions.

And the last thing. How big of improvement, darbee darblet is. I saw they are selling it right now for $199. Is it worth it? Will I be able to see a noticeable difference? Like i said, I use my wall as a screen to be able to go from 40" screen to 120".

thanks a lot for all your help.
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sorry for being late with my feedback.
peerless ceiling mount works like a charm. there is plenty of room for adjustment with 8ft ceiling, no need to worry that the image will be to close to the ceiling. Thanks Mr. G for a great recommendation.

Since I'm here, I would like to ask you some questions.
I found out, that my image projected on the wall is not focused evenly. I mounted my PJ using a laser level to make it perfect stright. But it looks that when I make the top of the picture focused, the bottom is a little blurry, and vice versa. So i checked the wall, and it seems that is far from being perfect. Right now trying to adjust mounting to make it focused evenly. Although projector won't be perfectly stright, but at least the focus won't be bothering any more.
What is the best way to adjust projector? I know, there are test paterns, but not exactly sure, how can i use it in my case

Another thing. I would like to do some calibration, and wonder what software you recommend in other to do it correctly. I'm using my PJ in family room, so there are different light conditions during the day. Would like to optimize picture modes, based on that conditions.

And the last thing. How big of improvement, darbee darblet is. I saw they are selling it right now for $199. Is it worth it? Will I be able to see a noticeable difference? Like i said, I use my wall as a screen to be able to go from 40" screen to 120".

thanks a lot for all your help.
Without seeing your setup it's hard to say what's wrong with your alignment.

In my setup the projector is centered exactly down the middle of the screen. Using a bubble level make sure the projector is perfectly level front to back and side to side. Once that's done you can use the lens shift to center the picture on the screen. If the projector isn't perfectly level in relation to the screen you'll end up with a trapezoid instead of a rectangle.

As far as the Darbee Darblet is considered it's a perfect addition to the AR100U and my 120" screen. I've owned one since shortly after they were introduced and I won't give up it. The increase in clarity is remarkable. I run mine at HD 40 percent for Blu-rays, DVD's and streaming services like Netflix, VUDU, Hulu+ and Amazon Prime.

Calibration-wise I own the Disney WOW disc and can recommend it. If you are looking for a free solution there is the AVS HD 709 download you can burn to DVD or Blu-ray.

AVS HD 709 - Blu-ray & MP4 Calibration

There is also a lot of good information in the Panasonic PT-AR100U Owners Thread to reference.

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I'll tell you what....selling a projector is a tough thing to do-- at least for me as the seller.

As we know, the bulb for this thing is ~$300...and I definitely need a new one. So you figure: a. try to sell a unit that needs a new bulb and see what you get. b. buy a new bulb and sell it with the PJ. c. screw it: buy a new bulb and keep the PJ.

I'm not sure what I could get with option a, but I'd bet it wouldn't be any more than $700- especially considering what you can buy with a NEW bulb for ~$900. Option B may yield $1000, but I doubt it. C doesn't change much, obviously.

I was eyeing an Epson 3500 with 3D for the little one-- along with an improved picture, but it would be hard to take about half of what I paid for this thing after 2 years.

Am I being too cheap here, or is ~ -$650 after 2 years sound reasonable? The more I think about it the more it does, actually- especially when you consider that I'd have to buy anew bulb anyway for $300 so if I got $600 for the 100 I'd really only be spending $600 to upgrade.

Oh-- and the new bulbs with the Epson are cheaper and replacement time is nearly double.

Still love the AR100, this is just tough!

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Without seeing your setup it's hard to say what's wrong with your alignment.

In my setup the projector is centered exactly down the middle of the screen. Using a bubble level make sure the projector is perfectly level front to back and side to side. Once that's done you can use the lens shift to center the picture on the screen. If the projector isn't perfectly level in relation to the screen you'll end up with a trapezoid instead of a rectangle.

As far as the Darbee Darblet is considered it's a perfect addition to the AR100U and my 120" screen. I've owned one since shortly after they were introduced and I won't give up it. The increase in clarity is remarkable. I run mine at HD 40 percent for Blu-rays, DVD's and streaming services like Netflix, VUDU, Hulu+ and Amazon Prime.

Calibration-wise I own the Disney WOW disc and can recommend it. If you are looking for a free solution there is the AVS HD 709 download you can burn to DVD or Blu-ray.

AVS HD 709 - Blu-ray & MP4 Calibration

There is also a lot of good information in the Panasonic PT-AR100U Owners Thread to reference.

The official Panasonic PT-AR100U Owners Thread

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I think I got my PJ perfectly leveled. Front to back and side to side. However in order to have the image on perfect height, I had to moved the lens all the way down. I've also noticed that my wall is not prefect stright, so both of those factors can make the picture not evenly focused.

As you recommended, I ordered WOW calibration disk as well as darbee darblet. Didnt use the disc yet, as I am already 108hrs on my first bulb.

With darbee darblet I have a mixed feelings. Tried all three settings, HD,gaming,full pop. In order to see any difference in HD mode i have to go all the way to 70's and more and see it if I run demo scanning function. Gaming mode is simillar.
In full pop it can be easily seen in 50. However what I noticed last night when I turned direct tv guide on, black shadows around the letters.
I have all my sources connected to denon avr x4000 receiver. Is it the reason why i dont see any difference at HD 40-50, like most of the guys?
I will try to bypass my receiver and go stright to projector: source-darbee-projector and see if there is any difference.

I also have one question regarding component connection. Last night i hooked up my old xbox 360 to the chain. I went straight to my projector using component cables. The picture was blurry and didnt look like HD. Tried to go thru receiver but result was the same. PJ showed that the signal is 1080p but imo it wasnt. i had to tweak sharpnes and detail clarity in panasonic settings so that my lookr closed to HD quality. This was without darbee in the chain.
I am not sure if its normal. The PQ from my PS3 via HDMI looks good. So I am not sure if type of cable connection is the problem or something else.

Would like to hear your opinion on this.
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I think I got my PJ perfectly leveled. Front to back and side to side. However in order to have the image on perfect height, I had to moved the lens all the way down. I've also noticed that my wall is not prefect stright, so both of those factors can make the picture not evenly focused.

As you recommended, I ordered WOW calibration disk as well as darbee darblet. Didnt use the disc yet, as I am already 108hrs on my first bulb.

With darbee darblet I have a mixed feelings. Tried all three settings, HD,gaming,full pop. In order to see any difference in HD mode i have to go all the way to 70's and more and see it if I run demo scanning function. Gaming mode is simillar.
In full pop it can be easily seen in 50. However what I noticed last night when I turned direct tv guide on, black shadows around the letters.
I have all my sources connected to denon avr x4000 receiver. Is it the reason why i dont see any difference at HD 40-50, like most of the guys?
I will try to bypass my receiver and go stright to projector: source-darbee-projector and see if there is any difference.

I also have one question regarding component connection. Last night i hooked up my old xbox 360 to the chain. I went straight to my projector using component cables. The picture was blurry and didnt look like HD. Tried to go thru receiver but result was the same. PJ showed that the signal is 1080p but imo it wasnt. i had to tweak sharpnes and detail clarity in panasonic settings so that my lookr closed to HD quality. This was without darbee in the chain.
I am not sure if its normal. The PQ from my PS3 via HDMI looks good. So I am not sure if type of cable connection is the problem or something else.

Would like to hear your opinion on this.
Thanks
I don't use an Xbox in my setup so I can't tell you much there. Before I gave up my Time Warner HDTV cable service I used a powered splitter for the component output from the cable box going to the AR100U and my plasma HDTV. I had always thought it looked fine in 720p and 1080i, a decent picture for cable service.

Currently I route everything that is HDMI through my Denon 2309CI AVR to the Darbee Darblet to a powered HDMI splitter to the AR100U and plasma HDTV. All my devices like the Blu-ray player, Roku 3, Apple TV 3 and WDTV Live have always looked great.

The AR100U is on a 45 foot BlueJeans HDMI cable from the Denon. I have all image processing by the AR100U turned off or set to zero, I let the Darbee do all the work.

The posted a few screenshots in the Official Panasonic PT-AR100U thread.

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I have all image processing by the AR100U turned off or set to zero, I let the Darbee do all the work.

The posted a few screenshots in the Official Panasonic PT-AR100U thread.

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Thx Mr.G . I will follow your advice and turn all processing off both in pj and receiver.
On my pj i have a sharpness at 0 and detail clarity +2 which i will change to 0. Anything else i should be turning off (dnr, motion)?

One more thing. When you did your calibration. Did you take darbee off the chain? Set in at 0? Or maybe left it as it was?
Trying to achieve the best PQ as i can on my setup.
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Thx Mr.G . I will follow your advice and turn all processing off both in pj and receiver.
On my pj i have a sharpness at 0 and detail clarity +2 which i will change to 0. Anything else i should be turning off (dnr, motion)?

One more thing. When you did your calibration. Did you take darbee off the chain? Set in at 0? Or maybe left it as it was?
Trying to achieve the best PQ as i can on my setup.
I have DNR and Motion turned off as well. My calibration of the AR100U was done before I purchased the Darbee. And the only calibration I've done on the projector was for the REC-709 mode which I rarely use. I use Vivid Cinema in eco-mode (uncalibrated) most times for the brightness and color pop.

If you do your calibration with the Darbee in place just setting it to zero is the same as turning it off.

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I'll tell you what....selling a projector is a tough thing to do-- at least for me as the seller.

As we know, the bulb for this thing is ~$300...and I definitely need a new one. So you figure: a. try to sell a unit that needs a new bulb and see what you get. b. buy a new bulb and sell it with the PJ. c. screw it: buy a new bulb and keep the PJ.

I'm not sure what I could get with option a, but I'd bet it wouldn't be any more than $700- especially considering what you can buy with a NEW bulb for ~$900. Option B may yield $1000, but I doubt it. C doesn't change much, obviously.

I was eyeing an Epson 3500 with 3D for the little one-- along with an improved picture, but it would be hard to take about half of what I paid for this thing after 2 years.

Am I being too cheap here, or is ~ -$650 after 2 years sound reasonable? The more I think about it the more it does, actually- especially when you consider that I'd have to buy anew bulb anyway for $300 so if I got $600 for the 100 I'd really only be spending $600 to upgrade.

Oh-- and the new bulbs with the Epson are cheaper and replacement time is nearly double.

Still love the AR100, this is just tough!

James
what did you decide to do? I just got the notice last night i needed a new lamp and now i have the same decision you did/
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what did you decide to do? I just got the notice last night i needed a new lamp and now i have the same decision you did/
I kept the PJ and will be ordering a new bulb today from Provantage. I just can't risk getting some substandard bulb to save $40. I emailed Provantage and they won't move off their $303.10 price, either.

By the way, I may have missed it, but this PJ has been officially discontinued by Panasonic.

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