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Well after spending some significant time with the HW40 I must say it is a huge step up in quality, not that the AR was bad but the difference is super noticeable. I find that it has more than enough lumens to generate a beautiful picture even in ambient light also I actually think I have more control with my lighting than I originally thought. I can def say I miss the ease of setup I had with the AR even now I still fond myself tinkering trying to make picture adjustments. All in all the investment was worth it but only because I had to I was more than satisfied with the AR and if it wouldnt have went down id still be using it without thought of upgrade.
Thanks for posting your follow-up, I found your projector comparison very interesting.

If I ever lose my AR100U (heaven forbid) I'll certainly put the Sony high on my list.

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The AR-100U served me well for 2 1/2 years. But now it won't start - similar to the most recent postings. For a while, I could get it to start by powering off and then back on - several times if necessary. To complicate matters, I have the projector in Brasil. I guess I will try to sell it for parts. Check out the attached estimate of repairs. Over USD$1000 here as well. And then I would have to wait 3-4 months for imported parts. Unless, I could bring the parts here from the US - and if I could then replace them myself. Any thoughts??? thanks
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The AR-100U served me well for 2 1/2 years. But now it won't start - similar to the most recent postings. For a while, I could get it to start by powering off and then back on - several times if necessary. To complicate matters, I have the projector in Brasil. I guess I will try to sell it for parts. Check out the attached estimate of repairs. Over USD$1000 here as well. And then I would have to wait 3-4 months for imported parts. Unless, I could bring the parts here from the US - and if I could then replace them myself. Any thoughts??? thanks
Personally I would move on to another projector. The projector first shipped in October 2011 and is getting a little long in the tooth. It's not a surprise that people are beginning to post problems with power supply and ballast issues. In the U.S. you can still buy a new AR100U for $1000 so fixing this projector for that much money is not realistic.

Unless you are very technically savvy with projector repair I would not recommend trying to fix it. I've owned my AR100U since January 2012 and I love it. But if it should ever break down I'll likely go looking for a replacement.

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