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post #3031 of 3128 Old 09-14-2011, 02:40 PM
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My Panny says it's time to replace the bulb and has for a while. My son mainly uses the projector for gaming so I just him have his way with it. Anyway, now it's cycling on and off after a few minutes of run time. What gives?
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Whats odd is both stopped working at the same time. I even tried a new 6ft hdmi cable in both inputs...nada. Ive switched sources from dvd player to HD cable box back and forth in both inputs but nothing. Another odd thing is when I use component input with the HD Cable box the brightness of the channels is very weak, but use svideo and its tons brighter. Obviously I want to use the Component cables for HD Channels, but dang it so dim it sux.

Hmmm, it does sound like something in the HDMI chain in the projector has failed. Chip or other componenet that process the signal from both ports. Buy the one with a failed blue pannel above (or another one like it) for $50 or less and swap the logic boards. At least that is all I can figure.
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That sounds like the problem. Does anybody have a unit they want to part out for cheap. $50???? I just hate to have this few of hours and can't enjoy it. Of course I only had a one year warranty and that ended 2 months ago.
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I have one for 50.00. Burnt blue...
PM me.

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I don't know if someone has experienced this or not, but last night it looked like there appeared oval shapes on the screen alternating on the upper right and left area of the screen. The bulb has about 2,500 hours on it.

Has anyone experienced this, and know what causes it and any solution?

I have had the PJ for about 2.5 years.
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I see questions about this from time to time so I just wanted to post this. I had about 1800 hours on my AX-200 and the pic as starting to dim a bit...not bad but noticable and I recently enlarged my screen to a painted 10.5' wide 16x9 image area. The image was looking a little less sharp as well. I decided to try one of those cheap knock off bulbs as the price had dropped to 120 bucks delivered. The first one they sent me was no brighter than my old bulb. I sent it back for exchange, paying 12 bucks shipping...they sent me a new one and much to my surprise it looks pretty good. Not sure if it is performing at the level of a new OEM bulb but it is certainly an improvement. I will keep ya'll posted on future performance.
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I don't know if someone has experienced this or not, but last night it looked like there appeared oval shapes on the screen alternating on the upper right and left area of the screen. The bulb has about 2,500 hours on it.

Has anyone experienced this, and know what causes it and any solution?

I have had the PJ for about 2.5 years.

Any thoughts, anyone.

I talked to Panasonic, and they did not have any ideas. other than to send it in for a good cleaning and a $150 estimate. So, any help would be appreciated.
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Weird question here. I've had my AX200U since 08 and have gone through 2 bulbs with it. Here lately I've noticed that when I watch widescreen movies and have the black lines on it and then watch a full 16:9 show...I'm seeing the lines on the top and bottom and they have a light purple tint to it.

Now after a bit of viewing full screen material...the lines go away. But the very next time I watch widescreen and switch back to fullscreen. I get the lines again. Is my LCD panel starting to go?
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Got a new bulb ordered. Hopefully, this fixes the halo effect I am having. I will keep everyone posted.
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Same issue here. My 200 is 2 year old 4000hrs. Everything was working fine. I hooked up a new 320gb PS3 and no picture. I switched over to my hd direct tv box and still nothing except an occasional flash of picture with what I can only describe as green snow.

Any input?
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Got a new bulb ordered. Hopefully, this fixes the halo effect I am having. I will keep everyone posted.

Still has the halo even with the new bulb. The new bulb has about 78 hours on it. Any ideas?
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Still has the halo even with the new bulb. The new bulb has about 78 hours on it. Any ideas?

Could it be a burnt polarized filter?
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Still has the halo even with the new bulb. The new bulb has about 78 hours on it. Any ideas?

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Could it be a burnt polarized filter?

How do you test for and replace that?
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Hey guys - I just bought a Epson 8350 last night to replace my beloved AX200U. The Epson 8350 is highly rated in 2010 by ProjectorCentral - just like the AX200U was in 2008.

Panasonic AX200U - five star in 2007 - 720P
http://www.projectorcentral.com/pana..._projector.htm

Epson 8350 - five star in 2010 - 1080P
http://www.projectorcentral.com/epso...tor_review.htm

In my initial impressions after using the Panasonic for 2-3 years and then watching my first demo material with the Epson last night --- The upgrade is slight. For reference I have a 92" Da-Lite Cinema Contour HCCV screen (which I don't really like that much). For movie material I called my wife down to watch some clips with me and she said she couldn't tell the difference. I was using the reference bluray clips from the ScubaSteve demo disc and I could see, or thought I could see, a bit better detail on the Espon, but the difference is not night or day. The Panasonic has about 1600 hours on its first bulb, and the Epson was a bit brighter, but still not night and day - at least in calibrated settings on the Pansonic vs cinema mode on the Epson (which was my favorite out of the box). I have a HTPC hooked up through the receiver and a 1080p computer desktop looks WORLDS better on the espon! Text is sharp and clear. Obviously a 1080P signal looks terrible on the Panasonic, and a Panasonic native 720P windows desktop doesn't seem as crisp as the Epson native 1080P windows desktop. I initially think blacks may somehow be better on the Panasonic, but that may still be some additional required calibration on the Epson, because blacks should be better on the Epson!!!

I just wanted to post for those in this thread that the AX200U is still a very nice projector. I'm satisfied with my upgrade to the Epson 8350, but only because I wanted a better windows desktop experience as part of my upgrade. If my upgrade solely depended on a far better BluRay picture quality expectation - I wouldn't be satifisfied with my upgrade. So those on the fence debating about a projector upgrade from their AX200U -- you might consider sitting on the fence a bit longer.

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Hey guys - I just bought a Epson 8350 last night to replace my beloved AX200U. The Epson 8350 is highly rated in 2010 by ProjectorCentral - just like the AX200U was in 2008.

Panasonic AX200U - five star in 2007 - 720P
http://www.projectorcentral.com/pana..._projector.htm

Epson 8350 - five star in 2010 - 1080P
http://www.projectorcentral.com/epso...tor_review.htm


I just wanted to post for those in this thread that the AX200U is still a very nice projector. I'm satisfied with my upgrade to the Epson 8350, but only because I wanted a better windows desktop experience as part of my upgrade. If my upgrade solely depended on a far better BluRay picture quality expectation - I wouldn't be satifisfied with my upgrade. So those on the fence debating about a projector upgrade from their AX200U -- you might consider sitting on the fence a bit longer.

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Thanks very helpfull, I have got pt ax100 (nearly the same like the pt ax200) that I want (wanted) to upgrade. I still think its a marvelous machine. I wonder now if I 'll upgrade for LCD. Sory do you have titles like BBC Earth introduction scenary to test both with or oter spectacular blue ray ?
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Thanks very helpfull, I have got pt ax100 (nearly the same like the pt ax200) that I want (wanted) to upgrade. I still think its a marvelous machine. I wonder now if I 'll upgrade for LCD. Sory do you have titles like BBC Earth introduction scenary to test both with or oter spectacular blue ray ?

I do have planet earth on HD-DVD actually...but trust me in that I've already tested some of the best clips available on bluray. Are you familiar with the scubasteve demo disk?

I have both v1 and v2. They include some of the best of the best reference bluray material. I've watched this material plenty of times on my old projector hooked up to my PS3. This was the material my wife and I demoed and the same material she said she couldn't tell the difference, and I'd say the difference was 10% tops.

v1
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1243227
and v2
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1283375

For a windows desktop - with text - the difference is night and day. For movies - not as much of an upgrade as I would have expected.... I don't think the ax100 was quite up to par with the ax200u though...so the difference might be more noticable from that upgrade?

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I do have planet earth on HD-DVD actually...but trust me in that I've already tested some of the best clips available on bluray. Are you familiar with the scubasteve demo disk?

I have both v1 and v2. They include some of the best of the best reference bluray material. I've watched this material plenty of times on my old projector hooked up to my PS3. This was the material my wife and I demoed and the same material she said she couldn't tell the difference, and I'd say the difference was 10% tops.

v1
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1243227
and v2
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1283375

For a windows desktop - with text - the difference is night and day. For movies - not as much of an upgrade as I would have expected.... I don't think the ax100 was quite up to par with the ax200u though...so the difference might be more noticable from that upgrade?

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Wow seen your 2010 contribution.
I assume that you are not interrested with 3d
As for me
Idont have a dedicated HT ,

Have a darkend basement ,very mat white prepared wall ,
3.2m wide projected image (3.6m large room) from a 4m vewing distance .

Eye level is just in the middle of the vertical of the projected image .

This way I get a big angular view , a real immersive experience.

I wonder if a new 3d projector will make a big immersive difference (more field deapth better contrast and blacks).

I am less keen for pop up ( objects comming to you ) unless 2d to 3d potential benefit for my own family hd videos (dont have any information about 2d to3din this specific case)

Dont you think that you would have been better with lets say new epson 5010 or pana 7000 (or even BenQ6000 dlp)

An outsider for me for light output is new pana 1000
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Alright, I have reached the 1800 hr mark and have seen the Replace Lamp message. Per the instructions, I can bump this from an 1800 hr mark reminder to a 2000 hr mark reminder.

What happens after 2000 hours? Will I get this reminder each and every time I turn on the projector?

Do I keep going until I am not satisfied with brightness? (It looks fine to me)

Also, where is the best reputable OEM lamp replacement site?
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Quick question. Since this projector has a 2x zoom and a manual lens shift, couldnt you still do a CIH theater? You would just have to manually adjust every time you switch aspects between 1.78 and 2.35

Im limited on height, but not width, and i really like the cinematic feel of having the larger 2.35 screen and masking the sides vs a 1.78 screen and having black bars top and bottom...or trying to mask horizontally.

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Sure you can do CIH with the AX200. It will be a little clumsy since you will have to reach up and adjust zoom, shift and focus but certainly doable.

Stace

Exactly my setup with my 50" x 138" 2.76 aspect ratio "Ben Hur" screen.
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I just replaced the "out" blue polarizer. The YELLOW blob is gone but now the picture seems dull and washed out. I replaced the bulb at the same time. Please let me know what could be the cause.
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Alright, I have reached the 1800 hr mark and have seen the Replace Lamp message. Per the instructions, I can bump this from an 1800 hr mark reminder to a 2000 hr mark reminder.

What happens after 2000 hours? Will I get this reminder each and every time I turn on the projector?

Do I keep going until I am not satisfied with brightness? (It looks fine to me)

Also, where is the best reputable OEM lamp replacement site?

Doug,
I just reset my 2nd lamp runtime hours back down to 0 hours after seeing the lamp warning at 1800 hours (it disappears in 30 seconds). But after 2K hours it will go to stanby mode so you'll need to a reset now anyway. I wrote down the hours so I know the actual hours. I replaced the first lamp around 2300 hours with another new OEM panny lamp from amazon. I'm going to let this one go further or until I'm not satisfied with the brightness and sharpness.
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Alright, I have reached the 1800 hr mark and have seen the Replace Lamp message. Per the instructions, I can bump this from an 1800 hr mark reminder to a 2000 hr mark reminder.

What happens after 2000 hours? Will I get this reminder each and every time I turn on the projector?

Do I keep going until I am not satisfied with brightness? (It looks fine to me)

Also, where is the best reputable OEM lamp replacement site?

I have gone through 2 bulbs, and on each I got to ~2400h before it got too dim to watch. I am on my third bulb, but now have the beginning of the blue polarizer problem.
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I'm at 4400 on my original bulb running in ECO mode with high altitude. No signs of dimming but I did have some strike issues 1K ago that went away. My machine never sees a screen saver or gets stuck on pause on dark scenes. I'm also in a dark room...

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Greetings folks!

Very long time follower of this thread, and thought I'd chime in on the AX200's viability in the current 1080p and 3D environment. I was fortunate enough to snag my own brand new unit early last summer (manufacturing ended May 2011) for what amounted to an absolute steal (practically a giveaway...seriously). Only now have I been able to take the time to add my two cents worth on what I have found to be a truly fabulous piece of equipment.

Without question, projector technology in general has progressed to the point where the AX200 has now been outclassed by many a current model out there, both 2D and 3D, to which any reasonably objective person will attest, I believe. That being said, within the limits of its capabilities (and even beyond those limits on some perameters), the AX200 is quite impressive and, with proper setup/calibration, continues to hold its own. Though it is my intent to eventually upgrade to a 1080p, 3D-capable model, for now I really cannot speak highly enough about it.

To those long-time AX200 Thread lurkers out there who are looking to enter the front projector game for the first time, and who perhaps may also be doing so on a shoestring budget: If you can land a well cared for used unit (or, if the heavens are smiling down on you as they did me, a rare factory-new unit), I wholeheartedly recommend this projector. Granted, there is simply no ignoring what is currently available today from the likes of Panasonic, Epson, Mitsubishi, BenQ, etc; such is the reality of forward development. However, in my view the AX200 makes a wonderful interim purchase, and I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. Ease of calibration and setup, sick'ning brightness, 1080/24p capability (yes, even from a PS3; though there were some very early reports of 24p issues, they are non-existent in my setup), more than tolerable fan noise particularly in eco-mode, very decent black levels along with a surprisingly brisk-functioning dynamic iris, excellent color decoding, and very good sharpness despite the Smooth Screen feature... You'd be hard-pressed to find a better 720p projector out there.

Though officially retired last May, I submit that the AX200 is indeed alive and well...and certainly still viable and worth considering. My sincere gratitude to all who have contributed to this thread and all I've been able to glean from it in the process.

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Greetings folks!

Very long time follower of this thread, and thought I'd chime in on the AX200's viability in the current 1080p and 3D environment. I was fortunate enough to snag my own brand new unit early last summer (manufacturing ended May 2011) for what amounted to an absolute steal (practically a giveaway...seriously). Only now have I been able to take the time to add my two cents worth on what I have found to be a truly fabulous piece of equipment.

Without question, projector technology in general has progressed to the point where the AX200 has now been outclassed by many a current model out there, both 2D and 3D, to which any reasonably objective person will attest, I believe. That being said, within the limits of its capabilities (and even beyond those limits on some perameters), the AX200 is quite impressive and, with proper setup/calibration, continues to hold its own. Though it is my intent to eventually upgrade to a 1080p, 3D-capable model, for now I really cannot speak highly enough about it.

To those long-time AX200 Thread lurkers out there who are looking to enter the front projector game for the first time, and who perhaps may also be doing so on a shoestring budget: If you can land a well cared for used unit (or, if the heavens are smiling down on you as they did me, a rare factory-new unit), I wholeheartedly recommend this projector. Granted, there is simply no ignoring what is currently available today from the likes of Panasonic, Epson, Mitsubishi, BenQ, etc; such is the reality of forward development. However, in my view the AX200 makes a wonderful interim purchase, and I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. Ease of calibration and setup, sick'ning brightness, 1080/24p capability (yes, even from a PS3; though there were some very early reports of 24p issues, they are non-existent in my setup), more than tolerable fan noise particularly in eco-mode, very decent black levels along with a surprisingly brisk-functioning dynamic iris, excellent color decoding, and very good sharpness despite the Smooth Screen feature... You'd be hard-pressed to find a better 720p projector out there.

Though officially retired last May, I submit that the AX200 is indeed alive and well...and certainly still viable and worth considering. My sincere gratitude to all who have contributed to this thread and all I've been able to glean from it in the process.

(Please forgive the shortcomings of my somewhat anemic iPhone 3GS camera, by the way.)

No doubt the AX200 was/is a great projector. And as far as a first projector I agree that it would still serve quite well in that capacity. The only thing I would caution prospective buyers (of a used unit) to be aware of is the issue of the polarizers going bad. My AE900 and current AX200 have experienced this. While my AX200 is not terrible yet, I can see it is getting more noticeable. I'm not really complaining as I have nearly 5,000 hours on it (currently on my second lamp) and unfortunately this model used organic panels, while most of the newer products have switched over to inorganic, thus alleviating this problem from what I understand. That said, I paid $800 for my AX200 3.5 years ago and it's served faithfully as my every day living room tv for all that time. It owes me nothing. Now I just need to decide what will replace it.
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I've been a Panasonic buyer for many years and my AX200 is also approaching 5K hours and I'm on my second lamp too. It still has a great picture, but I'm looking ahead and the AR100 does not interest me since I have no ambient light problems in my basement and I'm not a 3D fan and the next model up is the AE7000. What's up with Panasonic? They discontinued the AE4000 and now almost force buyers to go 3D. Hopefully, they will come out with a mid priced 2D model later this year or lower the price on the AE7000. Until that happens, I'll continue to enjoy the AX200
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No doubt the AX200 was/is a great projector. And as far as a first projector I agree that it would still serve quite well in that capacity. The only thing I would caution prospective buyers (of a used unit) to be aware of is the issue of the polarizers going bad. My AE900 and current AX200 have experienced this. While my AX200 is not terrible yet, I can see it is getting more noticeable. I'm not really complaining as I have nearly 5,000 hours on it (currently on my second lamp) and unfortunately this model used organic panels, while most of the newer products have switched over to inorganic, thus alleviating this problem from what I understand. That said, I paid $800 for my AX200 3.5 years ago and it's served faithfully as my every day living room tv for all that time. It owes me nothing. Now I just need to decide what will replace it.

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I've been a Panasonic buyer for many years and my AX200 is also approaching 5K hours and I'm on my second lamp too. It still has a great picture, but I'm looking ahead and the AR100 does not interest me since I have no ambient light problems in my basement and I'm not a 3D fan and the next model up is the AE7000. What's up with Panasonic? They discontinued the AE4000 and now almost force buyers to go 3D. Hopefully, they will come out with a mid priced 2D model later this year or lower the price on the AE7000. Until that happens, I'll continue to enjoy the AX200

Excellent points all. Appreciate the feedback from you both.

To your point regarding a mid priced Panny potentially on the horizon, Javatime, I have a sneaky suspicion that you could be on to something. I've been thinking that perhaps the reason the AR100 has come down so drastically in price so soon after its launch is that they may be phasing it out sooner rather than later to make way for a slightly lower priced AE4000 equivalent. Stranger things have certainly happened. Or, alternatively, maybe the AR100 was intended to supplant the AX200 all along and they simply realized it was priced a bit beyond its performance characteristics (hence, the recent rebate program and subsequent price drop). I dunno, just thinking out loud here. However, as a direct AX200 replacement, I'd think it would indeed leave the field wide open for an intermediate-level unit to come down the pike. Kinda hard to believe there wouldn't be anything available in between the 100 and 7000. Pretty wide gap, seems to me.

In any event, Java, your incredible setup (as well as others) was partly responsible for my pulling the trigger on the AX200. Well done, sir!

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Excellent points all. Appreciate the feedback from you both.

To your point regarding a mid priced Panny potentially on the horizon, Javatime, I have a sneaky suspicion that you could be on to something. I've been thinking that perhaps the reason the AR100 has come down so drastically in price so soon after its launch is that they may be phasing it out sooner rather than later to make way for a slightly lower priced AE4000 equivalent. Stranger things have certainly happened. Or, alternatively, maybe the AR100 was intended to supplant the AX200 all along and they simply realized it was priced a bit beyond its performance characteristics (hence, the recent rebate program and subsequent price drop). I dunno, just thinking out loud here. However, as a direct AX200 replacement, I'd think it would indeed leave the field wide open for an intermediate-level unit to come down the pike. Kinda hard to believe there wouldn't be anything available in between the 100 and 7000. Pretty wide gap, seems to me.

In any event, Java, your incredible setup (as well as others) was partly responsible for my pulling the trigger on the AX200. Well done, sir!

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That could sound like antiquities for those who did'nt experience ax 200 ( ax100 for me)
Brightness and Sharpness are huge despite hd ready only and screen smoothing technology (I have a 3.2meters wide image)
Thats why most ax100 and 200 users are still asking if its worthy to upgrade ( unless over used unit)
In fact I am afraid that my wife would'nt notice the differece , thats why I am still looking around (for arguments to do so).
The only argument would be deeper blacks (but would it be visible ) or 3d
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I've been thinking that perhaps the reason the AR100 has come down so drastically in price so soon after its launch is that they may be phasing it out sooner rather than later to make way for a slightly lower priced AE4000 equivalent. Stranger things have certainly happened. Or, alternatively, maybe the AR100 was intended to supplant the AX200 all along and they simply realized it was priced a bit beyond its performance characteristics (hence, the recent rebate program and subsequent price drop). I dunno, just thinking out loud here. However, as a direct AX200 replacement, I'd think it would indeed leave the field wide open for an intermediate-level unit to come down the pike. Kinda hard to believe there wouldn't be anything available in between the 100 and 7000. Pretty wide gap, seems to me.

The AR100U was never intended to replace the AE4000U, that was just an early rumor started here that has not lost traction among some people. The price drop on the AR100U was to be more competitive with the Epson 8350 putting it at or below its competition price-wise. People who have purchased the AR100U will tell you it's sterling projector just not one intended for a bat-cave although it can be made to work in one.

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The AR100U was never intended to replace the AE4000U, that was just an early rumor started here that has not lost traction among some people. The price drop on the AR100U was to be more competitive with the Epson 8350 putting it at or below its competition price-wise. People who have purchased the AR100U will tell you it's sterling projector just not one intended for a bat-cave although it can be made to work in one.

Here is the "Evolution of Panasonic Home Cinema Projectors".

http://panasonic.net/avc/projector/s...ema_projector/

Didn't mean to convey that it was supposed to outright replace the 4000--I was thinking more along the lines that it perhaps was intended to replace the AX200 and that perhaps one of the reasons the street price was lowered recently was to one day make way for a "new" 4000 (e.g., a new mid-priced unit) that might be in the works, filling in what would otherwise be a glaring gap and missing out on significant market share.

And the comparison with the 8350 only adds to my point in that, yes, you can get one of those today for roughly the same price. In other words, I was merely concurring with Javatime in that, unless they are planning a replacement for the 4000, on the surface it seems rather short-sighted to have discontinued it.

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