I have just enough tech understanding to be dangerous to myself and others standing nearby, so perhaps some knowledgeable person will offer an opinion. My setup is total darkness dedicated theater, 15 foot throw (13 foot viewing) to a 110" white fixed screen. BluRay DVD and Directv HD sources.
I'm really very happy with the output (brightness, color, 720 NR) of my four year old PT-AX200U with one exception - the dreaded "background blurries". John Wayne's static closeup in the foreground is as sharp as I could want but the Indians riding by in the background are blurry. My wife doesn't even see it but it drives me nuts! I assume this is caused by a refresh rate (?) that is much lower than my HD plasma TV.
On the new PT-AR100/AH1000 theRGB Scanning frequency is: H: 15 kHz–74 kHz, fV: 24 Hz–85 Hz,dot clock: 154 MHz or lower as opposed to my AX200U's fH 30–70 kHz, fV 50– 87 Hz Dot clock: Less than 150 MHz
AX200 Brightness: 2000 lumens AR100: 2800 lumens
AX200 Contrast: 6,000:1 AR100: 50,000:1
Are the specs on the new AR-100 going to make a big "spend the money" difference in what I see? In the past, I was told by good honest sales reps at two of "everybody's favorite online dealers" that the AE-4000 just wasn't going to make that much difference in my results and to wait for the next generation. As I have NO interest in the 3D fad (the third attempt to lipstick this pig in my lifetime) does the AR100 look like it's going to be the model I've been waiting for?