Originally Posted by taffman
Very strange that the AR-100 has been pretty well ignored by the AV experts.
Is it a case of " if you have nothing good to say, better to say nothing at all"?
Whatever the cause, the silence about this projector is deafening, and I suspect that is hurting AR-100 sales. I know that in my case I thought that the AR-100 would be just the projector I was looking for, but the Projector Central report steered me away from it and I purchased an AE4000 instead. It would have been really nice to have had several professional reviews to get a better informed decision.
From all accounts the 4000U is a great projector, Panasonic sold a ton of them and it was on my short list of projectors once I decided to upgrade. I had a $3000 budget so I considered many projectors and was always close to purchasing but for one reason or another I failed to pull the trigger (there always seems to be at least one negative thing about every projector out there). I'm sensitive to RBE so DLP projectors were out of the question although there were many tempting contenders and I'm not interested in 3D at the moment. In addition to the 4000U other projectors I considered were the Panasonic PT-AE7000U, Epson's 5010/3010/8350, LG CF181D and the JVC DLA-HD250.
Since I could easily afford any one of these projectors why go with the least expensive (and supposedly less capable) of the bunch? For me it came down to light output, I was weary of projectors that put out a great picture but only when viewed in a black hole environment. My first floor family/home theater room is not the optimum place to view a movie although I generally only used my previous projector in the evening but even this becomes a problem in the summer when darkness doesn't set in until late at night. I had to close the blinds and draw the curtains to block out one window and close the two doors to the room, not ideal for an audience that likes to come and go to the kitchen or bathroom, I am sure people reading this know what I mean. So when I read the September review at Projector Central it piqued my interest but I wasn't sure I was ready to trade away all of the esthetics of a 'true' home projector for what seemed like a bright projector with a less than perfect picture. Boy was I wrong! The blacks are black, the contrast is excellent and the colors are well saturated. Over the past two nights my wife and I have watched the Blu-rays of Hugo
and the animated Puss in Boots
, both movies looked jaw-droppingly good and we had some low level lighting in the room.
I agree that the lack of reviews on this projector may be deterring some people from considering this projector, but believe me it is certainly NOT the runt of the litter. As someone said earlier in this thread 'all of today's projectors look good' so it's up to the consumer to decide what fits their pocketbook and their needs.