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post #781 of 1007
Using a mono 3.5mm plug is correct. Since you own the Elite VMax 2 series screen you know it uses the red wire to supply the 12V and the green wire for the ground. I am assuming that is how you soldered the wires into your 3.5mm plug.

According to the Elite website this is how the RJ-45 pin out is configured.

post #782 of 1007
I used that and another image that Elite Screens sent. It shows that the first two wires in the RJ-45 connector are the 12v and ground...as does that image pin layout. What I did was take a standard Cat5 (RJ-45) cable and used the two wires that provide the 12v and Ground. At the projector (20 feet away) I've tried soldering a mono tip on the 2 wires from the Cat 5 and could not get it to work. I also took another mono 3' cable and cut one end off and twisted the wires together for testing. Neither were successful.

When I place a 9v battery on the wires the screen lowers as expected and when I remove the battery the screen retracts as well. But when I use a 3.5mm cable into the projector, it doesn't do anything on power up/down. I have it set as Power ON - Output. So it should be sending a 12v charge down into that trigger port.

Since the screen functions via the 9v battery I'm going to assume everything is correct on the screens end and it's something else on the projector side.

Any ideas or suggestions?


EDIT: http://elitescreens.com/images/pdf/faq_triggerwiringdiagram.pdf

That is what I used. It shows the brown and brown/white wires as being the ground and 12v. That is what I used it functions properly if I use a 9 volt battery, but hooked up to the Projector...nada.
Edited by likelinus - 8/14/12 at 11:45am
post #783 of 1007
Only other thing is to get a multimeter and test the 12V out of the AR100U to make sure it's outputting the right (or any) voltage.

I have a fixed frame screen so I've never used the 12V trigger on the AR100U and I don't have any practical experience with this aspect of the projector.

It may be time to write or call Panasonic support to answer your question.

http://www.panasonic.com/business-solutions/contact-projectors-support.asp
post #784 of 1007
Great suggestion. I'll have time when I get home to test it with my multimeter. Thanks! If that doesn't work then I'll call Panasonic...fun
post #785 of 1007
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Originally Posted by likelinus View Post

But when I use a 3.5mm cable into the projector, it doesn't do anything on power up/down. I have it set as Power ON - Output. So it should be sending a 12v charge down into that trigger port.

You did go into the secondary menu, correct?

EDIT: Added image of page 65.


Edited by Mr.G - 8/14/12 at 1:33pm
post #786 of 1007
Yes, correct. I turned Trigger 1 (and 2 as a test) on output and "Power On". I also tested it with the RS command as well. I'll be interested to see if it's outputting any power when I get home. I didn't think about testing it last night and wish I had!
post #787 of 1007
anybody using a harmony remote with this projector, I am struggling with the power off, i constantly come down and its been on all night.
now i wait around to make sure the power light is solid yellow but its still 50% time flashing yellow instead
post #788 of 1007
I have used the Harmony remote with both the AX200 and the AR100. Never changed the settings. No problems shutting down.
post #789 of 1007
does the ax200 have a off button? or a power toggle?
post #790 of 1007
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does the ax200 have a off button? or a power toggle?

Button
post #791 of 1007
Any owners of this pj encounter dust blobs issues so far? how frequent are you going to clean the filter?
post #792 of 1007
Any AR100 owners tried Darbee on this pj? How's the result & mind to share your reviews?
post #793 of 1007
mine(darbee) arrived today!
post #794 of 1007
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Originally Posted by flanntastic View Post

mine(darbee) arrived today!
Congrats! have you tried it on this pj? keep us updated with you reviews & perhaps some screenshots smile.gif
post #795 of 1007
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Originally Posted by flanntastic View Post

mine(darbee) arrived today!

You'll love how it improves the picture quality, just don't over-do the settings. I've had mine 3 weeks now and I have gotten so used to the great picture that I have to turn it off/on occasionally to remind myself of the job it's doing.
post #796 of 1007
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You'll love how it improves the picture quality, just don't over-do the settings. I've had mine 3 weeks now and I have gotten so used to the great picture that I have to turn it off/on occasionally to remind myself of the job it's doing.
do you mind sharing some screenshots with Darbee on and off to show the improvement?
post #797 of 1007
So i'm about to pull the trigger on this projector but before I do I thought i'd get some last minute info/thoughts.

I have a Panasonic AX100u now. It's in a living room that also has a kitchen in the back. Both rooms have blackout blinds on the windows so some light comes in around the edges. In the living room where the projector is I also have drapes on the window which helps. Watching at night isn't a problem, it's quite good really. Watching during the day isn't horrible if it's not sunny out and between noon-3pm. Though i'm usually doing other things then anyways and here in Oregon it's overcast quite a bit.

I have a DIY screen(SILVER paint formula from the DIY section) that is 145". Projector is about 16-18' feet from the screen. I haven't measured in awhile. This is the only TV in our house so the projector gets a lot of use and the ax100 has served us well. Bought it new when it came out and still on the original bulb. But i'd like to step up to 1080p, better contrast and brightness over that projector. And lens shift is a must.
post #798 of 1007
archer75, Do you have some leads on where to buy at what price on these, I am planning to pull the trigger too!!.
post #799 of 1007
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archer75, Do you have some leads on where to buy at what price on these, I am planning to pull the trigger too!!.

The price is pretty similar everywhere. Projector Point seem to be the cheapest reputable dealer but I went with visual apex as they are the closest to me and i'd like to have the projector in time for the walking dead premiere party we're having wink.gif
post #800 of 1007
does anybody have any photos of the 100u performing with full lights on?
post #801 of 1007
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Originally Posted by reimercody View Post

does anybody have any photos of the 100u performing with full lights on?
try to search youtube, there is one demo video there
post #802 of 1007
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Originally Posted by reimercody View Post

does anybody have any photos of the 100u performing with full lights on?

I can tell you the projector is very very bright. I run it on eco mode and at times I think it's too bright. I don't run lights in the room it's in but at the back of the room is the kitchen that either always has blinds open or the lights on. And I can say this projector is brighter during the day than my old AX100u was at night, by a mile.
post #803 of 1007
Any suggestions on how to calibrate this projector? I've seen a couple of test discs but not sure I want to spend that much. Just wondering what my options are. I do have a computer connected to it so I can use websites/files that may exist for this sort of thing.
post #804 of 1007
Looks like I've decided to go with this projector anyone know if it will drop in price for Black Friday/ holidays? I missed the boat on the $699 and $1000 pricing :/ (not in a rush)
post #805 of 1007
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Originally Posted by archer75 View Post

Any suggestions on how to calibrate this projector? I've seen a couple of test discs but not sure I want to spend that much. Just wondering what my options are. I do have a computer connected to it so I can use websites/files that may exist for this sort of thing.

AVS HD 709

Although it can be hard to find on the AVS website - look under Display Devices, Display Calibration.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/948496/avs-hd-709-blu-ray-mp4-calibration

There are versions for people with DVD burners and Blu-ray burners...and it's free to download and use.

Personally I wouldn't bother calibrating anything other than Rec 709 or Cinema 1 on the AR100U.
post #806 of 1007
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Originally Posted by pinoyrukus View Post

Looks like I've decided to go with this projector anyone know if it will drop in price for Black Friday/ holidays? I missed the boat on the $699 and $1000 pricing :/ (not in a rush)

The $699 pricing you mention was a clerical error by Panasonic and was never intended to happen. A few individuals were fortunate enough to take advantage of this mistake. Don't look for this to occur again.

And there is no reason to believe this will happen again since this is one of Panasonic's best selling projectors in this price range. This has remained in Projector People's Top Ten Best Selling Projectors almost from the time of its introduction, often listed at number one.

IF there is a price drop on Black Friday I would guess $1000 at the lowest. No harm in waiting until then to see if it materializes or not.
post #807 of 1007
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

The $699 pricing you mention was a clerical error by Panasonic and was never intended to happen. A few individuals were fortunate enough to take advantage of this mistake. Don't look for this to occur again.
And there is no reason to believe this will happen again since this is one of Panasonic's best selling projectors in this price range. This has remained in Projector People's Top Ten Best Selling Projectors almost from the time of its introduction, often listed at number one.
IF there is a price drop on Black Friday I would guess $1000 at the lowest. No harm in waiting until then to see if it materializes or not.

Yeah I'll just wait to see what happens. I almost got the 8350 at BB with 36months no interest but I heard so many problems with dust blobs, lens shift moving, bulb failures and etc. I'm just sad they don't carry the panny at BB to take advantage of the no interest.
post #808 of 1007
Quick question, I like this unit unit a lot, I have a 10 X14 room with a 10' ceiling height, using a 100" D screen.

I would rather mount it on the wall, how do you think that would work out?

so the back of the projector can be almost against the wall, about what height would you think is in the ballpark, I need to pre-wire in next few weeks

Or is the ceiling a better option, if so how far back from the screen?
post #809 of 1007
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Originally Posted by Jimbo2012 View Post

Quick question, I like this unit unit a lot, I have a 10 X14 room with a 10' ceiling height, using a 100" D screen.
I would rather mount it on the wall, how do you think that would work out?
so the back of the projector can be almost against the wall, about what height would you think is in the ballpark, I need to pre-wire in next few weeks
Or is the ceiling a better option, if so how far back from the screen?

DIY home theater? Do you own the AR100U and a 100" screen or just in the planning stage?

I'm assuming you are going to shoot the 14 foot length of the room which is comfortably within the projector throw range. A 100" screen is a little smallish for such a bright projector so you would definitely have to drop it into eco mode. A bigger screen would be better but with the 10 foot width of the room you are limited especially if you are putting speakers on both sizes of the screen. Assuming you are going to have a center channel speaker you should plan on having at least 2 feet from the bottom of the screen to the floor. Once the screen is at the height you find optimal you should have the center of the projector lens no higher than the top of the screen to limit the amount of lens shift. At this point you can use either a wall mount or ceiling mount. With a ceiling mount you would need a drop down column which can be easily and cheaply constructed out of 1 1/2" PVC pipe. A wall mount of course eliminates this requirement. The AR100U weighs 19 pounds so you should attach your mount to a ceiling joist or wall stud. If a joist or stud is not in the optimal location to secure the mount you can span the area with plywood (assuming the drywall is not up) which will make installing the mount much easier. My personal preference is for Peerless mounts but there are other brands.

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Edited by Mr.G - 10/16/12 at 9:38am
post #810 of 1007
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

DIY home theater? Do you own the AR100U and a 100" screen or just in the planning stage?
I'm assuming you are going to shoot the 14 foot length of the room which is comfortably within the projector throw range. A 100" screen is a little smallish for such a bright projector so you would definitely have to drop it into eco mode. A bigger screen would be better but with the 10 foot width of the room you are limited especially if you are putting speakers on both sizes of the screen. Assuming you are going to have a center channel speaker you should plan on having at least 2 feet from the bottom of the screen to the floor. Once the screen is at the height you find optimal you should have the center of the projector lens no higher than the top of the screen to limit the amount of lens shift. At this point you can use either a wall mount or ceiling mount. With a ceiling mount you would need a drop down column which can be easily and cheaply constructed out of 1 1/2" PVC pipe. A wall mount of course eliminates this requirement. The AR100U weighs 19 pounds so you should attach your mount to a ceiling joist or wall stud. If a joist or stud is not in the optimal location to secure the mount you can span the area with plywood (assuming the drywall is not up) which will make installing the mount much easier. My personal preference is for Peerless mounts but there are other brands.
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Pouring concrete soon, so I expect to pre-wire in <60 days,

U think 100" is small? yes I need room for the L/R on that wall.

Please explain eco mode.

2' off the floor and the screen dems are 16:1 are 87 X 50, so 74" off the floor to the center of the lens, if I hung it from the ceiling at 120" that's a long pole????
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