Originally Posted by nzchurbro
My journey to getting this projector has been flippin crazy... I'm a bit bored so here's the yarn.
So about 3 years ago I start getting excited about the idea of having a projector set up in our living room... Problem is I earn jack squat, have a wife and two kids and this stuff isn't cheap. So I eventually save up, sell some stuff and buy a second hand pt-ar700 for NZ$700. I stick it on a bookshelf in the middle of the living room when I first get it before I ceiling mounted it.
So my sister comes round to visit my wife while I'm out. Leans back on her chair. Knocks the bookshelf and the projector falls back, lands on the power cable bending the whole back section of the projector where all the inputs etc are. I come home 5 minutes after this happen and they both look like someone has died, they know how much this thing means to me. Anyway, what can you do, I'm cool about it.
I turn it on expecting the worse but it's still working! Stoked!
Fast forward two years (and many happy hours of movies, gaming etc) and the bulb blows - a thousand hours early. Gutted. A couple of hours before it happens ive been talking to my trying to plant the idea of upgrading. I was thinking we could sell the pj, I could save up and maybe get a pj that's full 1080p.
There's that plan down the drain. I purchase a new bulb, and it starts flickering like mental from the begining. I'm gutted, what's going on here. I contact the dude that sold me the bulb - he suspects a dodgy power supply issue but installs a second bulb just in case it's a faulty bulb. That bulb blows within two minutes. Bugger.
The dude looks at the bulbs and is convinced it's a power supply issue. I open up the pj and can see how munted the power socket is, I have an electrician check the power supply from the wall and that's perfect. The pj is stuffed.
So now I've got no pj, only $100 in my savings and staring the barrel of a long savings mission, probably at least a year without pj.
(Also here in New Zealand prices for projectors are insanely expensive. That Epsom 8350 - that will be NZ$3500 please. That's US$2900)
Anyway I'm lying there at night and think, I should give the hundy dollars to the bulb dude, his bulbs weren't the problem and he gave me the second one free. Part of me doesn't want to, but I know it's the right thing to do. So I email him in the morning, say I want to give him the coin. He replies, and in his email suggests i contact my insurance and see if the pj is covered because of the knock it took from sister... I had never even thought about that as an option.
I ring up the insurance company, tell them the whole story leaving nothing out - and they accept my claim over the phone! I can't believe it.
I nervously wait to see what they all replace it with, expecting something pretty average... They come back and ask if I would be happy with a PT-AR100. Yeah!!! Full 1080p, light canon of goodness. Retails here for NZ$3700
I install it, but you wouldn't believe it, the thing is flickering away. What the?!
I work through my whole system trying to find the gremlin. Everything - I posted on this thread and everything. I resort to getting a professional home theater expert to have a look. He reckons the projector is faulty. When will this end.
It gets sent back to panny, they acknowledge its a processor issue and send me a new one.
You little beauty. Works perfectly. This projector is unbelievably good. I flippin am so stoked You guys know what I am talking about. This bad boy is sweet!