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I am getting close to starting my basement remodel and have been looking at projectors over the last 3-4 months. After a lot of research, I have decided on the PT-AR100U based on how it will be used (family room with windows, parties, football, kids, backyard movies) and feedback from this forum (thanks!). What I have noticed is that the price has been steadily increasing since March when it was $999 to now where it is priced at $1299. Anybody know what is driving the price increase and are there any expectations that it will drop back down? I would like to purchase the projector fairly soon.
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i wish this will be useful for u if ur not in a harry ....

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1422139/acer-k750-vs-h6500-viewsonic-pro9000-and-panasonic-pt-rz470
post #3 of 9
Yeah, you missed the boat on the panny, it was 699 in January, after 300 dollar rebate. B&H, and a few other places were selling it for 999 and posted rebate forms. A number of people confirmed they got the 300 rebate money.

I did go for the pro8200 for 650 new because of 3 year warranty, and 6,000 bulb life compared to 2,000 on panny. And I checked the price of bulb replacement. I just didn't feel comfortable only having 1 year or 500 hour warranty, now they did change it to 1 year or 2,000 on bulb life for warranty. Good luck , maybe the price will come down.
post #4 of 9
I'm in the same boat as you maybe we will be better off waiting for all the new units to hit the market
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is the Optoma hd66 no longer the way to go for $600-$1000k???
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I am getting close to starting my basement remodel and have been looking at projectors over the last 3-4 months. After a lot of research, I have decided on the PT-AR100U based on how it will be used (family room with windows, parties, football, kids, backyard movies) and feedback from this forum (thanks!). What I have noticed is that the price has been steadily increasing since March when it was $999 to now where it is priced at $1299. Anybody know what is driving the price increase and are there any expectations that it will drop back down? I would like to purchase the projector fairly soon.

The brief price drop to $999 was intended to generate interest in the projector which it did and Panasonic sold many - after which it returned to its previous price of $1299. The $699 price (via a $300 rebate form) which was previously mentioned was a clerical mistake by Panasonic marketing but which some people were fortunate enough to get, so to keep bringing that up serves no purpose. The AR100U is rated for 3000 hours in eco-mode and 2000 hours in full-power mode (which is rarely needed). Will the AR100U drop down to $999 again someday? Perhaps. But it's been consistently on Projector People's "Best Selling" list since its introduction so there is little incentive for Panasonic to discount it and for its purpose (family room/living room/den) it's a true value.
post #7 of 9
Op,

If you do not mind used PJs w/o warranty, JVC's prices are dropping like flies and easily beat the Panny's PQ anyday. However, you would not find them at $699 unless there are problems, not even the classic RS1.

GL.
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is the Optoma hd66 no longer the way to go for $600-$1000k???

If anyone is interested in the Optoma HD66, Amazon has it right now for $441.27.
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If anyone is interested in the Optoma HD66, Amazon has it right now for $441.27.

The HD20 was $660.00 - but sold out. I thought about picking one up. But I have a problem with the short warranties on some of these projectors, particularly those with only 90 days on the bulb. It would be just my luck to have a burned out bulb in 6 months, particularly as my family and kids would be using the projector, and so it would be more difficult to baby the bulb.
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