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Panasonic PT-AR100U vs. my old Epsom pro cinema 810 advice.

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Ok new projector time. I have the Epson pro cinema 810 and loved it. The picture was real good, better than some 1080p's I've seen. The only problem I had was on my 110" screen it was not bright enough and couldn't afford a brighter projector and couldn't find a screen I liked that was way brighter. So redoing my home theater and was gifted with some klipschorn speakers and klipsch heresey surrounds and center channel and figured it was time to do the pj. After a little research found the Panasonic PT-AR100U. Read reviews and found it to be a good match. Very bright and has lens shift.

So question is compared with my old pj will I be happy with this pj? Old one was 1600 lumens and the panny is 2800. Pj will be about 13 feet away, centered with the screen and pj is level with the top of the screen.

Thanks. Hope everyone has a good turkey day.
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Your system sounds similar to mine. I have Klipsch Reference 5.1 speakers, so congrats on your gift. My AR100U is 14 feet from the 119" white 1.1 gain screen. The projector is also aligned with the top of the screen, using the Peerless PRG-UNV mount, column and ceiling plate. If brightness is what you're looking for you won't be disappointed, even in eco mode it puts out a bright colorful picture. I just got done installing a AR100U in my niece and husband's new home theater, 120" screen from 16 feet. Klipsch RF52II 5.1 speakers. Denon 2312 AVR with Panasonic 221 Blu-ray player and Time Warner HD cable box. It's located in their basement but it's actually more like a second level since the east wall is lined with floor to ceiling windows. It's a huge area with a full kitchen, full bathroom and a bedroom for guests. There's also a pool and foosball table. They had the official open house/birthday party last Saturday and everyone was impressed with the AR100U picture.

The AR100U is a 2D, not 3D projector, so if that's important you may want to look at the new Epsons.

I should have mentioned that the birthday party took place at night with all of the lights on. The majority were recessed canned ceiling lights and other indirect lighting so that the many people in attendance weren't forced to walk around in semi-darkness in the open space home theater. In spite of the abundant ambient light the picture on the large screen was hardly affected, both a testament to correctly done room lighting and the brightness of the AR100U.
Edited by Mr.G - 11/26/12 at 7:54am
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Cool thanks for the info. I don't have the least bit of interest in 3D. I think this is what I'll go with. Happy thanksgiving.
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I should have mentioned that the birthday party took place at night with all of the lights on. The majority were recessed canned ceiling lights and other indirect lighting so that the many people in attendance weren't forced to walk around in semi-darkness in the open space home theater. In spite of the abundant ambient light the picture on the large screen was hardly affected, both a testament to correctly done room lighting and the brightness of the AR100U.
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