Originally Posted by rwestley
If you are waiting for a review on Projector Central you may have to wait a little longer.
I just email Evan asking when the review would be out and I received a response stating that there was some problem with the unit he had received and another is on the way. In fairness he did not want to make any other comments.
Just wrote to Evan Powell to ask him if he'd identify the problem with the first 900 unit in his review. He asked me to correct the misperception that the first unit had problems.
(Quote)"...the AE900 that I currently have substantially outperforms the AE700 in all respects that I can think of. Reviewed on its own it would get exceptionally high marks.
However, I am planning to make some comparative remarks concerning relative strengths and weaknesses between the AE900, the Sanyo Z4, and hopefully the Mits HC3000. In this three way face-off, all three units have some interesting strengths that trump the other two, and all three have unexpected weaknesses that have surprised me somewhat. But none have been dramatic enough to warrant a return of the sample. To ensure a fair comparison, I have invited the vendors to supply second samples to verify that the first samples are representative of the product's performance. Basically, I am just being extra cautious. If I find any remarkable differences between two samples of the same model, I will note them in the reviews" (end quote).
I'd sure love to see one in action. I'm still a bit sobered by the sudden and significant dimming that occurred at 120 hrs with my 700. I'd simply spring for another lamp if I could know that my case has been an anomaly, and not merely the normal degree of dimming of this particular model of lamp. I can't really justify $350 every 100 hours or so, but damn, that bright 100" image made me feel like a king. Hungering for brightness now, it would be very enlightening to see a side-by-side 700/900 BROKEN-IN brightness comparison. Often, when I hear of a new PJ model making the previous model look weak, I have to wonder how much the fact of the (probably) aged lamp in the previous model, and the blazing newborn lamp in the new one has been taken into account.
P.S. Hey all, and especially rwestley, when reviewing this post, I just saw your post addressing the same matter of PC's 900 unit, so I'm being a bit redundant, but I suppose Evan Powell's quote is informative.