Originally Posted by Blazerz
Right now it's between the Epson 400, Panny PT-AX100 and the Sanyo PLV-Z5. I think I'm leaning to the Epson because of price. I really need 1500+ lumens because it will be in a family room. I really just need to decide whether the Panny is worth the extra 400 to 500 bucks.
It came down to those three for me too. However, it broke down like this:
AX100: Simply too expensive. If they would stop playing the Blockbuster free rental game and just knock those $300 off the price -- then this projector would become the defacto no-brainer. However, due to its limited warranty and high price -- it's out for me at least.
PLV-Z5: As of yesterday morning I had finally decided that this was the projector for me. The warranty is great, picture is supposedly great as well, lumens a little on the low side (but I'm pretty much light controlled), and the price was fair. However! -- after calling around yesterday morning -- while everybody could acknowledge that it was "supposed" to ship in October -- it may realistically end up being sometime in November -- which is cool -- but why wait when the Epson is here now?
Cinema 400: Great price. Good warranty. Good picture quality. Middle of the road lumens. Great customer satisfaction. Available now!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I have family coming in. I still have to figure out the screen situation and can't and don't want to do that without first test projecting images -- which requires having a projector in hand.
So after giving all those points consideration -- it became clear to me that the Epson was a great match -- especially for my first projector.
I should also note that I do eventually plan on upgrading to 1080p at some point when those projectors become more reasonably priced. And for that reason the Epson's price was an even bigger factor.
Good luck with the decision!