Originally Posted by dangc
People are buying the PT-AX100 so they must think it is worth it...
I think it is worth it too:
Primary reason again is the HC3000U is not even a consideration due to limited mounting flexibility.
Look folks for those of us that need lens shift or at least much less offset, then we have to go up the line of DLP to something like the Optoma HD7100 which goes for $1000 more. And it is still know where near as bright. So let's just stop making it sound as though we must have lost our minds to even consider spending $2K for the PT-AX100. For all the features and improvements I repeat "YES IT IS WORTH THE MONEY!"
Well, if too many of you guys are willing to overpay for their products they'll keep selling them to you at ridiculous prices instead of pricing them where they should be priced. :D
I wouldn't go LCD even if a DLP's offset was too much. I'd use keystone (which showed zero difference on my 4805 and will be the same on several good DLPs) before I'd pay much more for an LCD (plus there's a chance I would see vertical banding, which is the devil; Far worse than rainbows, IMHO).
A decently bright DLP like the 4805 (HD70 or HD72) does not need any extra brightness, IMO, which is why many run units like the 4805 in low lamp mode with an ND2 filter. My 4805 is plenty bright at nearly 14' wide on my pale grey wall in low lamp mode. I don't need any extra brightness. The screen will affect ambient light performance more than just having extra lumens will anyway.
Less SDE is definitely nice, but anyone who sees SDE with a 720p DLP has eagle eyes or is sitting really close. In that case they make a thing called an "IMX" lens which one can add to their decently bright DLP and get rid of SDE for about $300 and still pay less than the AX100U (in some cases much less, depending on the DLP).
One HC3000U + IMX lens + screen costs less than one AX100U. Two 720p Optoma HD70's costs less or about the same as one AX100U. One HC3000U and one HD70 costs only $350-$450 more than one AX100U. One HD70 with a 3 year lamp warranty with upto 2 replacement costs about a grand or more less. Add an IMX lens and it still costs about $700 less.
One HC3000U and one anarmorphic lens can be had for less than one AX100U and will allow people to watch 2.35:1 HD/HD-DVDs with the full vertical panel resolution, which is about 285,440 extra vertical pixels with a 1080i/p signal.
One HC3000U and say one Infocus 4805 can be had for LESS than one AX100U. That is one projector with better blacks, shadow detail & contrast + one great DVD rez DLP all for less than the AX100U.
This should put the ridiculous pricing of the AX100U into perspective, but maybe not. :) It's great for those who see rainbows or are unwilling to use keystone for some reason, but they are still being overcharged in this day and age, IMO. Obviously there will be those that the AX100U is better for due to rainbows or other issues, but that doesn't mean Pansaonic is not overcharging. If they don't feel they are being overcharged that is fine. I feel they are and should be paying less. Not because the product isn't great, but because of the price of other great products that cost much more until recently.
For those making a big fuss about brightness here is my 4805 at between 13-14' wide on a paly grey wall in low lamp mode. The first image is with one shaded light on (The picture is a bit decieving though, because I can comfortably read in the room and it doesnt' look like that in the picture due to my cameras poorer dynamic range and low light ability to compared to the human eyes. The image in person is better and brighter and the room is not pitch black like it appears to be). Taken with a camcorder:http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/5...anbig11op3.jpghttp://img182.imageshack.us/img182/8314/pbbig44hq7.jpg