long time follower of this thread, and thought I'd chime in on the AX200's viability in the current 1080p and 3D environment. I was fortunate enough to snag my own brand new unit early last summer (manufacturing ended May 2011) for what amounted to an absolute steal (practically a giveaway...seriously). Only now have I been able to take the time to add my two cents worth on what I have found to be a truly fabulous piece of equipment.
Without question, projector technology in general has progressed to the point where the AX200 has now been outclassed by many a current model out there, both 2D and 3D, to which any reasonably objective person will attest, I believe. That being said, within the limits of its capabilities (and even beyond
those limits on some perameters), the AX200 is quite impressive and, with proper setup/calibration, continues to hold its own. Though it is my intent to eventually upgrade to a 1080p, 3D-capable model, for now I really cannot speak highly enough about it.
To those long-time AX200 Thread lurkers out there who are looking to enter the front projector game for the first time, and who perhaps may also be doing so on a shoestring budget: If you can land a well cared for used unit (or, if the heavens are smiling down on you as they did me, a rare factory-new unit), I wholeheartedly recommend this projector. Granted, there is simply no ignoring what is currently available today from the likes of Panasonic, Epson, Mitsubishi, BenQ, etc; such is the reality of forward development. However, in my view the AX200 makes a wonderful interim purchase, and I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. Ease of calibration and setup, sick'ning brightness, 1080/24p capability (yes, even from a PS3; though there were some very early reports of 24p issues, they are non-existent in my setup), more than tolerable fan noise particularly in eco-mode, very decent black levels along with a surprisingly brisk-functioning dynamic iris, excellent color decoding, and very good sharpness despite the Smooth Screen feature... You'd be hard-pressed to find a better 720p projector out there.
Though officially retired last May, I submit that the AX200 is indeed alive and well...and certainly still viable and worth considering.
My sincere gratitude to all who have contributed to this thread and all I've been able to glean from it in the process.
(Please forgive the shortcomings of my somewhat anemic iPhone 3GS camera, by the way.