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post #3061 of 3108
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Originally Posted by BasicBlak View Post

Didn't mean to convey that it was supposed to outright replace the 4000--I was thinking more along the lines that it perhaps was intended to replace the AX200 and that perhaps one of the reasons the street price was lowered recently was to one day make way for a "new" 4000 (e.g., a new mid-priced unit) that might be in the works, filling in what would otherwise be a glaring gap and missing out on significant market share.

And the comparison with the 8350 only adds to my point in that, yes, you can get one of those today for roughly the same price. In other words, I was merely concurring with Javatime in that, unless they are planning a replacement for the 4000, on the surface it seems rather short-sighted to have discontinued it.

Your original comment started out:

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I've been thinking that perhaps the reason the AR100 has come down so drastically in price so soon after its launch is that they may be phasing it out sooner rather than later to make way for a slightly lower priced AE4000 equivalent. Stranger things have certainly happened.

The Panasonic PT-AX200U shipped for 3 1/2 years so I assume the AR100U will do as well.
post #3062 of 3108
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Originally Posted by gingus View Post

How do you test for and replace that?

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Originally Posted by toups View Post

Could it be a burnt polarized filter?

I looked at the online instructions and I was considering sending this in to have the service center look at it and change it. Has anyone had the service center change this?

If so what was the balpark to change the polarized filter. If I have to change both sides, it looks like parts are ~ $225, and then add labor, it almost seems that it is approaching 1/2 of the cost of a new one. I have to give the SC $130 for estimate, and then they apply the cost to fix.

So, if I decide to just live with this, what is the long term consequence of not replacing the filters?
post #3063 of 3108
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

Your original comment started out:



The Panasonic PT-AX200U shipped for 3 1/2 years so I assume the AR100U will do as well.

how long was the AX100 shipping before the AX200 was released?

I own the AX200 and the AR100 and love the AR100 but I, too wonder if a replacement (AR200?) isn't in the works
post #3064 of 3108
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Originally Posted by fastturb View Post

how long was the AX100 shipping before the AX200 was released?

I own the AX200 and the AR100 and love the AR100 but I, too wonder if a replacement (AR200?) isn't in the works

According to Projector Central the AX100U shipped for about 19 months. Before that was the AE900U that I owned which shipped for 18 months. Since Panasonic dropped the price for the AR100U to $1000 my impression is that they have been selling many more of this model. At any rate isn't LED the direction projector technology is headed?

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-AX100U.htm
post #3065 of 3108
Anyone know the remote code for DTV's remote?
post #3066 of 3108
Well, after much debate with myself, I pulled the trigger and bought an OEM replacement bulb (with filter, Panasonic package, etc.) I thought about replacing the projector, but it still works well and a suitable replacement is above any price point I am interested in at the moment. (Lens shift and zoom are required for my CIH setup.)

Haven't noticed any polarizer issues yet so I decided an OEM replacement was worth the extra cost. Knock-offs appear to be a bit hit or miss, some love them others hate them.

Caution, it is not obvious who is selling real Panasonic OEM bulbs versus knock-offs. (I was able to find the original at B&H photo of NY.) Amazingly, the Panasonic parts website has them listed as back-ordered.

Will be installing in a few days and will let y'all know how it turns out.
post #3067 of 3108
Hey guys, like many of you I'm considering retiring my trusty old AX200...after 4 years and over 5,000 hours I'm looking for an eventual replacement. So as I'm doing my research the issue of input lag appears to be a popular topic these days...anyone know what the AX200 was rated at?
post #3068 of 3108
Ok, I have about 2000 hours now, on normal mode. All appears fine, no flicker, plenty bright. However, when a red image appears, I see some dark permenant spots in the upper left quadrant of the screen. Big enough to notice but if the image is not all red, it's not noticeable.

However, I am concerned as it does appear to be getting more noticeable.

What is this? Is it a polarizer or LCD panel going bad?
post #3069 of 3108
I was recently able to get this projector for $250 and it has 20 hours on it. Good deal? It seems this projector is very good from most of the things I've read about it. It will be replacing an Mits HC1600. I'm not really looking for much improvement but need more flexibility in placement. I'd definitely welcome improvement tho. Is there anything in particular I need to know about this projector? I know some have experienced an issue with the blue polarizer...
post #3070 of 3108
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Originally Posted by blobula View Post

I was recently able to get this projector for $250 and it has 20 hours on it. Good deal? It seems this projector is very good from most of the things I've read about it. It will be replacing an Mits HC1600. I'm not really looking for much improvement but need more flexibility in placement. I'd definitely welcome improvement tho. Is there anything in particular I need to know about this projector? I know some have experienced an issue with the blue polarizer...
Certainly appears to be a good deal. But to clarify, is that 20 hours on the projector itself or 20 hours on the bulb? Not necessarily the same thing, as it could be an older unit with a new lamp. I would suggest accessing the Service Menu to confirm.

With the projector ON...
  1. Press the POWER button, then
  2. Press RIGHT ARROW button, then
  3. Press UP ARROW button, then
  4. Press DOWN ARROW button, then
  5. Press UP again, then
  6. Press DOWN again, then
  7. Press ENTER

You can also verify the firmware version and adjust flicker if necessary. As we're talking about the Service Menu, be prudent...enter at your own risk.
post #3071 of 3108
Thanks.

What kind of calibrated settings do you have this projector set to, and what mode do you run it in watch Blu Rays, HD content, etc...
post #3072 of 3108
Hey guys, anyone know what the input lag is rated at on this unit? Thanks.
post #3073 of 3108
very low from what i remember. specs are published in the marketing.
post #3074 of 3108
I don't know the exact specs but it was advertised as very low.

I've been playing Black Ops II daily with no projector related lag issues at all. Everything feels smooth and responsive.
post #3075 of 3108
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Originally Posted by Archaea View Post

very low from what i remember. specs are published in the marketing.

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Originally Posted by premiertrussman View Post

I don't know the exact specs but it was advertised as very low.
I've been playing Black Ops II daily with no projector related lag issues at all. Everything feels smooth and responsive.

Thanks. I'm trying to get the actual number so I can make sure whatever I upgrade to is at least as good. Looks like the new Epson's are about 50ms...I'm considering going that route but was trying to confirm that's about the same as the AX200.
post #3076 of 3108
I am beginning to see some convergence issues. Mostly around white lettering. Can this be adjusted? Service menu?
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Panasonic PT-AX200U no osd or logo

Hi Guys

I have a very strange problem. When I turn on my projector I don't see the Panasonic Start up Logo anymore and no other OSD display seems to work.
I have tried using the remote and on the unit itself. When I try to get in the menu, I see like the screen dims a bit temporarily then gets bright again as it it's trying to show the osd but nothing happens.
I tried changing inputs same thing happens it dims temp. then gets bright again. The Projector is obviously responding it's just that the osd is not coming up. When I try to shut it down it responds and shuts down after pressing the power button twice, but as I said I cannot see anything. It was working fine when I used it 3 weeks ago frown.gif
Right now I just have a bright light coming from the projector with no osd display coming out of the projector at all.
Anyone else experienced this before?
Just to add I am just seeing a bright light on my screen. I can hear the blu-ray discs but i cannot see any image. I tried even connecting directly to blu-ray player same result as going through my av reciever.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by fairmang - 6/2/13 at 6:54am
post #3078 of 3108
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Originally Posted by fairmang View Post

Panasonic PT-AX200U no osd or logo

Hi Guys

I have a very strange problem. When I turn on my projector I don't see the Panasonic Start up Logo anymore and no other OSD display seems to work.
I have tried using the remote and on the unit itself. When I try to get in the menu, I see like the screen dims a bit temporarily then gets bright again as it it's trying to show the osd but nothing happens.
I tried changing inputs same thing happens it dims temp. then gets bright again. The Projector is obviously responding it's just that the osd is not coming up. When I try to shut it down it responds and shuts down after pressing the power button twice, but as I said I cannot see anything. It was working fine when I used it 3 weeks ago frown.gif
Right now I just have a bright light coming from the projector with no osd display coming out of the projector at all.
Anyone else experienced this before?
Just to add I am just seeing a bright light on my screen. I can hear the blu-ray discs but i cannot see any image. I tried even connecting directly to blu-ray player same result as going through my av reciever.

Thanks in advance.

I would try unplugging the unit and leaving it un-powered overnight. If this doesn't restore the OSD you could try accessing the service menu using the instructions mentioned several posts earlier in this thread.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/916011/official-ax-200-owners-thread/3060#post_22602306
post #3079 of 3108
Ok, I have about 2000 hours now, on normal mode. All appears fine, no flicker, plenty bright.

However, when a red image appears, I see some dark permenant spots in the upper left quadrant of the screen. Big enough to notice but if the image is not all red, it's not noticeable.

However, I am concerned as it does appear to be getting more noticeable.

What is this? Is it a polarizer or LCD panel going bad?

Here are some pictures to show what is happening:
IMG_2502_zps7164e540.jpg

IMG_2503_zps074af971.jpg
Edited by kezug - 11/3/13 at 4:49am
post #3080 of 3108
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Ok, I have about 2000 hours now, on normal mode. All appears fine, no flicker, plenty bright.

However, when a red image appears, I see some dark permenant spots in the upper left quadrant of the screen. Big enough to notice but if the image is not all red, it's not noticeable.

However, I am concerned as it does appear to be getting more noticeable.

What is this? Is it a polarizer or LCD panel going bad?

It doesn't look anything serious. The epson panels in these projectors are generally reliable, so i would put your problem down to dust blobs. Have you ever cleaned the filter out on the side of the projector? It looks like you'll have to take the projector apart and blow some compressed air around the RGB panels.
post #3081 of 3108
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Originally Posted by lethagized View Post

It doesn't look anything serious. The epson panels in these projectors are generally reliable, so i would put your problem down to dust blobs. Have you ever cleaned the filter out on the side of the projector? It looks like you'll have to take the projector apart and blow some compressed air around the RGB panels.

Thanks...I remember seeing a link to a video or pictures on how to open up the PT-AX200u (or previous model) to repair and clean...anyone have that link (i have searched but have not been successful)
post #3082 of 3108
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Thanks...I remember seeing a link to a video or pictures on how to open up the PT-AX200u (or previous model) to repair and clean...anyone have that link (i have searched but have not been successful)

Try here for additional information.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/915352/pt-ax200u-settings-and-tweaks/270#post_18398648

And here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkXzmagj9Co
post #3083 of 3108
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Ok, I have about 2000 hours now, on normal mode. All appears fine, no flicker, plenty bright.

However, when a red image appears, I see some dark permenant spots in the upper left quadrant of the screen. Big enough to notice but if the image is not all red, it's not noticeable.

However, I am concerned as it does appear to be getting more noticeable.

What is this? Is it a polarizer or LCD panel going bad?

Here are some pictures to show what is happening:
IMG_2502_zps7164e540.jpg

IMG_2503_zps074af971.jpg

I have this exact same issues. I've got 2900 hours on my bulb.

Have you found a solution for this yet?
post #3084 of 3108
I'm getting ready to replace the bulb in my PJ. I've got nearly 3000 hours on it. Anyone had any luck with non oem bulbs? Any good sources?
post #3085 of 3108
I am so used to the Netflix blobs, I though they were in the graphic! Mine of course are in a different place.
post #3086 of 3108
Finally tossing my AX200 on the trash heap. I have not used it in 2 years since I got my Epson 8350. I went through 2 bulbs and I had vertical banding along with a burned polarizer which turned my picture yellow. But I'll never forget my first projector - it brought me many hours of pleasure and I'll never go back to watching a small screen again!
post #3087 of 3108
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Originally Posted by premiertrussman View Post

I have this exact same issues. I've got 2900 hours on my bulb.

Have you found a solution for this yet?

I have not found nor tried any recommended solutions just yet. I may attempt something in the next few weeks and will definitely post my experience.

I am a little bit hesitant "operating" on my projector, even thought I capable of such type of repair...just seems so delicate and I have not found a real good source of information on how to go about doing this.
post #3088 of 3108
There isn't really anything specialist about taking it apart to be honest. The main part where you need to be extra careful are the ribbon connectors for each panel. There is a little flap on each connector, you just need to be gentle as not to break them. The rest is straightforward.
post #3089 of 3108
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Originally Posted by lethagized View Post

There isn't really anything specialist about taking it apart to be honest. The main part where you need to be extra careful are the ribbon connectors for each panel. There is a little flap on each connector, you just need to be gentle as not to break them. The rest is straightforward.

Thanks!

2 Things:

1. Can you expand a bit on the ribbon connectors? I mean, once I see them, do I just be careful to not break the little flap? Does that mean, I pull on the flap to disconnect the cable? Or avoid touching the flap? Any pics of this flap?

^^^ this is the part that I am not comfortable with...any pics or clearer explanation will be helpful.

2. Once i get the projector apart, including the ribbon connectors...what do I do?
post #3090 of 3108
They're just standard ribbon connectors with a locking tab. Basically you lift the tab up which is on a hinge, and once lifted, you pull the ribbon clear of the connector. The rest is just screws and connectors.You can see these ribbon cables as soon as you remove the main top cover of the projector.

The below link is taken from the AX100 thread, but it's exactly the same procedure as the Ax200. Same projector pretty much except for 1 hdmi slot and no game mode like the ax200 has.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/719857/panasonic-pt-ax100/4440_60#post_16279906
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