Review Contents
Competition and Conclusion
Best Home Theater Projectors
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
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6000:1 Contrast Ratio
2000 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$1,999 MSRP

The Panasonic PT-AX200U
A Versatile Home Entertainment Projector

Evan Powell, October 2, 2007

Competition

At an official street price of $1,299, the AX200U is priced in the middle of the pack of currently popular 720p resolution projectors. Lower priced models include the Mitsubishi HC1500, the BenQ W500, the Optoma HD70, and the Acer PH530. These all have limited range 1.2x zoom lenses. Among them, only the BenQ W500 has 1080p/24 capability, and none of them have the lumen potential of the AX200U. They all have one year warranties, with the exception of the Optoma D70 which is two years. Yet for those on a tighter budget, they offer alternatives well worth considering.

Priced head to head with the AX200 at $1,299 is the Sony AW15 which is selling for street prices lower than the official price. Due to the anticipated demand for the AX200 this fall, we don't expect street prices to be too much lower than the official price for some time to come. The Sony AW15 is a good value for the money, and it has a noteworthy contrast advantage over the AX200. However, the AX200 is much brighter, the image is pixel-free, and overall offers greater versatility for ambient light home entertainment.

Popular 720p models priced above the AX200 include the Epson Cinema Home 400 and the Sanyo PLV-Z5. Each of these LCD models comes with a three-year warranty. However, the AX200 has several unique advantages that will be of interest to buyers including the pixel-free image, the highest possible lumen output, 1080p/24 compatibility, and video gamers will prefer the ease-of-use offered by the new Gaming Mode.

Conclusion

The most impressive attribute of the Panasonic AX200U is its beautiful rendering of HD DVD and Blu-ray. During this review the phrase "poor man's 1080p projector" kept coming to mind. If you want virtual 1080p picture quality but don't have the cash to go for an actual 1080p resolution projector, the AX200U delivers a magnificent, sharp, pixel-free high definition picture for a fraction of the price. (At $1,299 it is well over $1000 less than the cheapest 1080p projector currently on the market.)

By using the AX200 as a surrogate 1080p projector, you sacrifice a small bit of detail and precision that is really noticeable only in titles and text, and even then it is not much. You also give up some black level and contrast since all of the 1080p models on the market will outperform the AX200U on these measurements. Nevertheless, the AX200U's high definition image sparkles, and for most users the incremental advantage in contrast offered by the more expensive 1080p projectors would only be evident in side by side viewing.

Therefore, if your objective is to get a terrific HD picture on the screen for the least amount of money, one way to do that is to forego the expense of a 1080p projector, buy the AX200, and buy an HD DVD and/or Blu-ray player to go with it. Entry level HD DVD players are dropping to $199 this fall, so they are well within the reach of the mass consumer budget.

Meanwhile, the AX200 will deliver a brighter image than any of the 1080p models on the market, with the exception of the big and pricey light cannons from makers like Digital Projection and Christie. Thus, its second major advantage is its ability to outperform the competition when there is some indirect ambient light in the room. This makes family viewing of sports, television, and movies less formal and more socially interactive.

The third competitive strength of the AX200 is in the area of video gaming. Its high lumen output in Game mode, its automatic gamma adjustments to bring out shadow details, and its almost instantaneous transfer of the video image from buffer to screen all add up to a projector that is particularly well-suited to large screen, rapid action video gaming.

In short, the AX200 is one of the most versatile multi-purpose projectors we've yet seen for the home entertainment market. Last year's AX100U rated a full 5 stars across the board. The AX200 delivers even better performance at a lower price. It is a highly competitive offering in today's market and warrants another solid 5-star rating. Due to its versatility and attractive price, we expect the AX200 will be one of the hottest selling home theater projectors of the season.

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Reader Comments(60 comments)

Posted Dec 2, 2014 8:40:48 PM

By Terry

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I bought a house with a PT-AX200U installed. The previous owner said he had replaced the bulb a year earlier and said it was really easy. 9 months later the unit would turn off after a couple of minutes so I ordered a new bulb. It cost $125 and was very easy to plug in. I checked the timer and noticed it had 2225 hours so I reset the timer. The picture was awesome before replacing the bulb and is awesome again. I know some people have had problems but in defense of Panasonic, I'm sure they have sold tens of thousands of these units so there will be some units that don't measure up. Since its more likely you are going to hear from people who have had bad experiences, don't let that discourage you from owning one of the best values around. If you have discoloration or other issues look on UTube. I saw videos on how to easily, quickly, and inexpensively repair most of the problems that have been discussed. That's how I learned to change the bulb.

Posted Jan 9, 2013 2:44:24 PM

By RBE Video Inc.

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FOR THOSE OF YOU EXPERIENCING THE YELLOW BLOB! There are three polarizer panels in the projector, the ones that appear to be causing the problem are the Blue and/or Green panels. Dust settles on the glass and, over time, the polarizers over-heat and burn. If you are mechanically minded, you can replace it yourself but WITH CARE!!! The Blue polarizer is CA$150.00 and the Green polarizer is CA$120.00 (freight not included). Instructions are sent with the polarizers and they are available from RBE Video in Vancouver, Canada (sales@rbevideo.com).

Posted Dec 21, 2012 6:56:46 AM

By Richie

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Yellow spot is a problem that is happening due to not having properly worry about to 3lcd projectors,as well as eycessive use of 10 or eaven more hours in use at once,but not properly cool down or poor cleaning! The same thing is do not cleaning the air filter regulary, contributes collecting dust on polarizers or incidence polarizer,that are super delicate to dust and heat. Dust and heat result overheating polarizer is an a cause-efect relationship, and in this case as a result is terrible and visually unpleasant and embarrassing unit that urgently needs replacing optical part,because with overheating lost their properties and functions! Best regards.

Posted Dec 21, 2012 6:55:15 AM

By Richie

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Yellow spot is a problem that is happening due to not having properly worry about to 3lcd projectors,as well as eycessive use of 10 or eaven more hours in use at once,but not properly cool down or poor cleaning! The same thing is do not cleaning the air filter regulary, contributes collecting dust on polarizers or incidence polarizer,that are super delicate to dust and heat. Dust and heat result overheating polarizer is an a cause-efect relationship, and in this case as a result is terrible and visually unpleasant and embarrassing unit that urgently needs replacing optical part,because with overheating lost their properties and functions! Best regards.

Posted Sep 28, 2012 7:16:17 AM

By Pascal Montreuil

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Ahh man, tx a lot, i have tried everthing but +8 work for me yesterday, i only watch one movie but it didn't do it, and i love that it pump the brightness a bit to, i dont know on the long run what will be the effect but works for me, ill keep you posted, i notice too yesterday the famous yellow blob in the middle, i just saw it because i saw this on the post yesterday, it aint that bad once a movie is playing but maybe its was just me seeing it :)

Posted Mar 19, 2012 2:16:30 PM

By lpto

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The yellow blob problem is a common problem among LCD projectors.. You can swap the blue polarizers out for 200USD.. Yes yourself!

Posted Oct 28, 2011 3:31:28 AM

By BMW

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Im interested to know about this yellow blob problem. Can anyone, ideally someone from Projector Cebntral indicate if this is a Euro or US problem or both. Possibly the contributers having difficulty are all US users or vice versa. Maybe there are differing components? Anyone?

Posted Oct 18, 2011 2:26:12 AM

By Rampart88

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To fix flickering turn light harmonizer to manual +8.

Posted Sep 30, 2011 10:21:46 AM

By Richard Brindley

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Heartland Services can send you the part, 913-685-8855... probably costs about $90 or so. You'll need to know which kind of projector you have (there are two 'combinations' [types] of the projector and there's a different polarizer part number depending on the combination you have - search for the service manual online for more info). I would recommend replacing the polarizer yourself though. If you actually have to send it in to panasonic to have them work on it, chances are you'll get a bill so high it be better to just buy a new projector.

Posted Sep 29, 2011 8:33:16 AM

By Rob

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I also have the yellow blob problem. Can anyone tell me where I can purchase the replacemant polorizors?

Posted May 17, 2011 11:24:16 AM

By Prasanth

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I brought a panasonic DW5100 EL Projector....Its lamp lifetime is rreached about 1959hrs..I come to know that a timer help to reset the lifetime of lampp..any one can help me by explain its procedure.

Posted Apr 29, 2011 6:46:57 PM

By MrPink462

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Canada George...I recently just purchased this projector off ebay, and the seller mentioned the yellow spot but made it seem like it was a defective lamp and that he was including a new one. anyways I replaced the lamp and that def was not the issue, the yellow blob is rather large ellipse in the lower center of the screen. not sure how bad the damage i looked up parts and there are tons of polarizers. any idea which i need? im lost not sure what to do at the moment. I feel like if I get a quote from a repair shop its going to cost more that if I just bought the projector new. any help would be appreciated

Posted Apr 26, 2011 5:04:28 AM

By Joop Aartsen

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Since I bought this projector some 18 moths ago I am very content with it. It gives an ever so beautiful sharp and lightful picture with HD content from my cable receiver as with my blue-ray player. Especially happy with the optical charachteristics in projector distance range, over 2:1 zoom range and optical picture positioning. Athough just not full HD a great buy for the money!

Posted Feb 19, 2011 12:56:03 AM

By ignatius

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i need to know what is the price in singapore

regards ignatius

Posted Dec 21, 2010 11:27:10 PM

By Canada George

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FOR THOSE OF YOU EXPERIENCING THE YELLOW BLOB! First, stop using your projector immediately. What is happening is that the Blue LCD panel and polarizers have over-heated (over time). If you catch it soon enough it will most likely NOT damage your LCD panel (the part alone is worth $360). So far probably all that is burnt are the In and Out polarizers (which are 2 small tinted colour filters). You can replace both polarizers for around $120 if you are willing to tinker with the unit yourself. You have to pull off the cover, disconnect some wires off the main circuit board, remove the circuit board and you have complete access to these parts. Next thing I would recommend anyone to do is make SURE your air filter is CLEAN by vacuuming. ALSO, I would suggest taking your air filter apart, there are 2 filters a white filter (looks like a little furnace filter) and a gray foam one. Remove the gray foam one completely. It's only purpose is a noise muffle. I don't think it sounds ANY noisier. The only difference is you get much better air flow through your LCD panel and polarizer areas. If you do these simple things you can save your great projector, not pay $100's in repairs and, if yours is fairly new, extend its life alot.

Posted Dec 3, 2010 5:23:46 AM

By Martyn

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I upgraded from the AX100 to the AX200 in June 2008. Just after buying a replacement bulb mine also developed the big yellow blob in the middle of the screen along with a blue tint along the bottom. Mine's also not in warranty so I'm in the same boat as Thomas below. Really a shame that the LCD panel goes so quickly because when it was working properly the picture was great and the GAME mode was a noticeable improvement in response time and shadow detail over the AX100 for playing XBOX360 games.

Oh well, I think it's time to save up for a 1080p model. Not sure if I'll risk going with Panasonic again though, might have to opt for someone offering a better warranty period.

Posted Sep 14, 2010 8:44:59 AM

By Steph

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Where do you order new bulbs for this Panasonic PT-AX200U? Most reliable and reasonable please.

Posted Sep 3, 2010 10:20:54 PM

By Tom

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If you are considering buying this projector, you are doing the right thing. I bought my PT-AX200U back in March of 2008 and have put 1562 hours on it without a single issue (no flickering or discoloration that other people are reporting). I've not had to replace a bulb, and I don't think I'll have to soon either. I've seen other people's 1080p projectors, and in all honesty this projector performs at that level. I watch Blu-rays and am blown away every time. Over 2 years of it and it still is not old. Bottom line, this is a wonderfully performing projector. I recommend it highly.

Posted Aug 30, 2010 9:01:12 PM

By Hammer

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What is Winamp visualization and how do I run? Thanks.

Posted Jul 17, 2010 12:56:09 AM

By Khurram Akhtar

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I have recently purchased this PJ. There is a greenish blemish/ mark on the bottom right of the projected image. Otherwise the image is outstanding. The lens is clean. What can be wrong?

Posted Jun 29, 2010 4:37:36 AM

By Cellular Phone Reviews

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I am using this projector for last 2 years, except once replacement of the bulb, it has not given any complaints.

Posted Jun 3, 2010 6:38:58 AM

By Magnus

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I got a problem with a big yellow spot in the middle of the screen. It started when the projector was nearly 18 months, i was lucky there was a warranty for 24 months. Now i got it back from the servicecenter in Cardiff and it seems that they fixed the problem.

Posted May 15, 2010 12:43:53 PM

By Tom Gore

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Mine too turned yellow during the first bulb...I got a new bulb and it is no different and keeps getting worse...when the screen is white....the middle 20% of the screen is an elliptical yellow...and when the screen is blue, the ellipse is a dark blue...it shows up all the time...I am furious!

This product is a POS!

Posted May 3, 2010 10:36:15 AM

By Jawa

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I have just started having flickering problems with my PT-AX200E. Initially, about 2 yrs ago, I had bought a PT-AX 100 which started giving serious problems as soon as the lamp hit 500hr mark. For the next 6 mnths or so I suffered like hell sending the unit repeatedly for repairs but in vain. The problem kept persisting and getting worse over time.Finally, my dealer felt pity on me and gave me in replacement a new PT-AX 200E.

This new AX 200e projector played flawlessly for 1000 hrs before commencing its hiccups, flickering etc...The one-yr warranty is gone and am at a loss. I believe Panasonic needS to be boycotted. Any potential buyers of Panasonic projectors are warned that they are bound to run into serious problems and lose their investments if they buy a Panasonic projector. Don't say you were not warned! My advice is to look for some other, more reliable, brands.

Posted Apr 23, 2010 5:50:30 PM

By Barrie Shandel

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I would think if the downscaling was done before it reached the projector it would be better, as it would have less processing to do and might display a clearer picture.

Posted Apr 23, 2010 5:44:37 PM

By Barrie Shandel

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I recently purchased the AX100U as a store demo (500hrs on the lamp) with full warranty, of which I added an extra 2 yrs extended. Had to send it in for repairs after three weeks to replace the sticking iris assembly, got it back after the fix then 2 months later the screen turned red everything was colored red. Sent it back to the shop for repairs and they said it wasn't worth fixing. Panasonic is sending me a brand new AX200U as a replacement. I will post a follow up on its performance over time. Meanwhile I am still using my 700U, 2100 hrs on the dimming (2nd) lamp, but after five years its still performing flawlesly. I will say however the AX100U had an amazingly improved picture, the 200U should even be better.

Posted Mar 27, 2010 5:15:33 PM

By Jason

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The flickering is a known problem. Firmware updates have been known to fix it. Contact Panasonic and they should help you. Mine has been solid since I got it luckily!

Posted Mar 1, 2010 7:37:05 AM

By touche36

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I've owned my projector for about two years and only have 330 hours use. Mine has started flickering (with the light harmonizer turned off). I have tried adjusting all the settings and checked the source. I guess it needs a replacement bulb (I've cleaned the filter) as nothing I have done seems to make any difference - including changing to high altitude (fan runs faster) and Eco mode.

Posted Feb 4, 2010 2:49:39 AM

By David Scott

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My PT-AX 100 E flinners too, but only when run off my pent 4- 2800. S-video is fine, self generated test pattern is solid, laptops no problem. I've tried everything. Support ? fantastic. Panasonic Switzerland has repaired the iris twice at no charge even though the warrantee had expired. To save future hassle, I run it at basic settings: eccomode, dynamic Iris off, light harmonizer off. I’m at 1200 hr. with the second bulb, and the picture is beautiful,, except for the flimmer.

Posted Jan 26, 2010 9:35:19 AM

By Shary

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I bought this projector a year ago for my 135" screen. Its connected to my dish, xbox and desktop pc as well. 300 hours so far. I am absolutely amazed with the quality of this projector, i have compared it with many other projectors running at sports bars and friends places, but no comparison. A true bang for buck, i bought it new under $1K.

The picture is very bright than most 720p projectors in the market. I have faced one problem so far and that is flickering in econo-mode, because projector tries to throw the optimum light based on the lighting conditions. If you use it under normal-mode than no flickering. There is a solution, just turn off the light harmonizer and you are good to go.

I am very happy with the purchase and recommend this product to others..

Posted Jan 2, 2010 11:45:16 AM

By kyle beckman

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purchased ax200u one year top notch product,picture quality fantastic through my $3000.00 sim audio dvd.you would swear it was full HD.

Posted Dec 21, 2009 1:15:20 PM

By Thomas (update)

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I just received and replaced the bulb. Paid a bit over $300 and the problem with having a large yellowish area in the middle was not the bulb. Called Panasonic and it is most likely the LCD display (that going bad is "planned" for after 5 years according to the tech). I bought it in February 2008 and it is not under warranty and will not be covered under warranty. Estimated repair - $700. Well, needless to express how [censored] I am, right? This was for sure my last Panasonic product. Going belly up after 18 month with no support from the manufacturer, I can only advise not to buy this projector and look for a vendor that cares more about their customers and quality products.

Thomas Runge

Posted Dec 19, 2009 5:03:34 AM

By Thomas

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I have had mine for 2 years now, and have about 2800 hours on the bulb (normal mode). It now starts turning yellow-ish and I just ordered a new bulb. Picture quality has always been amazing, just the automatic input detection does not work (not a big deal though). I would buy it again, but if the next bulb makes it another 2 years, I will most likely upgrade to a native 1080 projector at that time.

Posted Dec 10, 2009 4:11:22 AM

By Jack of Knife

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I'm copying the previous answer, because my case is identical. AX200 is now being fixed (I hope). And HOPEFULLY this is covered by warranty. (Still 1 year left).

"As a previous PT AE700 owner whose projector died a horrible blue death (optical block $1050 estimate) I was hesitant to buy the AX 200, but I did. It is better. The picture is great when new. Now there is a yellow discoloration evident in the middle of the screen, which may be the blue polarizer going south after 3000 total hours."

Posted Dec 8, 2009 2:00:00 PM

By Chuck Shickley

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Regarding burn-in, the owner's manual does not recommend running the projector for more than 10 hours straight. I would make sure that if you do decide to burn the unit in (like I did to solve flicker) that you make sure the projector is in an air conditioning area and/or point a fan at the side intake to make sure it runs cool. Clean the filter per manufacturers recommendations too before the burn-in.

Posted Dec 5, 2009 8:47:52 PM

By Chuck Shickley

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I ran the projector for a whole weekend with the Winamp visualtization running and I'm not sure when it stopped but the flickering problem is gone. I had been running the projector for months in normal mode not eco mode so I thought it was already burned in when the problem started. I guess the problem was that I had only been turning on the projector for 4 hour periods at the longest. I am an electrical engineer and I know this equipment needs to burn in I just didn't realize the length of time but come to think of it when Cleveland Browns Stadium first installed their changeable message signs they ran an intensely changing pattern for several weeks. So, everybody, burn in is several days not just 6 hours. (by the way, I am looking at the completely white background of this web page and there is not so mach as a blink). The projector is rock solid running on my laptop's 1080P HDMI output.

Posted Nov 27, 2009 12:25:46 AM

By pilot210

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Have had mine for exactly two years now. 2700 hours on the bulb. No issues, ran in eco-mode most all of the time. Great unit, projected 120" at 12 feet ceiling mount. Knock wood, the lamp is still great, though it now tells me to replace it. But replacements are less than $300. Fantastic, all around projector, great resolution, great colors, good contrast even with daylight. It is better than all of my program sources, 1080P is a waste.

Posted Nov 23, 2009 5:33:22 PM

By Chippa

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I am Looking around at the moment to purchace a projector and was told to buy the pt ax 200 what can you tell me about this model ?? The more I look the more im told, and the more confussed I get , can some-one help ...?

Posted Nov 17, 2009 6:29:16 PM

By woody zhang

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I have this machine for 2 years now 1800 hrs. It's as good as the first day I used it.

Posted Nov 5, 2009 10:41:05 AM

By Heath

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I purchased this projector in July just got it hooked up about a month ago, I have about 16 hrs on it, sat down to watch the world series Sunday turned it on and it made a cracking sound and has not turned on since sent it out for repairs Monday but have not heard back on what they found, any one else had or heard of this issue. Other then that it is a great projector for the little that i have used it.

Posted Nov 5, 2009 12:20:16 AM

By Chuck S

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Flickering, I have 470 hours on the lamp, always on normal (not eco-mode) It just started and now I've googled and found this is an unresolved issue. I removed the filter and the issue continued. I took the lamp out and gingerly used compressed air cleaner, but there does not appear to be a dust problem. I had a Mitsubishi XD300U for 5 years, put a new lamp in it and sold it to my nephew and he loves it. That projector is still working beautifully this dimming problem is annoying me.

Posted Oct 20, 2009 12:58:00 AM

By Brad Fox

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Ive had this projector now for nearly 2 Years. Is an Awsome piece of machinery. Has'nt missed a beat. Pritty much use it 7days a week for 4-5 hours a night and still am blown away by the quality.Would recommend this unit to all that ask. Game Mode is brillant

Posted Oct 19, 2009 7:35:57 PM

By Reilly Diefenbach

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As a previous PT AE700 owner whose projector died a horrible blue death (optical block $1050 estimate) I was hesitant to buy the AX 200, but I did. It is better. The picture is great when new. Did I buy the extended warranty? You bet. Now there is a yellow discoloration evident in the middle of the screen, which may be the blue polarizer going south after 2500 total hours. Panasonic, this is just not good. Get a durable panel or get out of the business, please!

Posted Oct 8, 2009 1:10:44 PM

By Marcus

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I've had mine for 11 months, with 3000+ hours of use (damn xbox :-) ). No flickers, no drips, no runs, no errors. The replacement cost for the bulb is a downside although it seems that you can get it for less then $400 these days. I'm still two bulb purchaces away from the next tier that I was looking at. I have no regrets on this purchase.

Posted Sep 22, 2009 6:37:28 AM

By Schmelvie

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I have had this projector for almost a year and have over 1300 hours on it. It's as good today as the day I bought it. Visitors to our house are amazed at the picture and that's all the "proof" I need. We run it in both total darkness or ambient light depending on the situation. I'm using the default modes only because I didn't have a need to mess with any of the settings. I have never seen the flickering problem others have referred to. Since I am only one voice out of many that own this product, take my positive comments with a grain of salt; which is what you should also be doing with the negative ones. And regarding "Stuart's" comment about Projector Central: Are you serious? I'm glad Mr. Colin spoke up on PC's behalf because it's ridiculous uneducated comments such as these that litter the internet everyday and make forums such as this less valuable.

Posted Sep 17, 2009 2:55:58 PM

By smith

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I have the AX200 and the flicker is really annoying. Do not purchase this product!

Posted Sep 3, 2009 7:42:20 AM

By Bob Gleeson

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In use now for about 15 months in my finished basement. HDTV and DVD every weekend. I am still amazed by the image quality. 100% satisfied.

Posted Aug 31, 2009 3:01:43 PM

By aleph

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i purchased this projector a few months ago..

after a few minutes of first hooking it up,

getting it running..

i began to see that 'flicker' that some people seem to noticing as well..

it was very annoying..

i was 'worried' that "oh NOozzZZ!! it's broken!!' ..

i switched on the menu ..

i noticed in the 'features' (or whatever that menu option is called.. ) that 'auto' adjust for brightness..

(light harmonizer 'feature'..)

it didn't take long for me to realize it was simply trying to 'adjust' the light to maintain that 'constant' output of light..

and since whatever you're 'watching' inevitably switches 'scenes' to varying degrees of brightness (luminance)..

it just made sense to shut that 'harmonizing light feature' *off* lol..

i never had that problem since..

and am in the process of ordering a new bulb, (about to reach the end of the 1000 hour mark of the first one..)..

and am quite surprised at how amazing the picture quality and ease of use is on this projector..

so simply put,

i may be wrong,

but that 'light harmonizer' feature seems to be creating that flicker problem,

simply shut it off,

and enjoy the amazing projector...

thanks for your time

Posted Aug 18, 2009 2:13:14 PM

By David Colin

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In regards to Stuart’s comment below, there is a very distinct difference between product reviews and product reliability testing. All publishing sites, whether it is ProjectorCentral, CNET, or the NYTimes, review new products as they come to market. The review process includes a comprehensive look at how well the product performs relative to its specs, a personal judgment by the reviewer on its suitability for the intended application, and commentary on how it stacks up against competing products. In the case of ProjectorCentral, after we complete the review of several similar projectors, we include a Shoot-Out review that offers a detailed commentary on the relative merits of each projector to the other.

This is not to be confused with reliability testing. Reliability testing relies on probability theory. It is a rigorous process in which a representative sample of a product is pulled from a production line and placed in a controlled test environment that is representative of its intended use, where the extremes of temperature, contaminants, altitude, humidity, vibration, shock and other factors that are important to the utility of the product are stressed and monitored by test equipment and those conducting the test. The objective is to discover any inadequacies in the product relative to its intended use. This type of testing is usually done with an independent testing lab and is beyond the scope of nearly all Internet publishers with perhaps the exception of Consumer Reports.

David Colin, Projector Central

Posted Aug 18, 2009 6:36:35 AM

By stuart

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projector central should definitely have a reliability section as part of their projector reviews. there seems to be something odd about the fact that they do not.they are doing people no favours by not mentioning passed reliability issues. they could of course do the right thing and run all the projectors they test for 100s of hours and report on their findings. if they had done this then im sure nobody would be buying from panasonic and panasonic would then ensure that their projectors were indeed reliable and worth buying. its absolutely incredible the number of people reporting faults with these units after relatively few hours run time. it does not matter how well a projectors performance tests out if the projector is unreliable. i would like to say to panasonic - get your act together or get out of the game. and to projector central - i think you owe a lot people an apology for your panasonic projector reviews. i for one will never refer to your web site ever again until you include a reliability section. nessy

Posted Jul 12, 2009 7:07:16 AM

By vg pajj

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I own the previous version of this projector AX100U. Initially it worked well but after about six months started seeing straight ghost lines on the screen. Never understood what the problem was. Troubleshooted everything and finally figured out it is the projector problem. But by then, the warranty expired and I am in a ditch. Panasonic is a piece of [censored] company when it comes to servicing the customers.

Posted Jul 8, 2009 10:17:44 PM

By Expert Gamer

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Well some naysayers I see.

I Have owned mine for 8 mths In that time I have exceeded 2000hrs of lamp usage. Which include over 30 days of game play of COD4 on the ps3 no typo 30 days. I have seen bulb flicker only 2 times and it has occurred at over the 2000hr mark. At which time you have to reset the machine lamp timer to zero or it will shut off after a few minutes of use. I also ran the unit full power with custom setting the entire time. eco is for cheapoids and I have proven it is not worth your while. By the way @ 2000 hrs the picture is still better than most projectors at this price range. I have now sold the machine to a very happy customer and will be replacing it with a fresh one asap.

Expert Gamer.

Posted Mar 17, 2009 8:50:51 PM

By Bujee1

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Run your projector at normal lamp mode for the first 500 hours. I had flicker at 200 hours in eco mode. It went away when I fixed the iris and went to normal lamp mode. I'm at 625 now and haven't seen a flicker in months! It is an awesome projector.

Posted Mar 9, 2009 4:54:51 PM

By Terry

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I love this projector for SO many reasons. I've had mine for one year. It is simply a stunning machine for viewing movies and sports on the big screen. BUT...that annoying flickering. Every so often it starts that light/dim flickering that is headache inducing and very distracting. If Panasonic had done their homework before releasing these with what seems to be a common problem (judging from the internet complaints) it would have a unit to die for. If it isn't addressed then my next purchase will be from another company. A real shame that this one problem is ruining a superb projector. Panasonic, PLEASE address this problem in your product!

Posted Feb 19, 2009 2:23:47 PM

By Ralph Va Beach

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Buy this projector PERIOD. If you are the type of person that has to fool around with every setting/slider .etc then go buy a $3000 + projector. As for my family, we never complained about the default modes offered. There is no need to push the unit over 1800 lumens, lol My neigbor 'burns' his projector. My PS3/Xbox 360 .etc run fine. Blu Ray..WOW!!!!! had no problem with flickering. the 5 stars did it for me!

Posted Nov 29, 2008 11:20:58 PM

By T Dubbs

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I ran this projector on Dynamic(brightest setting) to see how long the lamp lasted - Started flickering around 150-200 hours!!!

I replaced the bulb and ran on dimmest setting. Flickering started at 300 hours! I'm not spending $400 for anothter bulb. My AX200u is going to the recycler!!!

Don't buy this one!!! If projector central had a "Reliability" category to review, the AX200u would be .5 star our of 5.

Posted Nov 12, 2008 3:38:40 PM

By Carolina_Dude

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I purchased this projector for outdoor use, projecting on the matte side of a 15' x x8.5" (16:9 format) single piece of solid white vinyl outoor grade sign material, hung on the side of my shed. Add my 500W portable Yamaha StagePas PA system and an old receiver to run surround sound channels, I was absolutely amazed at the quality of our outdoor theater!

The picture quality, while brighter than most 720p projectors, was a little on the dark side, but overall, once the sun was completely set, there were no issues. Projector distance was about 35-40' and we still had plenty of zoom left. Cheap DVD player with 720p component video output and I could not believe the picture quality for the price.

No ghosting, no frame delay, no jagged lines, just plain quality and fun! I can imaging that if I were using it indoors on a 100" image size, the brightness issue would be solved.

For $1,220 street price with tax and shipping, I couldd not be more pleased with my purchase!

Posted Sep 30, 2008 8:54:57 AM

By Keller

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While I <3 this projector, the flickering problem has been a constant annoyance to me. I sent it back once after about 300 hours when the flickering became constant. They replaced the bulb, which helped...

for the next 300 or so hours. This time I sent it back and they replaced the iris, which did nothing to help. I'm now trying to navigate their phone tree jungle to talk to a live person and get this fixed.

So! If you're looking for a cheap HD projector, this is your best bet. But be ready to deal with warranty issues after owning it for just a little while, and opt for the extended warranty if you can.

Posted Aug 23, 2008 1:56:53 AM

By rihard papak

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ptax 200 is big problem with 1 year garantie and only 90 days for bulb,because issue flickering lamps didnt resolved.WHY?!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO IS QUILTY,UNIT OR LAMP.SORRY ON MY ENGLISH.

Posted Dec 17, 2007 9:17:55 AM

By nzsp

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I had a quick question about using this projector with HD DVD. Do you think it matters whether the downscaling is done in the player or the projector?

i.e. will you get a better picture sending a 1080p signal to the projector which will then downscale to 720p, or would it be just as good to get a cheaper player which would just send a 720p signal?

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