Casio XJ-A140 User Reviews
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I would buy it again if it died tomorrow. I have it in my bedroom with 106" screen and love it. I never post reviews but out of all my toys this one just always works! Now if my google tv just worked all the time it would make it even better.
Any Problems: None!
I purchased this projector a couple of months ago and have been very pleased with it. This is the first projector I have owned, though I have used several over the years through work. I purchased this one to use in a home theater I am working on. Like most, I am excited (though cautiously optimistic) about not having to incur the cost and hassle of replacing the lamp any time soon due to the projected 20,000 hour life. That with the price point were probably to two biggest factors in my final decision. I have the projector hooked up to an LG BD590 Blu-Ray player channeled through an Onkyo 7.1 home theater system with all connections via HDMI cables. I primarily stream Netflix movies through the system and occasionally pop a Blu-Ray or standard DVD in the tray. I notice no deficits in the picture quality, color, brightness or clarity. Everything from the dark Blade Runner to the bright Phineas and Ferb comes through very well. I have also set this projector up outside and shot a couple of movies onto the back of the garage for my daughter's birthday slumber party. It was more than up to that task. I can only think of two negatives for this projector and both are very minor. First, I cannot find a ceiling mount specifically made for this projector. Perhaps a universal one would have worked, but for my purposes, I chose to install a shelf dropped down from the ceiling. Second, the lack of a lens shift option makes getting the screen position a little more tedious than it would otherwise be. Then again, with a ceiling mount, once it is set, it is set. I turn it on and off and can adjust the zoom and focus with the remote, though rarely need to make any adjustments once it is in place. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase. I am sure there are some flaws an anal retentive audio visual perfectionist would notice that I would not. However, I would definitely recommend this projector to any other person looking for a good quality home use projector at a reasonable price.
I had a Panasonic ae900U that died after only about a year and a half service (though it was used when I got it, so who knows). I'd seen a short write up about these "lampless" Casios and considering that we have 1(one) TV in the house, and it's the projector, the whole lampless, 20000+ hour thing was VERY appealing. But when I compared the specs between the casio and my old panasonic ae900e, I suspected I'd be in for a bit of a letdown. And that's exactly what happened. First off, I will say a couple positive things about the Casio. 1) it's BRIGHT. Did I mention how BRIGHT the dang thing is? I had to turn the brightness way down actually to keep the picture from saturating. Even in the middle of the day is a somewhat sunny room, the image was completely visible and watchable. 2) it's small, and white. If you were ceiling mounting it, it'd almost disappear into a normal white ceiling. 3) It'd got keystone correction, which seems to work pretty good. 4) if the lamp life really is 20000+ hours, that would truly be awesome. But I won't be keeping it that long... That's about all the pros, unfortunately. Now the cons. 1) The Zoom is rotten, you simply can't zoom most TV source material properly. You'll end up with stuff above or below the picture, or you'll have the sides cut off. I couldn't figure any combination that worked smoothly. With the ae900u, getting the picture to the right size was simply a matter of pressing the ASPECT button several times till it was right. 2) There's noticeable "screendoor" 3) The colors just aren't +right+. I tweaked on it for a good hour or more, and never was able to get things to look correct. Kind of close maybe, but not right. 4) The contrast ratio is just not good for home theater. The ae900u was 5500:1, which I thought was pretty good, maybe not fantastic, but OK. The casio is 1800:1 and it completely shows. Blacks aren't black. There's noticeable bleed through. Dark scenes are muddy, and just don't look good at all. 5) It's just not sharp. Even HD material through the HDMI port appears somewhat fuzzy. I'm suspecting the lower resolution. 6) It's got video in, standard computer VGA in and HDMI in, but no svideo or composite in. Not a huge downer, but worth pointing out. 7) It's got no lens shift, so getting it to project to your screen is a LOT of trial and error. Fortunately, in a normal HT environment, that should be too much of a downer. Long story short, the xj-a140 (and it's brethren) would probably work out perfectly well as a REALLY portable movie station for rolling out on the deck and watching movies on a big sheet or on the side of your house. And it'd likely work nicely in it's intended use as a portable projector for business presentations. But it's just not good enough yet for even a modest expectations in a home theater. Right now, I'm currently considering... 1) another panasonic, either another ae-900u, or maybe an ax200u, AE2000u or AE4000u (which might be a tad steep for me). 2) An optoma hd20 (I've read some pretty good things about it) and the bulbs aren't too bad. 3) a Mitsubishi HC5500 (read good stuff on this too, plus I was always VERY happy with my Mitsu 32" tube tv at one time), but the bulbs on this seem to be pretty pricy.
Any Problems: The zoom flexibility just isn't there. Picture quality is weak, especially darker scenes. No lens shift makes it tricky to setup, but once it's done, it's done that that's not THAT big a deal.