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#412834 - 06/15/15 10:30 PM Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u
Worfzara Offline
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Good Day Everyone

I have been playing hooky from the forum for a few years (4 to be exact). Just been busy with work, kids, life, etc.

Anyways. I have a Panasonic PT-AE900u that I bought new in 2007. It’s time to replace the bulb and they aren’t cheap for this baby ($400), and they only last for about 2000 hours.
I am thinking maybe I should put that $400 towards a new projector. Has anyone upgraded from the 900u?

I do like this projector but there are a few things that could be improved 1) it isn’t the brightest projector in the world 2) the image is a little soft 3) very expensive bulbs and short bulb life 4) blacks are good, but let’s face it, they can always be better 5) Some motion blur.

I borrowed my friends Epson 730, but wasn’t impressed as it was a very nice bright picture (almost too bright) but the blacks were horrible and much of the picture looked washed out.

Room is a dedicated HT room with no windows and screen is 135”.

I welcome your thoughts. Thanks much - Paul
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#412836 - 06/16/15 05:00 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
Serenity_then Offline
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Budget?

Have you checked out reviews/info at projectorcentral.com?

Great info there. smile
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#412837 - 06/16/15 06:52 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
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Welcome back, Paul!

I can't help with the projector question; just wanted to say "hi!"
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#412839 - 06/16/15 07:58 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
Worfzara Offline
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So Budget - Best Bang for the Buck. I paid over 2K for the Panasonic 9 years ago. I'd like to think with the progress of technology, in 2015 I could get a better projector for less money. Even if I could get an equal projector with longer bulb life and cheaper bulbs, i'd take a look at it.

Projectorcentral is a terrific site, but I can't find any comparison to my Panasonic.

I have heard a lot of good things Epson.
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#412840 - 06/16/15 07:59 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Thanks - Hi Mark!
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AudioTrak AT-6100
Denon AVR-990

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#412842 - 06/16/15 09:22 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
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Hi Paul! I have the same projector you do, bought in 2006, so I'll be following along. You are right, you can get a better projector for around $1000, or less if you're a savvy shopper like tomtuttle. He just had a thread here on his search for his first projector. He got an Epson.
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#412843 - 06/16/15 10:43 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
MatManhasgone Offline
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Why not just buy the bulb from Amazon? http://www.amazon.ca/Replacement-PANASONIC-Projector-PT-AE900U-HMHLamps/dp/B006VDWRJM

the bulb costs under $100 shipped from what I can see
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#412844 - 06/16/15 11:12 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
medic8r Offline
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Usually I'm all for saving money, but I've heard that off-brand cheap bulbs like this are a risky investment. I have no personal experience with them. I buy Panasonic bulbs through B&H Photo.

Somewhere, Mark's ears perked up.
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#412845 - 06/16/15 11:17 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
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#412846 - 06/16/15 11:35 AM Re: Upgrading Panasonic PT-AE900u [Re: Worfzara]
Worfzara Offline
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Also not a big fan of those bulbs. Best price I can find for a new OEM bulb is at Tigerdirect.ca at $365 + Tax.
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Axiom M80, VP180, Qs8, EP500
Epson 3020 (Evaluating)
AudioTrak AT-6100
Denon AVR-990

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