Summary: Personal Experience first one had a dust ball on an lcd. returned it to be cleaned and they found that a mechanism was shaking. Phew! They sent it back to Panasonic and sent me a new one after quality checking it. I have 34 hours on it so far and love it. Just finished my DIY screen.
Summary: Personal Experience After deliberating for several weeks about which projector would best work for me (95" diag. at 10.5' seating distance), I picked the 500U over the Z2 and the Optoma H31. The image quality is excellent, and if you are concerned about SDE, then buy this projector.
Summary: Personal Experience Hey Wineman42, I've had this projector for about 5 months and have logged close to 1000 hours on it. I've haven't experienced any problems and the bulb is still going strong. I only run in low lamp mode with the fan set on High.
Summary: Personal Experience I live in Vancouver, B.C. This unit is not cheap here in Canada and retailed for $4,995 CDN. I have had this projector for a little more than three months. Up to now I have been smiling. The performance, picture quality, etc. have been just fantastic!
Summary: Personal Experience This is an excellent projector for the price. In my opinion, it rivals projectors that are 4 times its price. Image quality is surprising in dark room. Image is good when viewing cable TV with S-video connection. Excellent image when viewing DVD's with component connection.
Summary: Personal Experience I have had this unit for nearly a year now and I couldn't be happier. I have a 92" screen and the picture is crystal clear. After inital set up the unit is straight forward easy to use. Picture quality increases the darker it is but it is not bad in full day light.
Summary: Personal Experience Had it for 1 week on 100" screen that is primered drywall and it is awesome. Can not wait to paint my GOO screen on the wall. Problems I have been watcing lord of the rings and when I set aspect ratio to Auto it it switches to 4:3 mode.
Summary: Personal Experience Personal experience - comparison between the component video and DVI cables. I purchased 25 ft cables (both cv & dvi), and get great pictures from both. I did find a difference though. Viewing a dvd with progressive scan is much better with the dvi cable, almost HD quality.
Summary: Personal Experience Absolutely no problems so far, perfect image quality and contrast with no chicken wire effect. This is definately what you need for a home cinema. I would suggest using the componant connection RGB for optimum performance.
Summary: Personal Experience This is the unit to get. Your basically getting the same unit as the 700U, just saving $500 (or more). This projector with a nice quality screen will give you an outstanding picture. The extra 150 lumens and 700 contast that the 700U will give you wont even be noticed.