Summary: The Panasonic (PT-AX100U-EC) LCD Projector, has a known Factory Defect, a Sticking Iris, Early Shutdown Problem, which requires Warranty Repair by Panasonic. If Panasonic has not performed the Iris Warranty Repair on this unit -- DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM, as it will cost you $1000.00 to repair at your own expense !!! BobZ Aurora, CO.
Awesome . . . . until it broke w/less than 100 hrs of use
Phyllis Diller "Phyllis", Amazon
6 December 2009
Summary: This is an incredible machine . . . awesome picture quality . . . when I purchased it two years ago the only reviews were positive . . . we put this in in our cabin so it didn't get much use . . . with less than 100 hours of use, the picture would go blank and we would have to turn the power off and turn it back on several times in order for it to finally stay on . . . . it's still that way and Panasonic has not been very easy to deal with . . .
Summary: This is my second Panasonic projector. The first one started turning blue after about a year and a half. This one, in addition to having the iris problem which others have already described, has turned yellow in the middle after 1000 hours. I am not a smoker and I clean the filter regularly. I will not buy another Panasonic projector until they can produce a product that doesn't fail after a year.
Summary: I didn't buy this unit on amazon but i am having the same problem with the unit shutting down. i came on here to see if maybe i could buy a replacement bulb to fix the problem since in the upper left of my screen it says replace bulb. well now after reading reviews on here i guess a new bulb won't fix the problem. it saddens me to hear that for the chunk of cash (as little as it may be) still should last me more than the 2 years that i have had it.
Summary: I'll chime in that mine, too, shuts off randomly and won't allow me to do anything useful with it. I thought it was a great thing to play Guitar Hero on, since there was no lag and it had a good picture, but 3 months later and it just shuts off for fun. If someone could post a nice repair guide for it I'd love to take a look. There is no way I'm sending it to Kansas like the other guy who made a comment.
Summary: I am in the same boat as the others - bad iris. This product stinks and unfortunately I was taken. Now I will have to be shipping it around at my expense. This will be the last Panasonic product I buy.
Summary: Same problem that everybody else is reporting. I had one for about 3 months and it started blanking, so I returned it for another. This one has worked for about 6 months and it is now doing the same thing. Basically you turn it on, and within 5 minutes, the picture goes black. If you pull the plug and restart it, it'll come up again. The problem seems to be getting worse, as for a while it would only require 1 restart, and now it has been requiring 2 or 3.
Summary: Like other users, I am experiencing the same problem that the projector shuts itself down after moments of use. My projector has been running for 1300 hrs. I just bought a new lamp thinking that it might be the lamp but nada. It does the same thing. I will be sending this back to Panasonic. I think that I bought this less than a year ago. I will update on what happened to it.