Summary: Personal Experience My projector has started failing with a known issue with the Iris after 990 hours of excellent viewing. Panasonic don't want to replace a defective part FOC, instead want $350 ; this does not seem fair. Problems shuts down after a few minutes; this is a known issue with the Iris .
Summary: Personal Experience This model sucks Problems I have this projector for 12 months now 1) The projector powers off after 30-60 seconds on starting and goes on stand by (yellow light). It then shows a red light of power off 2) The projector does not start after this with the remote 3) It has to be powered off from the mains and then restarted 4) Earlier, this used to happen once and now it behaves abnormally and sometimes it has to be restarted even upto 8 times or...
Summary: Personal Experience IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SHUTDOWN PROBLEMS, see my link below: http://avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12816058#post12816058 Unbeatable price performer when it was new, very bright, good contrast and good image. Using with a 2.35:1 150" screen. Usually run "Vivid Cinema" in mostly dark room, sometimes "Cinema 1" fully darkened for extra contrast. Dynamic mode does work well in lighted room.
Summary: Personal Experience I purchased this projector in Jan 2007 and by and large it has performed very well. I use it a lot (TV and movies) and I'm very satisfied with the picture. However, like so many others, I ran into the evil IRIS ISSUE at about 1000hrs. For those considering purchasing this projector just know that it's likely that this will happen to you.
Summary: Personal Experience Love the image, but reliability is poor. Went through 3 projectors. First had color uniformity issues. Fixed with later models? 2nd and 3rd units had dreaded IRIS failure with less than 400 hours on lamp. Fortunately, bought from the big C store. Just got the ax200. We shall see whether this one is any more reliable. Hearing flicker issues are common, though! Problems Iris failure on 2 units with under 400 hours.