Summary: Personal Experience Can not say enough about this machine 4900 hours on the original bulb almost all in low mode. Every time a vacume theater I clean filter never had a issue. I will be going with Panasonic again when the 1080 models get under $2500. If you can find one and it meets your need buy it... Problems None at all.
Summary: Personal Experience Is versatile and can be positioned anywhere. We use from ceiling mount for viewing TV/movies at home. Have 8 foot screen. Room must be dark. Spent big bucks on DVI-D cable but picture is not better than with regular video cable. Problems Bulb blew after only 1000 hours of on and off use. I am in process of finding a replacement bulb. List price for bulb is $370. No idea why the bulb snapped so soon - all conditions seem normal before.
Summary: Personal Experience Bought it new in 2003 and have been LOVING it ever since! I set it to low power, now have over 5000 hours on the original bulb- it still looks good! I think those having bulb life issues need to read the care portion of the manual. Set it up, dont move it and clean the filter! I run all types of signals from DTV at 525i to computer in HD. All look fantastic. THANKS Panasonic.
Summary: Personal Experience I have used this projector for 2 years now. It is connected to a Bravo D2 player via a DVI cable. The images are projected onto a Dalite 96" Screen and are seen from a distance of 12'. The picture is sharp and clean. HDTV via component video is excellent.
Summary: Personal Experience I purchased this projector in spring of 03, great projector. I have a HD-Da-Lite at 92" and in a controlled lighting setting. It is ceiling mounted and I have over 2000 hours on the orignal lamp. I always use low fan and lamp mode. It has a great picture and I have Direct-TV and Comcast cable HD setup, I dont even watch anything but HD anymore. This projector is a great value. I am now looking at the 700 however.
Summary: Personal Experience I have had my projector for about a year now.Been meaning to post my review for sometime now.Anyway I've been into projection tv for about thirty years.I started out with a 13"tv mounted in a box with a lens.Then I had a Advent model-710 then I had a novabeam model-1A.then I bought a zenith pro-851 11yrs ago and I still watch every night.I mainly use my panasonic for dvd's I don't have high-def yet.Anyway there has been a lot of advancement in the...
Summary: Personal Experience I purchased the 300U in January 2003. I have over 2000 hours on the lamp and the picture is still bright, and incredibly beautiful. HD signal and a controlled light room deliver an outstanding picture. A Cut-to-Fit Da-Lite HCCV screen also enhances the picture at a very inexpensive price. I paid $370 for a 133" diagonal HD format screen. I would highly recommend this projector. My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed it for the past 21 months.
Summary: Personal Experience Best pick under $1900, but bulb eng. is terrible. We now put a TV in front of our screen and use that instead - move the TV when we want to enjoy a movie. Great projector but bulbs are a real problem - maybe with Panasonic in general - can't be sure. Problems I'm on my second bulb which lasted about 300 hours each. I agree with the other posts, manufacturers should develop more consistent and reliable bulbs.
Summary: Personal Experience I purchased a PT-L300U in March '03 and have been very happy with the performance of the projector thus far. I use it for DVDs exclusively (low power, cieling mounted) and less than 500 hrs on the original lamp. However, I've recently noticed that the image is getting dimmer and want to replace the lamp. Several folks on this site have stated that they were able to purchase replacement lamps for $225-$230.