Summary: Personal Experience I hvae owned this projector for three years. The first bulb failed at 700hours, but since this was demo unit it might have been handled roughly. I tried 5-6 projectors before picking this one. I found all the (2X wheel) DLP unwatchable because of rainbows and "eye fatigue". This projector is very very quiet and produces a great picture from YPbCr component input. I use it almost exclusively for widescreen DVDs.
Summary: Personal Experience Nice picture initially, but after only about 200 hours of lamp life, the picture started getting very dim. After a few weeks of this, an error message began appearing and the system would shut itself off! Without cooling the bulb. Problems After having the unit in place for less than 6 months, we sent it in to Toshiba to repair the error we were having.
Summary: Personal Experience I've had this projector now for almost 2 years. I use it mainly in my home theater for watching DVDs and it works AWESOME! If you have a lot of ambient light the picture is nothing to write home about, but if you set it up in a completely dark room it would be seriously hard to beat. Great colour and so far I'm still on my first bulb (fingers crossed). In closing, I would just like to say this is great projector and I would highly recommend it.
Summary: Personal Experience Spent a LOT of time looking at projectors. VERY sensitive to screen door - could really not watch an XGA LCD projector (even defocussed). Saw couple DLP's but nothing overwhelmed me. Decided to go for WXGA LCD - Got a great deal on a B stock MT7 and have watched about 2.5 weeks (lots movies) Impressions: NEEDED to be tweaked a little with AVIA before using seriously. After this - Colors are GREAT. Detail and resolution are great.
Summary: Personal Experience Spent LONG LONG time choosing a projector. Was trying to keep in the 3k price range and ALMOST settled for Panny 75U. The Panny has 3 yr warranty, 3000 hr bulb and a NICE image. BUT - pixels kill me. I have good vision (20/15) and can EASILY see pixels on all XGA LCD machines. Tried a couple DLP's (NEC LT150) but way way too noisy and colors only OK ... Bottom line - the MT7 is GREAT. Excellent image, very quiet, great colors, OK blacks.
Summary: Personal Experience Home Theater use only... progressive component. Blacks are not black but black enough for me and certainly not a surprise. That is the ONLY major drawback. Talk about posterizing and color inaccuracy misses the target - I think it is very good with a nice contrast and undetectable screendoor (viewdistance ~1,8Ã—screenwidth). Image quality is "Excellent" if it wasn't for the little black snagg.