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Master Geek


# 181289 9-Oct-2015 09:53
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So I'm looking to set up a home theatre with a projector. It'll do double-duty with my old-but-still-good 46" Bravia LCD. (The Bravia for casual watching, the projector for movie nights)

Done a bit of research, set a budget, and decided the BenQ DLP projectors look the best by a long shot, with the Panasonic LCDs in 2nd place.

Problem is that I can't seem to find a straight answer as to where to get BenQ projectors in NZ... none of the main retailers seem to carry them, there's a few fly-by-night "parallel-import" (translation: "You want WARRANTY too??!") places online, but for a 4-figure technology investment, I want the backup of an established local distributor.

The BenQ W1300 is the model that's pressing all my buttons at the moment. 

Anyone know anything I don't from extensive time-wasting in Google?

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1402888 9-Oct-2015 10:05
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rapallo av have one benq on sale:

http://www.rapalloav.co.nz/benq-ms521p-blu-ray-full-hd-3d-projector.html

perhaps he can order in the one you want?


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  # 1402890 9-Oct-2015 10:08
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I've seen BenQ projectors in Harvey Norman from time to time. 

 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


  # 1403632 10-Oct-2015 21:12
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Hi I grabbed a BenQ projector not so long ago from AV World, here in NZ.

http://www.avworld.co.nz/shop/category/projectors/home-theatre-projectors

Great service and excellent customer care.

Drop them an email and see if they can source one for you, they did for me. Great price too.


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Uber Geek


  # 1403751 11-Oct-2015 10:05
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BenQ changed importer recently, I believe it used to be done by Theophany? I'm not sure who does it now... but it doesn't have much of a representation.
I'd suggest Epson as an alternative, Panasonic is leaving the home projection market all together.



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Master Geek


  # 1405790 14-Oct-2015 16:43
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Dunnersfella: Panasonic is leaving the home projection market all together.


Can you substantiate that? Anything you can cite, for example? I tend to be sceptical and treat everything I see on the internet as rumours until my rigorous standards of proof are met.... nothing personal!

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1407113 15-Oct-2015 10:58
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Ditto above,although given that the AE8000 is now 2 years old (and I haven't found rumours of a replacement), it may infact be true.

Would be a big pity if true, they were always my favourite projector to review (was fortunate enough to have the AE300, 500, 700 & AX-100 on Audioenz). I'm on my 2nd one at home now (had AE-700 and now have AX-200). Am hoping to upgrade to 1080p when tax refund comes in, the AE-8000 would seem a natural choice (or if it has a laser replacement in the pipeline), otherwise goodness knows.

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Master Geek


  # 1407527 15-Oct-2015 22:23
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Watch for the rainbows from the DLPs.  I bought a data projector, cost me a lot to flog it off and buy my AX100, which is still in the box after moving house :(

 
 
 
 


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  # 1408787 18-Oct-2015 19:57
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hi everyone
Bart from Rapallo here.
Unfortunately, the PTAE 8000 is the last Panasonic "home theatre" projector
4 years warranty on the units sold until December/January
7 years of guaranteed spare parts
a bargain given these are excellent projectors
cheers
Bart

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  # 1408788 18-Oct-2015 19:57
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hi everyone
Bart from Rapallo here.
Unfortunately, the PTAE 8000 is the last Panasonic "home theatre" projector
4 years warranty on the units sold until December/January
7 years of guaranteed spare parts
a bargain given these are excellent projectors
cheers
Bart

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