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Re: Panasonic PT-AE4000 LCD HD Home Cinema Projector: Official Thread

The AE4000 is a very popular projector and originally retailed for around $3000 It still sells lots so you may not see the price move much lower before they stop selling it at all (Ive seen it for $1899 here in Canada) given the new models are now out.

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Re: Panasonic PT-AE4000 LCD HD Home Cinema Projector: Official Thread

Prices for the AE4000 will no doubt come down now that the replacement(s) have been introduced. Wait until the end of the year and likely you will see the best pricing; until it is no longer available. That last sentence is just a guess so please if you know that is the one and have the $ don't hold out and find them unavailable.

Get it now and enjoy it!

If one waits to buy any type of electronics until the end of it's cycle you miss out on the enjoyment of using it. Note that electronics will always be obsolete in a few years compared to the new offering. There will almost always be a newer cheaper and better alternative. Don't believe me? Wait and see what Panasonic (and the entire industry) has out 5 yrs from now. It will likely be 3D w/ no glasses required and 2-3x the lumen output, or using an LED that does not degrade in light output over time; or all of the above.

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Re: Panasonic PT-AE4000 LCD HD Home Cinema Projector: Official Thread

I don't think there will be all that noticeable of a difference for folks like me (assuming I am the average guy) in moving up to the 5000... unless I wanted 3-D... and I don't. So I think grabbing a 4000 at a bargain is a great idea. That is if they actually come down in price.
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So I think grabbing a 4000 at a bargain is a great idea. That is if they actually come down in price.
I agree, I find myself using eco mode on my 4000 most of the time because the normal mode is so bright that I almost need sunglasses.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
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I agree, I find myself using eco mode on my 4000 most of the time because the normal mode is so bright that I almost need sunglasses.
Hi Tony,

Can you please tell me what kind of screen you have and the distance of your projector to the screen? I am currently testing the 4000 and comparing it to the Epson 8350. My screen is just a Flat White painted wall set at 120".

Also, do you have any experience with Panasonic Support?

Thanks!

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Re: Panasonic PT-AE4000 LCD HD Home Cinema Projector: Official Thread

Hi Peter, I am using a Jamestown 2,35:1 screen thats 120", I have a review of it here.
My projector is 14' from the screen ceiling mounted.
I have had not issues with my Panasonic but I have heard that the support is good.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
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Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
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Hi Peter, I am using a Jamestown 2,35:1 screen thats 120", I have a review of it here.
My projector is 14' from the screen ceiling mounted.
I have had not issues with my Panasonic but I have heard that the support is good.
Thanks Tony,

Appreciate the quick response and info

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Re: Panasonic PT-AE4000 LCD HD Home Cinema Projector: Official Thread

I have been looking at this pj to replace my Sharp Z12000 since it came out. Now that Panasonic is offering an extended 2 year warranty and $250 rebate, I figured it was a good time to jump on a new one. I almost got a used unit for $1400, but for a few hundred more, it made sense to get a brand new unit with full warranty.

I sure hope it will be an improvement when compared to the Sharp. My screen is a 120" Dalite Hi Power.

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Be sure to let us know what you think about it in comparison once you get it in and get it setup.
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Be sure to let us know what you think about it in comparison once you get it in and get it setup.
Mounted the new AE4000 yesterday and fired it up. First impression was that the fan was considerably more quiet than the Sharp. The picture quality prior to calibration is just amazing. Not really fair to compare a 1080p resolution to the native 720p of the Sharp. The Z1200 had a very nice picture as well, but the AE4000 is another level better for sure. In Dynamic Iris, the AE4000 is quite a bit brighter on my 120" Dalite Hi Power. I used the same mounting location. Using the DVE HD calibration disk demonstration, the blacks looked to be much deeper as well.

I need to get familiar with the controls and start the calibration process. I did find that every time I use the focus function, it goes to the focus screen. I need to find out if there is a way to use a blu ray picture to focus on, I would like to use something other than the pj's focus display.

Overall, I am really glad I picked this machine. Considerably less expensive than what I paid for the Z12000 six years ago and a step above the Z12000.


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