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post #1 of 12 Old 10-25-12, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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2D projector recommendations

I almost bought a Panasonic PT-AE4000u a couple years ago. I'm now back to looking at projectors and it seems the whole ball game has changed. I missed the 7000 and now the 8000 in on the market. Now I must say I'm not really into 3D, so the last two would not have appealed anyway.

I had read really good things on the AE4000u and it was priced right. Are there any comparable projectors out now that equal or surpass it? Well within reason, I don't want to drop stupid money to inch ahead of the Panny. Is looking for a nice used one an option?

The room is about 19' wide and 24' long. The couch is about 14 feet from the TV now.

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Re: 2D projector recommendations

You can skip the 3D functions and revel in the superior image quality such units possess. It's come to be that 3D capability is standard on the majority of high-end TVs and projectors, so you need to ignore it if you don't want it- that's why the (pricey) glasses are sold separately. So give the PT-AE7000U another look, if Panasonic's projectors are what you like. The 8000 seems to be all about 'extra' 3D capability, so you can skip it.

I'm considering a $2,500 (or so) projector myself so I'd love to see some member's recommendations. Since I already have a passive 3D TV and I can't stand 'active shutter' glasses I'm in same boat as you.


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I almost bought a Panasonic PT-AE4000u a couple years ago. I'm now back to looking at projectors and it seems the whole ball game has changed. I missed the 7000 and now the 8000 in on the market. Now I must say I'm not really into 3D, so the last two would not have appealed anyway.

I had read really good things on the AE4000u and it was priced right. Are there any comparable projectors out now that equal or surpass it? Well within reason, I don't want to drop stupid money to inch ahead of the Panny. Is looking for a nice used one an option?

The room is about 19' wide and 24' long. The couch is about 14 feet from the TV now.
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Is lens memory something that's important to you?

If so, if you're looking for the best image quality in the 2,500-3,000 range check out what JVC units are out there.

If not, I would look at JVC and Sony.

Panny is also good and should be on your list!
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Re: 2D projector recommendations

I have the Panny 7000 and love the picture - I had been throwing it up on a plain white wall with 3 nail holes and a sand grit texture while I work on the dedicated HT and was still astounded with the quality of the picture.

And, as stated above, you don't have to use it for 3D - it is a great 2D projector. Plus, with your ceiling fan issue, it does have lens shift. An added plus is the lens memory - probably my favorite feature on this unit.


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Re: 2D projector recommendations

I keep researching online and find the Panasonic PT-AR100U has more lumens but 1/10 the contrast of the Panasonic PT-AE7000U. Which is more important? I guess it is a bit of a balancing act. I don't know if ambient light will really be an issue because we only watch movies at night.

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My personal opinion - with the light cannons of today, you will not need to worry about lumens. I would opt for the PJ with the better contrast.


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I agree... Unless your room is bright as the sun. The contrast is one spec that should definitely factor higher than lumens... Especially with the high number of bright projectors available.
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Thanks guys, contrast it is!

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Thanks guys, contrast it is!
Just take certain manufacturer's contrast claims with a large pinch of salt (especially those whose model numbers end with 3 zeros ). Sometimes they quote in modes that wouldn't normally be used if you wanted to view an accurate picture.
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Yeah... couldn't agree more. When it comes to black levels look to the review sites (projectorcentral and projectorreviews) to see their comments!

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