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The new Panasonic PT-AE8000U is installed.
A few first impressions and some comparisons of the PT-AE4000U I previously had in the theater.
Out of the box, the colors seem more vibrant compared to the 4000. There's certainly more light output and brightness.
I can see the walls around the room light up more because of this...but not to the point of it distracting. Everything really seems sharper.
The NORMAL lamp mode seems louder than the PT-AE4000U.
I like the fact that I can now hide the text PROCESSING IMAGE as it switches back and forth between different screen size / formats. Especially for movies like Tron where it's switching within the movie itself.
I was curious to see how much better the 3D has improved. While I have yet to watch an entire movie, I was impressed with the 3D. In fact, I wanted to show my Father In Law what it looked like and I only had one pair of 3D glasses. He actually was so wowed by it that he sat by himself in the theater and watched the entire movie (Ice Age).
I have yet to do much tweaking of the settings aside for some options in 3D.
My perspective is if you are an existing AE4000U owner and not interested in 3D, you might consider holding on to your 4000 for a while - or just upgrade to the 7000.
But I think the jump in price from the AE4000U to the AE8000U is definitely worth it if you also want to dive into 3D. You'll have to figure in the cost of the 3D glasses though too. They aren't cheap.
Hope that helps others make a decision.