Jerry, what do you expect from a thread of HW10 owners? Of course we are going to like the HW10 better than the AE3000.
Actually, I watch threads on both and two particular posters have rung up probably 75 posts among the various threads. I have not seen a consensus among others.
I'm just trying to make a reasonable decision. From what I have seen, these are the advantages of each that might matter to me:
- seems to be a little quieter (important as I will use Daylight HP)
- convergence adjustment
- discreet on/off (important to not confuse the wife using Harmony)
- sealed lightpath
- could get one calibrated by AVS
- Auto Zoom (very important as I plan a 240:1 screen and don't want a lens)
- Any necessary manual controls are on the top (bottom) of the unit
- 2 year warranty
- super-bright mode available
The throw distance for both work well for me. Brightness levels at most useful settings seem good on both. Contrast looks like a wash.
All else unchanged, if the Sony had the auto zoom feature, I would go with that for sure due to the advantages listed above. If the Panasonic had the sealed lightpath and convergence adjustment, I would get it for sure. For now, I don't know. I guess another option would be to wait one more year and hope that the replacement for the JVC R-20 adds the auto-zoom feature. I have my doubts that the Sony replacement will go all the way from all-manual to auto-zoom with memory.
It is not a perfect world.