Since I've owned my AE7000 for about 2 months now, I figured it was time to post my experience so far.
This is my 6th projector. I bought my first, Infocus X1 DLP, in 2003. I upgraded to a Canon SX50 LCoS in 2005. I jumped into the 1080p world several years later with the AE2000. Since then I've had an Epson 8500UB, but sent it back due to muddy contrast and SDE from my viewing position. I replaced it with an AE4000, which was everything I could have ever have wanted, minus 3D.
I put over 2 thousand hours on each of those (except the Epson), and the only issue I ever had was a small dust blob on the Canon (odd, since it had a sealed light path).
It seems my luck is carrying on, so far, with the AE7000.
I have a dedicated black velvet lined room with a 106" High Power 2.4 gain screen.
The picture is definitely brighter than the AE4000, and has richer colors. It really looks like a giant plasma in my room.
I have the bulb set on ECO, and the picture on NORMAL. I set FI on 2 for all material, except for "live" events, animation, and 3D, where it is set to 3.
I have the Sony PS3 3D glasses, as the Panny ones are still on back-order. So far, the 3D has been spectacular. I have experienced no flickering, no ghosting, no crosstalk whatsoever. I have about 40 3D BDs and all look great. Except for the end credits of Transformers 3: There was just a "slight" hint of ghosting around the character's silhouettes for a few seconds.
I sit about 7'-8' away, while watching 3D. If there was crosstalk, I should be seeing it, combined with my high gain screen. While on the subject of screens, the High Power is the best 250.00 I've ever spent! It is a match made in heaven with this PJ, and 3D.
I have 2 minor issues.The first is with the FI on stronger modes. My previous AE4000 did not seem to have any artifacts. This one has subtle artifacts around moving objects at times. The other is that the PJ will re-synch several times at the start of some 3D BDs. Both of these may be due to my aggressive use of Digital Clarity, which is set on 5.
All and all, I'm very pleased with the AE7000. Add in the fact I've also upgraded my speakers, sub, and receiver since March...I'm in A/V nirvana!