Best projector I have ever seen sub-$10k.
We have literally had our breath taken away by the incredible way it handles motion.
The mode 3 frame interpolation is so real it will drop your jaw.
If you like a movie like Transformers 3, and have your PT-AE7000 paired with high end receiver (SC-57 in our case) and have big LFE, the scene where the building breaks in half will simply make you gasp out loud.
The only JVC I can compare it to right now is an RS-15 at my neighbors, but it is so much better OVERALL than the JVC no human could watch that transformers scene on both and not CLEARLY see the PT-AE7000 is vastly superior. That goes also for my aborted attempt to own a RS-40 that had severe quality control issues. This projector is leaps and bounds better than the JVC RS-40 I had.
You don't really notice how much the JVC chokes on motion until you watch scenes like the end of XMEN: the last stand, where jean gray is using CGI powers to rend apart a military base and turn people into shards of glass.
If you just watch those types of scenes on a JVC you truly don't understand the realism the 480Hz panels with mode 3 frame interpolation brings.
It is like looking out a window, not at a screen. The stutters, judders, tiny gaps, and blurs in movement are no longer perceptible to the human eye on the PT-AE7000.
You really don't understand what you are missing until you see it. The frame interpolation is so good the motion IS REAL. You are not watching film anymore, you are watching reality.
The JVC may win in one specific scene set up for it to show it can have better contrast in a rare situation.
However, the Panasonic will make you literally gasp out loud.
The last time a projector made me catch my breath was visiting a friend and seeing a 3-chip DLP RUNCO light cannon (that cost him about $50k).
Pioneer SC-57 receiver
Ascend Acoustic Sierras and CMT-340s plus a HSU 350 watt 12" LFE for 7.1
XBOX 360 ELITE
Ipad2 remote APP
160" DA-LITE 2.8 HIGH POWER custom motorized screen
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TLDR - DO NOT WAIT FOR JVC - the best can be bought right now for LESS THAN $3,000. The motion is so incredible nothing else can be considered IMHO. They have narrowed the gap on contrast and blacks so much most people will find any difference imperceptible. But the motion - OH MY!
ALSO - the MODE 3 480HZ interpolation WORKS IN 3D. Making it the best 3D I have ever seen, as good as DLP, and if you can find a pair of the GEN 3 Panasonic 3D glasses (now sold out everywhere check Ebay) - you will get the brightest biggest 3D picture with ZERO crosstalk or motion issues. Throw on dynamic mode and watch 3D at 160" VERY BRIGHT!
Best projector I have ever owned, and I upgrade constantly everything, and also have friends who can afford the very very high end ($200,000.00 home theaters - they are going to be very surprised at what this sub-$3,000 machine will do)