Originally Posted by JamesN
How many 7000/5000 owners here are definitely planning on upgrading to the 8000/6000?
After reading the review
several times, I can't find a single improvement that I would consider significant enough to justify an upgrade.
The most significant quantitative improvement is greater light output. My theater is totally light controlled and the 7000 is more than bright enough in "normal" mode, so I run mine in "eco". More light output might make a difference to those who have to contend with light intrusion, to compensate for the lamp as it ages, or for the option of having some room light available so you can see where you set your beer while watching football. But I don't drink, and I have little interest in football.
Minor improvements applicable to 3D, most notably "motion remaster" which could be interesting, and the addition real-time 3D depth control vs. the existing control using a fixed image.
The review explains the need for depth control thus:
I mean the filmmakers intentionally or unintentionally abuse 3D technology to create exaggerated depth and pop in their films. What this ends up doing is causing eyestrain. To fix this, the AE8000 has a depth control for 3D in the form of its 3D waveform monitor (ed. note: so does the 7000).
True, but I think a properly filmed 3D movie should not exaggerate the effect. Watching a badly produced 3D movie is going to be unpleasant. I don't want to have to mess with my projector to fix a movie's flaws. Some 3D movies (Harry Potter) are going to look like junk no matter what you do. I'd be interested to know what 3D movies are so spectacular they would make such a nuanced control worthwhile. In any event, I have not found any need to modify my 7000's depth control from its defaults.
Another new feature is frame creation in 2D to 3D mode... but I've experimented with 2D to 3D conversion and concluded it's not worth any further experimentation.
The lens shift joystick is supposed to work better but I question the effectiveness of polishing that turd of an idea.
There is zero mention of the crosstalk problem for which others have expressed concern, and which I have not observed anyway.
As a projector in its own right I think the 8000 will be phenomenal... but as a significant improvement over the 7000? I'd give it a solid "meh".
Like I said earlier,
Originally Posted by 6sj7gt
... expect only a "modest update"... if any.
If availability of the 8000 results in a price drop for the 7000, and you're in the market for one, grab it. There may never be a better time.