Just ordered the PT-AE8000U from Projector People. They have a good deal going on right now ($1999, minus $300 instant savings, minus 4% for Black Friday purchase) - so $1631.04. Includes extra year (3) warranty and 2-day shipping. They also have the EW3D3W glasses on sale for $69 (minus 4% again, $66.24) so grab a couple of those, as well.
I'm upgrading from a PT-AE3000U that I'm looking to sell. From what I've read here, it sounds like the 8000U will be a noticeable upgrade from the 3000U.
I do have a question on the 3D feature. Is there anything else I need to do to prepare my system for optimal 3D performance? My room is a dedicated/dark theater. My AVR is an Onkyo TX-SR607. My DVD is a Sony BDP-S5100. I am using the original HDMI cable (circa 2006-2007) from AVR to the Projector location. (I do have an extra 25ft 22AWG CL2 High Speed HDMI 1.3 from Monoprice that I'm not using, but would prefer not to pull out the old and fish a new one if not necessary. I'm not sure on the changing specs/requirements for HDMI over the last several years).
Any gaps in that configuration that would prevent a positive 3D experience? Thanks for any input!