AE4000U owner: Should I pull trigger on AE8000u?
For the past several years, I've been a very happy owner of an AE4000u. In our setup, we have a full wall painted specially for projection, and therefore have full freedom on CIH. Every movie is sized to its optimum ratio (or pretty close).
Based on this experience, we only want a projector in our setup that is as flexible and smart about ratios as the AE4000u, and I'm not sure there's anything out there as smart as the AE8000u for that (please correct me if I'm wrong).
The AE8000u has a rebate going right now that brings the price down substantially; our AE4000u has 1552 hours on the original lamp. 3D is a "nice to have" (especially since we'd need to spend extra for the glasses, probably four pairs). But, we may be getting closer to time to replace the lamp, so there's a cost calculation there (e.g., are we better off buying a new projector that has a new lamp than buying a new lamp for an old projector).