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post #1501 of 3548 Old 04-12-2013, 10:03 AM
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That is pretty much the same configuration that I have at home. Mine is a 120" fixed frame with a 16:9 aspect ratio. I moved from a 51" 3D HDTV to the Panny 8000.

How is it? Fantastic!!!!

Yes, first time we watched a movie was like ............. holly crap!!!! I can see things now that I was missing before.......details on other stuff happening in movies that due to the size of the TV I wasn't able to see.

Have a look at my gallery, so you can have an idea about my setup.

Cheers!

Hiya Cr!

I'm looking at your gallery, and that's a cool, cozy set up you have right there!

Ok, here's another noob question for you: have you entertained a 135" screen for your
HT? With the throw constant at 12-13 feet?

I can actually have a bigger screen than 120" but that throw would be limited to 12-13' and
don't know if the PQ would suffer

Of course I can always use a jackhammer to the wall but that would start WW3 in da house smile.gif
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Are you talking a 120" diagonal 16:9 screen, or a 120" wide 2.35:1 screen? Using the calculator from projector people, your throw would be pretty tight for the 120" wide 2.35:1 screen. The throw range for that screen is 13'6" to 27'. Range for the 120" diagonal 16:9 screen is 11'9" to 23'6", so you should be fine there. Shouldn't have any problems with the seating distance. I'm 11' back from a 120" wide 2.35:1 screen, and the pic is fantastic!

Hi man

I'm looking at 120" @ 16:9, sorry about that

I'm thinking of going bigger th an 120" but my throw is limited to 12-13' and
I'm not sure if the image is going to be "distorted" as the Panny website says, if the throw
is set at the minimum
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Hey PT-AE8000 owners!

I'm seriously considering this PJ or the JVC DLA-X35 (RS46).

I'm leaning more towards the 8000 because it's almost $1k cheaper than the JVC and has brighter 3D and I can get a bit more throw distance out of it compared to the JVC because of the shorter depth of the PJ. Granted, the JVC has the deeper blacks, but I can't justify the $1k extra cost for that frown.gif

Anyway, I'm looking at a 125" cinemascope image at approx 3.94m throw distance.

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If the 8000's PJ lense is not exactly horizontally centered along the back wall, that doesn't matter too much right? The lense shift adjustment will allow me to move the image to fit the screen perfectly right?

It's just that the center of the PJ's lense will probably be 20 - 30cm to the right of the exact centre of the wall. This is because there is no wall stud in the exact centre of the wall, nor is there one at the exact center of the ceiling frown.gif

Advice appreciated. I can't wait to get the 8000 lighting up my 125" scope screen in my dark HT room! cool.gifbiggrin.gifwink.gif

EDIT: The other option I have is to put a well ventilated pigeon hole / niche in the plaster wall to house the PJ so I can utilise the full 4.5m throw of the room. With this solution, I can project a 130" - 140" scope image at that throw distance. Seating will be approx 3.5m from the screen. There is enough depth in the wall for the pigeon hole because the other side of this wall is the microwave tower in the kitchen, with empty space up near the top of the ceiling.
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Yes, it has plenty of lens shift, 20-30cm is nothing unless you are using the maximum vertical lens shift at the same time.
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Cool. I'm now actually thinking I'll get a deep, high bookshelf and have all my AV gear sitting on the shelves with the PJ sitting on the very top of the bookshelf.

This will position it at ~2.0m height, which is perfect as my room only has 2.4m ceilings.

Then all my AV gear will be nicely located in the bookshelf and cables hidden away behind the bookshelf cool.gif
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If the 8000's PJ lense is not exactly horizontally centered along the back wall, that doesn't matter too much right? The lense shift adjustment will allow me to move the image to fit the screen perfectly right?

It's just that the center of the PJ's lense will probably be 20 - 30cm to the right of the exact centre of the wall. This is because there is no wall stud in the exact centre of the wall, nor is there one at the exact center of the ceiling frown.gif

If you use lens memory for zooming between aspect ratios then the image will not always be centered on your screen.
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Do you have to point the remote at the projector or can it be pointed anywhere so long as you're in the same room?

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Do you have to point the remote at the projector or can it be pointed anywhere so long as you're in the same room?

I usually point mine at my screen & presuming it reflects back, the distance in total is about 32 ft.
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Good to know. It will be placed on the back wall, total distance about 30 feet.

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If you use lens memory for zooming between aspect ratios then the image will not always be centered on your screen.

Why is that?

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How do you PT-AE8000 owners find the black levels and image sharpness on this PJ in a darkened room?

The review here states that black levels could be significantly improved:

http://www.projectorreviews.com/panasonic/pt-ae8000/summary.php

I watch a lot of dark Sci-Fi movies and horrors, so I'm just wondering how the black levels are in a completely light controlled and dark walled/ceiling home theatre room.

It's a very, very tough choice between the JVC DLA-X35 and the PT-AE8000, however, since I'll be viewing 3D material too, I'm leaning towards the superior brightness of the PT-AE8000 over the X-35 rolleyes.gif
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Then you read this review and they say blacks are some of the best they've seen on an LCD?

http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-pt-at6000-201211052339.htm?page=Picture%20Quality

I'm also considering this PJ and trying to make sense of mixed reviews.
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How you will perceive the 8000 has a lot to do with what display you're coming from.

I believe the 8000 is the best LCD available and will impress 90+ percent of videophiles, but it is not perfect. Some samples appear to have convergence issues (manifested as color non-uniformity) and/or focus uniformity issues. If you are picky about these things and are on the fence, I would say try the JVC.
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Hey Guys and Gals,

Finally pulled the trigger and picked up the 8K and so far am loving it. I have already apprecaited all of the tips so far..and will sure look forward to help in the future.

Two quick things:

I purchased 6 pair of the XPanD Universal glasses (Not the YOUniversal glasses) and they don't work with the projector. frown.gif I already destroyed the boxes, so I can't return them to Amazon and paid $39.95 each! If you know anyone that wants a DEAL on 6 pair for other 3d tv's and devices, please PM me.

So....I purchased 6 pair of the Youniversal X104 glasses and they are pretty decent when using the software to set them to Panasonic. Does anyone have "CUSTOM" timing settings for these glasses that they wouldn't mind sharing?

Picture is great and the projector went right where my AE 30000U was hanging....power supply and all.

Here is my theater in case some haven't seen it. I sure wish mine was more like a few folk's here....but I did mine myself and it was worth it.

Check it out: http://www.projectorpeople.com/home-theater/hometheater-showroom.asp?ShowroomID=94

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Any clue when the next year's model will drop? Trying to decide on getting the 8k and letting it sit in a box for the next 4-6 months or wait for the next model.

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Any clue when the next year's model will drop? Trying to decide on getting the 8k and letting it sit in a box for the next 4-6 months or wait for the next model.

Usually they come out Oct/Nov area every year. But they have been known to skip a year, the 4000 ran for 2 years. Probably no officail word untill Sept or so, if it were me I would wait rather then loose 6 months of your warrenty letting it sit in a box.
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Usually they come out Oct/Nov area every year. But they have been known to skip a year, the 4000 ran for 2 years. Probably no officail word untill Sept or so, if it were me I would wait rather then loose 6 months of your warrenty letting it sit in a box.

Speaking from experience, I would wait.

The price usually gets better and/or the promotions. Plus like Mopar said, you won't lose time on your warranty.

Plus 4-6 months can easily turn into a year or more as it did in my case. smile.gif
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It's just that the center of the PJ's lense will probably be 20 - 30cm to the right of the exact centre of the wall. This is because there is no wall stud in the exact centre of the wall, nor is there one at the exact center of the ceiling frown.gif

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Isn't that good ? Because you can then run a support horitz that is secured to TWO studs ?
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Usually they come out Oct/Nov area every year. But they have been known to skip a year, the 4000 ran for 2 years. Probably no officail word untill Sept or so, if it were me I would wait rather then loose 6 months of your warrenty letting it sit in a box.

Amazing how budget conscience I am and never even stopped to think about the warranty going to waste in a box! Thanks...thats the motivation I needed to hurry up and wait. I already bought my speakers, sub, and AVR just so I could unbox them cuddle a bit and box them back up. Crazy what money in your pocket makes you forget about...

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Conspiracy, let's keep in touch about the Panny 8000. I am in the exact same boat as you as I am building out my basement/media room as we speak (see link to thread below). Just acquiring my gear and speakers as deals come up as I build out the basement. I recently almost "bit" on the $200 rebate + glasses but because of the position I am in (probably a few months from finishing) I really don't NEED the PJ quite yet. Timing will be good as I hope to take advantage of price drops at the end of the season - (Oct/Nov if a new model is set to come out). I built my projector housing to accommodate the Panny 8000 so there is no turning back for me. I know many who have it and they absolutely LOVE it.

I'll send you a PM so you can find me when and if a deal comes up. I'll do the same for you.

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Well the current rebate is good until June 30th. It's highly unlikely the $2599 price (from a authorized seller) is going to go back up. This is a very competitve price point and Panasonic and their authorized sellers are well aware folks have choice here.
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Yeah keep me in the loop about the deals as well please. I'm in the construction phase now too.

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When mounting the projector to the ceiling, do you need to line up the top or the bottom of the lens with the top of the screen? I'm trying to figure out how long to make my downrod and I figure that lens measurement will make a few inches of difference.
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Got my $100 check today from Panasonic. They entered my information in on April 1st, and I have the check in my hand today on April 22. Now I just need those Panny glasses!!!
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My projector will be placed not dead on center with the screen(i'd say about 12 inches to the right) Will this be ok when using lens memory for different aspect ratios?

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The lens shift will only give you so much leeway. Not sure what the farthest distance would be. The center of my lens is 2" above the screen and a fraction to the left. I have enough play in the manual lens shift and v-area position that the memory settings work fine for me. 12 inches off center seems like an awful lot. What is preventing you from moving it closer to center?
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Small room and short ceilings. Don't want people making popcorn and grabbing some pop in the back to be in front of the projector. You say manual lens shift; if the projector is not 100% center you have to manual shift it each time?

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Ok guys, any recommendation for a projector shelf (wall mount)?
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Small room and short ceilings. Don't want people making popcorn and grabbing some pop in the back to be in front of the projector. You say manual lens shift; if the projector is not 100% center you have to manual shift it each time?
The manual shift (joystick on the front of the PJ) is used during the initial setup to get the picture centered on the screen. You don't really use it after that.

If centering it is an option, I highly recommend doing it. Just make sure everyone has their refreshments before the movie starts! tongue.gif
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Hmm I'll see what I can do as far as that and get back with you.

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