Finally pulled the trigger and replaced my PT-AE7000U with the AE8000U. Main driver was to get brighter 3D, and ability to change Lens Zoom while in 3D (I project onto a Black Diamond 2.40:1 Screen).
My AE7000 would zoom from 1.85:1 to 2.40:1 perfectly and the focus setting for each dialed in perfectly each and every time. With the AE8000, the focus doesn't appear to be saved in the Len Memory! So when I'm focus and projecting at 1.85, and then switch to 2.40, the focus is off pretty badly. I can go back to 1.85 and the focus is dialed in perfectly again. And the reverse is true. I can project 2.40 and focus perfectly, save it to a memory position. Then recall the 1.85 Lens and the focus stays as it was at 2.35!
Anyone else experience this? I'm ready to send it back, its brand new...
ps, for those who are curious, the 2D in my opinion is better on the AE7000. I fear I'm regretting the change. My kids and I watch a lot of 3D content, but the conveniences that drove me to change are not being outweighed by the loss of picture quality on 2D and defect on LENS Memory I'm experiencing now.