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I just pee'd a little.

Ditto! This is very exciting
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I'm going to go for an Epson 8100 but I have just changed my mind
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My budget was initially geared towards the viewsonic pro8100, then I started considering the mitsu HC3800 (have always had DLP and love the look), and now I'm trying to convince myself that I can stretch it to the AE4000.... I think I'm going to need to see a smoothscreen pj before I make the decision though. Anyone around Columbus OH have an AE3000 I could check out?
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jsm88 -- Don't believe the ftL numbers in the PJC's Calculator sheet. They are not always correct, and sometimes not even close (they don't provide a reference to their numbers). Use the Lumen outputs in their review and calculate your own ftL:

Foot-Lamberts = PJ Lumens x Screen Gain / Screen Area (in square feet).

jdoughertyiv -- Read the PJC review: http://www.projectorcentral.com/pana...tor_review.htm. The performance on their 1080p models does not effect the image sharpness as much as on their older models. The version on the AE4000 seems to provide the best of all.

I had an older Panasonic PJ and the smooth-screen worked just fine.
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It will be out later this month, probably the same week as the epson 8100:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/2009/10/pa...ng-in-october/

if the street price is acurrate, it will have a lot of people trying to pony up the extra cash over the epson.
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Just starting to appear on UK dealer's websites now. They are posting £2,399 pre order and £2,499 as 'normal' retail price once launched. Looks like you guys are getting a much better deal than we are, not that I'm in the market myself thankfully.

If you don't mind me saying...for someone who has bailed out on Panasonic models and gone to JVC, shouldn't you be frequenting the JVC threads?...I mean, you seem like a nice guy, but all you do is politely bash Panasonic and talk about how great the JVC is...It doesn't make sense... If you were not happy with the Panny product, why do you spend so much time here?...I guess I'm just curious...
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looks like panasonic is throwing down the gaunlet.pretty much puts sony jvc epson ect out of buisness.

ok.
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Man, as much as these prices entice me, i can't help but think i'd be much better off just waiting for 2010, all these "120-240Hz" talk is really meaningless to me if they don't accept an input higher than 60Hz for 3D stereo.

I'd really like one... but i know for a fact that as soon as a 3d stereo version became available i'd want to switch.
Jeratt's Avatar Jeratt
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Phew, glad I waited...won't make it much longer but glad I made it to this point.
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jsm88 -- Don't believe the ftL numbers in the PJC's Calculator sheet. They are not always correct, and sometimes not even close (they don't provide a reference to their numbers). Use the Lumen outputs in their review and calculate your own ftL:

Foot-Lamberts = PJ Lumens x Screen Gain / Screen Area (in square feet).

jdoughertyiv -- Read the PJC review: http://www.projectorcentral.com/pana...tor_review.htm. The performance on their 1080p models does not effect the image sharpness as much as on their older models. The version on the AE4000 seems to provide the best of all.

I had an older Panasonic PJ and the smooth-screen worked just fine.

I'm using the 950 lumens PJC quoted in their review in "normal" mode and a 100" 1.0 gain screen and I calculated 32.2 Foot-Lamberts. Is that correct? That seems extremely bright.
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... I'm a little taken back by this entry... I was under the impression Panasonic wasn't going to release any new models this year. I could have sworn I read that somewhere. Guess don't believe everything you read comes into play here.

This is great and all, but a bummer for me who has been agonizing over which of the new breeds to get. Finally settled on the Epson 8100 and now this contender drops in. I wonder what Sanyo's gona do now? Do they also have a new one coming too? Seems like every year the Panasonics and Sanyos battle it out...

This cycle never ends! haha... I should take the advice from a PM i got to just pic a projector and never return back here until it dies.
Robert Clark's Avatar Robert Clark
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I believe panasonic now owns Sanyo so no more "duking it out".
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I've had dlp's and lcd's..and both are good. Dlp's tend to have a noiser fan though...which usually leads me back to a nice, quiet lcd. With everything this thing offers....it's a great deal. And huge screens in smaller rooms require smoothscreen IMHO.

I'm interested to see how it fares against the Sony...
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VERY NICE! Just reached over 2700 hours on my VP4001. This will be a worthy upgrade once my Marantz hits the dust.
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VERY NICE! Just reached over 2700 hours on my VP4001. This will be a worthy upgrade once my Marantz hits the dust.

My 3+ year old Optoma HD70 only has around 600-700 hours and yet I am still itching to buy this AE4000U!!! I can't wait. For me the switch is revolving around my plans to move to a 120-135" 2.35 CIH setup and away from my 100" 16:9 setup. And I won't mind the deeper blacks.
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I just pee'd a little.

What are you, 3 yrs old.
I just came in MY pants.
benareeno's Avatar benareeno
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If someone wants out from their 3000...let me know. I like to stay along the trailing edge....
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I'm preparing myself to get very angry at Panasonic Canada's MSRP.
benareeno's Avatar benareeno
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Don't get angry, just buy it from the states.
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Don't get angry, just buy it from the states.

Thats what I am planning on doing. What are the warranty options for us Canadians who are going to be ordering this projector from the states?
nickmo's Avatar nickmo
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I just put in my preorder with projectorpeople! I almost bought the AE3000 yesterday when they dropped the price, and I thought that was a good deal. I'm so glad I waited until today!
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Did they have any confirmation of price or release date?
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anyone have any idea how big an upgrade this would be from a sanyo z2000?
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Did they have any confirmation of price or release date?

$1999 and "end of October."
ZenithPete's Avatar ZenithPete
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Looks like they read the press release......hopefully it's an accurate one. Me, I'll be looking for 1999 at least and a place where you can use bing.
MacBuster's Avatar MacBuster
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Thats what I am planning on doing. What are the warranty options for us Canadians who are going to be ordering this projector from the states?

No warranty.
Alex solomon's Avatar Alex solomon
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How bad is the dust blob issue with Panasonic PJs? Why don't they have a sealed path and avoid the issue altogether?
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No warranty.

Can we buy any kind of extended warranty from Panasonic Canada or some other warranty place? I just cant justify paying double up here.
MacBuster's Avatar MacBuster
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Can we buy any kind of extended warranty from Panasonic Canada or some other warranty place? I just cant justify paying double up here.

I've heard people talk about Mack warranties, but I know nothing about it.

I think we would be paying for shipping+duty+taxes.
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Don't get angry, just buy it from the states.

Exactly...in a few weeks, our dollar will be on par again anyways...

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