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This will be my first legit projector purchase and I have done some of my basic research. Trying to spend under $2500 on my projector. Can someone convince me the Panny is really worth the extra $1k over the 3020? Is there another projector I am not even considering?


I hate to admit I am leaning towards the AE800 only because it has a longer throw range and I wouldn't have to install a mount. I could just set it on a bookshelf at the back of the room. But I also hate spending $1k on that convenience.

My room setup below:

Ceiling 7' 10"
Length 16' 4"
Width 12'

Screen: 100" Elite Fixed Frame Screen

No ambient light
Walls: Dark Red flat paint
Ceiling: Black flat


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I think the Epson model that competes directly with the Panasonic PT-AE8000 would be the 5020. These are certainly closer in performance and price.

See http://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/home-cinema-5020/competitors.php for a direct comparison of these models (and also against the Epson 3020).

Edit: Actually, looks like Art (from Projector Reviews) did an in depth comparison of the Panasonic PT-AE8000 and Epson 5020 here:
http://www.projectorreviews.com/projectors/pt-ae8000_vs_hc5020/index.php
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Good call thanks.
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I think the Epson model that competes directly with the Panasonic PT-AE8000 would be the 5020. These are certainly closer in performance and price.

See http://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/home-cinema-5020/competitors.php for a direct comparison of these models (and also against the Epson 3020).

Edit: Actually, looks like Art (from Projector Reviews) did an in depth comparison of the Panasonic PT-AE8000 and Epson 5020 here:
http://www.projectorreviews.com/projectors/pt-ae8000_vs_hc5020/index.php

Here is the other match-up review:

http://www.projectorcentral.com/epson_5020_vs_panasonic_ae8000.htm

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Thanks for the links guys.

Now I know this is somewhat subjective, and a matter of personal preference and willingness to spend money but what is the consensus on these $2600 models vs the $1500 models? (5020 vs 3020) Would most amateur theater users notice the difference? Is it worth the money? I know there is not a straight forward answer to this question but I am down to my last $3k for this theater setup and I am trying to decide to spend the extra money on seats or get a better projector...any advice would be awesome.
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From what I've been reading through the years, ultra high contrast projectors like the 5020 show their quality mainly only in a light controlled theater room. If your walls or ceiling are painted white or if you have light coming into the theater room at all, it will be hard to justify the additional cost of the 5020 over the 3020. Probably also, if you are new to projectors, it will be harder to appreciate the additional quality of the 5020 over the 3020, because both (and many competing models) give such impressively good pictures anyway.

Many of us would recommend a surround sound system perhaps even with multiple subwoofers before springing for the very best projector you could buy, if you don't already have one. But, in a choice between special seats vs. better projector, I'd sure recommend the better projector if you have a light controlled room.
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Thanks TrickMcKaha, very good points. I do have a decent set of speakers and sub. Lighting is not an issue since I plan to install blackout curtains over the only window. I am still a little torn but your input is helping in my decision.
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If your considering any 3d, the 5020 will add some extra features that might be worthy of consideration, as well as a THX mode and a pair of glasses.
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My bet is you'd be perfectly happy with the 3020. Just my .02.

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