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Guys,

I'm still on the hunt for a new projector after having some bad luck with my BenQ W7000. After doing extensive research and talking with other members on the AVS Forums, I think my wants fall more under a DLP Projector image. One of the reasons is due to my preference of great 3D Quality with little to no ghosting or crosstalk and really smooth motion handling for movies and gaming. I'm so close to pulling the trigger on either a Panasonic PT-AE8000 or Epson 5020. It seems like the more I read about them, the more nervous I am about whether either would be the right choice.

So, I'm back in the DLP boat. After not being real impressed by the 2D pic on the W7000 I had, although really enjoying the 3d pic, I'm afraid that's the best DLP projector for under $2,500. I've also considered the Sharp Z3000 but Amazon doesn't have it in stock right now and it lacks the CFI feature that I really enjoy. I would more than likely go with the Sharp but it's $3,199 and sold from a 3rd party on Amazon. What other DLP projectors are left in this price range that are better than the W7000 I had if any?

Please note that I am throwing an image from about 16ft away to a 120" 1.1 gain screen. I absolutely have to get a vertical and horizontal lens shift adjustment.

I would really appreciate some feedback. Also, any comparisons directly between the Epson 5020 and Panasonic 8000 and how they also compared with the W7000 I had. Thanks!

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This is like the movie groundhog day... smile.gif

5020 > 8000 for 2D and 3D, I doubt you will like the softer image of smoothscreen if your used to the sharpness of the W7000. 8000 3D is not in the same league as the W7000 for crosstalk, 5020 does a very good job for a non-DLP..

5020 pixel structure is not an issue for me sitting 14 feet from the 142". There is no CFI in 3D, but the motion still looks pretty good imo.

Sharp 30K trumps the W7000 in most areas, especially perceived contrast in 3D. it was a steal at only $1799, prices have varied on the internet to ~$2500 but stock looks to be drying up. This is some of the best 3D i've seen under 10K.
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$2,400 for that Sharp...
http://www.ibuysonline.com/products.php?product=Sharp-Vision-XV%252dZ30000-1920-x-1080-DLP-Projector&gdftrk=gdfV23382_a_7c1224_a_7c4635_a_7c1394&gclid=CISju6fW2rgCFcmf4AodxzEAew

Not a bad purchase and certainly I would say that Sharp has a better overall reputation then BenQ.

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Thanks to you both. And yes Zombie, it does seem like the movie Groundhog Day smile.gif

Sorry to keep beating a dead horse with my searching. I've just decided that I need to see these projectors in person to form my own opinion and view them in my environment. I'm going with the Panasonic PT-AE8000 first because for some reason it seems like it will fit what i'm looking for other than a not so clean 3d picture.

With the darbee and video processing of my onkyo receiver, I belive I can get a nice sharp picture. I think with that combined with better brightness and black levels and gaming lag than the W7000 I had, I will HOPEFULLY enjoy this. I hope the 3D isn't as bad as I've heard because that will more than likely be a deal breaker for me.

I bought it from Amazon so I will return within 30 days if I don't like it. From there I will try the Epson 5020. If that fails me too, then I'm just gonna wait for something a little less expensive in 4k. Thanks guys!

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check the color uniformity right away on the 8000. I've only seen 2, but both had noticeable color shift across the entire grayscale. This topic was commented on by a number of members in the Panasonic thread.

imo the Sharp 30k is a better 2D and 3D projector for the same money.
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check the color uniformity right away on the 8000. I've only seen 2, but both had noticeable color shift across the entire grayscale. This topic was commented on by a number of members in the Panasonic thread.

imo the Sharp 30k is a better 2D and 3D projector for the same money.

Thanks Zombie. I'll check it out tomorrow when it gets here. What's the best way to do this? I have the Disney Wow Disc but never really checked for color uniformity.

The Sharp and Epson are next on my list if this doesn't work out. I just would really prefer to buy it from Amazon because of their no questions asked return policy. Hopefully Amazon will have the Sharp shipped and sold from them at a good price so I can try it. Do you think the Sharp is better than the Epson 5020???

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How does the Sharp 30K compare with the Sony HW50?

Pros/cons of each?

Please.

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The wow disks should have a 100% white screen and likely 30% and 80% as well. On an all white screen, does the entire screen look white or do you see various color anomalies like red or blue shifts in various areas of the screen? it's going to be more noticeable on 30% and 80% patterns. Some may not notice this, but it stands out on my high power screen.

The 5020 can out-muscle the Shark 30K for 3D lumen output. The 30K in 2D mode is a solid 950 D-65 lumens which is fairly bright compared to some other models. The 5020 torch mode can be calibrated to near D65 with ~1400 lumens which is impressive for ambient light viewing.

In terms of a 2D comparison, they both have very good overall performance. despite the wide pixel spacing on the Epson, it looks nice and sharp on my 142" HP sitting only 14 feet away which is relatively close to a screen this size.



3D on the 30K is some of the best i've seen so far. It has all the elements necessary for top shelf 3D on a budget.

here's the advantages vs. the W7000 which I still have (it's currently used at work for PC display, it still a very sharp projector)

  • Faster color wheel - this really makes a difference for those that are RBE sensitive. The 30K is noticeably better in this regard on 2D and 3D.
  • auto lens controls
  • IR 3D for best contrast i n 3D mode
  • cheap factory replacement lamps
  • Best 3D glasses - Sharp G20.. hard to explain, you just have to try them on. Very comfortable, large lenses for glasses, 2D / 3D switch for those that don't like 3D.

The W7000 is brighter in 3D than the 30K. It works fine on my 142" 2.8 HP since the projector is positioned for max gain.

let us know how you make out. You should try to see the 5020, it's a very nice projector for 2D and 3D.
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BenQ Sharp Panasonic or Epson it is hard to choose.mad.gif
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