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In the next day or so I will be ordering one of the listed projectors.

Panasonic AE8000u

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Epson 5020ub

Any recommendations? Is one much better than the other. It will be projected onto a 92" screen in a dark room.

Any help would be great.
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You should be posting this question in the Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3000+ USD MSRP Forum where the owner threads actually reside.

http://www.avsforum.com/f/24/digital-hi-end-projectors-3-000-usd-msrp

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Why? Both are below $3000.
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Why? Both are below $3000.

Let me correct myself. The MSRP of the Epson 5020UB is $2600 so the owner's thread is in this forum although it is also discussed in the $3000+ forum. However the MSRP of the Panasonic PT-AE8000U is $3500. And yes, the street prices are below $3000 for both projectors.

If you are interested in 'shoot-out' reviews between these two projectors I suggest:

Projector Central:

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

Projector Reviews:

http://www.projectorreviews.com/projectors/pt-ae8000_vs_hc5020/index.php
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Both projectors are similar in brightness and throw distances. Without knowing the dimensions of your room if one will work the other will probably work as well. I went with the panasonic because im using a treated wall as a screen and the panny has an auto detect feature that changes the aspect ratio and size of the picture according to what is on. Its my favorite feature as its very cool to put in a blu ray and have my image expand to 155' 2.35:1. It also has less lag time than the epson if u r a gamer. That being said the pannys have been known for color uniformity issues and varying degrees of sharpness throughout the picture. The epson has manual lens shift but as I understand is generally considered sharper and more uniform in its color. And also the ube model has wireless hd if running ables is a hassle. Hope this helps. Happy hunting
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I am in the same boat. I am going to be going 3D finally and am picking either a panny or something else in the same price range. I am sick and tired of the damn color and sharpness issues with my previous 2 pannys and am more than likely going to get the Epson.
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Sharpness, Brightness, Black Levels, 3D performance: 5020.
Better FI (motion etc): AE8000.

I'd pick 5020 over AE8000.
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Amazon is selling a brand new jvc x35 for $2,750. Why not go for that? Jvc is pretty much the creme de la creme when it comes to black level. It is better than both.

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Amazon is selling a brand new jvc x35 for $2,750. Why not go for that? Jvc is pretty much the creme de la creme when it comes to black level. It is better than both.

There are more variables than black level when choosing a projector.
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