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The 5030 and X35/RS46 are discussed here all the time, but a good link to some information.
I've seen the AE8000 and the RS46 and I can say that hands down the RS46 is a very good looking projector. It is the one I would buy right now if I was in the market around $3,000. I would get it over the AE8000 or the 5030. I have seen the 5030, but not in ideal situations, so I can't say how much better than the AE8000 it is, but I can tell you that the RS46 is significantly better than the AE8000. The black levels are the real takeaway on this. It just looks amazing. So amazing that I have no idea why anyone would choose the other models other than price. But, considering the RS46/X35 is available for about $2,600, it's just way to close to give that cash up.
I've seen the RS46 on a 133" diagonal 1.4 gain screen in 3D and it was as good an image overall as any of the other 3D projectors I had seen to that point including the 5020.
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