Originally Posted by MonkeyK
The Panasonic AE8000 is selling for $2250 + has a $350 rebate which brings it down to $1900. Does that change the equation at all?
Of course it does. But, if I have a $2,000-$3,000 budget and want the best image quality for my money, then I'm getting the Sony 40ES or the JVC RS46. The Panasonic is a great value and certainly is always worth considering, but that consideration must come with the fact that both the Epson 5030 and Sony 40ES are better all around models, and the RS46 is still the value leader for 2D movie viewing.
I think 2.35 is just silly for the vast majority of people who implement it. I think most are sold on marketing and have no idea how it is properly utilized, when to use it, or if their space is appropriate for it.
Gaming + 2.35 are opposite things. Most gaming is built on a HD source with a 1.78 aspect ratio for consoles, so it doesn't fit with a 2.35 setup at all. Almost all broadcast HDTV is 1.78 native as well. It's only movies that are all about 2.35, and on a moderate sized screen with movies as the top priority in a good room, the JVC RS46 is where I would put my money over anything else.
But, throw in gaming, larger screens, etc. then the Sony 40ES is a better model for image quality, and there is less need for a 2.35 setup as the primary viewing turns away from movie watching.
Throw in some budgetary numbers (under $2,000) and the Panasonic is a great option.