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Old 05-17-2015, 08:52 PM - Thread Starter
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Projector selection help

I'm building a new home theater as a I recently moved. My previous house had a pt-as 7000u on a 118" Canada screen. I had veyr little negative to say about the set up other than the general lack of brightness when viewing 3D content. For the new house I've considered on a ~17' ft throw and 120" screen: Epson 5030ub, panny PT-8000u, and the Sony VPL-HW40ES. I Play games so I've all but written off the epson. what are everyone's thoughts on the pt-ae8000u vs the Sony VPL-HW40ES? The Sony doesn't come stock "listed" with as many lumens as my old pt-ae7000u so that had me wondering how their performances would compare.
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I think the Sony is the one to go with. The lack of any lag for games is great. The bulb is pretty damn bright too and it has 4 settings for the brightness you want for your 3D viewing. I'm about 11-12 feet from my 106" screen and i only use the 2 setting just for the boost to the colours. Plus you can go on Amazon.com and buy 4 pairs of the PS3 glasses for like $25 ($10 at Best Buy stores in Canada a pair) They aren't the comfiest of the glasses sometimes but they work, are rechargeable and again cheap as hell. The Sony just went on sale today or yesterday and i think is worth the extra cash over the Panasonic. Plus the projector produces a great picture right out of the box that i really haven't had to tinker around with to fix anything.

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The Sony is arguably the best projector under $3,000 on the market. It's on sale for $2,000 right now, and it puts out about 1,200 calibrated lumens while the Panasonic AE8000 puts out about 700-800 calibrated lumens. The Sony will be significantly brighter and should make you very happy.

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Old 05-19-2015, 07:30 PM - Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. Went with the Sony. It was on sale on Amazon for $1875 and with my Amazon card it's not a bad deal. Now to figure out how to wire everything and make it look halfway decent.
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