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post #31 of 4828
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Originally Posted by smakovits View Post

I am beginning to think this projector doesnt actually exist yet, where in the world are the screen shots?

screen shots? That only shows you that they've got a decent camera and can edit a picture. I've never understood people's fascination with something so incredibly variable. It's bad enough that 10 pj's will look slightly different, now you've got what screen, what camera, what exposure, and how much did the person edit the photo?
[/rant off i guess]

I certainly don't mind pictures of the actual unit though.
post #32 of 4828
Finally got mine! Still playing around with it. I'll post some updates later.
post #33 of 4828
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Originally Posted by jamis View Post

Finally got mine! Still playing around with it. I'll post some updates later.

Great! Now you can change your tagline
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post #35 of 4828
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Originally Posted by wnielsenbb View Post

Still not on Panasonic's web site.

Look here http://panasonic.net/avc/projector/products/ae3000/. The Panasonic Global site always has the best info.
post #36 of 4828
Thanks, Looks like no 120Hz input. 87 max on RGB. 120Hz would be awesome for shutterglasses 3D. Guess I will have to get a second AE2000.
Warren.
post #37 of 4828
Got my tracking number.....I will become a proud owner tomorrow morning!

My Marantz SR8002 arrived today......sweet.....
post #38 of 4828
The 3000 model is 2500$ or less everywhere I know.
post #39 of 4828
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Originally Posted by aquafire View Post

Here we go!!!

Picked mine up today. This machine is a work of art!!!



Whats Inside:



Back View:




NICE pix, aqua!
That thing looks beautiful but MAN, it's gonna dwarf my old hc3000!
post #40 of 4828
I, too, got mine today, replacing my ae1000u with approx. 750 hours on it. Due to daughters waking up from their nap earlier than I'd hoped, I didn't get a lot of time with it, and was only able to dial in basic picture settings for Color 1, Cinema 1, Cinema 3, and Normal with my blu-ray DVE disc. Picture looks very good with brief looks at DirecTV SD and HD, BD, and even streamed DivX files through PS3. Definitely brighter and much better black levels than my ae1000u (which is obviously to be expected), and on par with an Epson 1080ub I was looking at recently. I mostly got the 3000u for higher lumens and better black level over my 1000u, and the poor-man's CIH option was the clincher. Unfortunately I won't be able to play with that option until I get my new Carada 136" 2.35:1 Criterion screen (1.4 gain) up after my basement renovation is completed and I can move the 52" DLP out of my theater.

I'll try to get some pics tonight after the kids are asleep. Any requests for movie material, and/or picture mode (I usually use Cinema 1, but use Color 1 and Normal occasionally depending on the material and ambient light)?
post #41 of 4828
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Originally Posted by Eskimo1 View Post

screen shots? That only shows you that they've got a decent camera and can edit a picture. I've never understood people's fascination with something so incredibly variable. It's bad enough that 10 pj's will look slightly different, now you've got what screen, what camera, what exposure, and how much did the person edit the photo?
[/rant off i guess]

I certainly don't mind pictures of the actual unit though.

Screen shots do need to be taken with a grain of salt, but they are fun to look at, and can give you an idea of how the image feels. Screen shots are what I used to sell the wife on a FP. "You mean they can look that good?" "Yeah." If you took a screen shot of a VHS movie on a 25" standard def Sony TV, it's gonna look like ass.

I used to make jokes like "You got ripped off. Your 720x1280 projector is only displaying 300x500," (or whatever the posted image resolution was). Another one from back when LCD's had like negative 10 billion to 1 contrast was "Are you sure that's DLP? It looks like an LCD." Of course, my laptop monitor was LCD. Turn your monitor tint all the way red and then critique their image.

I don't get editing, that should be blatantly wrong/cheating/ridiculous. As long as the projector is the limiting factor in the equation, you can get an idea of how they look. That said, I think it's got to be tough to get an accurate picture.
post #42 of 4828
Thread Starter 
What did you guys do for tests so far? Covergence with what? How did your unit perform?
post #43 of 4828
i already posted this message over in the other AE3000 forum but figured it wouldnt hurt to get the owners opinions as well.

okay last question before i possibly pull the trigger on this unit...actually 2 questions...anyone know how loud the unit is? i cant find a db rating anywhere...and lastly i play PS3, xflop 360 and pc games and use the PS3 for blu ray...say i dont want to ever switch between 16:9 and 2:35 to 1...i can just buy a 2:35 to 1 screen and mount and leave the projector in one spot and just use 2:35 to 1 with all material correct? basically im asking if the source material isnt 2:35 to 1 native its not going to distort it correct? i dont see how it could distort since all movies arent filmed in 2:35 to 1 and as far as video games go???? (im new to 2:35 to 1 in case u cant tell) haha
post #44 of 4828
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Originally Posted by WaveyD4vey View Post

.i can just buy a 2:35 to 1 screen and mount and leave the projector in one spot and just use 2:35 to 1 with all material correct?

No, I don't believe you can do that. If you did, everything in 16:9 would have part of the picture off the screen. When using 2.35:1, you still have a 16:9 image, but the top and bottom black bars are off the screen. If something is 16:9, that would be actual image.

Anyway, there's no reason not to switch between 16:9 and 2.35:1 with this projector. You don't have to move the projector, you just hit a few buttons on the remote and it automatically zooms/unzooms
post #45 of 4828
If you leave it zoomed out to 235:1 then you will need to set the projector to zoom back for 16:9 widescreen otherwise you will have a 16:9 image overlapping your 235:1 screen...Basically, when set up right, you will have bars on the sides for 16:9 material and no bars for 235:1...Savvy?

Forgot to mention, this is one of the quietest projectors out there. I just sold my 2000U which is basically the same projector...Could not here it from 3 feet away, right behind my head while viewing movie.
post #46 of 4828
Most definitely one of the quietest projectors on the market. Heck, my 1000u that this is replacing was quiet, and this was even less noticeable (or I just wasn't paying attention as I was enjoying the picture).
post #47 of 4828
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Originally Posted by Eskimo1 View Post

screen shots? That only shows you that they've got a decent camera and can edit a picture. I've never understood people's fascination with something so incredibly variable. It's bad enough that 10 pj's will look slightly different, now you've got what screen, what camera, what exposure, and how much did the person edit the photo?
[/rant off i guess]

A very good point.
post #48 of 4828
Thread Starter 
So what picture mode are you guys using for HDTV? I just finished watching survivor out of the box on NORMAL. Even my wife said wow what a difference. (from AX-200)
post #49 of 4828
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Originally Posted by bachusTheOld View Post

A very good point.

Not really.

That same sentence has been typed in every screen shot thread since AVS was founded. True, screen shots don't tell the whole story, but they do tell a part of it and they're fun to look at.
post #50 of 4828
I'm putting mine on a 160" 2.8 gain screen. Will post some results tomorrow.
post #51 of 4828
Mine shipped today and will be here early next week.

I am setting up the dedicated theater for the first time. I have a short throw to a smaller screen 100 inch. I am a big gamer and cant handle anything any bigger than that.

Anyways I am using the onkyo 876 receiver and the Carada 100'' 1.0 Gain screen. I will be at 22FL with my short throw and around 17 FL in economy mode.

I will post pics as soon as its all setup.
post #52 of 4828
Which projector do u guys think will be better the Epson 1080ub or this PT-AE 3000U?
post #53 of 4828
UPS said mine will be there monday! I was wanting it this week, gives me some time to work on the rack and putting up the new screen! Wish me luck...
post #54 of 4828
Well nerverfaithful, if we thought that the Epson would be better we would not be posting on this page... (all in good fun...)
post #55 of 4828
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Originally Posted by fly4christ78 View Post

Well nerverfaithful, if we thought that the Epson would be better we would not be posting on this page... (all in good fun...)

lol!

Yeah, this is the new owners thread after all.
post #56 of 4828
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Originally Posted by neverfaithful View Post

Which projector do u guys think will be better the Epson 1080ub or this PT-AE 3000U?

I'll take AE3000 for 500, Alex.





Now if you asked Epson 6500UB/7500UB vs the AE3000 I'm going to go with the Epson.
post #57 of 4828
I put on 2 hrs and here is my initial criticism in order of importance:

--The black level floor is good, but not as impressive as I expected
--Brightness is borderline in Cinema1,2,3
--Slight color uniformity issue, more red on the left half of screen (hope it improves after ceiling mounting upside down)
--Sharpness is just adequate for 1080p
--Hard to tell for sure, but convergence appears only minor

PS3 BD>HDMI>AE3000 (15ft throw)>110" wide 2.35 Carada BW

FYI-I'm comparing to my Mits HD1000U 720p DLP w/800hrs
post #58 of 4828
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Originally Posted by oraclation View Post

I put on 2 hrs and here is my initial criticism in order of importance:

--The black level floor is good, but not as impressive as I expected
--Brightness is borderline in Cinema1,2,3
--Slight color uniformity issue, more red on the left half of screen (hope it improves after ceiling mounting upside down)
--Sharpness is just adequate for 1080p
--Hard to tell for sure, but convergence appears only minor

PS3 BD>HDMI>AE3000 (15ft throw)>110" wide 2.35 Carada BW

FYI-I'm comparing to my Mits HD1000U 720p DLP w/800hrs


Wow that soungs pretty negative...I guess I will see tomorrow
post #59 of 4828
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Originally Posted by logain2000 View Post

Wow that soungs pretty negative...I guess I will see tomorrow

You are better off taking your cues from the pro reviewers out there, and yeah, seeing for yourself.
post #60 of 4828
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Originally Posted by ][udson View Post

You are better off taking your cues from the pro reviewers out there, and yeah, seeing for yourself.

Now that the AE3000 is out, hopefully well get some Pro reviews soon.
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