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post #4471 of 4828
yah sounds like a dust blob, i think i might have one on mine now also, i only see it on black screen it looks like a round greenish spot.
post #4472 of 4828
Well after nearly 2 years of enjoying my 3000, I have decided to get serious about calibration. I am using the Spears and Munsil disc that came with my Oppo BD-83SE. When I adjust contrast, I am having a hard time getting the right results between clipping and Dynamic Low range. Is this where the advanced menu comes in? Should I adjust RGB contrast, gamma etc...

ANy input would be greatly appreciated.
post #4473 of 4828
I found these two sites quite useful in figuring out calibration.

Greyscale and Colour Calibration

Color Calibration using a CMS

And the Eye One for color measurement.

I did it all before getting my Oppo, so I haven't used the S&M disk. I'll be interested in your experience with it.
post #4474 of 4828
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Originally Posted by kendo70433 View Post

I found these two sites quite useful in figuring out calibration.

Greyscale and Colour Calibration

Color Calibration using a CMS

And the Eye One for color measurement.

I did it all before getting my Oppo, so I haven't used the S&M disk. I'll be interested in your experience with it.

Kendo,
Thanks for the tip. I have heard about Eye One, but always thought it was for the pros. But with the guide you refer to, I think even I can handle it .

Will post my results using the S&M disc
post #4475 of 4828
Has anybody bought a replacement lamp from ebay for this projector, if so how much time did you get out of it? Is there any other place more reliable?

My projector keeps shutting down after 15-20mins with about 2790 hrs on the lamp with a replace lamp message.
post #4476 of 4828
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Originally Posted by kicks View Post

Has anybody bought a replacement lamp from ebay for this projector, if so how much time did you get out of it? Is there any other place more reliable?

My projector keeps shutting down after 15-20mins with about 2790 hrs on the lamp with a replace lamp message.

I just switched my original lamp for a 3000 hr official panasonic bulb from Amazon. Those knock off bulbs scare me and ultimately not worth the 50-100 dolls you save. In my opinion of course.
post #4477 of 4828
don't buy the knock offs. Yes you save about $100, but the housing built quality is iffy when compared to the original and the bulb is nowhere as bright as the original's first 800 hours.

After I did the testing (brand new Pana, 800 hours Pana, knock offs), I sold the knockoff back on eBay right away. It's like an attempt to save 25% but only getting 50% of the original performance. Or if we reverse the math, it's like paying 50% more than the original bulb.
post #4478 of 4828
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Originally Posted by David Susilo View Post

don't buy the knock offs. Yes you save about $100, but the housing built quality is iffy when compared to the original and the bulb is nowhere as bright as the original's first 800 hours.

After I did the testing (brand new Pana, 800 hours Pana, knock offs), I sold the knockoff back on eBay right away. It's like an attempt to save 25% but only getting 50% of the original performance. Or if we reverse the math, it's like paying 50% more than the original bulb.

Where else beside amazon can I buy the original? When I bought my projector there were 2 bulbs, both of them say that it's a ET-LAE 1000/ET-LAE 1000C. Is this the original bulbs? One was brand new and the other was pretty close to dead.
post #4479 of 4828
I always go to my local dealer for things like that. I almost never buy electronics online (except for the BDP-83 and Emotiva CD player)
post #4480 of 4828
I personally would stay away from non-Panasonic bulbs (lamps) as well. It is quite difficult to determine which on the market are genuine because the wording of the copy cats is carefully worded specifically to fool you:

"Genuine Panasonic PT-AE3000U replacement lamp"

[your projector is indeed a genuine Panasonic, however they never mentioned the brand of the replacement lamp, now did they?]

"Factory fresh, real deal, Panasonic projector PT-AE3000U compatible bulb, model ET-LAE1000"

[they never said the bulb was made by Panasonic, they said it was 'compatible']

Its quite possible that all of these clone companies are actually quite acceptable, but I'd rather not take chances. Even if the color temperature is spot on accurate compared to a Panasonic original, you never know if it might explode pre-maturely, and the cheaper housing fails, giving you shrapnel lodged in your LCD/polarizers/optics. Time for a new projector.

edit to add: try dealers such as the projector vendors listed across the top of this page (PP and VA). Ask specifically what brand you are buying, just to be safe.
post #4481 of 4828
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Originally Posted by m. zillch View Post

I personally would stay away from non-Panasonic bulbs (lamps) as well. It is quite difficult to determine which on the market are genuine because the wording of the copy cats is carefully worded specifically to fool you:

"Genuine Panasonic PT-AE3000U replacement lamp"

[your projector is indeed a genuine Panasonic, however they never mentioned the brand of the replacement lamp, now did they?]

"Factory fresh, real deal, Panasonic projector PT-AE3000U compatible bulb, model ET-LAE1000"

[they never said the bulb was made by Panasonic, they said it was 'compatible']

Its quite possible that all of these clone companies are actually quite acceptable, but I'd rather not take chances. Even if the color temperature is spot on accurate compared to a Panasonic original, you never know if it might explode pre-maturely, and the cheaper housing fails, giving you shrapnel lodged in your LCD/polarizers/optics. Time for a new projector.

edit to add: try dealers such as the projector vendors listed across the top of this page (PP and VA). Ask specifically what brand you are buying, just to be safe.

The picture they have on ebay for example look exactly like the bulbs I have, and the sellers have high ratings. I don't know of any local dealer for something like that in the Chicago area. Does anybody? If I can get it locally it would be best so I don't have to wait for shipping.
post #4482 of 4828
^Considering it is next to impossible to purchase the projector itself, or the newer 4000 model, at a brick and mortar store, I think you will find the lamp to be even harder to find in person. Call Panasonic, 1-800-211-PANA, to see what dealers they can recommend where you are.
post #4483 of 4828
Ditto...spend the extra money on an OEM bulb. I tried the cheap route and the bulb was 50% less bright than my OEM bulb with 2000 hours on it!
post #4484 of 4828
I bought my OEM bulb from ProVantage, at the recommendation of folks who frequent this thread. No problems to speak of ....

http://www.provantage.com/panasonic-...0~7PANP07V.htm
post #4485 of 4828
same here Provantage bulb works great
post #4486 of 4828
no difference in brightness and brightness-level-before-dimming? (original bulb tend to dip noticable after around 800 hours)
post #4487 of 4828
Do you have to reset the hour counter when you switch to a new bulb? If so how do you do that?
post #4488 of 4828
yes you'll have to and the instruction is in the manual (sorry, can't remember the exact procedure right now)
post #4489 of 4828
i have about 900 hours on lamp
i see two reddish spots about a third of a screen size in the left and right top corners, vertically about a half of a screen size.
only visible on white, gray or other bright image like light blue sky
less visible in NORMAL mode, much more in others (well, in Dynamic i dont see it)
could it be lamp or something else is wrong? anybody ever had this?
thank you
post #4490 of 4828
sounds like dust blobs
post #4491 of 4828
Arrgg...372 hours on my 1 1/2 year old 3K and I think I have my first dust blob - noticed tonight a hazy green tennis ball sized object near the right edge of the screen that is only visible in dark scenes.

Are there any steps I can try to fix it without opening up the PJ myself (shudder) - or to confirm that it is indeed a dust blob and not something else?
post #4492 of 4828
Pokeyron, sounds like the two dust blobs I have. Some have tried to blow air into the intake, others have to take it apart. I just live with it.
post #4493 of 4828
I had the same green ball and I opened it up, blew it out and now I have a smaller green spot elsewhere. But I didn't fully open it and really blow right on the sensors, that is my next step. But yes, that would likely solve your problem. It wasn't as hard as I thought. You basically pop the fake cover, remove the lamp, pop the real cover all the way off and then blow on / near the sensors with a air bulb or canned air.
post #4494 of 4828
Can't believe Panasonic still don't use sealed light path or make cleaning the lightpath free of charge if they don't want to fix this design oversight.
post #4495 of 4828
I'm seeing a discoloration near the center of my screen (projected from my PT-AE3000U) that is easily seen on blue or bluish fields. It is roughly circular, diameter a little less than half the screen height, and it is slightly to the right and below center. On a light blue field, it appears yellowish. On a darker blue field, it appears dark gray. On a white field, it appears yellowish. It is not visible on a red or green field.

It did not seem like the descriptions I have seen of dust blobs, but I was nevertheless hoping that it was a dust blob, so I used the procedure from this forum to clean dust blobs, concentrating on the blue LCD panel. I only used a hand-squeezed bulb, but I was able to get the nozzle reasonably close to the panel, so if it were dust, that should have a good chance of cleaning it. But the cleaning made no difference.

I am thinking that I may have a burnt filter in the blue light path. Possibly a burnt blue polarizer? Has anyone seen anything like what I have described? It really does look to me like something in the optical path got gradually burned.

My projector is about 2 years old now. I started noticing this problem maybe 6 months ago, but it seems worse now than when I first noticed it.
post #4496 of 4828
Guys I need help as quick as possible please. Can someone tell me the mounting hole size on the AE3000U? I can't seem to find the info anywhere and want to buy the screws for my ceiling mount by tomorrow. Thanks!
post #4497 of 4828
Since the AE3000 uses the same Panny mounts as the AE4000, I assume the screws should be the same. The AE4000 manual indicates that the screws are M4 X 0.7, with a depth of 9 mm. The manual also specifies that they be torqued at 1.25 Newton.meters, which is a shade over 10 inch.pounds. I suppose important if you don't want to overscrew your precious .

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Originally Posted by hoogs View Post

Guys I need help as quick as possible please. Can someone tell me the mounting hole size on the AE3000U? I can't seem to find the info anywhere and want to buy the screws for my ceiling mount by tomorrow. Thanks!
post #4498 of 4828
Ok thanks for the fast reply. Not sure why it's not in the AE3000U manual (unless I missed it)
post #4499 of 4828
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Originally Posted by ufotofu View Post

Since the AE3000 uses the same Panny mounts as the AE4000, I assume the screws should be the same. ...

Yes, they are the same.
post #4500 of 4828
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Originally Posted by kicks View Post

Has anybody bought a replacement lamp from ebay for this projector, if so how much time did you get out of it? Is there any other place more reliable?

My projector keeps shutting down after 15-20mins with about 2790 hrs on the lamp with a replace lamp message.

ok my ae3000 just hit 2731 hours and now it is shutting off too after a few minutes. ugh! i thought maybe it was the filter and i just cleaned it but it still shut off again.

is this thing SUPPOSED to turn off like this? my old sanyo z2 i have in the family room has over 7000 hours on the original bulb and still runs every day just fine.

the wife is freaking out as we have a bunch of relatives flying in today and the theater is our entertainment showpiece.

anyone else have this problem? im also wondering if it could be the very old UPS i have it connected to, maybe not providing enough power?

the temp light is not on and the lamp light is RED when after it shuts off
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