Originally Posted by btp
The Projector Central review certainly didn't give the impression that the HC7000 was significantly better the AE3000, aside from being very quiet and having the characteristic Mitsubishi sharpness. As for popularity, the HC7000 apparently isn't sold online at all and has a "minimum advertised price" of $3995, so it wouldn't surprise me the AE3000 would beat it in sales.
I keep hearing all this lavish praise for the Epson 6500UB. Sure wish I could see one for myself. From all I've read and seen online so far, I'd say it has the edge in PQ based on contrast, black level, and sharpness... but in a league of its own? I really need to see it to decide for myself if the Epson "secret sauce" (aka "pop and wow") is all that people say it is. No matter how good the PQ, things like stuck/dead pixels, frozen focus rings, and flawed frame interpolation features don't exactly inspire total confidence.
Well the PC review of the AE3000 is a little over the top. It almost seems like he had a stake in panny sales. I'm sure it's a nice PJ but it was indeed a "soft" picture when I saw one finally about a week ago. I'm glad I didn't get one because coming from my DLP I would've been less than thrilled.
Art had the Panny and the Epson side by side and made comments like:
"When doing the side-by-side images comparing the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB to the Panasonic PT-AE3000, I had to drop the Epson into low lamp mode, and it still appeared just a tad brighter than the Panasonic at full lamp power. That pretty much says it all"
"As you can see, the Home Cinema 6500UB has a ways to go to catch the JVC RS2, in terms of black levels. The Epson's black levels however are excellent, with only two or three projectors able to do better, and none in its price range! As you can see in the two side by side pairs below, the Epson has a very distinct advantage over the Panasonic PT-AE3000. In the second pairing, the Epson and JVC RS1 are certainly very close. There's virtually no difference between them in black levels when compared to the relatively large difference between the Home Cinema 6500UB and the PT-AE3000"
Bottom line for me is the brightness and sharpness comparisons. I am not in a light controlled room atm so having the epson be so much brighter than the Panny is a selling point for me. Also coming from DLP I'm used to very sharp images and the Epson is very sharp...AE3000 is soft in comparison. I don't like soft.
If I bought a panny and put it up, yes I'm sure I'd eventually be happy with the picture...but knowing what I now know about the lamp difference(brightness, hour life) and sharpness difference there is no comparison for me.
I went with the Epson