Originally Posted by wohlstad
I don't think your statements re CINE4 is true. LPE was a specific mode which was clearly stated, producing 5400:1 and 8500:1 native depending on zoom range.
Other modes were not LPE, i.e. 4500:1 and 7400:1 in Natural. The native figures for Epson all far in excess to AE3000.http://cine4home.de/tests/projektore...TW5000Test.htm
I owned AE2000, sold it for 6500, and was very impressed by the improvements in brightness and contrast. Those were far from cosmetic.
Not sure about AE4000, but AE3000 relatively poor CR and light output in "best" modes were noted by other reviewershttp://hometheatermag.com/frontproje...lcd_projector/
This is consistent with what I observed in AE2000.
Here's a link to the Cine4home article that I got my numbers and info from:Click here for english translation using Google
I looked at your link (translated through Google) and it's also a Light Power Edition. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what I'm reading on Cine4home, but I thought they were involved in the LPE projectors, hand picking the external filters, etc. Regardless, it's not a review of a 6500. I've never seen a comparison between the U.S. model 6500 and the European LPE 5000. I suspect they are different in performance. I also might note that with Cine4home having a financial interest in the LPE projectors, some might consider the potential of a bias
Once again, I enjoy reading the Cine4home reviews and appreciate them, but I read between the lines
Anyway, perhaps I am tainted at this point too, since my AE4000 ships in a couple of days
My main interest is watching films in a lights off environment. The main feature favoring Epson over Panasonic last year, to me, was the CMS. This difference is gone now and I like the other features of the 4000 too, not to mention the price! And no stupid rebate! I don't think anyone can go too far wrong this year. As that song (sort of) goes: projectors are great, beer is good... and people are crazy