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post #241 of 8492
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Originally Posted by thorr View Post

If you watch a lot of HDTV, then 16:9 would be the majority of the content.

This is very true...almost all HDTV is in 16:9 mode.

However...has anyone else started noticing a few shows/series are throwing in a bit wider AR? Not sure what ratio it is exactly...its not a full 2.35:1, maybe more llike 2.0:1 or something...but I've just noticed a sprinkling of shows on tv with black bars on top and bottom.

I'm not insinuating that more TV shows will go this direction, I don't think they will and really hope they don't. Just thought it was interesting.
post #242 of 8492
Totally off topic. Not really at topic at all.

But since nobody at my work cares about this kind of stuff I had to tell somebody that when I called projector people last week for the 4000 the rep. told me I was the first one on the list!

Here is hoping that these units come into the US at the end of October as planned.

Have a nice day guys from Canada.
post #243 of 8492
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Originally Posted by osofast240sx View Post

i just check out you HT wow Nice setup, you will enjoy 2.35:1 my HT it 22'x15' aprox. with 140" 2.35:1 screen im thinking about going to 150"

Nice theater! Do you notice the black bar spillover at the top/bottom of your screen (beyond the felt) with the ae3000? If so, is it distracting? Do you think flat black paint instead of your dark red on the screen wall would help?
post #244 of 8492
Just got my pre-order in yesterday with VA, hopefully I'm on the first shipment.

Can anybody suggest a good (and cheap) ceiling mount that would work with this? It's my first pj so I don't currently have one.
post #245 of 8492
There are cheap, extreamly flexible, and you can lower them to any height you want by using a piece of 3/4 " pipe (spray paint to match your decor).

http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...1VMPR1&tp=1416
post #246 of 8492
Does anyone know if ceiling mounts for the AE3000 will work for the AE4000? Thanks in advance.

Nick
post #247 of 8492
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Originally Posted by drkmater View Post

Does anyone know if ceiling mounts for the AE3000 will work for the AE4000? Thanks in advance.

Nick

I was told that any decent universal mount will work. I'm going from an AE900 to an AE4000, using a Premier PBL-UMS and the folks at Visual Apex told me that should work.

Just learned that Panasonic is offering a free additional year's warranty for any AE4000's purchased from authorized dealers from now until 12/31/2009. Nice bonus!
post #248 of 8492
"Shoot-out: 1080p Home Theater Projectors", interesting read at PJC. They compared the AE4000 with the following 1080p PJs.

* BenQ W6000
* Epson Home Cinema 8100
* Mitsubishi HC6800
* Samsung A900
* Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW15
post #249 of 8492
Where is the shootout article? When I click on it, all I see is a paragraph stating that a shootout of the new PJ's took place? Am I missing something?
post #250 of 8492
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Originally Posted by Maestro J View Post

Where is the shootout article? When I click on it, all I see is a paragraph stating that a shootout of the new PJ's took place? Am I missing something?

http://www.projectorcentral.com/1080p_shootout_2009.htm
post #251 of 8492
Very interesting. I'd like to see some more objective reviews of the 4000 before I make my decision on whether to upgrade from a 3000.
post #252 of 8492
Guys, have a dilemma here, I am getting ready to order the Panasonic V10 for my HT and now for my second display, I am really looking at ordering this projector for movie night. My question is, is there any solution available to have two of the same manufacturer display technologies not work off the same IR frequency?
post #253 of 8492
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Originally Posted by marshman View Post

Guys, have a dilemma here, I am getting ready to order the Panasonic V10 for my HT and now for my second display, I am really looking at ordering this projector for movie night. My question is, is there any solution available to have two of the same manufacturer display technologies not work off the same IR frequency?

There are solutions but you may not need one. I would be surprised if Panasonic is using the same IR codes in the V10 series of plasmas as the AT 4000.

Why not contact Panasonic support and ask.

Joe
post #254 of 8492
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Originally Posted by Alex solomon View Post

"Shoot-out: 1080p Home Theater Projectors", interesting read at PJC. They compared the AE4000 with the following 1080p PJs.

* BenQ W6000
* Epson Home Cinema 8100
* Mitsubishi HC6800
* Samsung A900
* Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW15

Thanks Alex,

It was an interesting read. The Samsung unit took a beating on the price vs. value issue. Ouch. I was not even aware that Samsung was a big player in the HT pj market.

The review's conclusions seem clear. Panasonic and Epson have created confusion on price point. Consumers will benefit. The BenQ 6000 is still a consideration for my purposes but the AT 4000 is looking better.

Joe
post #255 of 8492
This is a cool peek at the projector also...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUnG1yCE8vs
post #256 of 8492
Hmm. I am still puzzled by why Panasonic cannot show a video demonstration of the Lens Memory w/Auto Switch feature of this projector on these video presentations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUnG1yCE8vs

The man in the video talks about the feature, but the "demo" of it is simply the external camera, the one they used to record the "demo" for YouTube, zooming in and out on a fixed screen displaying Casino Royale in 2.35:1. In other words, it isn't demontrating the Lens Memory w/Auto Switch feature at all, it's demonstrating how well the camera they used to create the YouTube clip zooms in and out on its subject.

Strange. Very strange.

Is it possible Panasonic doesn't really understand how this feature works or what it's supposed to do?
post #257 of 8492
This one here shows the Auto function:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QON8OdvLV5k

According to the video, it takes about 5-6 seconds.
post #258 of 8492
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Originally Posted by marshman View Post

Guys, have a dilemma here, I am getting ready to order the Panasonic V10 for my HT and now for my second display, I am really looking at ordering this projector for movie night. My question is, is there any solution available to have two of the same manufacturer display technologies not work off the same IR frequency?

Maybe you can use Viera link and one remote control.
post #259 of 8492
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Originally Posted by zeroskill View Post

This one here shows the Auto function:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QON8OdvLV5k

According to the video, it takes about 5-6 seconds.

CR@P! Why does it have to say "Processing..." while it does it. Talk about distracting! I hope there is a way to turn that off.
post #260 of 8492
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Originally Posted by thorr View Post

CR@P! Why does it have to say "Processing..." while it does it. Talk about distracting! I hope there is a way to turn that off.

From what I've read. so far, it can't be disabled .
post #261 of 8492
That is a pretty impressive feature. I am looking to upgrade to the 4000 from my older IF 4805 (loved it by the way) and a 16x9 screen. This has started to get me thinking if I should upgrade my screen as well. I don't mind the cost involved. My viewing is split down the middle from HD TV to movies (DVD and BR).

What screen size would best suit the 4000?



Cheers!
post #262 of 8492
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Originally Posted by TheSensFan View Post

What screen size would best suit the 4000?

Cheers!

Depends how much brightness you need (and if you have to run in a color calibrated mode). I'm running a 3000 (which is dimmer than the 4000) at 96" wide and it's plenty bright for me. Others are running the 3000 at 10', even 12' wide and are satisfied with the brightness (they are using it in dark, light controlled theater rooms).

I'd say up to 10 ft wide should be safe.

If you're going to upgrade screens, are you also considering a 2.35 CIH screen? If you're not familiar with CIH, there's a lot of good info in the CIH chat section of this forum.
post #263 of 8492
i try so hard but there is something about 2.35 CIH that i just dont understand???? maybe i'm retarded but gosh....it's very confusing.
post #264 of 8492
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CR@P! Why does it have to say "Processing..." while it does it. Talk about distracting! I hope there is a way to turn that off.

It's for a few seconds and then you're done...I don't see what the big deal is?
post #265 of 8492
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Originally Posted by Kimwyn View Post

i try so hard but there is something about 2.35 CIH that i just dont understand???? maybe i'm retarded but gosh....it's very confusing.

Consider how you watch 4:3 material on a 16:9 flat panel. That's CIH.

Now replace 4:3 with 16:9, and 16:9 with 2.35. Now you have 2.35 CIH.
post #266 of 8492
You know it might only say 'processing' on the pre-production model.
post #267 of 8492
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Originally Posted by DrewB View Post

It's for a few seconds and then you're done...I don't see what the big deal is?

It's actually annoying even though it is only a few seconds. They could at least take out that "Processing..." onscreen notice out. I think that 100% of the people would rather not see that notice.
post #268 of 8492
Total light controlled home theatre room. Screen size is 96" (16x9) but have plenty of room to go bigger. Hence the reason I started to wonder if I should change the screen size to 2.35.

Brings me back to the Auto function. If I can use install a 2.35 screen and use the auto function for 16x9 material without looking quality it is a win/win.
post #269 of 8492
I really like this projector, the zoom in and out of different aspect ratio is a very nice feature, i would love to have 2.35 screen on my wall. Maybe when i do my next upgrade other manufactures will follow and duplicate that feature.
post #270 of 8492
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Originally Posted by DrewB View Post

It's for a few seconds and then you're done...I don't see what the big deal is?

I could see it being a problem on a movie like The Dark Knight but not really that big of a deal.
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