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qlee72, do you have your wall paint color code handy? That's a nice shade of red you have there!
post #3182 of 8492
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Originally Posted by neverfaithful View Post

Yea I will leave some extra distance just in case. I played with the left and right masking along with top and bottom masking for my screen and it does make make the picture larger, that might help you out unless your are already at maximum throw distance. Why don't you try it out.

Yeah, I'll be on it when i get home today.
post #3183 of 8492
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Originally Posted by deromax View Post

qlee72, do you have your wall paint color code handy? That's a nice shade of red you have there!

I'll let you know when I get home (I'll check the paint can); I got it at Lowes.
post #3184 of 8492
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Originally Posted by Favelle View Post

Wonder why the title of this very thread hasn't been changed then?

I guess because the 3000u's were sold at a firm $2499.. And now the 4000u's are being sold at a firm $1999.
post #3185 of 8492
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Originally Posted by qlee72 View Post

I'll let you know when I get home (I'll check the paint can); I got it at Lowes.

qlee, nice room you have there. I like the wall color too.

I'm curious about the screen and your thoughts on it. It looks like a nice screen at a good price. How wide are the black borders around it?
post #3186 of 8492
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Originally Posted by usace View Post

qlee, nice room you have there. I like the wall color too.

I'm curious about the screen and your thoughts on it. It looks like a nice screen at a good price. How wide are the black borders around it?

Overall good screens for the price. You can get extra 11% off using the promo code on the homepage. It's even cheaper if you go pick it up like myself; I think I got 15% off and another 4.76% off (but there was 5% sales tax, which I would have paid anyways if I had it shipped since I live in VA). The borders are 2.35" all around; I wish it was wider but I guess I'll be using the PJ's masking feature.
post #3187 of 8492
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Originally Posted by Favelle View Post

Wonder why the title of this very thread hasn't been changed then?

It's simply a mistake that occurred long before this PJ was even out. It probably hasn't been changed because the OP has taken it for granted that everyone reading it has read the whole thing and knows the price situation.

Have you read the thread? In the first 20 posts, you get answers to your questions, as people were quick to correct the error.
post #3188 of 8492
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Originally Posted by CT_Wiebe View Post

jsm88 -- Don't believe the ftL numbers in the PJC's Calculator sheet. They are not always correct, and sometimes not even close (they don't provide a reference to their numbers). Use the Lumen outputs in their review and calculate your own ftL:

Foot-Lamberts = PJ Lumens x Screen Gain / Screen Area (in square feet).

I found some pop-up on the calculator page that says that they assume 75% of the manufacturers number of lumens. That's way off for this pj in Color 1. Almost twice as high as it should be.
post #3189 of 8492
neverfaithful great pics and very cool setup , this is an exciting thread.

best luck to all
post #3190 of 8492
Attention Color experts: Doesn't the color of the walls cause ambient reflections in that color and affect the color balance? Isn't that why we usually try for neutral/gray/black walls?
post #3191 of 8492
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Originally Posted by qlee72 View Post

Overall good screens for the price. You can get extra 11% off using the promo code on the homepage. It's even cheaper if you go pick it up like myself; I think I got 15% off and another 4.76% off (but there was 5% sales tax, which I would have paid anyways if I had it shipped since I live in VA). The borders are 2.35" all around; I wish it was wider but I guess I'll be using the PJ's masking feature.

Hey, qlee72: I live in Northern VA also. I picked up my two screens myself from them. The savings on shipping is just great.
post #3192 of 8492
Any Canadians who purchased from one of the two well known forum sponsors would comment on their experience?

Thanks!
post #3193 of 8492
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Originally Posted by deromax View Post

Any Canadians who purchased from one of the two well known forum sponsors would comment on their experience?

Thanks!

My experience was great. But I have heard rumors they have been told by Panasonic to stop selling to those North of the Border. Go figure, dollar is at par and we pay a massive mark up.
post #3194 of 8492
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Originally Posted by bouda78 View Post

neverfaithful great pics and very cool setup , this is an exciting thread.

best luck to all

Thanks Bouda. Now if I can get some professionally calibrated setting I be set. We should all chip in via paypal, have one person have their projector calibrated and give that person the money. Any ideas?
post #3195 of 8492
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Originally Posted by deromax View Post

qlee72, do you have your wall paint color code handy? That's a nice shade of red you have there!

and usace:

I got the paint from Lowe's - Olympic Interior Latex Flat; color= C36-6 Merlot. The painters had to apply 3-4 coats to make it look uniform. I guess they didn't use a primer before they applied the paint.
post #3196 of 8492
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Originally Posted by neverfaithful View Post

Thanks Bouda. Now if I can get some professionally calibrated setting I be set. We should all chip in via paypal, have one person have their projector calibrated and give that person the money. Any ideas?

Fine, I volunteer to be the guinea pig!
Everyone's preference is different so I don't think you can go with the option. Besides, weren't the presets calibrated professionally, esp cinema1?
post #3197 of 8492
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Originally Posted by SIK View Post

Hi All,
Got my AE4000 yesterday (replacement for my Infocus 7210) and am very happy with it so far and generally echo the comments of other owners in this thread (I'm over the pond in the UK). One of my main concerns when choosing a new projector was image lag as it's a killer for gaming (and ~70% of the time of this projector will be for gaming). The 7210 was excellent in this respect (as most DLPs are) and I was nervous of switching to LCD but the Fast Frame Response option of the 4000 tempted me. Anyway, after doing some playing around with the calibration option in Rock Band 2 and the various frame response and frame creation modes I thought I'd add my findings as I don't think anyone's posted these yet and it's important for gamers.

Frame Response - Frame Creation - lag
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Fast - Off - 33ms
Normal - Off - 44ms
Normal - 1 - 84ms
Normal - 2 - 135ms
Normal - 3 - 179ms
Fast - 3 - 183ms

No real surprises there. Frame creation introduces noticeable lag and it's completely unplayable in mode3. Also note that setting Fast frame response does not override the frame creation. For gaming you need to set fast frame response and turn frame creation off, but when you do it's fine for gaming. Whether this is good enough for the uber-picky I don't know. But having played a few games of Super Stardust HD and Geo Wars 2 I noticed no difference from the lag on my 7210 so I'm a happy gamer.

Hope the gamers out there find this useful.

I found this post interesting and useful for new owners and other gamers.
post #3198 of 8492
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Originally Posted by qlee72 View Post

and usace:

I got the paint from Lowe's - Olympic Interior Latex Flat; color= C36-6 Merlot. The painters had to apply 3-4 coats to make it look uniform. I guess they didn't use a primer before they applied the paint.

Thanks. I'll have to check if this is available in Canada!
post #3199 of 8492
WOOHOO!!! Fedex dropped off a nice surprise today. I got my Panny4000 and screen today. Only downside is that I have about another weeks worth of work on my room before I can start to setup PJ and screen.
post #3200 of 8492
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Originally Posted by qlee72 View Post

Is this what 'Left and Right Masking Area' option is for - to add additional masking area (pg37 of functional instructions manual)? Also, can I use Overscan option to enlarge the image just a little bit (pg34 of functional instructions manual)?

OK, masking only works to 'shrink' the projected image w/ black/dark bars. It doesn't blacken out the space beyond the maximum range. Oh well...I guess I'll be going to fabric store to get some felt!
post #3201 of 8492
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Originally Posted by frank1940 View Post

I received my Panasonic PT-AE4000U projector on December 3rd and set it up that very same day. I have a 2.35:1 screen setup and use two Lens Memory positions to store the zoom and focus settings for both 1:85:1 and 2.35:1 pictures. Everything worked fine for the first two weeks or so. Then one evening when I switched from one aspect ratio to the other one, the picture ended up seriously out of focus. I refocused for both aspect ratios again and stored new settings. Everything was fine for a week or so, and then it happened again.

This time, I observed that the projector did not respond to the focus' commands from the remote. (Push Lens' button once.) It did respond to the zoom buttons. Then, all of a sudden, it began responding to the focus commands again. (Note, I did not physically touch the projector or the lens.) After that episode, it worked for a few more days.

It happened again on January 2nd. This time, the projector was not responding to the focus buttons when I tried to adjust the focus. Then, all of a sudden, the picture just snapped from out-of-focus to in-focus almost instantly. I decide that enough was enough.

I call the 800 number and spent 45 minutes in a queue, talking to several different people with what appeared to be a Spanish accent. Each one promising me that they would transfer me to the proper department. I was then disconnected!!!!!

I went on-line to the Website listed on the warranty sheet and found that Panasonic had a local repair facility in Parma, OH. I called them and They said they could repair it. I boxed it up and shipped it to them. No time frame given for the repair. I have called, verified they have received it and that it has been assigned to a tech.

I will post back when I get it back as to the cause of the problem.

As I promised, I am reporting back on what happened. I received my AE4000 back today. The shipping invoice stated that the 'Service Performed' was "Alignment - Mechanical". I got it back eight days after I dropped off at a UPS store. No complaints on the turn-around time.

I reinstalled it and set up the zoom and focus for both 2.35:1 and 16:9. Everything appears to work just fine.
post #3202 of 8492
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Originally Posted by qlee72 View Post

Fine, I volunteer to be the guinea pig!
Everyone's preference is different so I don't think you can go with the option. Besides, weren't the presets calibrated professionally, esp cinema1?

Oh I guess. I am sure we are all looking for film like as well as those deep rich colors like from my Pioneer plasma that make you sit back and say WOW, with your eyes like and a big . If its like $50 bucks each via paypal I am willing to try, we only need about 8 people, less money if we get more people. I didn't know that this projector was already prof. calibrated. Is that true.
post #3203 of 8492
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Originally Posted by frank1940 View Post

As I promised, I am reporting back on what happened. I received my AE4000 back today. The shipping invoice stated that the 'Service Performed' was "Alignment - Mechanical". I got it back eight days after I dropped off at a UPS store. No complaints on the turn-around time.

I reinstalled it and set up the zoom and focus for both 2.35:1 and 16:9. Everything appears to work just fine.

Congrats
post #3204 of 8492
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Originally Posted by forestmoonstudio View Post

WOOHOO!!! Fedex dropped off a nice surprise today. I got my Panny4000 and screen today. Only downside is that I have about another weeks worth of work on my room before I can start to setup PJ and screen.

Welcome to the club, your officially a member.
post #3205 of 8492
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Originally Posted by dustin7609 View Post

There is a lot to consider when deciding which aspect ratio to go with.

People will tell you "if you watch mostly movies go with 2.35". I don't think it's that simple. If you are limited by throw distance, you might be better off going with a 16:9 option. Your projector can shoot a larger 16:9 image than 2.35 from the same distance. So that's the advantage of going with 16:9.

Good point Dustin !!

Teecue
post #3206 of 8492
I bought mine from Visual Apex and had them ship it to The UPS Store in Ogdensburg and drove down to collect it. No muss. No fuss. I would order from them again.

Mike
post #3207 of 8492
When did you order and when did you receive the projector? VA has been out of stock since 12/28?
post #3208 of 8492
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Originally Posted by ewiz666 View Post

When did you order and when did you receive the projector? VA has been out of stock since 12/28?

Did you try Projector People? That is where I ordered from.
post #3209 of 8492
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Originally Posted by TheSensFan View Post

Did you try Projector People? That is where I ordered from.

I'm in Virginia, but I ordered from ProjectorPeople on 1/4 around 5pm and I received the PJ on 1/7 afternoon via UPS.
post #3210 of 8492
I also got mine from Visual Apex but if you are on the East Coast it does take 5 business days to get there since they are in Washington State I believe? They include a nice little dust cover for the projector that i've been using religiously in the hopes that I don't get any of the dreaded dust blobs (am also using the lens cap of course).
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