Originally Posted by Iusteve
Very interesting. I was contemplating this unit until the AE7K was released but I wonder now if the extra $1250.00 is REALLY worth it??!!
That obvioulsy depends on how important 3D is to you - the AE7000 has better contrast ratio and slightly better brightness, but the primary reason to go with a 7k over a 4k is it's 3D capabilities. And with no 3D TV programming and only 30 or so 3D Blu-ray titles, even if 3D is important to you, is $1250 more worth it for the maybe 10% of the viewing time you could enjoy 3D?
I have zero interest in 3D, for me something that requires special eyeglasses to see isn't real, one of the reason I enjoy High-def is because it looks so real to my eyes without any eyeglasses, etc. But I'm really happy Panasonic came out with AE7000 - that means the AE4000 will remain their top of the line 1080p 2D pj, and will retain its value well. Mine will be 2 years old this December, with under 1300 hours, and I become more pleased with it the longer I have it. (The relatively low hours on it is because I kept my AX200 720p pj and use it about 30% of the time for TV sports, DVD, and BD for which 1080p isn't that important, and save the hours on the 4k)