Originally Posted by taffman
Does that mean that the AE4000 is no longer being made? If so, I do not think that Panasonic have really a replacement for it. The AR100, by all accounts is a media room projector and is too bright and has poor contrast for a dark HT room projector. The AE5000 is 3D and about $1000.00 more expensive than the original MSRP for the AE4000, so as I see it Panasonic really has nothing in their catalog to replace the AE4000.
Yes, the AE4000 is discontinued. There is no AE5000, Panasonic skipped a couple model numbers. The AE7000 is the current top of the line model with 3D, and yeah, the MSRP is $2,999. The AR1000 is a decent home theater projector, but it is more a replacement for the AX200, which was only 720p (the AR100 is 1080p). The AR100 has 2800 lumens and 50,000:1 contrast, which is decent. There's probably a few places with some stock of the AE4000 is you scour the web hard enough. Actually, I just did a Goggle shopping search and Amazon has some from 3rd party sellers starting at $2320.
I've had mine for 2 years last December and love it, it's a keeper. I have 2 projectors. I started with a AX200 to see how I'd like projection HT, and loved it so I bought the AE4000. Rather than sell the AX200 for half of what I paid for I kept it and used it for TV sports & DVD and reserved the 4k for only Blu-ray, to keep the hours down. It worked, I have only 1260 hours after 26 months. But I recently saw the deal for the Epson 8100 1080p pj closeout at $749, marked at "refurb" but comes with 2 yr. warranty on pj & bulb, so I upgraded to that and eBayed the AX200 for $450, so the upgrade only cost me $300. The AX4000 will be around my house for a long time. The PQ is outstanding, and I love the auto load memory - I prefer 2.35:1 movies lowered down to the bottom of my 16:9 screen so there's just one wide bar at the top and the movie is more at eye level, and the 4k does this automatically for me.