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post #8431 of 8492
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Originally Posted by DrA View Post

Thank you, APC Back-UPS ES 750 is a great idea. I can mount it on my pj's ceiling brackets. I should get one also for the satellite reciever to prevent lengthy restart after short blackouts.

I have an APC ES 550 in my equipment closet that I purchased just for use with the PT-AE4000. We frequently have short 1-2 second power outages and it took me about a year before I finally had one of those facepalm moments and plugged both my DirecTV DVR's into the UPS as well. No more long re-starts of the DVR's anymore. smile.gif
post #8432 of 8492
Bought one of these back in '09 been a good projector. Replaced lamp. Been fine. after 311 hours, suddenly getting very dim. Raised brightness, contrast, controls -- going from eco to normal, no change. To me, this might indicate some other problem than the new lamp.

Any ideas? Should I just be looking for a replacement?
post #8433 of 8492

^Did you replace the air filter that came with new lamp at the same time?


Edited by m. zillch - 11/2/13 at 5:57pm
post #8434 of 8492
The lamp came in a housing I replaced that unit. Did not see a filter.

Could it be the lamp if there is absolutely no change when I ran the "brightness" and "contrast" 'way up? If you think so, I can put the old ;lamp back in and see. The old lamp was brighter than the new one is right now.
post #8435 of 8492

If your new lamp didn't come with an extra air filter, as you just stated, then it wasn't a genuine Panasonic product, no matter what the vendor might have claimed. The market is awash with these and the distributers aren't completely candid about what they are selling. We also have repeated reports in this and other Panasonic pj threads that the non-Panasonic bulbs have much shorter life, brightness issues, and some say the color temperature is off too.

 

Sorry, dude, if I were you I'd buy a new bulb from Provantage or B&H Photo Video, which we know to sell the real deal [~$320 to $350 shipped], plus you get a new air filter which is a good idea to change, even if the old one seems fine.


Edited by m. zillch - 11/3/13 at 12:08am
post #8436 of 8492
You may be right about the lamp. But what if it is something else instead or as well?

I am now trying to decide if I may be better off spending another $550 - $600 and getting a new Benq W1070?
post #8437 of 8492

Yes, who knows, there may be all sorts of other things which are broken, or just about to break, on your Panasonic. It would probably be safest to throw it away and start all over with another brand, instead, rather than waste money on buying the correct bulb. Plus you get a brand new warranty too, so you won't have to worry about costly repairs.:rolleyes:


Edited by m. zillch - 11/3/13 at 7:37am
post #8438 of 8492
I thank you very much for your kind help and advice. Weirdly enough, it just started working very well!

I have a HT room that can be put in total darkness so the lesser illumination of the Panny (1600 lumens) has never really been a factor. I am also using a large Dalite Enterprise screen that is 12 feet horizontal. and a 24 foot throw from a ceiling mount.

Need to do a little more research on the latest projectors, but the BenQ W1070 does look pretty good. Not sure about the differences in picture quality

http://www.projectorcentral.com/parts_compare.cfm?pid_1=5240&pid_2=7265&pid_3=7723&pid_4=7726

My curiosity is about the difference in contrast ratio 100,000:1 with the Panny and 10,000:1 with the BenQ W1070?

Also the Panny has (3) .7"LCD and the BenQ has (1) DLP

Would all this cause a noticeable difference in what I have now?
post #8439 of 8492
Do you connect your source with HDMI or VGA? I have seen VGA cables go bad and wreck havoc with the brightness and/or colors.
post #8440 of 8492
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Originally Posted by Woolygums View Post

The lamp came in a housing I replaced that unit. Did not see a filter.

Just out of curiosity, from someone who's going to need a new lamp soon… where did you buy this new lamp that's dimming too quickly?
post #8441 of 8492
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Originally Posted by deromax View Post

Do you connect your source with HDMI or VGA? I have seen VGA cables go bad and wreck havoc with the brightness and/or colors.

I am using an HDMI, running through a Denon AVR. I may try running it straight to the PJ
post #8442 of 8492
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Originally Posted by steel_breeze View Post

Just out of curiosity, from someone who's going to need a new lamp soon… where did you buy this new lamp that's dimming too quickly?


YAY!!! Got it through Amazon. I just checked and they have a 150 day warranty! I got it on August 29, 2013. Looks like I'll get a new lamp. So glad you asked for details!!!!!!!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00843RUV2/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
post #8443 of 8492
My Panny has over 6000 hours on it now. I started to get faint horizontal bands on the display, 4 of them, perfectly evenly spaced, about 1 1/2" wide on a 106" screen. They appear to be ever so slightly darker than the surrounding area. Most evident on a white screen. Thought it might be the bulb, but I just replaced the bulb with a new Panasonic one, and the bands are still there.
I am thinking maybe some kind of dust accumulation? But I am kinda scared of just digging in there. Any advice?
post #8444 of 8492

You didn't say if the lines are slowly migrating up screen as you watch them. If they are then they are undoubtedly hum bars.

post #8445 of 8492
They are stationary.
post #8446 of 8492
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Originally Posted by DHF View Post

They are stationary.

In this particular case it was the screen.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1499544/pt-ae4000u-banding
post #8447 of 8492
Nice post response about the screen being the issue. I am answering your statement about dust and "poking around" in there. Dust blobs would not cause the description of your issue.

I cleaned my Panny 4000 several times, it is scary the first time, though it is actually quite easy and very straight forward. Just remember a little air is allot, and try not to use compressed air out of a can like you would for your computer. If you turn the can wrong and spray out anything but air you can cause some damage. You do not need much air pressure at all.

There are instructions posted out on the Web, just use "The Goog" and you should find instructions. I must say it is very refreshing after the first time you clean out the dust and turn the pj back on and the blobs are gone. Again, just take your time, it is not difficult at all.
post #8448 of 8492
Hi - Are there any direct remote control codes to select a memory preset on the AE4000? Or a quick way to do it? Since my remote (Harmony 900) does not support macros, it is a pain every time I want to easily switch between lens memory settings.

For example, in order for me to switch, I need to do the following:

1) Select DEVICES from my remote
2) Page over to the projector device and select it
3) Hit LENS control
4) Hit LENS control again
5) Scroll to desired preset
6) Hit ENTER
7) Wait for projector to zoom/focus
8) Hit BACK
9) Exit DEVICE mode (go back to current activity)

This is a lot of button presses, to recall a preset.

I would love an easier way to do this.

Thanks!
post #8449 of 8492
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Originally Posted by WannaTheater View Post

Hi - Are there any direct remote control codes to select a memory preset on the AE4000? Or a quick way to do it? Since my remote (Harmony 900) does not support macros, it is a pain every time I want to easily switch between lens memory settings.

For example, in order for me to switch, I need to do the following:

1) Select DEVICES from my remote
2) Page over to the projector device and select it
3) Hit LENS control
4) Hit LENS control again
5) Scroll to desired preset
6) Hit ENTER
7) Wait for projector to zoom/focus
8) Hit BACK
9) Exit DEVICE mode (go back to current activity)

This is a lot of button presses, to recall a preset.

I would love an easier way to do this.

Thanks!

To my knowledge, the only way to do that with direct codes is if you're controlling over rs-232. I thought all of the harmonies allowed for sequences, but sure enough, a quick search reveals that they're not supported on certain models (the 900 being one of those). With that in mind, I believe the best that you could do would be to place the projector's "lens control", "up", "down", "enter", and "exit" commands as soft keys on the touch screen, or assigned to unused physical buttons, for any activities in which you need to switch ratios. That would at least save you having to jump between device mode and your activity.
post #8450 of 8492
Thanks for responding- I have the projector buttons pushed through to soft buttons in one activity. This does allow me to not need to go to device mode, but I still need to scroll over a few screens. It seems like Panasonic could have made a more direct way to recall a preset.

Thanks again!
post #8451 of 8492
You want to do this. It Is the way this projector should have been set-up from the start. Direct one button push to most things.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1206105/panny-pt-ae4000u-over-rs232
post #8452 of 8492
Thanks Mopar- I will check it out.

The only thing I am skeptical about is the "automatic" switching part. I would prefer manual. It seems like while watching a DVD/BR, the thing would be switching all over the place (menus, previews, movie, different ARs, etc)
post #8453 of 8492
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Originally Posted by WannaTheater View Post

Thanks Mopar- I will check it out.

The only thing I am skeptical about is the "automatic" switching part. I would prefer manual. It seems like while watching a DVD/BR, the thing would be switching all over the place (menus, previews, movie, different ARs, etc)

I don't use the auto switch. Using the RS232 control one button on my Harmony will pull up any of the saved lenses memories. I just push the button for the aspect ratio I want and it loads it, no going into menus.
post #8454 of 8492
Ah- and I am an idiot. I no longer have an AE4000, I have an AE7000. My mind has been on other hobbies for the last year. But it appears this method works for that projector also.
post #8455 of 8492
Subscribing to this thread! Got PT-AE4000U with only 800 hours on it and extra new bulb. Just bought Peerless PGRS mount for it, 25' cables and 92" Elunevision screen.

Hopefully will get a chance to mount everything this week, already moved the rack with all equipment to the back of the room. Will start reading on calibration, etc, although I may just go ahead with my DVE blu-ray.
post #8456 of 8492
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Originally Posted by zhenya01 View Post

Subscribing to this thread! Got PT-AE4000U with only 800 hours on it and extra new bulb. Just bought Peerless PGRS mount for it, 25' cables and 92" Elunevision screen.

Hopefully will get a chance to mount everything this week, already moved the rack with all equipment to the back of the room. Will start reading on calibration, etc, although I may just go ahead with my DVE blu-ray.
Nice set up. Enjoy the projector. I have had mine now for 4 years and over 2500 hours now. I ran mine on Eco-mode the whole time in a dedicated Theater Room. I wish mine would have came with a replacement bulb. The price has came down alot on the bulbs now though. As time goes on you dont really see the light loss with 2500 hours on it. So I cant wait to replace it in a year or so with a new bulb to see what I have been missing. This is still one of the best projectors out there.
post #8457 of 8492
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Originally Posted by briandaniella View Post

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Originally Posted by zhenya01 View Post

Subscribing to this thread! Got PT-AE4000U with only 800 hours on it and extra new bulb. Just bought Peerless PGRS mount for it, 25' cables and 92" Elunevision screen.

Hopefully will get a chance to mount everything this week, already moved the rack with all equipment to the back of the room. Will start reading on calibration, etc, although I may just go ahead with my DVE blu-ray.
Nice set up. Enjoy the projector. I have had mine now for 4 years and over 2500 hours now. I ran mine on Eco-mode the whole time in a dedicated Theater Room. I wish mine would have came with a replacement bulb. The price has came down alot on the bulbs now though. As time goes on you dont really see the light loss with 2500 hours on it. So I cant wait to replace it in a year or so with a new bulb to see what I have been missing. This is still one of the best projectors out there.

You may want to get a new bulb now and keep the existing bulb as a backup for when the new one goes out. That way you won't have to wait for delivery on a new one. And trust me, the bulb will go out when you least want it to.
post #8458 of 8492
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Originally Posted by 73shark View Post

You may want to get a new bulb now and keep the existing bulb as a backup for when the new one goes out. That way you won't have to wait for delivery on a new one. And trust me, the bulb will go out when you least want it to.

For me, that's what previous owner did. He installed new bulb and gave me 800-hr bulb as a backup. I don't think I'll ever wear out a bulb, but who knows.
post #8459 of 8492
My Panny's been going for *ever* on the original bulb. I'm probably getting half the brightness I should be out of it, but it's been so gradual I haven't noticed. I've reset the bulb counter so many times now I've lost track. Bulb easily has 11K hours on it and still going. It's on for about 5 hours a day and sometimes more, so it's not sitting idle.
I had an issue with a fan sensor when I first got it, but after a quick fix at Panasonic, it came back and it's been running fine ever since.
I have to say I'm eyeing the 8000 and 5030ub as a replacement, mainly for 3D and the brightness increase, but for now it's still going strong.
Edited by Chorca - 2/25/14 at 10:13am
post #8460 of 8492
Oh the wait... finally received all cables and mount, so I can wire projector and mount projector and screen. And picking up a 1000VA APC UPS on Thursday - obviously don't need one of that size, but I got a really good deal, so I'll plug in the projector, modem/router and maybe even my OTA TV tuner into it rolleyes.gif
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