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OWNERS Thread for the Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D Projector

post #1 of 4428
Thread Starter 
Was told to start an OWNERS thread, so here it is. I've only put a few hours on it so far, but I'll cut and paste my first impressions from another thread:

Have had it on for about an hour now and I'm impressed!

3D is the best I have ever seen! There is absolutely NO CROSSTALK or GHOSTING visible. Even one of the best 3D titles I own (Despicable Me) had some ghosting visible on my other Panny plasmas (especially the title), not here. Of course poorly produced 3D will still look like crap, but the good ones will REALLY look great on this projector.

In my almost completely dark "man cave", I'm using the 'cinema 1' setting, eco lamp mode, and 'light' for the 3D glasses setting. I don't think that most people will find the 'normal' or 'dark' mode to be very pleasing, at least I don't.

Set up was relatively easy, especially if you've already owned a few Panasonics like I have (the 900 and 2000). I HATE the joystick lens shift adjustment, but it should only have to be set once, and as long as you don't change the positioning of the projector, you shouldn't need to touch it again. So far, everything else that's setup related has been a joy.

Those worried about the built in 3D emitter's range will be happy to hear that (at least with my setup: approx. 17' throw to a 120" Wilsonart Designer White screen) the 3D effect is not lost even when sitting 15' back from the screen. I have the built in emitter set to 'strong' and the lens shift cover off.

Of course these are only my very first impressions, so I'll have to really give it a workout later tonight. Will check out a lot more 3D (both Blu Ray and cable) as well as 2D.

BTW, mine was delivered by FED EXP (overnight service). It came from Memphis, TN.
post #2 of 4428
Fully agree with you bro, I instantly noticed the difference in colors compared to my AE4000 anyone getting this projector hang a bucket under your chin you will Drool
post #3 of 4428
The wait till I get my hands on one next week is going to be a long one!
post #4 of 4428
Mine is ordered and I should have it mid-next week. Was wondering what folks are using for a ceiling mount? Looks like the "official" Panasonic mount is around $400!?

Also interested in what glasses people are buying? I bought the monstervision 3d glasses as I like the RF feature and not needing to worry about the IR transmitter or placement of it.
post #5 of 4428
I bought the panny glasses 3rd Gen since this is my first experience with 3d I didn't want to cut corners. Remember guys hold off buying the repeater until you get the machine...I saw no degradition of 3d all around my room
post #6 of 4428
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Originally Posted by rgrele View Post

Was told to start an OWNERS thread, so here it is.

GREAT now I know where to HANG out
post #7 of 4428
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Originally Posted by Black Banshee View Post

Mine is ordered and I should have it mid-next week. Was wondering what folks are using for a ceiling mount? Looks like the "official" Panasonic mount is around $400!?

And the IR emitter is $400+

They make it up the PROFIT selling accessories
post #8 of 4428
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

And the IR emitter is $400+

They make it up the PROFIT selling accessories

What is the IR emitter for? Thought the 3D glasses IR emitter was built in.
post #9 of 4428
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Originally Posted by kyoo View Post

What is the IR emitter for? Thought the 3D glasses IR emitter was built in.

Some Projector people have large theaters and need the EXTRA IR emitter.

The internal one only has a range of 18 feet.
post #10 of 4428
Anybody know if Panasonic are still utilising 'Smooth Screen Technology' on the 7000?
post #11 of 4428
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Originally Posted by taffman View Post

Anybody know if Panasonic are still utilising 'Smooth Screen Technology' on the 7000?

Yes. Yes, they are.
post #12 of 4428
If you look for these glasses, TY-EW3D3MPK2, the third gen Panasonic 3D glasses in a two pack, there are some awesome deals out there. Some may even wind up cheaper than third party glasses.

Tim
post #13 of 4428
Kyoo. Shoot me an email or give me a call.
post #14 of 4428
I was pretty much set on the jvc rs45 but after thinking about 240hz why would I even bother going the other way lol
post #15 of 4428
The 3D on this machine truly is incredible. Blacks look black and the image has a nice pop to it. I'm very happy and impressed with this machine.

I believe I saw that the external emitter will run about $200. I was worried I would need one, because my screen is only 0.8 gain but it's not an issue at all. The built in works just fine even at a distance of about 20 feet.
post #16 of 4428
Have run mine for about 2 hours. Initial impressions:

1. Clarity is now plasma like for say sporting events where the 4000 always looked like film even for live video.

2. Major bump in black level performance especially in things like star fields.

3. Color is much more vibrant without being over saturated.

4. Returning to 16:9 from 2:35 is very quick but about the same going the other way.

5. Lens joystick adjustment is a backwards step from 4000.

I have not yet tried 3d.
post #17 of 4428
Hopefully I can find a store or someone in ne Ohio that has one lol
post #18 of 4428
Thread Starter 
No regrets yet!

Now have 8 hours on the lamp (2 from the first time yesterday afternoon, and 6 straight hours last night.) Blacks seem to be getting better as the hours pass. I wonder if there's a certain amount of time that must pass before the lamp settles down and the blacks start to improve. Has anyone else noticed this?

Colors really pop! Watched "CAMERAMAN" Jack Cardiff (Criterion Blu Ray) with no adjustments at all, just 'cinema 1' setting right out of the box. There are some sumptuous Technicolor sequences included in this fascinating and informative documentary. I'll have to put on "THE RED SHOES" Criterion Blu Ray tomorrow night and dazzle myself!

Watched some HD cable content which included some SBS 3D which looked O.K. But Blu Ray is where this projector really shines. I perused over some of my favorite chapters from my Japanese pressing of "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" (2004) which has Dolby True HD and is an overall incredible transfer. Simply sublime!

Had to put on a few "AVATAR" chapters for a quick 3D "fix". I still can't get over how great 3D looks on this baby!

Getting late. Hope to read others opinions later today.
post #19 of 4428
Thanks for the updates an even though I am not buying my first projector until Jan I am trying to read as much as I can.

I never had a projector before and hopefully my first one will amaze me
post #20 of 4428
Have you owners seen the HW30 at BB/Magnolia ? Let me know Panny's PQ vs the Sony. How's the smooth screen technology working ? Is it very film-like like LCOS ? How about the sharpness ?
post #21 of 4428
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Originally Posted by Larryad View Post


I believe I saw that the external emitter will run about $200. I was worried I would need one, because my screen is only 0.8 gain but it's not an issue at all. The built in works just fine even at a distance of about 20 feet.

I have only seen them at $400+.

18 Feet is the claimed length. My room is 30 Ft. I'll give it a TRY without
the External emitter.

If I need one you can PM if the $200 price is real.
post #22 of 4428
Google part number ET-TRM110. However a sales rep told me that the emitters wouldn't be available until October. Make sure you need it first.
Who gave you this info? The length is 15 meters (about 49 feet)

https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro...ttrm110_sf.pdf
post #23 of 4428
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Originally Posted by Larryad View Post

Google part number ET-TRM110. However a sales rep told me that the emitters wouldn't be available until October. Make sure you need it first.
Who gave you this info? The length is 15 meters (about 49 feet)

https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro...ttrm110_sf.pdf

My Post said 18 Feet.

That is from the MANUAL.

I used Froogle versus Google.

Google did find a better price - THANKS

I still won't order it until I NEED IT.
post #24 of 4428
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

My Post said 18 Feet.

That is from the MANUAL.

I used Froogle versus Google.

Google did find a better price - THANKS

I still won't order it until I NEED IT.

The spec sheet shows the cable is about 50'
I believe the emitter range is about 18'
post #25 of 4428
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Originally Posted by WizardOfZo View Post

I believe the emitter range is about 18'

Is there anything in my POST that does not say 18 FEET
post #26 of 4428
How are you guys recharging your glasses? Did you buy a starter kit with charger or are you doing it externally? Panasonic says to use specific chargers. Thanks, I have a need to know.

Wolfie
post #27 of 4428
Charged mine yesterday from computer without any problems. 5 volts is 5 volts.
post #28 of 4428
The position of the lens, not in the middle anymore, still allows to use the same mounting position compared to the previous models, by shifting it accordingly, right?
It is not to far of now because it's not in the middle anymore?

-Roland
post #29 of 4428
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post

How are you guys recharging your glasses? Did you buy a starter kit with charger or are you doing it externally? Panasonic says to use specific chargers. Thanks, I have a need to know.

Wolfie

I've successfully used a desktop PC's USB ports for charging glasses, as well as the Panny plasma TV's USB ports. No fires or explosions so far.

Also, I have 2 pair of the gen. 2 Panny glasses, and 2 pairs of the gen. 3's. I did not notice ANY difference at all in 3D picture quality between the 2 on the PT-AE7000. But the gen. 3's ARE lighter, and feel better on my face.
post #30 of 4428
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Originally Posted by Roland Janus View Post

The position of the lens, not in the middle anymore, still allows to use the same mounting position compared to the previous models, by shifting it accordingly, right?
It is not to far of now because it's not in the middle anymore?

-Roland

Correct - also no issue using zoom memory with the offset lens, as some had speculated, which only makes sense as before with the 4000 for instance, you could adjust the lens position to center it on the screen with no issues.
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