Originally Posted by Dizzyboy
This will sound silly at first, but I'm looking to get a proper 3D-capable display and will either be upgrading my basement front projection setup (currently a Panasonic PT-AE2000U) or my living room large screen setup (currently a Samsung LED). If I opt for the living room upgrade, I'd be getting a 55-inch Panasonic plasma. If I upgrade the basement projector upgrade, I'd get the Panasonic AE7000.
No question, overall a front projection setup is preferable in almost every way - my basement setup will always be my main viewing room - and it's not as if I'd be watching tons and tons of 3D content either way, but for the work that I do I'd like to get the setup that will display the most accurate 3D image, bright and mostly free of crosstalk.
Can the new Panny projector emit a 3D image as strong as their top end plasmas?
If you're seriously looking for a "setup that will display the most accurate 3D image, bright and mostly free of crosstalk" hopefully you haven't already decided on the Panny 7000. There are better choices IMHO.
I have a 3D Sony 60" in my LR. I never watch 3D on it. It's too small for 3D immersion. 55" would be worse. Since you're already set up for projection, that's where you need to upgrade and leave the LR alone for regular TV 2D viewing. The Samsung is likely good enough to continue handling that job. Upgrade when it's dead or 4K is standard and get your money worth out of it.
Relegate your (3D) movie viewing to your basement. You've not mentioned anything concerning ambient lighting, screen size/gain, and other important factors in a home theater setup. Let's assume that you already have a screen and a light controlled environment. IMHO, the later is one of the most important factors in creating a home theater. Ambient light will destroy any benefit of a quality projector. Light canon's with poor blacks are great for watching the game at the local sports bar, but suck for most other applications like sci-fi movies, etc.
I have a JVC RS40 which was one of the first 3D projectors and at a great value. It still handles 2D as well as anything in it's price range really. Sadly, it's not the best at 3D. I've been spending a lot of time reading just about everything I can on 3D projectors in the under $3K street price market. There's a long, but excellent comparison shootout thread
on the subject. Long story, short is that the Epson 5010 or 6010 are very good at 3D and apparently, so is the BenQ 7000. One is LCD, the other DLP. Honorable mentions are the Sony HW30, but it costs a little more. You can always talk to any AVS Salesman about these projectors and their prices. Personally, I just opted to get an Epson for it's 3D performance and positive reviews. Look for my reviews of it after I get it in place soon.
Another option that sounds intriguing is Motorman45's Omega optically filters and passive glasses (dual PJ solution) found toward the middle of this thread
. Basically, it requires two projectors (you already have one), his filters ($349 on eBay
), an HTPC with dual output 3D video card, and two 3D-XL boxes. I would have tried this approach, but my theater isn't setup to handle stacked projectors. It's like a real theater with a small port at the back and the PJ in the room behind the theater. Plus I use an anamorphic lens with 2.35:1 screen and this Omega filter solution doesn't really work for that. Otherwise, I'd have probably gone this route instead. Passive glasses without the need for a silver screen sounds like a great way to go. You'd just need to add a second 2000U, the filters, two 3D-XL boxes, and an HTPC. Maybe a new lamp to match the two depending on your current hours. This is probably cheaper than an Epson or BenQ and likely to produce a better 3D picture too.
So, there you have it. My opinion after researching for months on the best 3D solution for under $3K. Take from this post what you will, but it's my story and I'm sticking to it. Good luck.