Originally Posted by JamesN
- No MSRP yet that I've heard. I would expect it to be around what the 7000 was at time of release, which was about $3200 USD, but discounted to around $2800 USD by most retailers. No release date either, but "late September" has been rumored. I don't see anyone taking pre-orders yet, so I wouldn't be surprised to see that date slide.
- Retail on the 7000 is already down. Based on what happened with the 4000 when the 7000 came out, I wouldn't expect it to drop much further. However, you should see a bunch of used 7000s around from those who upgrade.
- AFAIK, the lamp and cooling engine are the only major component overhauls on the new model. I would NOT expect input lag to change for the worse.
Thanks for the reply.
One of the things I have read about the AE7000U is that when watching 3D it is kind of darker. Now I haven't seen this myself yet but I am going to be sampling one in the near future. Since the 8000 is spec'ed at being 400 lumens more, should that mean that the 3D picture is going to be brighter in the 8000?
One thing that I dislike in general about 3D movies in the theatre is how the color is darker than regular 2D pics, which is a reason I see most movies in 2D in the theater. Granted, if I had 3D at home I'm sure I'd watch it though.
Also, when you say the 7000 price is already down, do you mean around the $2500 price? That is about the range I'm seeing it for right now. So if the 8000 has a tad extra features and is $300 more, I may end up going with that, as long as the input lag is not worse.
Are there any chain B&M stores that sell these Panasonic projectors that let you sample them? The only store I've been to locally to sample some stuff doesn't carry Panasonic, and it's not a chain store either.