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post #331 of 3205
Yep. Waiting for that one. I see Audio General has a small discount online right now. Hoping later this week there will be some good deals going on!
post #332 of 3205
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Originally Posted by WilliamG View Post

Projector People will be having a sale (check their front page). Not sure what will be in the sale, but there will be a sale! Starting Wednesday morning at midnight (not Thursday midnight).

Thanks William for the information. I visited their site and I'm now enrolled to received information on the sale.

Thanks again and cheers!
post #333 of 3205
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Yep. Waiting for that one. I see Audio General has a small discount online right now. Hoping later this week there will be some good deals going on!

Thanks! Oh well, time to set few bookmarks on my browser to check prices during the week. This one is promising and hopefully the other re-sellers will follow this lead dropping prices even further..........wink.gif
post #334 of 3205
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Originally Posted by Kelvin1965S View Post

Are you 100% sure that your graphics car is not overscaning? I found that with my old HTPC with an ATI card it would default to 5% overscan. This was enough to make text look poor due to the rescaling. As you have connected a new display the driver may have defaulted to this 5% overscan.
If this doesn't solve it, then the different colours on the text could be caused by poor convergence, but there isn't much you can do about that on the PC apart from swop out the projector. FWIW I had this on my old AE3000 along with uniform focus across the screen, so I traded it for another make.

Nvidia only has 3 settings underscan, overscan, automatic and don't report to display. I tried all but no difference.

I thought about your convergence comment and came up with a little test, I made a screenshot of my desktop and then displayed it full screen...it looked perfectly fine, even the text. So I decided it's not a hardware problem with the projector but something between windows and the projector. I'll have to keep fiddling I guess.

In all other regards the AT6000 is an incredible projector, movies look fantastic and I have never before had so many "window"-moments while watching videos.

Only little gripe I have is that the lower left corner is drifting into red a bit, but not so much as to be distracting (only noticed it on Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D since it's black/white).
post #335 of 3205
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Originally Posted by Jaks View Post

Nvidia only has 3 settings underscan, overscan, automatic and don't report to display. I tried all but no difference.
I thought about your convergence comment and came up with a little test, I made a screenshot of my desktop and then displayed it full screen...it looked perfectly fine, even the text. So I decided it's not a hardware problem with the projector but something between windows and the projector. I'll have to keep fiddling I guess.
In all other regards the AT6000 is an incredible projector, movies look fantastic and I have never before had so many "window"-moments while watching videos.
Only little gripe I have is that the lower left corner is drifting into red a bit, but not so much as to be distracting (only noticed it on Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D since it's black/white).

Oh well it was worth a try, not having an Nvidia card I don't know what the options are. Might be worth checking that the projector's aspect is set correctly for the PC input as there are quite a few options and only one will give 1:1 pixel mapping.

Re the uniformity issue, it seems to be something that all the Panasonic AExxxx models I have owned or seen had to some degree: One friend's AE3000 was really bad but it was considered 'within tolerance' so he was stuck with it despite being pink on one side and green on the other. On snow scenes or B&W it was really obvious and spoilt his viewing. frown.gif
post #336 of 3205
Hello, is there any Panasonic pt-ae8000 owner who came from a JVC RS40 (or JVC X3) like me?
Can any of these tell me how the pt-ae8000 performs in terms of black level compared to my JVC RS40?
If black levels are equal (or better), I'm ready to jump in!
Thanks in advance! cool.gif
post #337 of 3205
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Originally Posted by GenJuro View Post

Hello, is there any Panasonic pt-ae8000 owner who came from a JVC RS40 (or JVC X3) like me?
Can any of these tell me how the pt-ae8000 performs in terms of black level compared to my JVC RS40?
If black levels are equal (or better), I'm ready to jump in!
Thanks in advance! cool.gif

Does't look like it from this review, as it seems to say that JVCs still have better blacks:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/hardware-reviews/1704056-panasonic-pt-at6000e-3d-lcd-projector-review.html
post #338 of 3205
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Originally Posted by Kelvin1965S View Post

Does't look like it from this review, as it seems to say that JVCs still have better blacks:
http://www.avforums.com/forums/hardware-reviews/1704056-panasonic-pt-at6000e-3d-lcd-projector-review.html

Yes, but since I stated that the JVC I own is a model from two years ago (RS40), I wanted to know how is pta-ae8000's black level compared to MY OLD model, from which I'm considering to upgrade, and not compared to modern JVC's. That's why my question was especially aimed to those who upgraded from JVC RS40 to pta-ae8000.
post #339 of 3205
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Yes, but since I stated that the JVC I own is a model from two years ago (RS40), I wanted to know how is pta-ae8000's black level compared to MY OLD model, from which I'm considering to upgrade, and not compared to modern JVC's. That's why my question was especially aimed to those who upgraded from JVC RS40 to pta-ae8000.

Even if someone upgraded his JVC to Panny, then it's because of better 3D or brighter image or something else... But not because of black level. YOUR OLD RS40's native contrast is about 20 000:1 and Panny's about 6-7000:1. It's not even close wink.gif
post #340 of 3205
But it doesn't mean that Panasonic ae8k has bad black level, no, it's OK.
post #341 of 3205
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Originally Posted by GenJuro View Post

Yes, but since I stated that the JVC I own is a model from two years ago (RS40), I wanted to know how is pta-ae8000's black level compared to MY OLD model, from which I'm considering to upgrade, and not compared to modern JVC's. That's why my question was especially aimed to those who upgraded from JVC RS40 to pta-ae8000.

IMHO the black level of your RS40 won't be any different to that of the newer RS45 or even the RS46. The only possible reason the newer RS46 might be a fraction better is that the brighter lamp might mean you could run with the iris clamped further down than you do now, so perhaps black level might be slightly better. They were referring to the X30 (RS45) (which won't have any better blacks than your X3/RS40) as a comparison to the AE8000 in that review as in the UK we haven't yet got the X35 anyway, so it should answer what you asked: Is the black level on the AE8000 better than the JVC? The answer was no.

IMHO it would be a sideways move at best, apart from perhaps if you find the motion blur on the RS40 effects you or perhaps that 3D might be better. I'm a 2D only viewer, so I tend to preference the projectors that are better in 2D.
post #342 of 3205
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Originally Posted by JasonSuave View Post

Are any other PT-AE8000U owners on this thread experiencing this issue? Maybe I'm just being too picky?
On several Epson's, I've seen 1-px misconvergence, which I always assumed was par for the course. Here's one particularly bad instance of misconvergence I saw on a refurbished UB8500.

I have to say, working with Panasonic support is a nightmare compared to Epson. I contacted them on Friday morning and am being told that a "manager" must look at the photos, which won't happen until Tuesday. Then, if Panasonic deems it an issue, I will have to ship the projector off to service. I'll post an update as soon as I hear from them about whether or not they'll even attempt to fix the issue.

Have you heard anything from Panasonic regarding the issue of convergence? I contacted the retailer that I bought the projector from and I am in the process of swapping mine out. Hopefully the new unit will have better convergence and not make annoying whining sound.
post #343 of 3205
I'm thinking of using a PC as an IR to RS-232 gateway to convert IR command's to discrete RS-232 commands to the projector so I can have a button on my remote (Harmony 900) that turns 3D Side by Side mode on/off and maybe changes between the 3D rendering modes. Also discrete HDMI input selection would be nice. Anybody doing this? I know Xantech (IRS232A) has a box that will do it but it's pricy. I'm planning on just using key-mapping software and have it set to activate a script or something.
post #344 of 3205
the Panasonic warranty offered is weak at best. Added to this, their repair "technicians" are suspect.
I know, I have had to deal with them on a bad 7k unit.
You would think Panasonic would step up the warranty aspect of their projectors.
I have never been a fan of dlp projectors or epson products in general.

However, i do like what i am hearing regarding their customer support.
post #345 of 3205
Anyone hear of any good deals this week for the Panasonic PT-AE8000u? I might upgrade from my 7000 if the price is right, but I can't find anything yet.
post #346 of 3205
I'm joining the club. Just ordered mine yesterday. Estimated delivery is Wednesday. Hopefully it makes it. Sure would be nice to have for Thanksgiving when the whole family is over!
post #347 of 3205
I just finished my home theater with the AE8000 and I couldn't be happier. It consists of a 120" 16:9 screen, 5.1 Klipsch reference series speakers, Denon Amp w/ HDMI switching, PS3, AppleTV, and Xbox360 (w/ MCE and HDHomeRun for live stuff). I also put in a Lutron IR controllable dimmer for the lights. I took over a bonus/recreational room for the project. I went from yellow walls to a dark greyish/graphite. First picture is a before, the rest are after. I also put up blackout shades for daytime viewing, after these pics were taken. It's really hard to capture the quality of the image of the AE8000 when you take a panorama shot because of the fixed exposure on the camera.




post #348 of 3205
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Originally Posted by blizaine View Post

I just finished my home theater with the AE8000 and I couldn't be happier. It consists of a 120" 16:9 screen, 5.1 Klipsch reference series speakers, Denon Amp w/ HDMI switching, PS3, AppleTV, and Xbox360 (w/ MCE and HDHomeRun for live stuff). I also put in a Lutron IR controllable dimmer for the lights. I took over a bonus/recreational room for the project. I went from yellow walls to a dark greyish/graphite. First picture is a before, the rest are after. I also put up blackout shades for daytime viewing, after these pics were taken. It's really hard to capture the quality of the image of the AE8000 when you take a panorama shot because of the fixed exposure on the camera.


Awesome! You're room looks great Blizaine, I painted my media room a similar color last weekend! Great Job!
post #349 of 3205
The room looks good, can you paint the ceiling it would help.
post #350 of 3205
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Originally Posted by blizaine View Post

I just finished my home theater with the AE8000 and I couldn't be happier. It consists of a 120" 16:9 screen, 5.1 Klipsch reference series speakers, Denon Amp w/ HDMI switching, PS3, AppleTV, and Xbox360 (w/ MCE and HDHomeRun for live stuff). I also put in a Lutron IR controllable dimmer for the lights. I took over a bonus/recreational room for the project. I went from yellow walls to a dark greyish/graphite. First picture is a before, the rest are after. I also put up blackout shades for daytime viewing, after these pics were taken. It's really hard to capture the quality of the image of the AE8000 when you take a panorama shot because of the fixed exposure on the camera.



Congrats on your room, you did a great job with the changes introduced to the room.

Now, I'm hoping you don't mind answering the following questions:

What is the throw distance from you projector to screen?
How does the projector performs during the day (ambient light coming from the window at the back of the room)?
How you tried watching 3D material? If yes, what is your opinion?

Thanks in advance and once again...........congrats!
post #351 of 3205
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Originally Posted by jsil View Post

The room looks good, can you paint the ceiling it would help.

I just painted my ceiling in anticipation of getting my stuff setup. Not fun ... not fun at all frown.gif
post #352 of 3205
I paid someone to paint my ceiling. smile.gif I did all the work in the basement otherwise. Framing, electrical, doors. I hired out the drywall, flooring and paint. My projector goes up tonight.

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Still lots of finishing to do, as you can see. The doorknob is now on the theater and the bolt for the double door is in. Still need to trim out the door, door casings, baseboards. Lots more I want to do in the theater, but it will be operational for the family at Thanksgiving!
post #353 of 3205
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Originally Posted by purbeast View Post

I just painted my ceiling in anticipation of getting my stuff setup. Not fun ... not fun at all frown.gif
PB....LOL. I just did the same thing two weeks ago...the walls were pretty easy, but the ceiling was NO JOKE eek.gif Just waiting to see if the ae7000\8000 goes on sale now...
post #354 of 3205
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Originally Posted by randy98mtu View Post

I paid someone to paint my ceiling. smile.gif I did all the work in the basement otherwise. Framing, electrical, doors. I hired out the drywall, flooring and paint. My projector goes up tonight.
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Still lots of finishing to do, as you can see. The doorknob is now on the theater and the bolt for the double door is in. Still need to trim out the door, door casings, baseboards. Lots more I want to do in the theater, but it will be operational for the family at Thanksgiving!
LMBO...I should have paid someone to do mine as well! Randy room looks great so far...question, what size screen are you running? Is that a 2:35?
post #355 of 3205
Thanks. It's 2.4:1. It's 132" wide and 55" tall. Go big or go home, right? I have about 8" on either side of the screen, so I couldn't have gone any bigger. If I'm unhappy with it, I can always mask it down but I couldn't stretch it if I made it smaller. That was my thinking anyway. It's a DIY spandex screen. I just stretched it last night. The projector is out for delivery today! Going to be a long day!
post #356 of 3205
blizaine,

Could you give some more information on the gray/graphite paint that you purchased. I really like that color and am thinking about painting my basement that color. Currently its a toffee color.
post #357 of 3205
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Originally Posted by JoeBoy73 View Post

PB....LOL. I just did the same thing two weeks ago...the walls were pretty easy, but the ceiling was NO JOKE eek.gif Just waiting to see if the ae7000\8000 goes on sale now...

Yea I don't know if I would trust someone else to paint over carpet though. I took extra precaution to make sure plastic covered every area and to be sure I did not rip any of the plastic (at least I hope not - taking the plastic off tonight!)

I started Saturday and put the fifth and final coat on yesterday evening. The worst part was that Monday is shoulder day at the gym, and they were fatigued prior to lifting because of painting a ceiling for probably 4 hours total over the weekend.

Then I came back from the gym and did the last coat ... not fun frown.gif
post #358 of 3205
Hi guys, I have been having a good overall experience with my 8000u. But for my PC, I seem to be having a couple issues.

I am outputting via HDMI from my AMD 6900 on an ok system (E8500 w/4gb ram). I have the display set to 1080p (1920x1080) @ 60 hz. And it seems like I have a stable image until I make changes on the screen. It is very hard to explain, but it seems like the changing element shake a bit - like when I bring a window from the background to foreground, it looks unstable for a moment. If I drag a window, the contents of text and images seems to get all warbly until I stop moving or drop it.

Also, the desktop doesn't seem to take up the entire width and height of the projected image. I have to zoom in and save a new "pc" lens memory setting. I am confused here.

Just wondering if any of you are experiencing this?

Cheers,

Hudson
post #359 of 3205
$2950 from ProjectorPeople. You won't do too much better til demand settles down.
post #360 of 3205
Your setup is almost identical to mine, except I have an Onkyo NV616 as my AVR and 7.1 setup (all Klipsch, of course!). Can't be happier! This system just totally kicks a**.
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