First indication is that this projector.... is AWESOME. Had a scare when the video would keep cutting out... turns out that it was either my cable box or receiver, and things were OK after unplugging and plugging each of them back in.
For now, I am using NORMAL mode with the lamp set for ECO. Besides turning up the sharpness a little, I have not adjusted any of the other color, contrast, or brightness settings.
As for the projector, compared to the AE3000, I can immediately say:
The good (so far):
- It's much brighter, even in ECO mode. That said, I am comparing this to a bulb with 2300+ hours on it.
- Excellent picture out of the box. Good color, good clarity...
- Much deeper blacks. I put a bit of LoTR on and those dark scenes looked fantastic.
- The Lens memory, oh yes, this is how it should have been from the start
- It is MUCH faster when switching between saved settings.
- Auto switch works perfectly (so far). I had it in 2.35 mode on a Bluray, switched to TV and it automatically adjusted to 16:9.
- You can turn off the 'Processing' box for a much cleaner transition.
- It will be interesting to see how the Batman movies are handled. That will be the true test. Between the increased speed and the lack of the processing dialog box popping up, I think it will be pretty good.
The neutral (so far):
The bad (so far):
- The frame interpolation seems more aggressive. The AE3000 has three modes, OFF/MODE1/MODE2. We used OFF for video games, MODE1 for TV and movies, and MODE2 for sports. The AE8000 has OFF/MODE1/MODE2/MODE3 and MODE1 on the AE8000 is 'smoother' than MODE1 on the AE3000. It might take a little getting used to.
- The frame adjust joystick kind of sucks. I much prefer the two dials (vertical and horizontal) on the AE3000 which were much more precise.
- The lens of the projector is offset to the side instead of centered like the AE3000. I had to do some creative adjustments to my universal mount to get it as close to centered as possible so I wouldn't have to unbolt the top ceiling mounted plate. It's not perfectly centered, but I would say that it's 'good enough'.
- Upgraditis is probably going to set in soon, requiring me to upgrade the Bluray player and/or receiver to models that support 3D. At the very least, I will need to run a high speed HDMI cable to the projector (thankfully I have my conduit) which I have already purchased.