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post #3601 of 3926
Has anyone here seen any difference with the DETAIL CLARITY setting?
I was swapping back and forth and I couldnt tell any difference in detail.
The only thing I think I noticed and my mind may have been playing tricks is motion looked a tad smoother when the setting was OFF.
What are you guys using?
post #3602 of 3926
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Originally Posted by FoSheezy View Post

Has anyone here seen any difference with the DETAIL CLARITY setting?
I was swapping back and forth and I couldnt tell any difference in detail.
The only thing I think I noticed and my mind may have been playing tricks is motion looked a tad smoother when the setting was OFF.
What are you guys using?

The Detail Clarity setting is an advanced selective sharpening filter. I recommend leaving it off.
post #3603 of 3926
So what's the general consensus on the brightness flickering? I ran the lamp in Eco mode when I first got it. It flickered for a while around a couple hundred hours but it went away when it put it in normal mode. Now I'm at 1200 hours or so and the flickering is back, worse than ever, and not going away.

Time for a new lamp?
post #3604 of 3926
Did you try changing modes again? I had to do that cycle a few times with my old projector.
Warren.
post #3605 of 3926
Yeah, I'm running it in eco-mode now... Maybe 10 hours in. I'm seeing less flicker, but it's still there. I'll give it another 20-40 hours to see if it settles down, If not I guess a new bulb is in order.
post #3606 of 3926
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Originally Posted by Philnick View Post

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One major advantage of switching video inputs at the projector instead of through the amplifier is that each of the projector's inputs can be independently calibrated. "Compromise" calibration isn't necessary!
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You can calibrate each source and save the settings to memory and recall them as needed. No compromise necessary and one cable.
post #3607 of 3926
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Originally Posted by Philnick View Post

After being disabused of my belief that Cinema 1 was the preset that matched movie industry standards - that's actually Color 1 - I've switched over to Color 1.

The improvement in the blacks was significant, and after calibrating it for brightness and contrast with DVE and tweaking the simple Color control to make Red more uniform (which meant not cutting the color control but boosting it in my setup) I looked at all of my Blu-ray disks - it's a very nice setting.

Next, I'll use Avia to recalibrate the input coming from my upconverting DVD player under Color 1 as well.

One major advantage of switching video inputs at the projector instead of through the amplifier is that each of the projector's inputs can be independently calibrated. "Compromise" calibration isn't necessary!

I'm running my AE2000U about 13 feet back from the screenwall, set to maximum size (about 130" diagonal in 16:9). My screen is the drywall with a primer coat of ordinary flat white latex interior house paint and a single topcoat of Cream&Sugar (1 part Craft Smart Metallic Silver (from Michael's arts and crafts stores) to 2 parts Sherwin Williams Luminous White flat latex) applied with a 1/4" nap roller. It's a 5% (or less) grey screen (nearly white) that has very even color reflectivity.

The image is nice and bright, looks great from all angles, and there's no hot-spotting. I use the Economy setting for the lamp to save on bulb life and electricity, particularly since I don't see any difference when I toggle over to Normal.

-Phil

About a week ago I found - in going through my Panasonic BD50's menus after doing a firmware upgrade - a play setting called "Fine" which was slightly sharper and also brighter with more contrast. In re-calibrating with DVE, I put Color back to 0 but tapped Tint over to +5.

The demo images looked so true to life that I was concerned that the color was too realistic - i.e., not the "better than real life" that we expect from the movies.

Not to worry. I put on "Hairspray" and the colors were brilliant - particularly in the scenes set in the studio where "The Corny Collins Show" was broadcast (in living B&W - a bit of a joke, I'm sure).

Conclusion: The level of color saturation should be up to the director and cinematographer. Our job is to provide a faithful rendition of whatever their vision was.
post #3608 of 3926
Guys,
My 3mo. old 2000 turns on for about 10 seconds and then shut off! After that, it won't respond to on commands from either the remote or side switch Has anyone experienced this? Needless to say, I'm bummed out and Psonic is getting a call tomorrow morning
post #3609 of 3926
Hi ! I had just received my new AE2000U. I had connected to my thinkpad T61 using the analag monitor output to start with (until I get my blue ray player ) . Two questions:
1) I see only 1280 x 1024 is supported. I had tried an 1920 x 1080 output but it does not show anything on the screen. Just the blue screen with the "computer in" symbol on the screen. Is this normal ? I also see that 1400 x 1050 is supported but it starts flickering a bit. Is this normal ?? Also I see the projector scales automatically the image.

2) This one is more serious: I am displaying a completely white image to test the colors, and I see a complete "reddish" area to the far right of the image. Nothing terrible, but it is there ! Any hint ???

Thanks, and yes, I did not read the manual of course.

Regards
Andres
post #3610 of 3926
I have tvix 5100 but i have a small problem. On my samsung m86 the tvix displays a perfect picture but when i play it on my projector panasonic pta-2000 it does not display the whole picture, it cuts a little bit of the picture on the left side. I have tried all the resolutions and nothing works... please help me
post #3611 of 3926
Andres, It could be your computers connection. Try the built in test patterns. Make sure your 1920x1080 is at 60Hz. Update your video drivers first.

menks, check that the projector isn't in Zoom mode. I have done that before.

Warren.
post #3612 of 3926
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Originally Posted by wnielsenbb View Post

Andres, It could be your computers connection. Try the built in test patterns. Make sure your 1920x1080 is at 60Hz. Update your video drivers first.

menks, check that the projector isn't in Zoom mode. I have done that before.

Warren.

Nope was not that..
post #3613 of 3926
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Originally Posted by dagotto View Post

Hi ! I had just received my new AE2000U. I had connected to my thinkpad T61 using the analag monitor output to start with (until I get my blue ray player ) . Two questions:
1) I see only 1280 x 1024 is supported. I had tried an 1920 x 1080 output but it does not show anything on the screen. Just the blue screen with the "computer in" symbol on the screen. Is this normal ? I also see that 1400 x 1050 is supported but it starts flickering a bit. Is this normal ?? Also I see the projector scales automatically the image.

2) This one is more serious: I am displaying a completely white image to test the colors, and I see a complete "reddish" area to the far right of the image. Nothing terrible, but it is there ! Any hint ???

Thanks, and yes, I did not read the manual of course.

Regards
Andres

Are you connecting it via VGA? If so it's possible the projector may not have been designed to accept 1080p through the VGA input...
post #3614 of 3926
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Originally Posted by xamphear View Post

Yeah, I'm running it in eco-mode now... Maybe 10 hours in. I'm seeing less flicker, but it's still there. I'll give it another 20-40 hours to see if it settles down, If not I guess a new bulb is in order.

Mine just started to flicker this weekend. 721 hours on the lamp. at first I though it was a source issue coming from my component sources but after checking it out across the board, it's pretty universal. I've tried switching from normal->cinema->color, I've tried going from eco->normal, I've tried turning dynamic iris on->off. I've even tried reverting to the HDMI level "normal" instead of "expanded" thinking that maybe that did it.

Nothing. well not nothing, I guess maybe it stops for a second after the switch but it starts back up again pretty quickly.

This, on top of the fact that within a month of getting it back from a cleaning I now have two MUCH BRIGHTER dust blobs than the two they cleaned, has really begun to sour me on this projector.

I was so excited when I got it but now it does nothing but frustrate me. and frankly, it's a spit in the face that I have to pay $100 to ship it in for maintenance whenever I need something fixed. what's the point of having an extended warranty if it's gonna cost me $2-300 a year in shipping just to maintain it? I'm honestly not even sure what to do at this point. I've spent over $4000 between the projector and the 4-year warranty, and ceiling mount (not to mention what I spent on the room/screen/lens, etc) and I really just want to sell it and get something else but I'll probably lose at least $2000 of that if I sell and it was hard enough convincing my wife to let me send the money on this already.

it's totally ludicrous that I need to "mod" my projector with an external filter to keep dust out. I'll probably get on the phone this week and send it in again but after this time, I'm totally lost as to what to do. It kills me to sink more money into it at this point but what choice would I have?

sorry to rant, I'm just really annoyed right now because I'm having a movie night tonight and will have to suffer through this obnoxious blinking.
post #3615 of 3926
I have open my pj to clean two dust blob. which was done easily . i had to remove the board to get access to the prism. I closed the unit, turn it on . instead of having solid black , the pj now display redish black. I re-open the pj to check the connector. they are all plug properly. Anyone had this experience ?

This is my second pt-ae2000. the first one was serviced to remove dust blob. The work was perform by a certified technician and it came back with no dust blob but with the same issue mentionned above. (the pj was not able to display perfect black as it use to be before repair)
post #3616 of 3926
I've got a three month-old AE2000 which I mounted right-side up on wire-frame shelving to avoid the "sliding filters" issue. It's a few feet down from the ceiling (so the image can duck under a lower section of ceiling between it and the screen) and about a foot away from the back wall. I've never gotten around to putting filters over the air intakes, but I've seen no dust blobs or flickering yet. I run it in Color 1 on the "Economy" setting, since I've seen no difference in brightness between Economy and Normal.

I've been wondering why I've been lucky on the dust blob and flicker issues.

My theater is a 15'x15' basement room with an air conditioner mounted through the drywall near the screen to cool the room when it gets too hot from the equipment. It's not a general living area: while there's a microwave in the room which I used to make popcorn with, I haven't done that for a long time (at least a year) since I'm trying to lose weight. I do sometimes bring a sub or pizza down there.

Could the problem be related to particulate matter folks have been putting into the air? Do any of the folks who've had dust blobs smoke in their theaters? I suspect that tobacco smoke might be able to get past all but the finest-grained air filters - which might themselves cause problems by restricting air flow too much (one of the reasons I've been slow to put an air filter on my PJ).

Another possible source of problems might be heat from lack of air circulation (this would relate more to the flicker issue). While Panasonic's manual for the PJ calls for not letting anything come within a foot or so of its air intakes, they sell a ceiling mount that puts it considerably closer to the ceiling than that. So question two is whether anyone who's been having problems is using a ceiling mount or has put it somewhere that restricts air flow.

I hope I haven't stepped into it with this post, but I'm really curious about this.

-Phil
post #3617 of 3926
I suspect that dust blob come from particules from suspended ceiling. Subwoofer can move the ceiling tiles, so particules can drop into the room. But anyway the air filter should be able to catch it. Obviously the PT-AE2000 filter is not very efficient.

By the way i have an air filter system in my basement
I do not smoke,so i do not think dust blob come from that.
post #3618 of 3926
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Originally Posted by lateralis View Post

Mine just started to flicker this weekend. 721 hours on the lamp. at first I though it was a source issue coming from my component sources but after checking it out across the board, it's pretty universal. I've tried switching from normal->cinema->color, I've tried going from eco->normal, I've tried turning dynamic iris on->off. I've even tried reverting to the HDMI level "normal" instead of "expanded" thinking that maybe that did it.

Nothing. well not nothing, I guess maybe it stops for a second after the switch but it starts back up again pretty quickly.

This, on top of the fact that within a month of getting it back from a cleaning I now have two MUCH BRIGHTER dust blobs than the two they cleaned, has really begun to sour me on this projector.

I was so excited when I got it but now it does nothing but frustrate me. and frankly, it's a spit in the face that I have to pay $100 to ship it in for maintenance whenever I need something fixed. what's the point of having an extended warranty if it's gonna cost me $2-300 a year in shipping just to maintain it? I'm honestly not even sure what to do at this point. I've spent over $4000 between the projector and the 4-year warranty, and ceiling mount (not to mention what I spent on the room/screen/lens, etc) and I really just want to sell it and get something else but I'll probably lose at least $2000 of that if I sell and it was hard enough convincing my wife to let me send the money on this already.

it's totally ludicrous that I need to "mod" my projector with an external filter to keep dust out. I'll probably get on the phone this week and send it in again but after this time, I'm totally lost as to what to do. It kills me to sink more money into it at this point but what choice would I have?

sorry to rant, I'm just really annoyed right now because I'm having a movie night tonight and will have to suffer through this obnoxious blinking.

Man I had no idea that the AE2000 guys got that flickering light issue, I thought it was only the 720p projectors. I feel for ya, I'd be very angry. When you spend that kind of money you expect a certain amount of reliabilty, and clearly its not there. I'd cause some hell with them, and see about getting another unit, mnaybe refurbished because the problems will probably never go away.

I've been staying clear of panny for the dust blob and flickering issues. Even if you lose money on selling the unit, your still better off because you can still recoup some of the money.

It doesn't sound like they have a good warranty policy, you'd be better off with another brand like Epson, who pay for shipping. I was personaly looking at the Sanyo since they include that little air squeezer to get rid of blobs, from the sounds of it, they can be a real hassle when they show up.
post #3619 of 3926
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Originally Posted by fparadis View Post

I suspect that dust blob come from particules from suspended ceiling. Subwoofer can move the ceiling tiles, so particules can drop into the room. But anyway the air filter should be able to catch it. Obviously the PT-AE2000 filter is not very efficient.

By the way i have an air filter system in my basement
I do not smoke,so i do not think dust blob come from that.

Aha! My ceiling - like the walls - is painted drywall! Maybe that helps explain it.

At the cost of less efficient sound-absorption, you could paint the ceiling tiles to seal them.

-Phil
post #3620 of 3926
I think it might be certain projectors. I did a very fast pathetic job doing drywall in my HT room and powersanded the joint compound. I put up my 2000 while dust was still in the air. It now has a thick coat of dust on top of the projector. I am kinda scared to clean it. But I have NO dust blobs. Over 1000 hours now, and I have never cleaned the filter either.
Warren.
post #3621 of 3926
Watching a show tonight and picture went black on the projector. The lamp light was flashing red. Page 42 of the manual provides some troubleshooting. Status remains the same.

I have sent an email to the place where I purchased it from. It will still be under warranty, but I will be on the hook to ship from Canada to US.

I guess they can fix my dust blobs at the same time. Disappointing and hope once fixed I won't have any future problems.

It has only been down for a few hours. Having withdrawals already
post #3622 of 3926
I want to calibrate my Panny 2000. Where do I find a good DVD or Blu DVD to do that? I want to use some of the calibration numbers I see some ppl posted but it requires me to analyze a red/blue/green and change its calibrations

Thanks.
post #3623 of 3926
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Originally Posted by Cnd Joe View Post

I want to calibrate my Panny 2000. Where do I find a good DVD or Blu DVD to do that? I want to use some of the calibration numbers I see some ppl posted but it requires me to analyze a red/blue/green and change its calibrations

Thanks.

Get the Blu-ray version of Digital Video Essentials. Its gray scales are quite innovative, turning the scales inside out to put the ends of the scales in the middle of the screen, and it gives you a card (essentially a large cardboard slide-mount) with Red, Blue and Green filters to look through and good color-adjustment screens.

When I had finished tweaking my Color 1 setting, I looked at the demo samples and became concerned that the image was too realistically photographic and not "exciting" enough - a concern that was quickly dispelled by putting on Hairspray, and looking at the highly colorful scenes on the Corny Collins show!

Unfortunately, DVE's audio calibration section doesn't provide a discrete .1 channel test signal, instead testing the subwoofer only through low frequencies in the main channels, redirected via bass management - which is fine if your main speakers are satellites, but useless if they're full-range speakers set in your amplifier or disk player as "Large" - so that no bass is redirected to the subwoofer!
post #3624 of 3926
has anyone purchase a replacement bulb for the AE2000? if so, how much
did it cost?

my AE2000 now has 1963 hours on the original bulb. (blame the baseball
fans in the family )

I'm a little confused right now... is the lamp rated 2000 or 3000 hours?
will the projector just shut down at 2000 hours?(or 3000 hours)

thanks!
post #3625 of 3926
What is the best way of cleaning dust particles off the lens? I try to cover mine with the lens cover as much as I can but I tend to forget sometimes and leave it uncovered. What do you all use to clean your lens?
post #3626 of 3926
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Originally Posted by Chuck1906 View Post

What is the best way of cleaning dust particles off the lens? I try to cover mine with the lens cover as much as I can but I tend to forget sometimes and leave it uncovered. What do you all use to clean your lens?

I use either a camera lens brush or a microfiber cloth. Whichever one is less likely to move the unit.
post #3627 of 3926
Never used the lens cover. Never cleaned the lens. That dust doesn't affect the image. Moving the lens putting the cover on and off all the time will though.
Warren.
post #3628 of 3926
Quote:
Originally Posted by lateralis View Post

Mine just started to flicker this weekend. 721 hours on the lamp. at first I though it was a source issue coming from my component sources but after checking it out across the board, it's pretty universal. I've tried switching from normal->cinema->color, I've tried going from eco->normal, I've tried turning dynamic iris on->off. I've even tried reverting to the HDMI level "normal" instead of "expanded" thinking that maybe that did it.

Nothing. well not nothing, I guess maybe it stops for a second after the switch but it starts back up again pretty quickly.

This, on top of the fact that within a month of getting it back from a cleaning I now have two MUCH BRIGHTER dust blobs than the two they cleaned, has really begun to sour me on this projector.

I was so excited when I got it but now it does nothing but frustrate me. and frankly, it's a spit in the face that I have to pay $100 to ship it in for maintenance whenever I need something fixed. what's the point of having an extended warranty if it's gonna cost me $2-300 a year in shipping just to maintain it? I'm honestly not even sure what to do at this point. I've spent over $4000 between the projector and the 4-year warranty, and ceiling mount (not to mention what I spent on the room/screen/lens, etc) and I really just want to sell it and get something else but I'll probably lose at least $2000 of that if I sell and it was hard enough convincing my wife to let me send the money on this already.

it's totally ludicrous that I need to "mod" my projector with an external filter to keep dust out. I'll probably get on the phone this week and send it in again but after this time, I'm totally lost as to what to do. It kills me to sink more money into it at this point but what choice would I have?

sorry to rant, I'm just really annoyed right now because I'm having a movie night tonight and will have to suffer through this obnoxious blinking.

I replaced the lamp with a brand new one and the flickering has gone away. I'm keeping it on Normal mode now, even though there's only anecdotal evidence that Eco mode is what causes the flickering.

I open mine about once every 4 months to blow the dust out. I wait until I have at least 3 blobs before dismounting the unit and going through all that. If I tried to keep it perfectly free, I'd be cleaning it monthly.

I'm not completely dissatisfied with the projector, it has great image quality and the price was damn good for a 1080p back when I bought it, but it'll probably be the first and last Panasonic I buy. I'll most likely go back to Sony because even though they're more money, they know how to engineer their units to avoid stuff like dust. I never had a single blob in all the years I owned my HS51.
post #3629 of 3926
xamphear,

Your thoughts on the panasonic pretty much mirrors my feeling as well. I don't have flickering but the dust issue is annoying. I've cleaned it once using your procedure - thanks for that. I've done the filter mod, which did not seem to help. I have a couple of new very faint blobs since the initial cleaning and filter mod. My environment is not particularly dusty. It's a finished basement and the windows are never opened. I have a typical installation so I'm sure I'm not doing something that promotes dust. However, the blobs I have now are faint enough not to bug me very much but at some point I'll be doing another cleaning.

After these issues started to surface I was also thinking I should have got something else. If I go the PJ route again I'll wait for a while after they're released, monitor the AVS postings count for about 8 months (the fewer the better), then make a buying decision. At this point, the machine is more of a known quality, and they're likely to be cheaper too.
post #3630 of 3926
I am planning to move my AE2000 to a larger room where it will be placed about 28 feet away from the screen to throw about a 150" diagonal image....as per the manual that's within the range. Has anyone actually used it at that distance / size combination? Issues with quality / brightness of picture?
Thanks...
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