Originally Posted by quietmouse
Thanks! I agree.... it's not worth it. My AE2000 still perform flawlessly. The only "flaws" are the half a dozen dust bunnies on the screen. They got there when I had my AD2000 ceiling mounted. I'm too lazy to open it up for cleaning. Besides, I can only seen them during dark scenes of movies.
Ever since I switched to keeping my AE2000 on the coffee table, I have not seen any new dust bunnies. (though the original 6 still remain and did not multiply like rabbits
Before I got my PT-AE2000, I had read in this thread about the "sliding filter" problems that resulted from upside-down mounting from the ceiling. My solution, with photos earlier in this thread, was to buy wire-frame shelving from a local hardware store. I slid two of the support poles behind the cabinet on my rear wall that houses the rest of my equipment and positioned the other two in front, slid the top shelf that would hold the projector, right-side up, above the equipment cabinet down from the top, lifted up the poles a few inches to slide the bottom shelf that would make the assemblage into a rigid box in from below and raised it up so I could lower it onto the plastic shims, and I was done - without even having to move the equipment cabinet!
Plenty of air circulation for the projector, and problem-free operation.
I don't allow smoking in the theater, which may also help. The ceiling tiles are painted, which prevents asbestos dust from being sucked into the projector's air intake.
All low-tech solutions ("appropriate technology" anyone?) that have served me well.