Originally Posted by Archaea
Why did you read those two articles and come to that conclusion? Especially at the $500 comment?
AE8000U vs 5030UB is said to be more or less a draw based on what features you want.
Better 3D, better motion interpolation, less screen door pixelation, automated CIH with lens memories, quieter vs. deeper blacks, better image quality, and brighter.
The 4010 is noticeably worse than the 5400UB in a dedicated space which most of us have.
The $4010 is $2k
Why then is the AE8000U only worth $500?
One quarter the price? It seems the two projectors would be fairly close together in performance with 1080p content if both were new. Why is the 4010 worth 4x the price in your opinion.
The PT-AE8000 seems to have a special place in the minds of many people, and fairly so, because when it was released it offered great features that only more expensive projectors offered. When I read Projector Central's comparison between the the PT-AE8000 and the Epson 5030UB, I get this feeling that the reviewer is holding a bit too much to that special place. I may be wrong. To speak more objectively, I don't care for 3D and, for me, the 3 advantages you mentioned about the 5030UB are more relevant - plus its lens shift capabilities are very useful for me. Furthermore, my viewing space, although it has some blacked-out areas, is not fully light controlled, which means I would probably not notice the black level difference between the Epson 4010 and the 5030UB - plus the 5030UB (and other models of the same series) have a history of failing power supplies.
As for the 4010, which we are comparing to the AE8000 using the 5030UB as reference, it has pixel shifting so I wouldn't consider any screen door pixelation issues here.
About the value of the AE8000, my comment may have been misleading: I meant used without any image defect, not new. It may be worth over $500, but that's the price I would consider a great deal for that model VS a newly released model with 2 year warranty and the technology for the next few years. Just a few days ago I really considered going over $600 for a used AE8000, but decided to reconsider. And generally I take Panasonic as a more reliable and capable brand than Epson, but it's not on the HT market anymore.