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Hows my Panasonic PT-AE4000u holding up these days?

I've had my Panasonic PT-AE4000u since new in 2009 or 2010. I only have 900 hours on it. I have a new spare Panasonic lamp in the box still, so I could easily get another 10 years out of it.



How does this projector hold up to current day 1080p LCD competitors in terms of picture quality?



I want to think I paid around $3000 CAD back in 2009/2010.


Is it worth it to be looking to upgrade?
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IMO, the answer is that the Panasonic is fine and you should not look to upgrade until 4K is far more mature.

Panasonic went through a number of 1080p projectors before getting to the 4000, and the quality of it is very solid with a good lens and a quality image.

The biggest jumps you get in quality come from 4K, which means you need a 4K receiver, 4K sources, and 4k CABLING to the projector which may not be in place already. So, it's a significant upgrade to get to 4K that involves more than just changing the projector out.

Other 1080p projectors out there are of good quality, but mostly are brighter.

I would think that in 3-5 years we will be seeing 4K projectors which have a solid price point and a overall reliability and feature set which will make upgrading worthwhile. During this time, you would want to plan on getting a new receiver, cabling, and some appropriate sources along with a projector upgrade.

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IMO, the answer is that the Panasonic is fine and you should not look to upgrade until 4K is far more mature.

Panasonic went through a number of 1080p projectors before getting to the 4000, and the quality of it is very solid with a good lens and a quality image.

The biggest jumps you get in quality come from 4K, which means you need a 4K receiver, 4K sources, and 4k CABLING to the projector which may not be in place already. So, it's a significant upgrade to get to 4K that involves more than just changing the projector out.

Other 1080p projectors out there are of good quality, but mostly are brighter.

I would think that in 3-5 years we will be seeing 4K projectors which have a solid price point and a overall reliability and feature set which will make upgrading worthwhile. During this time, you would want to plan on getting a new receiver, cabling, and some appropriate sources along with a projector upgrade.



Thank you for the well thought out response. I agree with what you say. I needed the reassurance that the AE4000 was still a solid performer among newer projectors.
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Yes thank you for this. I was a regular visitor but life got busy for a few years and now in a new house a few months ago. Setting up my theater finally now and I was wondering how my tech is holding up. I can definitely wait a few more years. I believe my 4000 is from 2009.

I knew the 3D would not pan out....once again lol.

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Yes thank you for this. I was a regular visitor but life got busy for a few years and now in a new house a few months ago. Setting up my theater finally now and I was wondering how my tech is holding up. I can definitely wait a few more years. I believe my 4000 is from 2009.

I knew the 3D would not pan out....once again lol.

I do kinda wish I would have bought a AE8000 when they were available. Not for the 3D, but because I seen a demo and it was as good at the 4000 but brighter, more vibrant.
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So it appears Panasonic has not done much recently for home projectors? They will be first in research when it comes time for me going to 4K down the road. I still have a 900 series from them that served me well when it came out.

Going to order a replacement bulb to have on hand with 2000 hours on my AE4000. Now on to painted screen vs a pulldown. I did great with painted before but I had total blackout in the old setup. People were amazed it was painted on the wall...
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Panasonic abandoned the home theater market several years ago along with Mitsubishi. They still are very strong in commercial projection.

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I've been debating buying one of the $1000 Epson 5040UB refurbs that have a free lamp rebate.



Would the 5040UB be a big enough upgrade over the AE4000 for the $1000 cost?


I'm probably not going to have any 4K material/players for years to come though. So the upgrade isn't for the 4K aspect.



I do like the looks of the 1000 more lumens the 5040UB has over the AE4000. I find my AE4000 dull these days. I have 1100 hours on the original lamp. I do have a brand new in box Panasonic lamp that came with the projector.
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Yes the 5040 would be a fairly significant upgrade. Worth $1000 only you can decide. With only 1100 hours it looks like you rarely use it.

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