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My wife and I are buying our first home in about a month, and I am thinking of putting a projector in our finished basement. I am currently considering the two projectors that are mentioned in the title. What are your thoughts on those two projectors? Relevant information is as follows:
The basement is light controlled

The projector will be about 12-12.5 feet from the wall it will be projected on

I don't really care about 3D, as most of the content I will watch will be in 2D


Let me know if you have any additional questions!
 

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Originally Posted by ericgcollyer  /t/1520100/pt-ae8000u-vs-pt-ar1000u#post_24415959


My wife and I are buying our first home in about a month, and I am thinking of putting a projector in our finished basement. I am currently considering the two projectors that are mentioned in the title. What are your thoughts on those two projectors? Relevant information is as follows:
The basement is light controlled

The projector will be about 12-12.5 feet from the wall it will be projected on

I don't really care about 3D, as most of the content I will watch will be in 2D


Let me know if you have any additional questions!

I'm sure you mean the AR100U not AR1000U.


The AR100U is considered a family/living room projector, built to tolerate some ambient light.

http://www.projectorreviews.com/panasonic/panasonic-pt-ar100u-home-theater-projector-review/


The AE8000U is a true home theater designed for completely dark environments.

http://www.projectorreviews.com/panasonic/panasonic-pt-ae8000-home-theater-projector-review/


Read the reviews.


Contributors here will try to steer you away from your selection toward DLP or LCOS projectors.


It's all educational and your final choice may depend on your budget.


After that you must select a suitable screen, sound system, etc.


Good luck.
 

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I'm one who would steer you towards LCoS if the space you intend to use is good.


Understand that light control doesn't mean you can turn lights out. That's every room of your home. Light control means you are controlling the light. Dark walls, ceiling, and carpet. If you have such a space, then the AE8000 is the far better choice. But, as I warned... I would recommend the JVC RS46 as that's a better choice still and is around $2,600, well worth the price in a good room.


The AR100 (or Epson 8350/8345) are great models when you need a good zoom range and lens shift with no 3D and may need to hit a large screen size or use it in a non-light controlled space.
 
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