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Street Price: $2,599
MSRP:$3,499
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:300,000:1
Lumens:2000
Weight: 19.2 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:2x powered
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI 1.4 (x3), RS232, 12Volt Out (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 525i, 525p, 576i, 576p, 625i, 625p, 1125i

Panasonic AE7000U
3D Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, August 16, 2011

It was October, 2009, almost two years ago, when Panasonic began shipping its last home theater projector--the popular PT-AE4000. The company had been releasing new home theater projectors every year, regular as clockwork, since 2001. But they fell silent last year; no announcement of a new model, and no peep about plans for a future model. People wondered whether they had quietly bowed out of the home theater projector business.

Then came the announcement on July 28--the industry's first LCD-based 3D 1080p projector was on its way: the PT-AE7000U. And at the heart of the AE7000's light engine is an all-new, super high speed LCD technology that supports refresh rates of a whopping 480Hz--double the speed of the next fastest imaging technology released thus far.

The Viewing Experience

Before we get to the details of the review, let's go over how we set it up in our theater, and what we saw. After checking out the various operating modes, our preferred viewing mode was Cinema 1. We measured this mode at 526 lumens with the lens at the wide angle setting and the lamp on Normal (full). Now, the first question many will ask is--Is this enough light? After all, many home theater projectors put out quite a bit more than 526 lumens. But they generally don't carry a 300,000:1 contrast ratio.

We wanted to stretch it out to see what would happen. So in a fully dark room, we set up the AE7000 with a ten-foot wide, 2.40 Scope format Stewart Studiotek 100 (white, 1.0 gain). The projection distance was 13.5 feet, the lens was at its wide angle position, and we were viewing from a distance of 12 feet, or 1.2x the screen width. That's probably about as close as most people would want to view a screen of this format.

With this set-up, the picture was vibrant, engaging, and (believe it or not) slightly too bright. It would be visually taxing to view a two-hour movie at that screen size, from that distance, and at that level of illumination. Dropping the projector into eco mode reduced the brightness by 27%, to a bit under 400 lumens. This was a more comfortable light level. However, the picture lost some of its dynamic snap, in part due to the use of the Studiotek 100. This screen is great for lab tests but not recommended for home theater. If we were using a Stewart Studiotek 130 (white 1.3 gain), or a similar product such as the Da-lite Cinema Vision 1.3 gain white screen, it would provide incremental snap and render Cinema 1 eco mode quite serviceable at this screen size.

Keep in mind that for optimum results the room needs to have no ambient light, and walls, ceilings, furnishings, etc. should be dark and non-reflective. And don't overlook those LED status lights on electronic equipment in the rack; those lights can be screaming bright in a fully dark room, and they need to be turned off or covered to prevent them from compromising black levels on the screen.


Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D Home Theater Projector

So in this environment, the contrast of the AE7000 was sufficient to support a beautiful image on a ten-foot wide screen using Cinema 1 in eco mode. That's great for 2D, you may be thinking, but what about 3D? We always lose a tremendous amount of light in 3D operation. I was thinking we'd have to reduce image size to get a viable 3D picture. But we switched to 3D and left the picture at the full ten-foot width just to see how bad it would look.

In 3D the black levels drop like a rock and lumen output is severely curtailed. But the human eye is extremely efficient at adjusting to low light levels, and after a few seconds, we ended up with a sparkling 3D picture that was thoroughly engaging, even at ten feet wide in Cinema 1. I am not a huge fan of 3D, but the experience of seeing a clean, vibrant, high contrast 3D image on this large screen was impressive indeed.

For those who might want a brighter image, the AE7000 has an excellent alternate operating mode--Normal, which puts out 1300 lumens. In the 2D world it is useful for ambient light situations. By flipping the projector into Normal mode, lumen output is more than doubled and the 3D picture becomes more vibrant yet. Quite honestly, this 3D experience on a ten-foot wide screen right in my own home was, for me, more visually engaging than the viewing of Avatar in a 3D IMAX theater.

Panasonic's target market for the AE7000 is the dedicated videophile--the person who wants the best possible home theater image quality, and is willing to create the proper dark theater space to achieve it. Nevertheless, Normal mode puts out 1300 lumens of exceptionally high quality, color balanced video. So the AE7000 has the muscle to accommodate some ambient light without compromising image quality, if and when the need arises.

Review Contents: The Viewing Experience Key Features Performance Limitations
  Conclusion Charts and Measurements

Reader Comments(67 comments)

Posted Jan 26, 2014 4:32:40 AM

By Justme

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About the flickering problem:

I bought in October 2012, the flickering problem appeared in February 2013. I sent my projector to Panasonic and they fixed the problem by doing a software update. No flickering problem since then (it is now January 2014).

Posted Sep 27, 2013 12:14:51 PM

By Nagaraju

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I bought 7000u 3d projector in 2012 I have bought 3d player recently and first couple of days I didn't had issues but later if I play any 3d movies it flickers. Can anyone help me how I can get this sorted

Posted Aug 6, 2013 5:13:40 AM

By Andrus

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Also have same issue with flickering. Seems, that this is wider problem. Does anyone have solution for this issue?

Posted Jul 31, 2013 3:33:26 AM

By Annette

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I am having the same flickering problem as a few others. Did anyone work out how to fix this?

Posted Jun 11, 2013 10:19:14 AM

By Sébastien

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What a nice projector!!! I have this PJ since more than six months, and I really love it. Black are really dark and the brightness is enough to wath 3D content. On the top of that, is so quiet... A must ti have. Sébas

Posted Feb 9, 2013 1:49:30 AM

By hemil

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eh tw 6100 epson or panasonic ae7000 best

Posted Jan 8, 2013 7:30:55 PM

By DR MANU SHASHANK

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Prasad, can u pls tell me where u got it from.if from India, whats the price. I'm having a BenQ projector for last four years thinking of replacing it cheers

Posted Dec 19, 2012 6:20:05 PM

By Paul

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I own an PANASONIC PT-AE7000U with 1800 hours on the lamp and am getting a "replace lamp" message. This is troubling since the advertised lamp life is 4000 hours. Panasonic customer service refuses to replace the lamp.

Posted Jul 29, 2012 10:39:10 AM

By N.Srinivasprasad

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Man I just Purchased my Panasonic 3D projector PT-7000 you belive it or not this is my best product purchased till dated. 2d clarity is ultimate, clear and bright more clear that watching in a LED 55 Tv. I love watcing TV Channes through projector. My friends I will tell, you dont get better picture in 3d even in 3d cinema theatres. 3d pictures are awesome, I love this projector man, I fear I am addicted to it.

Posted Jul 2, 2012 1:32:54 PM

By Alexey

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Flicker problem after a few months of use

Posted May 4, 2012 6:11:21 AM

By Pedro Henrique

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Bom dia, tenho uma sala ampla, com um projetor estalado a 5 metros e 30 centimetros da tela de 92' quero trocar o projetor para um panassonic PT AE 7000 3D, OU UM OPTOMA HD33 3D, minha duvida é se o optoma tem a opçao de reduzir a imagem como o panassonic, pois sei que o panassonic tem esta opçao. qual seria a melhor opçao?

Google Translation to English: Good morning, have a large room with a projector clicked to 5 meters and 30 centimeters of screen 92 'I want to change the projector to a panassonic PT AE 7000 3D, OR AN OPTOMA HD33 3D, my doubt is whether the optoma has the option to reduce the image as the panassonic, because I know that panassonic have this option. what would be the best option?

Posted May 2, 2012 10:07:27 AM

By Doug

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Loving this projector, but I wanted to pointout an issue when using the zoom feature described by the author and the artifacts that result. As noted in the review, for those of us with 2:35 or 2:40 screens. Here's the text first to refresh your memory:

If the centerline of the projector's lens is above the center of the screen (which it usually is), a switch from 16:9 to 2.4 will cause a vertical off-shift of the image. But it is easy to move the 2.4 image up and down within the display's 16:9 native frame. In setting up the Lens Memory position, the projector will remember not only the image size and focal position, but the vertical offset as well. Basically, using this system is a piece of cake. The huge advantage to it is that it eliminates the high cost and cumbersome nuisance of an external anamorphic lens. And you end up with a sharper picture to boot. The AE7000 will display a 2.4 widescreen source in native one-to-one pixel match direct from the source.

So the artifact of this setup is that the projector still throws a 16:9 frame such that the image is now contained within. As a result, true black is not achieved below the 2:35 zoom. Assuming you used vertical shift to move the frame back up to the top of your screen, the 2:35 (or 2:40) image fills your screen nicely, however BELOW the bottom of the vertically shifted image is a light leakage from the 16:9 native format. When watching content that is dark, you can really see the leakage and its pretty distracting!

I've not been able to find a way around this and likely there isn't one because its a native 16:9 frame. The only way I can see to avoid this is to have the projector at absolute center-line of the screen, and that's just not typlically feasible...

Posted Apr 15, 2012 11:14:24 PM

By Ennis

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@ Franco:

When viewing in 3D, I set the picture to NORMAL for increased lumen output(while still in eco mode, to avoid noise), and frame creation to Mode 3.

Thanks Evan for the great review, it persuaded me to buy this monster.

Posted Mar 19, 2012 8:21:56 AM

By Shamim

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With the award of coveted Editor's Choice by PC and excellent reviews on other sites, Panasonic AE7000 is the clear winner. It appears to be near perfect PJ.I had decided to upgrade from my Panasonic AX200E to Ae7000 this year but then pended till September-WHY.With Sony launch of 4K VPL-VW1000,JVC DLA X70/90and Panasonic enviable reputation of packing great features in affordable PJs, I am hoping that the next version of AE7000 will be 4K2K compliant. Afterall Panasonic is planning this feature in one of their 20inch display besides their 152 inch plasma.

Posted Mar 11, 2012 9:36:12 AM

By Josafat

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Is it true that this new PT-AE7000 does not need a costly anamorphic lens to watch a movie in a cinemascope 2.35 screen? Anyone can help me? Because I have a plan to buy a 2.35 screen and don't want to buy an external anamorphic lens. Thank you.

Posted Jan 31, 2012 12:35:25 PM

By Peter

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Hi Evan, great review on AE7000.. I purchased an AE4000 back in 2009 based on projectorcentral reviews and other favorable comments and have not been dissapointed. Can you describe the gear (with make/model) you use to adjust color/correct a projector when you get it in-house ? There are too many different options out there and knowing what you use will make it easier to select. Thanking you in advance.

Posted Jan 12, 2012 10:48:06 AM

By Franco

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By reading the review I noticed that the noise in the fan gets reduce if the model ECO is selected instead of NORMAL. So it might help our colleague gary

Posted Jan 12, 2012 10:42:27 AM

By Franco

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In regards to see the images in 3D I was also expecting the images to jump at me like we see in the theatres. I have tested the 3D effect using Harry Porter movie but I was not surprised with the result. Am I missing something to adjust in the set-up of the projector?

Posted Dec 25, 2011 11:02:28 AM

By Stunko

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Re. flicker from a 480 Hertz enabled projector at 60 Hertz of Alternate Current, that is to be expected. But can the AE7000's refresh rate be manually switched and adjusted?

Posted Dec 21, 2011 2:18:28 PM

By Aizad Sayid

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I replaced my Panasonic PT-AE4000 with the 7000 today. It is indeed better than the 4000 but the difference is marginal in 2D, especially if you are using both in cinema modes. The difference is more noticeable if you use "Normal" mode on both projectors. This lowers contrast on both projectors but that is the price you pay for extra brightness. If you watch mostly 2D, go for the 4000 that is available for 33% less price!

Posted Dec 12, 2011 11:33:06 AM

By craig

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One of the issues with Lasik is where the flap is cut. If the pupil expands far enough in low light, then light coming through the scared area will give halo effect. Ask your surgeon to cut a bigger flap (which my surgeon did). I have no night vision issues. Yea!

Posted Dec 9, 2011 6:56:02 AM

By Scott Lind

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I just received my Panasonic PT-AE7000 and I'm very impressed with the brightness on my 90" screen in 3D. Colors look vivid and the image is superb. My only complaint is that the 3D image does not seem to be jumping out at me as much as I would like. I have only watched Cars 2 so I'm curious if it is more an artifact of the movie and not the projector. I'm running this off a panny 3D DVD player as well. Has anyone else had similar thoguhts? I was just expecting to duck and feel like something was going to hit me. Am I expecting too much?

Posted Dec 9, 2011 4:29:48 AM

By marekpili

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Translated to Enlish Below: Też mam PT-AE900 super projektor,ale czekam na Panasonic PT-AT9000E LCD do kupionego ,,SUPER'' Panasonic DMR-BST 800 EG-K.

Pozdrowienia

Google translation to English: I also have the PT-AE900 projector is cool, but wait for the Panasonic PT-LCD AT9000E purchased,,''SUPER BST Panasonic DMR-800 EG-K. Pozdrowienia

Posted Nov 23, 2011 4:27:34 PM

By Robert

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Keystone adjustment in 3D shouldn't be an issue with the lens shift function of this projector.

Posted Nov 22, 2011 4:43:43 PM

By Rafael

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Ronaldo im a brazilian too and im having the same problem with the flickering of the image, did you buy the volt stabilizer in brazil or in usa, could tell what kind of volts stabilizer did you use. Thanks

Posted Nov 22, 2011 1:00:50 PM

By gary camp

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I'm not sure if these comments, if in the form of questions, are answered by someone, but I did notice several questions being posed. If you do respond by return email, the questions asked by other commenters that I'm interested in the answers to are: 1) Can something be done to eliminate the flicker? 2)Is there increased fan noise in NORMAL, and can it be reduced? 3)Is it true that there is no keystone compensation when using 3D? How serious are the above problems in this projector, compared to in other projectors you reviewed.

Posted Nov 17, 2011 12:55:25 AM

By Patrick G

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I just received my Pana 7000. Just perfect and I am very satisfied by it, very very :-) Just one limitation that I didn't see on the review (maybe I missed it), but the keystone is not supported in 3D. What's the impact ? The impact is that you cannot therefore place you projector where you want !

Exemple: I put it where I had my old Pana and have adjusted the image with the keystone feature to have the projected image perfectly fitting my screen. The, when I watched a 3D movie, a message was displayed on the screen saying that Keystone is not supported in 3D and then the image was back to default and my keystone settings were lost. The issue is that I had to redo the keystone adjustement for 2D after that. And that I cannot watch 3D movies with a image that fits perfectly my screen. At the end I had to place my projector exactly where I can watch 2D and 3D movies without the need of keystone adjustement.

Conclusion: this projector can be place where you want for 2D, but for 3D it has to be put in a place where you do not need to adjust the keystone...

Posted Nov 16, 2011 2:58:01 PM

By Karl

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I own an AE1000 and was very impressed, after reading specs and your review i updated to the AE7000.I have it set up in a dedicated theatre room with 110 screen and sit 4 and 5 metres back. 3D picture is considerably darker(2D great) and night scenes(Thor - beginning beach scene) can be hard to make out. I have projctor set on NORMAL, lamp NORMAL, and brightness cranked up. Im using TY-EW3D2 glasses. Can you advise on settings or any way to improve this???? Cheers

Posted Nov 13, 2011 7:37:12 AM

By Mike

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Evan,

Love this site. Thought on curved screens? Would they work for 3d for the Panasonic 7000?

Mike

Posted Nov 9, 2011 2:34:00 PM

By Kris

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@ Brad

I use the projector for gaming on an Xbox 360 occasionally and do not notice any lag. If there is any, it is so small that I do not notice it. I played MW3 last night!

Posted Nov 9, 2011 2:31:26 PM

By Kris

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@ Scott

I have this projector in a dedicated theater room that is completletely light controlled and I am using a 135" screen. I've had no issues with brightness and the picture is amazing. I do have to switch to cinema 2 or normal mode when viewing 3D, but the pic is great! You should be good to go. Just make sure you limit the amount of reflected light as much as you can. I have dark gray walls and ceilings, black furniture, etc.

Posted Nov 8, 2011 9:58:00 AM

By Scott

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I setup a 100% light controlled room for a 130” to 140” 16:9 screen. Do you think the AE7000 can handle this size and still maintain visual integrity? Would the optoma 8300 better suite my needs… I would much rather have the Panasonic.

Posted Nov 2, 2011 4:32:15 AM

By Brad

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I will be using this projector 50/50 for games and movies. Does anyone know if the 7000 has input lag. If so, how bad is it?

Posted Oct 30, 2011 7:28:44 PM

By Don

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How are the lamps on Panasonics these days? My current projector, a Sanyo Z4, was purchased at the time when there were boat loads of comments/reviews about lamps lasting 30 to 90 days, etc.

Posted Oct 27, 2011 7:02:00 AM

By Ronaldo

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In contact with the support of the store who sold me the projector, I was instructed to unplug it from the outlet, including the voltage stabilizer. It paid off, the projector does not twinkle more. It is the best picture I've seen, the projector consegur be better than television. Excellent projector.

Posted Oct 27, 2011 2:58:21 AM

By Thomas

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Hi, I'm wondering if I could buy 3rd party ir emitter linking it with ae7000 to work with my samsung ssg-p2100 3d glasses?

Posted Oct 24, 2011 7:05:02 AM

By Ronaldo

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I would like to endorse the comments of Becky. I am Brazilian, I was in New York and bought the PTAE-7000. I am impressed with the high flicker of the projector. The light fluctuates a lot, enough to bother. I thought that the projector was in trouble in the iris, but with a comment from Becky, I'm seeing is that the projector. I wonder if there is any program that I can do to decrease. My screen is small (72 ") and the projector is 2.70 m away

Posted Oct 21, 2011 9:45:02 AM

By Mike

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Does anybody know how ghosting on these active 3D systems compares to passive 3D projection systems? I know the rejection ratio for passive silver screens is usually between 50:1 and 100:1 (because some polarization is lost), but nobody gives "rejection ratios" for active systems - just subjective ratings on how much ghosting there is.

Posted Oct 20, 2011 7:54:09 PM

By Khoi

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Newbie here please help Looking for projector mostly for 3D movie for our new Theater room about 500-600sqf Money is not a big deal but don't want to spend over 5k either Plus should I use white wall for screen or do I need screen too? Thanks all

Posted Oct 17, 2011 7:48:00 AM

By Dobbo

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How does the brightness in 3D mode compare to the HD33? Which projector impressed you more in terms of 3D, the 7k or the HD33? These two projectors are on my list as well as the Epson 3010 or 5010 but there are no real reviews out for the 3010 while the 5010 is a month or two away. There really needs to be a comparison between all these new 1080p projectors.

Posted Oct 16, 2011 8:13:45 PM

By Becky

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Just purchased the 7000 and noticing a significant amount of flicker. Is this a known issue? Did you notice this during your review? Are there any tweaks to get rid of the flickering? Thank you. Any help is much appreciated. The picture is amazing, but the flickering is annoying.

Posted Oct 15, 2011 8:27:26 AM

By Bryce

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Great review! I did want to comment on the following statement: "If I get serious about 3D, it may finally push me to get Lasik." If you are a videophile who enjoys watching movies on a larger screen in a dark room, as I once was, you should definitely think twice before getting LASIK. I had LASIK done back in April of 2007, and in spite of being a ‘perfect candidate’ and the procedure being a complete success as measured by the LASIK industry (yes, I now have very near 20/20 vision), I have not watched a movie on the projection screen in my dedicated home theater since. The effect is somewhat like watching a movie through smudged glasses, only the smudges can’t be cleaned off. Poor night vision is a common side effect of LASIK. This is usually associated with night driving, but it translates equally to watching movies in a dark environment. Be sure to take this into consideration if your primary motivation for LASIK is to improve your home theater experience. That said, I actually am here doing research for a 3D projector upgrade. The HMZ-T1 (Google it if you’re curious) has the potential to make the big screen experience a reality for me again, so I’m also looking to upgrade our current Panasonic PT-AX100U to a 3D projector for the family (think split HDMI signal going to the HMZ-T1 for me, and the projector for the rest of the family). I mainly look to the Panasonic line of projectors because I need a very-long throw for my theater setup…but wow, back when I last shopped for projectors the closest I could find with all these features (1080p, power focus/zoom, etc) would have been at the $8000 price point. Can’t believe all this can now be had at the $3000 price point!! Very curious about what 4 pairs of 3D glasses is going to run on top of that price though.

Posted Oct 12, 2011 5:34:08 AM

By george

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how can I use a passive 3d glasses(standart cheap 3d glasses) with PT-AE7000U...

Posted Oct 6, 2011 7:49:10 PM

By Juvo

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Seeing some clouding when displaying a black screen. What is the uniformity, and has anyone else had this prob? Maybe not a big deal? The spot measures around 8 inches on a 90 in screen.

Posted Oct 4, 2011 4:02:30 PM

By Aizad Sayid

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I wonder why fan noise is generally not measured with the projector running in "Normal" (full power) mode? Is this because of a particular technical reason, or do the forums pass on manufacturers marketing gimmicks to hapless consumers? Another suggestion would be to measure the projector lens light falloff at full zoom for all reviews. That would be one way of measuring lens quality.

Posted Oct 2, 2011 1:53:03 PM

By shuula

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i am itrested to know how mutch is black level differend to compare to epson 8700 or new ones 3010,5010 and 6010 .

Posted Sep 28, 2011 9:49:48 AM

By chili

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Active shutter 3D glasses?? Pass.

Posted Sep 27, 2011 5:27:20 PM

By Extractor

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I'm looking for the best 2D projector for sports in HD. Does that mean I have to buy a proj. w/3D so as to have an improved 2D,HD picture?I'm considering the following projectors ; Panas. 7000, Mitsub 9000,JVC X7 or X9, Runco LS-5 UB. Please advise or comment.

Posted Sep 26, 2011 4:51:18 PM

By Bill Livolsi

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Folks,

Thanks for all of your comments.

The AE7000 has not received the Editor's Choice Award because we have not yet discussed the Editor's Choice Awards for 2011. We typically hand out these awards all at once and then discuss our decisions in a separate article. Since we have not seen even half of this year's 1080p projectors yet, it would be premature to name our favorites.

Posted Sep 4, 2011 6:55:04 AM

By Rihard Krasnici

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Its time to replace my old panasonic ptax200e!I have bean wait so long,and im glade to wait this unit.Kind regards from Osijek in Croatia.How quality perform 3d is,compared with viera 3d plasmas?I meaning of difrences on mouvment resolutions wich is very important when quality 3d pictures is. Im sorry for my bad English.

Posted Sep 3, 2011 12:15:20 AM

By Olle

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Does it have the frame response (aka gaming mode) setting like its predecessor?

Any measurement of the input lag of it?

Posted Aug 31, 2011 5:44:16 AM

By Raúl

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The AE7000U didn´t get your Editor´s Choice (red stars). Is it because a procedure in course or is it because some issue about the model?

Posted Aug 23, 2011 12:57:38 AM

By Gekke Henkie

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How does it handle movies, that are (usually) shot in 24fps, in 2D and in 3D (from Blu-ray, for example)???

With 75% 'open' shutters at 480Hz in 3D, means 120 black frames inserted /sec, and the remaining 360fps are devided by 180 for each eye. Therefore, I am afraid that although Panasonic probably uses a judder free 4:4 pull-down in 2D (to display at 96Hz), but perform a 3:2 pull-down in 3D to 60Hz and then triple that to the mentioned 180Hz per eye. Is this how it works?

I had hoped for a clean 5:5 pull-down to 120 per eye, with 50% frame insertion to 240, or 480 for both eyes together, but it seems like they missed the boat, or not?

Posted Aug 22, 2011 7:06:35 AM

By Ken

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Awesome Review! Arrrggghhhhh!!!!!!! on the reduced horizontal lens shift. How could you do this to us Panasonic?!

Oh well I guess a new lamp for my AE-3000 is a lot cheaper than a new AE-7000. :(

Posted Aug 20, 2011 9:33:39 PM

By Raul

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The AE7000 did not achieved the "Editor´s Choice. Why?.

Posted Aug 17, 2011 11:16:04 PM

By HiFiFun

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The Panasonic appears to be a breakthrough product making it worthy of serious consideration. AVS Forum appears to be run by its National Sales Manager who wants to sell Sony over Panasonic. Another forum is also being run by its sales team; they claim a Sharp LCD is better than the Pioneer Kuro Elite plasma! This comes as no surprise in our country's period of decline and austerity.

Posted Aug 17, 2011 9:55:58 PM

By Nathan Daniels

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Firstly, great review. I really wish you guys would stop asserting that the digital video effect is irrelevant with (CGI) animated films because it's not true. Pixar, as well as the rest of the big animation houses, has spent millions of dollars and countless hours developing and improving and recreating their camera systems to mimic real film cameras. Effects like motion blur, lens flare, depth of field manipulations and so forth began with film and are used specifically to make CGI feel like film. This is also why the earlier Pixar features were transferred to film prints for the DVD editions(until the visuals became filmlike enough to render the process unnecessary). Why go to all that trouble, all for a cartoon? It's because the film look adds an air of believability. Watch the Wall•E extra about the completely revamped camera system and you'll see that the 'digital video' look is no less egregious to a good animated film than it is to a film classic.

Posted Aug 17, 2011 5:12:36 PM

By John B

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Good review on what may be a stellar product amoungst its peers, however I too found it a little lacking in relation to descriptors on the all important black levels and how it measures up to the previous model and existing competitors models. please, can we have some feedback on this point?

Posted Aug 17, 2011 8:21:43 AM

By Aleksander

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Hi. I have my current projector (Sanyo plv-z5) set up in the living room with white walls and white ceiling. I use a gray Dreamscreen screen (gain 1.0). I would love to buy a 3D projector and this Panasonic model looks extremely tempting but will the 3D be any good in my livingroom. I only watch movies when it's dark outside and I turn off all the lights in the livingroom when I watch movies. My projector is standing atop a shelf about 2,5 meters from the screen.

Hope someone can help me with this question.

Regards from Norway.

Posted Aug 17, 2011 8:09:57 AM

By SYED SHAMIMUL HASAN

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A comprehensive and an excellent review. Evan mentioned cinema vision or similar screen for this PJ. Little more discussion on suitable screen is solicited. Also with 3D, what should be the primary format of screen ,16x9 or 2.35:1? It seems that film directors are preferring 16x9 for 3D films.That changes the whole ballgame for cinema scope. I wish I am wrong as I prefer to keep 2.35:1 as premier format and watch fewer 16x9 movies with vertical bars

Posted Aug 17, 2011 3:15:59 AM

By Paul

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Last year I almost upgraded my aging Mitsubishi HC6000 to an AE4000, but after demoing unit at my place for a week, I didn't for two reasons: 1. Fan noise (22db) 2. Higher black level (i.e. blacks less black) In all other areas AE4000 rocked (particularly in colour saturation & realism of skin tones)

I would really like to know (and I'm sure many other readers would also): a. What the Fan noise db level is in Normal and ECO mode on AE7000 b. How much deeper is the black level on the AE7000, compared to the AE4000 and other projects like JVC (and ultimately this years models when they become available for testing)

Posted Aug 16, 2011 11:36:50 PM

By DavidK442

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Lots of comment on contrast and light output but nothing mentioned about absolute black level. Higher lumens and a sprinkle of marketing pixie dust could easily explain the jump in contrast, but I wonder if black is now black or just the same old shade of dark grey.

Posted Aug 16, 2011 1:37:49 PM

By Glenn

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Thanks for a great review. It is time to replace that old AE900 that I've been using. I better start saving up.

Posted Aug 16, 2011 12:34:14 PM

By Potential buyer

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Thank you for the review. Any observations about sharpness and convergence? Native vs iris-based contrast? How does the audible sound compare to similar projectors- your comments suggest it's quiet. What about iris noise?

Posted Aug 16, 2011 12:03:53 PM

By Franakin

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Great review, and an early one for an eager videophile ! One question, though ; when you wrote : "Our engineering test sample measured 1965 lumens with everything cranked up to maximum", could you please be very specific, as far as the settings are concerned, with your "cranked up to maximum " ? I often use your fine tunings as the way to go, so that be the most valuable information for me...

Thanks alot !

Posted Aug 16, 2011 11:21:06 AM

By Terry Hughes

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Will the glasses that work on my Panasonic plasma 3D also work with this projector?

Posted Aug 16, 2011 11:18:37 AM

By Tom

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Regarding the glasses... I pulled this from the press release "The models, TY-EW3D10U, TY-EW3D2LU, TY-EW3D2MU and TY-EW3D2SU, also used for the Panasonic VIERA 3DTV, are convenient for those looking to enjoy 3D content on both their Panasonic TVs and projectors." So it looks like we know what they look like and the prices.

Hope that helps

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