Home Theater Projector
November 3, 2007
We are having a hard time finding much to complain about on this model. Certainly, for those who want to ceiling mount their projector, it would be nice to have an option to get it in a white case. As it is, the dark gray casework may not be aesthetically pleasing when mounted against a white ceiling in a living room or some other multi-purpose room. However, in a dedicated theater room it won't usually make much difference.
On-board deinterlacing of 480i signals is not bad, but not great either. On the HQV test patterns, the rotating bar looked clean, but there were quite a few deinterlacing artifacts in the rippling flag. It locked reasonably well into the racetrack scene without any moiré patterns in the stands. But in the film/video cadence clip the rolling credits showed too much jitter and instability. Overall, a mixed bag.
The other limitation worth considering is that if you are going to use the Cinema modes, the light output is such that your screen size must be limited. In a dark room with no ambient light, Cinema 1 looks its very best at a screen size of 100" to 106" when displayed on our Stewart Grayhawk, with a gain of 0.95. Once we pushed it 120", we lost enough saturation and snap that we wanted to either reduce the image size or opt for the Normal operating mode. And this was all with the lens at its widest angle (shortest throw) position. Moving the projector back, and using the longer portion of the lens will dim the picture considerably. At the longest throw position, light output is curtailed by about 40% from whatever it was at the wide angle setting. So for videophiles who intend to use the AE2000 in Cinema mode, screen size and throw distances are trade-offs of great significance. Try to minimize the distance from the projector to the screen, and for the most elegant picture possible, don't push the screen size beyond about 110" diagonal unless you are using higher gain screens.
If you are opting for operation in Normal mode with higher lumen output, you have the latitude to go up to 150" diagonal or more. On all projectors there is the ever-present trade-off between image size and image quality. As you increase image size you lose effective contrast and color saturation. The interesting thing about the AE2000 is that you can go larger without as much sacrifice of color balance and color saturation as you would experience on most other models.