Panasonic PT-AE8000 User Opinion

Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector Panasonic PT-AE8000
by PAZ - Aug 06, 2013
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 4.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
HD 1080 (1920x1080), 2400 ANSI Lumens,
19.2 lbs,
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Personal Experience
I bought this unit to replace a very VERY old used BenQ PB8250 DLP I had after the power supply failed. Using all the old equipment (screen & initially receiver) it has been a breathtaking improvement. I usually use it in a dark basement, but the image is easily viewable when all the lights are on at a throw distance of about 16 feet. Primary use is for sports (DirecTV HD) & movies (BluRay). Occasional usage with my laptop for work or games and it is absolutely incredible. Fonts are legible at distance, colors are great, blacks are solid, whites are nice & crisp. I have not noticed any blurring, pixelization or choppy motion, even on fast actions such as auto racing, golf shots, football action, soccer. I’m not an video expert but I am very critical on

When I purchased the unit the 3D did not factor into the decision at all (didn’t care if it had it or not), but have to admit it has been pretty cool. So much so that I even upgraded my receiver to handle the 3D and get a full 7.1 surround since we are using the unit a lot more over the old one.

As far as anecdotal user experiences, friends that have come over have frequently commented that they really "get pulled into" what they are watching and comment on how it really is like sitting in a theatre (after 3 months I still feel the same). It’s not uncommon to hear an "Oh wow!" or "Oh my gosh!" from friends that come over to watch a movie or sports (basketball in 3D is amazing). We now have even started a family movie night once per week since it's so clear and entertaining. The whole family loves it and the teenagers will even come down for it. My house has also become a favorite gathering point for some of my wife’s friends for the vampire cable shows/movies and the guys have asked if we can just meet at my house for the games as opposed to rotating like we used to do (2 others have media rooms too).

The main cons that I would have are the same they mentioned in the Proj Central review. The aiming joystick is touchy if trying to get a fine adjustment, but realistically you use it once unless you move it. Also the menus can be a bit cryptic and may take a while to find what you are looking for, but the setting is likely there, but once I completed the initial set up - I haven’t been back in to the menus.

In conclusion, it's an absolutely great projector. I have no regret in spending the money as my entire family have really enjoyed having it. I would have zero reservations about recommending this unit to friends or family.
 
Problems
No major issues encountered.