Panasonic PT-AE7000 User Reviews
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This is my first full HD 3D projector after owning a DLP 720p 3D ready projector previous to this one. I am susceptible to rainbows in DLP so I decided on this projector for full HD 3D, also there weren't many, if any, full HD 3D DLP projectors on the market at the time. The 2D performance of this projector is outstanding, it's like owning a 120" plasma display, it's sharp, has nice black levels and the brightness is more than enough. It's in 3D that this projector is let down, more specifically in its propensity for ghosting. Some films are rendered almost unwatchable due to the amount of crosstalk experienced. It seems to get better over the summer months and lots of users have reported that warming up the projector for 20 minutes or so reduces the crosstalk somewhat. So obviously lower temperatures affect the unit. I've gotten so sick of it that I'm now shopping around for DLP projectors with 6x speed color wheels to counteract that rainbow effect. If you are looking for a good 3D projector then I would seriously consider DLP over LCD.
Any Problems: Crosstalk is severe in cases
This is my first projector. The system picture is excellent in my humble opinion. I really have nothing to compare it too but I'm happy. Installation was simple, configuration out of the box was good and I think the reviews I've read seem right on. Any decent ceiling mount will work with it. 5 stars all the way with on exception: read below
Any Problems: Panasonic support: Had a green blob on screen, seemed to be coming from inside the lens, maybe dust but warranty voided if I opened the system, support would fix it, but I was responsible for shipping it to them. I took issue with this considering it was less than 30 days old. Support suggest I talk with dealer. Local Authorized dealer had new one shipped to my house and I replaced it. So far so good. Lessons learned: buy from an authorized brick and motar reseller, An online purchase may not have had same reseluts and you will be responsible for shipping charges and loss of unit until new one arrives days or weeks later. Projectors are slightly more maintenance than a TV. Prone to dust and best practices are to keep cover on lens when not in use. Greene, Blue or Red blobs can happen over the life of the projector due to dust. Once the warranty is done, your on your own. It's cleanable but requires some work and care. Good luck!
I just got my AE700U in today. I upgraded from an AE900U, so there's a WORLD of difference to me! I only have about 3 hours on the bulb so far, so this is more of a "first impression" than a thorough review... I almost gave up on 3D ever being good at home. Watching the demos at Best Buy on different TVs and seeing all the ghosting and flicker of the glasses was more of a headache than a joy. What I've seen this thing do so far is better than any IMAX 3D I've seen! I'll start by saying 2D looks fantastic. Just as you'd expect. I hear a lot of talk saying it outshines even the AE4000U. So you can imagine where I'm coming from comparing it to my old AE900U. WORLD of difference! 2D to 3D conversion is hit or miss. It's a nice extra, but it's not a deal maker either. It does actually work, but you're really going to want some good 3D source material for this thing to shine. 3D was flawless looking to me. COD Black Ops on the XBOX 360 looked fantastic with 3D activated. I saw little to no ghosting...even in high contrast areas of the game. My eyes didn't really get fatigued, and no headache yet! All in all, I'm really happy with it. I honestly can't think of why I'd need to upgrade again for a long long time. It does everything I could ask for, and it does it very well!
Any Problems: No problems so far, but I don't have a lot of time on the bulb either! I will say that I haven't seen any of the new Panasonic models up close since the AE900U. In comparison to that model, the size of the AE7000U is huge! It's not portable by any means, so wherever you put it, you're probably going to want it to stay there.
THis is my third Panny 2000, 3000 and now the 7000. 7th projector to date. The review from Projector Central of this projector is dead on. Image quality is very good. Just got my 3-D glasses yesterday and while I was not a fan of 3-D, it is amazing on this projector on a 135" motorized screen it is very engaging. It's a little dark, but very cool. Directv offers 4, 3D channels which makes the experience even more fun. They have ESPN, cartoons for kids, documentory's, music, movies on vod, etc. Reminds me of HDNET when HDTV became popular. Without the channels it would not be as great, unless you own a lot of movies in 3d. 2D to 3D conversion is okay but probably not worth the effort. Here are some TIPS that you might want to know. I ordered two medium 3 gen glasses when I bought the projector and they took over a month to get them. I just ordered one more medium, one large for me and one small for my 6 year old. The Mediums work fine for most people. JR music has them for $69. The glasses are light and have great battery life. Don't get the older generations if you can help it. I bought a special 30' 1.4 hdmi cable for this projector, but I don't think I need it. The image is fine on a 1.3a model. I think the industry if full of it regarding the 1.4 cable at this point. Did not learn that until I used the 3-D for the first time and had no problems what so ever. I have gotten very picky as I get older (45 now). Spending $3K for the project plus $300 to $400 for 5 glasses is a lot. But you get a great projector with all the bells and whistles. The two year warranty extension only gives you 2 yrs and 2,000 hrs. which ever comes first. In my house thats one year of usage, typically. Would nice to see if they gave us 3 or 4,000 hrs. at this price. I hope this helps. Dan
Any Problems: None - except projector works fine with 1.3 hdmi cable.
Awesome details in 2D. 3D is excellent with the 3rd generation Panasonic 3D glasses. Contrast is much better comparing to 4000.
Any Problems: After market universal glasses is useless with this unit.
This unit is replacing my 3 year old PTAE-3000U. Overall, I am very impressed with this unit. Much brighter image, richer colors, and contrast compared to the older unit. The unit is also significantly more attractive and lamp replacement appears to be a lot easier due to the new design. The unit also has double the lamp life of the 3000, which is also welcomed. Noise level on both "Normal" and "Eco" modes are about the same on both units, even though the 7000 is much brighter. With regards to 3D, 3D Blu-ray looks absolutely stunning with minimal crosstalk issues(far less than when the same disc is played on my Samsung 3D LED HDTV). I am using the new 3rd generation Panasonic glasses and they work flawlessly. If you set the glasses mode to "Light" and the color setting to "Dynamic" it compensates for the active shutter glasses making the image too dark; which is something that bothers me on my 3D HDTV. The 7000 has the ability to really be a light cannon which is overkill for normal 2D viewing, but great for 3D. By far, the best 3D viewing experience I've ever had. Far better 3D than in any movie theater I've ever been to...including an IMAX.
Any Problems: I wanted to mention some issues that were not mentioned in the official review. First, 2D to 3D conversion is "iffy" depending on the material. Some material looks excellent. The Twilight Zone on Blu-ray converted to 3D is amazing. Oddly enough, LOST on Blu-ray converted to 3D is unwatchable. I think that this is because the camera motion on this show is intentionally choppy and is made far worse by the 3D effect. Star Wars Blu-ray on 3D is right in the middle. Not bad, but not quite amazing, either. One important piece of information that needs to be shared. If the projector's 3D emitter is set to "Strong" it is so powerful that it cancels out the ability of all of your other remote controls to work. When I change the setting to "Weak", the lowest option, my remote controls worked again, but work a little more difficult than when the unit is in 2D mode (i.e. you have to push the buttons more often and aim them directly at the unit). Also, when I watch 3D TV on satelite, it uses the side-by-side mode. The projector is suppose to be able to detect this in "Auto" mode, but it isn't able to do this. So, every time I watch a 3D TV program I have to manually set the projector to this mode. Not a big deal, but a little cumbersome...especially if more 3D content begins to become available on TV. One last issue, minor, but it does frustrate me. The free Avatar 3D Blu-ray disc mail in rebate option isn't available with the 7000U. This is ridiculous, given that you can get a free one when you purchase a $300 Panasonic 3D player, but not a $3000 Panasonic 3D projector! You need to mail the UPC in for the extended warranty and the Avatar offer needs the exact same UPC. Even if they accepted the UPC for the player, then you'd have to give up the extended warranty option. I think that Panasonic REALLY needs to do something about this in order to not offend some of their most loyal customers.