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Aug 17, 2014 6:53:23 AM
Hi forum :)
I have a Panasonic AE4000 from 2009 as the projector in my home theater which is nearing the end on its second lamp.
I have been considering either replacing the lamp one last time or buying a new projector.
The projector has about 10500 hours on it and quite a few 'micro' dust blobs that I can't seem to get rid off with an air can, but other than that it works fine.
My setup is a 1.0 gain 127" screen and the projector is 20 feet from the screen. I can block >95% of the light in the room.
I also use a 12V trigger to turn on the projector.
First off let me start by saying that my setup is very light starved. I never run the panasonic in full mode due to the noise levels and my calibrated 100% white meaurement with a i1 Display Pro is about 3-4 fL... pretty far from the recommended 16fL
Even in dynamic mode we are only talking 6fL
I have been Comparing the Epson 5030, the Sony HW40ES and the BenQ W7500 for the past week to evaluate which one would match my setup best.
Short comparison based on my needs: (with Danish prices)
Epson 5030: 3300$
+ Good blacks
+ RF 3D glasses
+ 2x glasses included ($300)
+ long lasting lamp
- Chance for dustblobs
- Perhaps too noisy to run full power mode (which might be required)
Sony HW40: 3200$
+ SXRD > LCD (no dust blobs I think?)
+ Good blacks
+ Very quiet, should be able to run full power
+ low input lag
- IR 3D (i know you could upgrade if you wanted)
- 20 feet @ 127" is at the exact max the zoom can handle, lots of brightness loss
- 2000h lamp life in full power
- no 12V trigger (not that it's very important)
BenQ W7500: 2700$
+ Brightest of the 3 projectors.
+ DLP, no dust blobs
- Bad blacks... or perhaps not bad but the 'worst' blacks of these 3 I think (based on reviews)
- Perhaps too noisy to run full power mode
- 2000h lamp life in full power
According to the projector calculator the 5030 and HW40 delivers about 13fL on my screen and the W7500 is about 17fL.
My old A4000 is supposed to deliver 7fL
What would you recommend? save money, wait for 4k and buy a new lamp or go for a new projector?
Which one would you recommend for my setup and have I missed a possible projector.
Some feedback would be much appreciated :)
Jul 16, 2012 9:58:58 AM
[QUOTE=AV_Integrated|Jul 16, 2012 3:14:26 PM]
It doesn't need ambient light, it ALLOWS for ambient light to be present.
But, this is rated with the projector in high brightness calibrated. You can drop the lumens on a projector easily and getting LESS light out of any projector is very easy to do.
I strongly recommend $100 in paint if you really want your image to be phenomenal.
Great I will go with the Carada Bright. Do you think I should push it to 100" or stick with 95"( 95" is a bit over THX recommendation)should I paint the ceiling and walls in the area a dark color?
Thanks for your advise.
Jul 16, 2012 8:06:31 AM
Can a pro help me with a decision. I just purchased an Panasonic AE4000 and need to purchase a screen. my area is as follows. Basement install with a white ceiling and off white walls. Its an odd lay out so here is what I am governed with.
Seating 11 feet direct
Projector mount max is 10 ft 6 in throw. A post is what make this the maximum.
I am looking in to a 96" Carada screen. I have talked to them and they recommend their brilliant white screen (1.4 gain). Projector central suggests this distance is acceptable for 1.0 gain however the 1.4 gain needs ambient lighting. The reviews on this screen are great. I'm caught between the normal 1.0 and the brilliant 1.4 gain. As well if I go with 100" will that be to much and cause eye strain.
Any pro advise would be good.
Dec 4, 2011 1:44:21 PM
Just got a AE-4000U, it's great. Need to get a good mount, something that will let me drop it several different heights (our mounting situation will probably change a few times over the next few months). The projector is in our unfinished basement; the ceiling is open/unfinished.
Right now, (in the basement) I could mount it directly to the first floor subfloor; I'd need to drop it about 17 inches. As an alternative, I could attach some 2x4s between the overhead floor joists and attach the mount to those; I'd need to drop the projector about 7 inches from those 2x4s.
In the future, when the basement is finished, I'll probably need to drop the projector only about two or three inches.
Do you have any recommendations for a mount that would let me do all that?
Sep 27, 2011 8:45:46 AM
I used research from this site in my decision to pick up a PT-AE4000U a year ago. I must begin this by saying I'm very pleased with it's performance, but I think I can get even more with a little help.
My setup is in a basement (100% light control) projecting onto an Elite Screens 135" fixed screen. After reading up on the forums, most people were saying Cinema 1 setting was almost perfect with not much calibration required beyond that. I can pretty much agree with that statement as well. I have a DirecTV DVR (1080i) and an LG BD-590 (1080p/24) hooked to it via HDMI.
What I'm seeing though is any time there is a panning scene, or faster movement, it seems like the picture blurs. Slower panning scenes "draw"(?) clearly and the more stationary scenes are beautiful. This happens more often in action type movies, but I see a lot of it in football games as well.
Am I missing a setting somewhere that might decrease the amount of blur I see as the picture moves through a scene?
Thanks in advance for your input!
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