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Topic:   Epson 8700 vs Panasonic ae4000

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I have been looking for quite some time now and I have my decision down to two PJ's the Epson 8700 and the Panasonic ae4000. I think for picture it sounds as though the 8700 takes the cake. The thing that is very interesting to me on the ae4000 is the projectors abitily to change screen resolution or memory function. I had an Epson 8350 in my home for a couple of days and purchased a $10 peice of black out cloth for a temporary screen. The blackout cloth was 9' wide and 54" tall. I did not stretch it just wanted something to give me a decent idea of what to expect. I should mention I have only started preparing my room. In the end it will have dark colors and although I have a sliding glass door and a 60 X 60 window I will hang dark curtains that will be able to black out the light. Anyway with the 8350 in the room we were watching tv in 16.9 and I adjusted the lens so that it filled the screen top to bottom with quite a bit of white screen on each side. Then we put in a blue ray movie. I assume the resolution was 235.1 because then there was white on the top and bottom of the screen and the picture width had increased. As soon as this happened I had my kids yelling at me to make the image larger. So with a twist of the lens on the 8350 I zoomed the image to fit the screen. For this test the 8350 was placed on a filing cabinet so it was easy to reach. I felt after this experience that it may be more important to get the AE 4000 due to the memory function and the power zoom. If I am understanding the memory function correctly if it senses a different aspect ratio it will change it to a predetermined zoom to fill the screen as you have instructed it to. Has anybody used this on the AE4000 very much and if so what are your thoughts on this capability? I am also wondering how much of a loss in picture quality I would be giving up to go with the ae 4000 over the 8700. I would love to see these projectors side by side but due to my location that is not going to happen. I am currently leaning toward the ae4000 with the understanding of giving up some picture quality. It looks like Panasonic is now offering a replacement bulb like the Epson. I was ready to buy the other day and I called a retailer and asked their opinion of the two PJ's. They stated that the 8700 was far superior. Other opions would be welcomed as I am on the fence again.
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Topic:   Conflicting advice on projector placement

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I have kind of narrowed my search down to the Epson 8700 or 8350 and I called one of the listed retailers to talk to a person live for additional advice. I cannot remember the exact distance back from the calculator but it was in the 14 to 16 foot range for a 110' diagonal screen. They advised that you are better off moving back further and focusing more of the light through the center of the lense. He suggested going back to the 21 foot distance. I have not seen that advise anywhere else in the forums. My room is 21' x 14' in the veiwing area and will be light controlled. I still have open ceiling joists and would like to get a pretty accurate distance back as I will be roughing in conduit for the HDMI cabling.
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Topic:   ND filter for Epson 8700 UB

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I recently acquired an Epson 8700 UB, which I find too bright (in its dimmest setting) for my darkened viewing room. I've read about using photographic ND filters to reduce the brightness. I noticed that the Epson does not have threads on the lens ring. What size of filter would I need, and how would I apply it to the lens?
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Topic:   Epson 8700 question

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First time posting and just starting the move into a dedicated room. I have decided to do a package deal from visual apex for the epson 8700 with a 120" 16:9 apex fixed screen. I am in a basement with 100% light control with a 14' throw distance. The top of the screen will be 12" below the ceiling. I just wanted to make sure these parameters would be ok. I am a little confused on the height requirement for the projector. Is it ok to project from above the screen? Thanks for any assistance, Wayne Olson.
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