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It would be interesting to find out how users of the superb Panasonic AE700U have customized the various menu settings for waht they consider to be the best picture. On my 108 ins diagonal screen in a totally darkened room, the only modification I have made to the default settings is to a) set the projector for operation in the reduced lamp brightness mode, and b) set the brightness to -15.
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I was reading in the AE700 reviews that there is a 'hidden' menu which allows the adjustment of a timing setting. This is supposed to be a fix which eliminates the vertical banding. Can anybody provide a quick little explanation on how to do it and how much of an improvement there is?

I don't own an AE700, but I may get one in the future. Currently I have a Dreamvision DL500 which works fine even though it doesn't have component inputs. I figure that I'll get a new projector when either a) my bulb goes out, or b) when Blu-Ray DVD players come out at prices the common man can afford. I'm hoping that by that time there will actually be a true 1080 solution out at a reasonable (sub $5000) price.

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Quote (Eumig Fan on Mar 25, 2005 12:20 PM):
It would be interesting to find out how users of the superb Panasonic AE700U have customized the various menu settings for waht they consider to be the best picture. On my 108 ins diagonal screen in a totally darkened room, the only modification I have made to the default settings is to a) set the projector for operation in the reduced lamp brightness mode, and b) set the brightness to -15.

Are you using the an Elite screen? I'm considering the Elite Home 120(108" viewable) & AE700U pairing while the panasonic rebate is still active. If so, how does this combo fair in non-optimal (ambient light) environments? Also, did you get the optional 12v trigger for the elite home?
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I'd also like to know how many Panasonic PT-AE700 owners have problems with vertical banding, as well as if there is a fix for it.

Also, at www.projectorpoint.com they mention that they are now shipping the PT-AE700 with firmware V1.07. Does anyone know if the firmware upgrade is useful?
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Quote (Sansui 73 on Mar 25, 2005 5:44 PM):
I'd also like to know how many Panasonic PT-AE700 owners have problems with vertical banding, as well as if there is a fix for it.

Also, at www.projectorpoint.com they mention that they are now shipping the PT-AE700 with firmware V1.07. Does anyone know if the firmware upgrade is useful?

Have been using AE700 for over 240 hrs and the VB seems to have been very much reduced over time. Based on advice from other forums, I used these 2 methods:

1. Go to the service menu to reduce the flicker settings. Preferably do this only after the projector has warmed up for about half an hour or so. To access the service menu:
- go to the options menu and with OSD highlited press the ok button and hold for 5 seconds.
- a new menu will be displayed and from there select "Flick adj". Use the arrow buttons on the remote to switch between red, green and blue screens, and also to adjust the flickering value of each color so that it is as diminished as possible.

2. After every shutdown of the projector, when the fan has shut off, turn off the mains power to the projector by the switch at the rear of the projector (or at the switch connected to the power cord). It has been reported that if allowed to stand-by for long periods with the power on, the VB will return visibly so that the flicker tweak needs to be re-done again, and the whole "aging" period is somewhat reset.
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