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I don't have an AE700 (yet). However this is what I've learned so far.

Flicker tweek, if necessary. The AE700 seems to require about a 100 hours, or so, to "bed" in. The performance seems to stabilize after that (reduced VB & flicker, etc.)

Use AVIA Guide to Home Theater to calbrate the PJ and add a color correcting filter. The filter of choice (for the AE700) is the 77mm KR6 E81 (B+W and other manufacturers). After calibration, this filter gives the AE700 a flat response, at D65, from below 20 IRE up to 100 IRE, and a measured contrast ratio over 1600:1 (real, not on/off).

From another forum (summary of settings):
"w/ filter (B&W KR6 81EF):

Mode: Video
Lamp: High

Advanced Menu --
Gamma High: 0
Gamma Mid: 0
Gamma Low: 0
Contrast R: 0
Contrast G: +5
Contrast B: +4
Bright R: -2
Bright G: -2
Bright B: -1

This produces an exact color temperature of 6500K across all IRE levels from 20-100"

I believe this is with the dynamic Iris set to "ON".

I will be previewing this setup in a week or so. If you guys are interested, I'll report back after the demo.
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I returned my Hitachi PJTX-100 becasue of tons of problems. Next I got a Yamaha LPX-510 which provided the most amazing image quality. I am highly sencetive to rainbows. Would you guys recomend the AE700 as a good next buy?
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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?

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I suppose this question has been answered already. I am not entirely sure what VB (vertical banding is), but presume it is the appearance of so called "lines or bands" running down the screen. It is more obvious in scenes where the sky or background is light. I think it depends on the DVD quality, because some DVDs are much better eg. Terminator 2 is very good quality. It is absent in films like the Incredibles (DVD). However, using the flicker settings which I tested in OSD menu (flicker settings):

Red 20
Green 24
Blue 20

these gave no flicker on the respective screens and vertical banding appeared less pronounced when in the bright scenes. I use HDMI cable and don't see it as a big problem and always thought it was a problem with the DVD rendering process as it seemed to depend on the quality of the DVD.

PLEASE: does anyone know how one can get the firmware latest ?1.07 version. I don't know which one I have, but I have noticed there is an occasional flicker when the picture goes fuzzy for a split second and comes back to normal again. I don't know what causes it but does not appear to be a fault with the DVD disc. I thought it may be the DVD player.

Does anyone else get this fault ? Please advise on how one gets the firmware upgrade if you have the old firmware 1.03 ?? Thanks.
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Pannyguy... you say...

Red 20
Green 24
Blue 20

crap... I have only been doing blue as it is the color that pops up first... I didn't know you could change to the other colors...

i will give it a try tonight...

i learn something everyday

thanks
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