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Topic: Looking to replace my PT-AE700u
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After a little over nine years and three bulbs I'm thinking it’s time to retire our faithful Panasonic PT-AE700u...its performed flawlessly. Now with 3100 hours on the current bulb I just rather replace it then install a new lamp. My family and I use our projector predominantly for watching Blu-ray/Netflix/streaming movies as well as a little friendly XBOX ONE gaming. My projector is ceiling mounted about 16’ from our 106" screen. Having no issues with my current Panasonic I started looking at their latest offering, the AE8000, and was surprised it was nearly two years old…is this really a big deal when it comes to projectors? Is it a sign there won’t be another model? Sticking in the 2000 – 2500 dollar price point is there really much of a big difference between the Panasonic, Epson, and the new Sony model? Or does it just come down to small specs and features that a non videophile like myself will never use or be able to discern? I would like a 3D unit but have some concerns with the infrared glasses due to the projector being mounted on the ceiling above my seating; is that going to be a problem? Would appreciate for someone to lend their expertise with my selection and maybe even tell me the best place to purchase.

Thank you….
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If looking for the best image under $2,500 then the Sony is the winner at this point. The Epson 5030 is a better looking model than the Panasonic and the Sony is better than that.

There isn't a ton of difference, but the Sony does deliver.

Certainly it is an issue that the Panasonic wasn't updated last year, because Epson upped their game, and now Sony has gone even further.

Hopefully Panasonic will bring out some update this year, but they may be done with the home theater projectors.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Jun 26, 2014 6:29 PM):
If looking for the best image under $2,500 then the Sony is the winner at this point. The Epson 5030 is a better looking model than the Panasonic and the Sony is better than that.

There isn't a ton of difference, but the Sony does deliver.

Certainly it is an issue that the Panasonic wasn't updated last year, because Epson upped their game, and now Sony has gone even further.

Hopefully Panasonic will bring out some update this year, but they may be done with the home theater projectors.

Should I be concerned that the projector calculator on projectorcentral recommends the projector be mounted 12' 10" away for the Sony HW40ES? My exact measurment of my current setup is 16' 4" from the lens of the projector to the face of the screen...I appreciate you taking the time to help me and yes I accidentally posted this same message on AVSFORUM, had to many tabs opened at once...lol
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Projector Central does not ever recommend a throw distance. It just shows, by default, the 'center' of the zoom range. Don't confuse this as a recommendation, as it is not.

The zoom range (lens to scree) for the HW40ES is between 10'6" to 16'8" lens to screen for a 106" diagonal.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sony-VPL-HW40ES-projection-calculator-pro.htm

Wherever you use in that range is perfectly fine.

So, with your 16'4" distance, there shouldn't be any issues.
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Ok...that makes sense. Although I guess you would say I'm right at the operational limit for optimal viewing on the Sony. I've read a lot of your responses in other post and you seem like the right person to be moderating these forums...Now that you know a little bit more of my system and my wants, I'm not against moving my budget up around a grand or so if you think it might be worth it. If memory serves correctly, I paid around 2500 or so for my AE700u in '04 and believe my family and I definitely got our value and enjoyment out of it.

It's been a long time since I first put this system together and seem to think my screen is made by Da-lite, it's a fixed screen with a velvety black bezel. Irregardless of what projector I select the screen should still be ok, correct?

Thanks again....
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