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Thanks in advance, I am trying to configure the best set-up before I buy. I can go with shelf or ceiling mount. Not sure who to listen to: panny tech told me that the AE700 with no lens shift will project so that the bottom of the projector is level to the bottom of the screen. Does anyone have more info on the the best set-up?

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You're lucky that you have that much versatility in your setup. If the best picture quality was my goal, I think I would opt for a shelf installation as close to the viewing angle as possible. Using the lens shift *has* to be a compromise.

Personally, mine is ceiling mounted, and I love it. I also like that it's up and out of the way--makes for a very clean looking install.

Frankly, I'd bet that you would be happy with either one.
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Quote (NFD ENG 1 on Mar 29, 2005 12:56 PM):
panny tech told me that the AE700 with no lens shift will project so that the bottom of the projector is level to the bottom of the screen.

That's completely untrue. W/O lens shift, the center of the image is level to the center of the lens.

I found the image needed keystoning to fix it when I was using the lens shift. I have since mounted the pj so that minimal lens shift is necessary, and there has been a vast improvement.
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I'd have to advise you choose shelf mounting, you don't want to use keystone correction unless absolutely nessecary
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The AE700 does have lens shift.

Without using lens shift, and with the projector upright (not inverted), the image for almost any modern data or HT projector will be at or near the bottom edge of the screen.

For ceiling mounting, the projector is inverted, putting it near the top of the screen. A menu adjustment will flip the image, so that it appears right side up on the screen.

Ceiling mounting will eliminate physically adjusting the projector, and will generally keep it out of harm's way. If you don't need to move it on a regular basis, I would strongly recommend this option.