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Panasonic PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector

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Price: $2,549.00

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Product Highlights
  • 2400 Lumens of Brightness
  • 1080p (1920 x 1080) Resolution
  • Red-Rich Lamp
  • Full-HD-Optimized Lens
  • 480 Hz Processing Capability
  • 2x Optical Power Zoom
  • Pure Color Filter Pro/Dynamic Iris Pro
  • Dual Core Processing Engine
  • Detail Clarity Processor 4
  • Frame Creation 2 / Lens Memory

The PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector from Panasonic offers 2400 lumens of brightness with a 500,000:1 contrast ratio. It comes equipped with a 220W red-rich lamp for increased red intensity, which enables the projector to produce bright images as well as remarkable color reproduction. The PT-AE8000U generates deeper blacks by incorporating Panasonic's Pure Contrast Plates, which match the LCD panel characteristics, virtually eliminating light leakage.

The PT-AE8000U delivers a 1080p video experience that ultimately provides excellent picture quality in 2D, as well as advanced 3D features that delivers a natural and comfortable movie theater experience at home.

The PT-AE8000U is also equipped with three HDMI input terminals, which support DeepColor and x.v. Color, and two 12V triggers for home theater automation, such as lighting and a motorized screen.

High 2400 Lumens of Brightness with the Advanced Red-Rich Lamp
The 220W red-rich lamp increases the luminous efficiency of the projector to achieve brighter images, even in 3D viewing, with excellent color purity. Able to produce a stunning brightness of 2400 lumens, the PT-AE8000 unleashes the beauty of 2D/3D full-HD expression for viewing on various screen sizes. Cooling efficiency for example around the polarization filters has been increased to realize the higher lumens. Color purity is further increased by applying a special coating to the red and green condenser lenses in order to trim the impurities from the light after it is separated into the three primary colors
Full-HD Optimized Optical System
To assure maximum clarity and sharpness in full-HD images, this advanced optical system employs a full-HD-optimized lens unit comprising of 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two large-diameter aspherical lenses and two high-performance ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses. Each lens is carefully aligned to assure a uniform focusing balance from the center to the edges of the screen. As a result, the PT-AE8000 produces stunningly clear and beautiful images
3D Motion Remaster Delivers Correct, Natural 3D Movement
This technology solves the problem caused by a phenomenon called the Mach-Dvorak effect, which occurs in many systems during 3D viewing. The active shutter 3D system displays left-eye and right-eye images alternately. This means that left-eye and right-eye images that were captured at the same instant are shown with a time lag. During this time lag, especially when watching a scene in which an object moves quickly and horizontally across the screen, the viewer's brain automatically speculates and forms an image at a position that differs from the actual shown image. This results in incorrect depth perception and makes the horizontal movement appear unnatural. 3D Motion Remaster technology achieves smoothly moving 3D images by creating properly positioned images to compensate for the time lag
Up to 480 Hz Compatible LCD Panels
The PT-AE8000's full-HD LCD panels provide bright images with high aperture ratio. The panels are also designed for 480 Hz processing capability for bright 3D images. These high-precision panels use vertically aligned liquid crystal molecules with inorganic alignment layers. When no voltage is applied, the molecules are aligned perpendicular to the glass substrate, so there is minimal light leakage, providing higher contrast
2x Optical Power Zoom / Focus and Wide Lens Shift Range
A 2x optical power zoom / focus lens and a lens shift function together make it possible to project a 120-inch picture from as close as 11.8' (3.6 m) to the screen or as far as 23.6' (7.2 m) away. In addition, the image can be shifted ±100% vertically, and ±26% horizontally. This gives you outstanding setup flexibility. If you choose to ceiling mount the projector, you can zoom and focus by remote control
Pure Contrast Plates Deliver High 500,000:1 Contrast Ratio
The pure contrast plates in the PT-AE8000 use a high-precision crystalline material that is carefully matched to the characteristics of the LCD panels to effectively correct the passage of light exiting the panels. This enables the projector to block unwanted light leakage and successfully increases the dynamic range. It works together with the Pure Color Filter Pro and Dynamic Iris Pro to achieve an astounding contrast ratio of 500,000:1
Pure Color Filter Pro for Rich, Vibrant Colors
The optical filter optimizes the light spectrum from the UHM projector lamp, helping to produce deeper blacks while improving purity levels in the three primary colors (red, green and blue). This advanced filter system improves color purity to cover a range that extends from the HDTV standard (Rec. 709 mode) to the color gamut used in digital cinema. This gives images the deep, rich coloring that distinguishes movie images
Dynamic Iris Pro Adds Beauty to Both Dark and Bright Scenes
This intelligent iris system works by analyzing the brightness level of each image using a histogram, then adjusting the lamp power, iris and gamma curve accordingly to create the ideal image. The adjustments are made virtually frame by frame. This helps the projector achieve a wide dynamic range with swift smoothness for added beauty in both dark and bright scenes
Smooth Screen Technology Creates Film-Like Texture
While many LCD projectors suffer from a chicken wire effect, Panasonic's pursuit of the highest possible image quality has successfully overcome this device limitation through the incorporation of smooth screen technology. This uses the double refraction property of crystals to arrange pixels on a screen with no gaps between them
Dual Core Processing Engine
High-quality 2D image processing, including Frame Creation and Detail Clarity Processor, can be enjoyed in 3D as well, with the incorporation of the high-performance dual core processing engine
Frame Creation 2 for Motion Blur Reduction in 3D/2D Viewing
A double-speed frame interpolation display for both 2D and 3D viewing, even during 2D-3D conversion, greatly improves the clarity of motion images, reproducing sharp and clear images for fast moving scenes in sports and action movies. For 24p signal input, four frames are calculated and interpolated for each existing frame, to enable 5x speed (120 Hz) display
Detail Clarity Processor 4 Gives Natural Clarity to Even the Finest Details
This digital image processing circuit brings greater clarity and sharpness to details embedded in the image. After analyzing the video signal frequency in each scene, the circuit optimizes the sharpness of each part of the image based on the extracted information. The resulting images, 3D or 2D, have more natural, lifelike expression than those of previous image-processing methods
Lens Memory for 2D/3D Viewing
Up to six settings, in 2D or 3D viewing, can be stored in the lens memory, including zoom and focus positions for projecting in the normal 16:9 or 4:3 image ratio, and wide cinema projection settings. These memories can be recalled manually for 2D or 3D, or can be set for automatic switching in 2D. The projector is able to detect 2.35:1 and 16:9 sources and retrieve the stored setting automatically. The lens memory function lets you easily enjoy images with different image ratios on a wide 2.35:1 screen for an immersive theater-like experience
2D-3D Conversion
2D to 3D image conversion is possible, with five 3D effect modes to select from
Seven Picture Modes
For each 2D and 3D viewing, seven different picture modes (normal, dynamic, Rec. 709, D-cinema, cinema 1, cinema 2 and game mode for reduced frame delay) are provided
Advanced 3D Adjustment Functions
A variety of 3D viewing adjustments also provide a more comfortable viewing experience at home. These include 3D lens memory, 3D zoom and focus, 3D color management, and 3D keystone correction
3D Viewing Monitor for Adjustment of Depth-of-Field
The projection size for viewing 3D images can be selected from among 9 different sizes, ranging from 40 inches to 200 inches diagonally. The amount of parallax is optimized according to the projection size so comfortable, easy-to-view 3D images can be enjoyed at any size. Either of three monitor styles can be selected
3D Picture Balance with Waveform Monitor
The projector is able to show the right and left image side by side to check if the two sides have the same colors. The difference may occur due to poor content quality. With the Waveform Monitor displayed, you can adjust the contrast, brightness, color and tint as desired, and up to three adjustment settings can be stored in memory for instant recall
3D Viewing Monitor for Adjustment of Depth-of-Field
The PT-AE8000 uses frame sequential technology for 3D image projection. When viewing 3D content, signals from the PT-AE8000's built-in infrared transmitter precisely control the left and right shutters of the active 3D eyewear. The built-in transmitter offers maximum transmission distance of 20' (6.1 m)). For more range up to 33' (10 m), an optional infrared transmitter, ET-TRM110 is available for greater installation flexibility
Waveform Monitor for Precise Calibration
With the PT-AE8000 you can view the waveforms on the screen and adjust the settings both automatically and manually as you prefer
Advanced Gamma Adjustment Function
The gamma curve can be flexibly controlled, allowing precise calibration according to the signal source and environment. Brightness (Y), R, G and B can each be adjusted at any fifteen points. Adjustment point positions can be shifted both horizontally and vertically to bring out the desired gradation level. Adjustment is easy because the small menu screen does not block the image
Split Adjust Mode for Easy Picture Adjustment
You can freeze any scene you wish, and then make adjustments while easily comparing the original image and the adjusted image side by side
Cinema Color Management Premium Enables Flexible Color Control
This color correction system enables free color control in two different modes. The point color correction mode lets you pick a point in the image and adjust that color without affecting the neighboring colors. The six color correction mode enables independent adjustment of red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow. Adjustment is possible for either 2D or 3D viewing
Abundant Connection Terminals
The PT-AE8000 has three HDMI input terminals for digital transmission without image degradation. The HDMI input terminals also support Deep Color and the x.v.Color color space. Deep Color provides 10-bit (over 1.07 billion) and 12-bit (over 68.7 billion) color depths for smooth gradation between colors, while x.v.Color compliance reproduces natural, lifelike images
12V Triggers
Two 12V triggers are provided. Since the input and output can be set independently (menu selectable), they can link flexibly with powered screens, room lights and powered curtains. Combined with the lens and memory, they let you create a truly classy home theater
VIERA Link for Easy Operation
The PT-AE8000 supports VIERA Link. If your home theater system contains VIERA Link-ready equipment, projection can be started by using only the remote control unit of the PT-AE8000, regardless of whether the source is a Blu-ray disc or a TV program stored on an HD recorder. This eliminates the need for hassling with several remote controls
Up to 5000-Hour Lamp Replacement Cycle and Simple Maintenance
Panasonic's proprietary lamp drive system helps maintain lamp performance, resulting in an up to 5000-hour lamp replacement cycle. For easy maintenance, you can replace the filter from the side and the lamp from the top of the projector. The dust filter and lamp are easily replaced even after the PT-AE8000 is installed on the ceiling
Ecology Conscious Design
Panasonic works from every angle to minimize environmental impact in the product design, production and delivery processes, and in the performance of the product during its life cycle. The PT-AE8000 reflects the following ecological considerations:
No halogenated flame retardants are used in the cabinet
Lead-free glass for the lens
Standby power consumption of only 0.08W has been achieved
A sleep timer that reduces wasteful power consumption
RoHS compliant
Image Display
Panel Size 0.7" (17.8 mm) diagonal
Display Transparent LCD panel x 3, (R/G/B)
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Number of Pixels 2,073,600 (1920 x 1080) x 3, total of 6,220,800 pixels
Brightness 2400 lumens
Colors 1 billion
Contrast Ratio 500,000:1 (full on / full off)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
System NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL-M, PAL 60, PAL-N, SECAM
HDTV Compatibility Yes
Lens System
Lens F= 1.9-3.2
f= 22.4-44.8mm
Focus/Zoom Adjusting Powered zoom / focus lenses
Throw Ratio 1.35:1-2.70:1
Throw Distance 2D projection: 3.9-59.3' (1.2-18.1 m)
3D projection: 3.9-39.3' (1.2-12 m)
Recommended Projection Size Projection size (Diagonal) (2D): 40-300" (1.02-7.62 m)
Projection size (Diagonal) (3D): 40-200" (1.02-5.08 m)
Uniformity 85%
Shifts Vertical: ±100%, horizontal: ±26%
Frequency Scanning frequency - HDMI: 480p, 576p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/24p, 1080/60p, 1080/50p
Scanning frequency - RGB: fH: 15 kHz-74 kHz, fV: 24 Hz-85 Hz, dot clock: 154 MHz or lower
Scanning frequency - YPBPR (YCBCR): 480i (525i), 576i (625i), 480p (525p), 576p (625p), 720 (750)/60p, 720 (750)/50p, 1080 (1125)/60i, 1080 (1125)/50i, 1080 (1125)/24p, 1080 (1125)/60p, 1080 (1125)/50p
Scanning frequency - Video / S-Video: fH: 15.75 kHz, fV: 60 Hz
fH: 15.63 kHz, fV: 50 Hz
Features
Keystone Correction Vertical: ±30°
Ceiling Mountable Yes
Rear Screen Projection Yes
Projection Tilt Option Yes
Inputs/Outputs HDMI: HDMI connector x 3, (Deep Color, x.v.Color, CEC), HDCP compliant, supports HDAVI Control Version 5
Computer (RGB) in: D-sub HD 15-pin (female) x 1 (RGB/YPBPR x 1)
Component in: RCA pin x 3 (YPBPR/YCBCR)
Trigger in / out: M3 x 2, 12 V, max. 100 mA (input / output / 3D transmitter output selectable using on-screen menu)
Video in: RCA pin x 1
S-video in: Mini DIN 4-pin x 1
Serial in: D-sub 9-pin x 1 for external control (RS-232C compliant)
General
Materials Molded plastic (PC+ABS)
Power Cord Length: 9.8 (3 m)
Lamp (Bulb) 220W UHM lamp
Fan Noise 22dB (eco mode)
Remote Control Power supply: 3V DC (AA / R6 type battery x 2)
Operation range: 23' (7 m) when operated from directly in front of the signal receptor
Dimensions: 1.9 x 5.4 x 1.1" (48 x 138 x 28.3mm)
Weight: 4.4 oz. (125 g)
Power Requirements 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption 310W (0.08W in standby mode)
Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Humidity 20-80% (no condensation)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 18.5 x 5.9 x 14.3" (47 x 15 x 36.3 cm)
Weight 19.2 lb. (8.7 kg)
Panasonic PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector
  • Power Cord
  • Wireless Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Battery
  • Lens Cover
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector
     
    4.8

    (based on 34 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (23)
    • Energy efficient (12)
    • Intuitive controls (10)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Good remote (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies (14)
      • Large rooms (11)
      • Living room (5)
      • Television shows (5)
      • Upgrade (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Movie enthusiast (12), Tech savvy (12), Audiophile (4), Casual user (4), Enthusiast (3)
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        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Awesome projector, questionable rebates

      I own more than 20 panasonic products from Plasma TV to head phones. I always trust the brand. The brand name and the rebate offer for 200 dollars, 3D glasses and extended warranty...Read complete review

      I own more than 20 panasonic products from Plasma TV to head phones. I always trust the brand. The brand name and the rebate offer for 200 dollars, 3D glasses and extended warranty is the main reason I bought this projector. Has no complaints about the projector, would recommend to anyone. It is solidly built, sharp, very bright and colorful. The rebate....on the rebate form it says "panasonic will not be responsible for any lost or misdirected mail", so I mailed the rebate forms by certified mail. Its been 14 days since it reached the address and no one is bothered to sign and receive the mail yet. The USPS has left 2 or more notes in their mail box to pick up the mail. When you call the rebate company (866 795 3383) the main receptionist even refused to give her name. Left message for the supervisor....no return calls yet. Always she is away from her desk or at lunch. One lady was helpful and she said she'll have the mail room people pick up the mail. Its been 2 days since then. If they don't pick it up by tomorrow they'll return the mail. I faxed the copy of the documents twice to them and no one could tell me if they received it. I don't know why such a reputed company like panasonic has a lousy company to deal with the rebates. If I don't get the rebate the projector will be my last panasonic product I'll own.
      I'll be posting the updates on the rebate

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great 3D projector - what about glasses?

      Purchased one of these projectors a few weeks ago. Its the best one that I owned out of three others. Only trouble is that Panasonic discontinued the shutter glasses that only work with this...Read complete review

      Purchased one of these projectors a few weeks ago. Its the best one that I owned out of three others. Only trouble is that Panasonic discontinued the shutter glasses that only work with this projector since they went with RF glasses on all their new TVs. Its a good thing that I received two pairs with the projector. I emailed Panasonic to find a substitute and they replied seven days later that the TY-EW3D3 glasses are the only ones that will work and that they are offering them again on their website for a ridiculous price of $100 each for the time being. I had to look all over the Internet to get two more pairs at a decent price. I won't be able to use the projector to watch 3D movies when the batteries in the glasses die, and they will, if they don't offer replacement glasses in the future.One other thing. The strong IR signal from the projector that controls the glasses makes it extremely difficult to operate any IR remote control while playing a 3D movie. I hope that Panasonic introduces a black box that can be connected to the output terminal at the rear of the projector (used for an accessary IR LED bar) that will convert the signal to radio frequency so that their new RF glasses can be used.I would have rated the projector with 5 stars if they had updated the unit to use their new radio frequency glasses.If you are not a fan of 3D movies, then get this projector. Its fabulous.

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      5.0

      Excellent product

      By Savvy User

      from RI

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Contrast Ratio Superb
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great pictures

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

          Phenomenal pics and video quality....great deal

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          5.0

          Outstanding Home Projector

          By Joe

          from Fort Lauderdale, FL

          About Me Movie Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Intuitive Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies

            Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

            Replaced my previous Panasonic AE700 after 9 years and thought it could not get any better. After easy set up, the difference was from the night to day! Amazing picture and my family room did not have to be completely dark! The 3D is amazing!! Slowly but surely it is replacing my flat panel 46 inch TV. Now have to work on fine tuning the colors. Wish this could be easier but should be fun!

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            5.0

            Great Projector

            By Joe Bagodoughnuts

            from San Jose, CA

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                  Still working on getting everything setup, but so far it's looking great and bright on my 12' screen.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Projector

                  By T-Man

                  from Falls City, TX

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Larger Rooms
                    • Movies

                    Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                    My media room would not be complete without it!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    PT-AE800u delivers on performance

                    By JDA

                    from Hartford, CT

                    About Me Audiophile

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Great Picture
                    • Intuitive Controls

                    Cons

                    • 3d Is Noticeably Dimmer
                    • Big And Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Larger Rooms
                    • Movies
                    • Surround Sound Solution

                    Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                    The projector, as delivered, required very little re-calibration. The picture is nice and bright and the 3D delivers as expected. Those who are disappointed in the 3D should look to the source material as the culprit.
                    I was very satisfied with my old Sanyo but it was only 720P and no 3D processing.
                    This unit steps it up a few notches with brightness and resolution.
                    Only about 25hrs on it so I will not comment about relaibility or service (crossing my fingers).
                    Please note this unit is BIG - 19 x 14 x 6 - a far cry from my old Sanyo PLV-Z5

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for family room.

                    By DJM

                    from Seattle

                    Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                    The PT AE8000u has proved to be the perfect solution to a bright family room without giving up much when the room is dark. I replaced my 900u and couldn't be more pleased.

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                    4.0

                    Awesome prjoector

                    By Sam

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 2400 Lumen Brightness
                    • 500k1 Contrast Is Superb
                    • 500k To 1 Contrast Ratio
                    • Hv Fit And Zoom To Fit

                    Cons

                    • No Free 3d Glass

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Theater Projector

                    Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                    The picture projection quality is great and I am so happy that I bought the Panny AE8000U projector.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By zip50

                    from Lincoln, MA

                    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Energy Efficient
                    • Good Remote
                    • Great Picture
                    • Interfaces Well With TV
                    • Intuitive Controls
                    • Super Bright

                    Cons

                    • The Uni Is A Little Large
                    • Unit Is A Little Large

                    Best Uses

                    • 3D
                    • Larger Rooms
                    • Living Room
                    • Movies
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                    I'm replacing an older Panasonic projector that has served me well for 5 years. The 8000 lives up to its reputation as a "light cannon". It is super bright. I use it in a dedicated home theater room so I don't use all of that brightness. It would be just fine in a daylight lit room. Although it has various settings that are pretty much dead on right out of the box, I like that the unit can be customized in a myriad of ways to get exactly the picture I want for the space I have. The lensing and keystone controls made installation easy. The unit is really quiet. On economy mode I don't even hear it and the projector is directly over my head on a ceiling mount. The remote is small, uncluttered, and easy to figure out. Keep in mind that the unit is kind of large. One picky thing: The zoom and focus are motorized, but the unit has a manual lens position adjustment. Once you get the picture aligned to your screen the rest is a piece of cake, but the very beginning setup is not totally motorized.

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                    4.0

                    UPGRADED FROM AE2000 TO AE8000

                    By John L

                    from Santa Cruz, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                          Was looking for a bulb for my old AE2000 when I noticed the holiday promotion.

                          The new unit is much brighter than the AE2000. Plus the bulb life is 4000 hrs vs 2000. Mechanics are almost identical, even the same menu systems.

                          Picture is vastly improved. Much richer colors (probably due to the red spectrum lamp in the 8000)and better visibility in moderately lit room allows watching any time of day even with the blinds open.

                          Only complaint is the fan - a little noisy, but not a problem with a ceiling mount, would be an issue if it was on a cabinet closer to my ears.

                          Have never had a bad experience with any Panasonic product, and this one was well worth the money.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic projector

                          By Just a manager

                          from Raleigh, NC

                          About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Energy Efficient
                          • Good Remote
                          • Intuitive Controls

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Larger Rooms
                            • Movies
                            • Television Shows

                            Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                            This is my first projector at home, although I am familiar with projectors from work. I am very impressed with how bright it is and the blacks are brilliant, contrast is excellent. I see more defined blacks than my not too old TV. I still don't have a projector screen installed and it is projecting on the "wall" with a light cream paint. I am amazed at the natural colors it produces. I am projecting from 17 ft wall at about 140" in not so dark room.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Unit for the Price

                            By Chunster

                            from Cumberland, RI

                            About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Energy Efficient
                            • Excellent image
                            • Good price
                            • Intuitive Controls
                            • Smooth Motion-no Blurring

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Larger Rooms
                              • Living Room
                              • Movies

                              Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                              I bought the original AE1000 and finally decided to upgrade to a faster and brighter projector. I liked the picture quality of the AE1000 and was very impressed with the AE8000's picture quality. The was more pop to the image (probably due to the brighter image). 3D looks great too. This unit is a little bit larger than the AE1000 and the AE1000 was already large! The fan in the AE8000 is quieter than the fan in the AE1000. I am very pleased with the upgrade.

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                              5.0

                              Superior projector for Home Theater

                              By Greg

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Technically Challenged

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Energy Efficient
                              • Good Remote
                              • Interfaces Well With TV
                              • Intuitive Controls

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Larger Rooms
                                • Living Room
                                • Movies
                                • Smaller Rooms
                                • Surround Sound Solution
                                • Television Shows

                                Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                For my Home Theater

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                                5.0

                                Excellent

                                By Metman

                                from Clinton Township, Michigan

                                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Color
                                • Contrast
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Energy Efficient
                                • Lumens

                                Cons

                                • NONE

                                Best Uses

                                • Larger Rooms
                                • Movies
                                • Television Shows

                                Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                106" screen in my light controlled media room. I have to deal with too bright of a picture? I am very impressed with the contrast and picture quality. BTW..3D works like a charm, no crosstalk and still bright!

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Projector

                                By Dreddy

                                from Dallas

                                Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                It is with every penny

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                                5.0

                                Great Projector!!!

                                By ScottD

                                from Cleveland, OH

                                About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Remote
                                • Intuitive Controls

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Larger Rooms
                                  • Movies

                                  Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                  This projector is everything I'd hope it would be, but brighter and easier to use. It's a little bigger than I expected but it will be on my ceiling and I won't be stepping over it so size doesn't bother me. Projected onto a wall for testing, the picture was clear even in daylight at ~120 inches diagonally.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Projector

                                  By Timmer

                                  from St Paul, MN

                                  About Me Highly Technical, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Energy Efficient
                                  • Interfaces Well With TV
                                  • Intuitive Controls

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Movies
                                    • Surround Sound Solution
                                    • Television Shows

                                    Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                    Projector was well packed (double boxed), had packing around the lense and included a set of batteries for the remote. The setup was very easy - less than 10 minutes and it was installed, powered and adjusted - very easy. I need to work on the color/brightness tuning for the room, but 2D and 3D have been fantastic! Highly recommend this projector.

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                                    4.0

                                    Awesome projector, questionable rebates

                                    By Joe

                                    from Bahama, NC

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Energy Efficient
                                    • Good Remote

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Larger Rooms
                                      • Living Room
                                      • Smaller Rooms

                                      Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                      I own more than 20 panasonic products from Plasma TV to head phones. I always trust the brand. The brand name and the rebate offer for 200 dollars, 3D glasses and extended warranty is the main reason I bought this projector. Has no complaints about the projector, would recommend to anyone. It is solidly built, sharp, very bright and colorful. The rebate....on the rebate form it says "panasonic will not be responsible for any lost or misdirected mail", so I mailed the rebate forms by certified mail. Its been 14 days since it reached the address and no one is bothered to sign and receive the mail yet. The USPS has left 2 or more notes in their mail box to pick up the mail. When you call the rebate company (866 795 3383) the main receptionist even refused to give her name. Left message for the supervisor....no return calls yet. Always she is away from her desk or at lunch. One lady was helpful and she said she'll have the mail room people pick up the mail. Its been 2 days since then. If they don't pick it up by tomorrow they'll return the mail. I faxed the copy of the documents twice to them and no one could tell me if they received it. I don't know why such a reputed company like panasonic has a lousy company to deal with the rebates. If I don't get the rebate the projector will be my last panasonic product I'll own.
                                      I'll be posting the updates on the rebate

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                                      5.0

                                      Hard to beat at this or any price

                                      By guney

                                      from San Francisco, CA

                                      About Me Movie Enthusiast, PC Geek, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Uncalibrated Color
                                      • Great Lens Shift Range
                                      • Great Lens Zoom Range
                                      • Very bright
                                      • Very Quiet

                                      Cons

                                      • Larger Than Predecessors

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Close To Viewing Position
                                      • Well-lit Conditions

                                      Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                      I decided to buy this projector as an upgrade from my earlier Panasonic PT-AE4000U mainly for two reasons: the higher brightness and the lower fan noise (with the longer lamp life as a welcome bonus).

                                      The brightness certainly satisfied. I use the projector in a mid-sized livingroom with windows all along one of the long walls, projecting an 80" image on a flat white (1.0-gain) wall surface that's at a 90-degree angle to the windows. After two front projectors (PT-AE1000 and PT-AE4000) used in this room for six or seven years, I am getting a truly lively and punchy image at night-time indoor lighting conditions for the very first time. (In pure darkness, it's even better, of course.) Even during daylight hours (with at least partially drawn translucent window blinds) I'm getting a picture that could pass for 'usable', which was not true before. This is in normal lamp power mode and using the Rec709 color mode.

                                      The noise level of the projector was a bigger surprise. My PT-AE4000 was not a loud projector by any measure, but it could easily be heard in completely quiet conditions (sometimes even when you weren't trying to hear it). This is with the projector ceiling-mounted directly above my seating position; only four or five feet above my head. In the same setting, the PT-AE8000 is virtually inaudible. I suspect this is due not just to the lower decibel level, but also partially due to the character of the noise it produces (since the difference in decibels isn't worlds apart).

                                      When I read in a couple of sources about uniformity issues on this (and other) Panasonic projectors, I was initially slightly worried. I took a close look when I got the projector. When projecting a pure white field, I think I do have some pinkish tint near one lower corner of the image. However, while almost unmistakable when using test material, this becomes not only unbothersome but practically undetectable when viewing normal program material. And I consider myself a very "visually picky" person (who can't tolerate 720p in place of 1080p, and who is bothered when there's even a 200-millisecond lip sync error, etc.).

                                      I don't intend to use the projector for any 3D viewing. I also don't like the frame creation feature and won't be using it (not because it doesn't work well--it's one of the best ones I've seen--but because I don't like the sensation of the hyper-smooth motion in typical TV and movie sources). These could be nice gimmicks to experiment with, but they haven't factored into my purchase decision and I won't be using them in the long term.

                                      The bottom line is that, knowing what I know now and seeing what I've seen of the projecor, if I were making the same purchase decision today, I'd still decide to buy this projector and would probably have taken less time in reaching that conclusion.

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                                      5.0

                                      Bright, sharp, and flexible projector

                                      By HDGuru

                                      from Washington DC

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Energy Efficient
                                      • Good Remote

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Larger Rooms
                                        • Living Room
                                        • Movies

                                        Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                        After 8 years it was time to replace my previous Sanyo PLV70 projector. I have a lot of windows in my room without covering, so high output for daytime brightness is essential. The Panasonic fit the bill. It's very bright by day, but can be easily changed to a highly accurate less-bright mode for night viewing. The picture is superb. And the remote lets you program your favorite menu setting to a quick button, making mode changes easy. After a few months of usage the only complaint I have is that the factory IR remote has a pretty weak output with limited range. But I use a universal remote which works much better and eliminates this issue. And it's very quiet.

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                                        5.0

                                        fabulous

                                        By red

                                        from Springdale AR

                                        About Me Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Movies

                                          Comments about PT-AE8000U Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector:

                                          Use in home theater. Replaced an 8 year old sony projector with this model. Did not expect it to perform but wow, the panasonic is brighter sharper and works even with the lights on.
                                          I chose this projector after reading many reviews. Well worth the money.

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