Summary: The one thing I promised myself that I would get after professional school was a projector for a home theater. I always wanted the "big screen" and wanted to be able to watch HDTV and HD DDVD as well as gaming. After graduation, I did my research and found this to be the best bang for the buck. I have been using this one for about one year. Setup is super easy, I got a cheap universal mount off ebay and it works just fine and a cheap 100" screen with felt border.
Summary: The unit casts an unbelievable image. Not just beautiful, detailed, 3-D, and exciting, but deeply soul-satisfying. The rich color is accurate out of the box, and setup is an absolute breeze. HDTV is superb, HD DVD is impossibly fantastic, and even SD looks great. VGA input gives a simple computer connection. Blacks are good except in very dim scenes, when they become a drawback. That's a small concession for such an extraordinary value in a TV.
Summary: The PT-AE1000U LCD HD Proj 11000:1 1100 Lumens Hdmi Svid Rbg is a great unit. Excellent HD quality. We installed it ourselves - very easy with minimal handyman knowledge for the ceiling mount. Worked perfectly out of the box. We have since gone into some of the menu options and selected picture quality/brightness options that we preferred for our home theater. You'll be very pleased with this unit.
Summary: Personal Experience This is my first projector, and I'm very impressed, especially with Blu-ray content. Impressed the crap out of me and my family projecting onto a 120" about 15 feet away. Problems I bought the unit refurbished for about 2200 in Oct 2007...and noticed a yellow mark at the upper left of the screen.
Summary: Personal Experience An outstanding projector. I have mine set up in a home theater wich has no outside light. Screen goo screen with a 14 foot diag. This is the maximum allowable for this projector while still being in the ideal distance/screen size. I am using a Sony Playstation 3 with HDMI out into an Onkio 7000 series Audo/video receiver to output HDMI to the projector. Also have Dishnetwork HD DVR into the Onkyo. Both Dishnet and BluRay look absolutly OUTSTANDING.
Summary: Personal Experience I've been through several projectors over the years. I did a TON of research before I decided on the AE1000U. I'm proude to say that I made the right choice. The details of the picture is nothing short of phnomenal. Best choice/best projector on the market. Problems No problems. Easy to set up and use.
Summary: Personal Experience I'm assuming you have researched all of the reviews on this projector and I can say they are all accurate and more. I used the same reviews to make my decision and buy it. I have a slight twist on this projector that you will not see in any other reviews though. This thing is built like a truck or I'm just really lucky, or both probably.
Summary: Personal Experience I am floored at the quality of this projector. Absolutely amazed. I purchased this unit in June while Panny was having a $1000 rebate. I paid $2700. I received the rebate check within 6 weeks. I spent months on this site analyzing its position and running the calculators to be perfect as I was building my HT. My panny now sits in my HT which is a light controlled space. The Panny sits back 13.5' from a 133" Screen Innovations 1.1 gain screen.
Summary: Personal Experience I've had this projector for about a month now. I purchased used for about 2k and I couldn't be happier with my purchase!! I use a Dalite screen made for digital projectors, while it is gray and low gain, I still am very happy with the image I have. I tried the white wall thing and the image was just to bright for me. I am lucky enough to have a nice sized room for a dedicated home theater, this does help with a low output unit like this Panasonic.
Summary: Personal Experience I went from the Sony HS51 to this projector and what a jump it was. The picture is perfectly clear, the colors jump off of the screen. Truthfully, this projector puts commercial theaters to shame. The images just pop and have you watching every movie again, just to see the detail you missed. I suggest watching Shrek 2 in HD to get the full effect. The installation was easy and the price point perfect for the performance that this projector offers.