Excerpt: Panasonic entered the home theater projector market in 2001. But the company already had decades of experience in the business projector world, beginning with CRTs in 1975 and later moving into its current mix of LCDs and DLPs. All of the company’s home theater designs have used LCD imaging chips, however, and the PT-AE8000U is the latest link in a long chain dating back to that 2001 model, the PT-AE100.
Conclusion: Shortly after buying my first front projector, an Epson, I made the leap to Panasonic and, for four years after my initial purchase, I bought the new model every year without fail. Had I not switched to JVC about five years ago, I could assume I'd probably be a Panasonic front-projection customer even today. But shaking things up has a way of changing one's perspective on things.
Conclusion: No question about it, the PT-AE8000 (PT-AT6000 in the EU) deserves, and receives our Hot Product Award. Great in a dedicated home theater room, but also every bit at home in less desireable, brighter rooms. You may not be able to appreciate, for example, every last ounce of the PT-AE8000's black level performance on dark scenes as well as in a theater room. No matter, it's as bright as any other home projector you will be able to find for your living room, bonus room,...
Pros: A very bright "brightest" mode, - A light canon with over 2000 usable lumens, six hundred calibrated, Very clean 3D, three brightness settings, 3D glasses exceptionally light, very comfortable, Truly outstanding placement flexibility, Lens Memory - for using widescreens without an anamorphic lens (a real plus for some), CFI - smooth motion, one of the smoothest/best, many may even use for movie viewing, who would not engage most others for same, Calibrates very nicely...
Cons: Short warranty - 2 year Parts/labor, but only 2000 hours maximum on the warranty. Definitely less warranty than most competitors, Lamp brightness control hard to find on menu, Good black levels for the price range (for 2D/3D projectors) but still could be improved significantly, to be fully competitive, Not quite as sharp as some, Detail enhancement not as effective as some
This projector takes some setting up, but it’s hard to beat
Good Gear Guide.au
7 January 2013
Summary: The Panasonic PT-AE8000 home theatre projector is one of the best that you can buy. If you’ve got a Blu-ray player or HTPC and some high quality video material, you can be assured of excellent video quality -- a huge range of contrast, a pin-sharp lens, and seamless 3D. Setup is an imperfect process, but once set up it is one of the best ways to watch movies that we’ve seen.
Pros: Unparalleled image quality, Excellent price for performance
Cons: No remote control, Labyrinthine menu structure