Summary: At this price, you would accept nothing less than stunning, and that is what the Panasonic PT-AE8000EA is. This is not a short-throw projector, and is aimed at only the dedicated home theater setup. It handled HD and upscaled HD content brilliantly. For once, there was the remote with backlit keys, something most projector and TV makers forget about.
Pros: Excellent handling of HD content, Upscaled HD handling was surprisingly good, Backlit remote, Detailed picture quality settings, 3D playback capable, Will upscale 2D > 3D on the fly, Lens shift for that extra fine-tuning
Cons: Costs a fair amount of money, Gets fairly warm after a while, 3D glasses and IR transmitter are optional accessories
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.
Excerpt: As we did last year, we start out with two 3LCD projector concepts. Build a light path around the same 480hz LCD panels, add two different but similar range zoom lenses, a lot of fancy 2D and 3D processing, a pair of very different warranties, really good black levels in one case, and great ones in the other, dramatically improved 3D in one case, less so in the other, and there’s plenty to discuss.
Conclusion: The PT-AE8000 does well on both, but not exceptionally. This is a solid, ultra high contrast projector. Blacks are really good, but there are better for the price, and in general, it’s not quite as good as those slightly more expensive projectors I’ve mentioned, as well as the Epson, which has been the best under about $4K. That said, it’s good enough to allow you to concede a small difference and be concerned with other features that the Panny has.
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: 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...
This projector takes some setting up, but it’s hard to beat
Good Gear Guide.au
31 December 2012
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