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#422883 - 01/29/17 03:04 PM Projector upgrade
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So I have calibrated all 7 picture modes on my new Panasonic AE8000U several times. I still cannot get a picture I'm happy with. Black levels are pixelated in many dark scenes and clarity on movies is average at best. Some have said my Seymour XD AT screen may be the cause. Regardless I'm not changing my AT screen set up. I will try to upgrade my projector. Any advice on projector selection is appreciated. Sub $5k please....
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#422888 - 01/29/17 04:10 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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what is your sharpness set at?
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#422889 - 01/29/17 04:16 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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I'll have to get back to you on that. It's a bit different for each picture mode I think. I used Disney WOW to calibrate all 7 picture modes.
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#422890 - 01/29/17 04:18 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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What are you trying to watch?
HD content off TV/satellite is difficult to watch at the best of times...
Blurays really shine with the 8000.
The XD shouldn't be the issue, unless you're supper close to it.
I'd try a reset or have someone else take a look at it before upgrading.
I've had comments on the clarity even when I knew it could be /has been better.
XD and 8000 in use daily.
I ended up leaving mine on normal with the sharpness on +2, superwhite and iris off, bulb on low/Eco in a blacked out room.


Edited by brwsaw (01/29/17 04:18 PM)
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#422893 - 01/29/17 04:49 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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Hi aarons,

Several projector manufacturers (Optoma, Acer, BenQ) will soon offer models using TI 4K DLP chip. Based on early European reviews they look pretty impressive. Some might be within your budget goal. Good luck !
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#422894 - 01/29/17 04:52 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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I have a Seymour XD screen and don't have the issues being described. I'm surprised that someone is telling you that it is the problem. What you might have is a woven screen (which the XD is) and LCD panel (screendoor) issue creating moire.

Is your Seymour screen material at an angle or straight up and down/left and right?

A good number of projectors around the age of your Panasonic have moire issues if the screen material isn't tilted/angled. I know that when I was screen shopping around 2011, I was warned about making sure that I tilted my screen material as so many projectors would be negatively impacted by the previously mentioned vertical/horizontal orientation of the weave. When I got my JVC, I discovered that it was not prone to have this problem, but I was covered in case a future projector was.

So that is why I ask.

Otherwise, I can see zero logical reason why the screen would be the cause of "pixelation" in the dark areas.

For under $5000, I would jump on a faux-k JVC. Unless looking side-by-side (like I was able to do at CEDIA 2016) with a true 4K, the JVC lines have been doing faux-K right and you would never know by looking at the image that it wasn't true 4K. Problem then becomes that the Seymour XD screen is great to 1080p, but not beyond. So you would need a new screen again (Seymour does have a 4K screen, but that would be a bit of $$$.

Epson would be on my hit-list as well.

Panasonic has kind of gone the way of Sanyo (which was my first projector make)... they were really impressive and had a great performance/price value in their day. Now they aren't quite the unique value that they used to be. Heck, is there anything newer from Panasonic than the 8000? Seems like it is still a current model even though they first shipped back in 2012. I am not sure that Sanyo is even in the business any more.
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#422895 - 01/29/17 05:05 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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Maybe a loose hdmi connection causing the pixelation?
Whats the throw distance and screen size?
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#422896 - 01/29/17 05:29 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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i bought a camera for my car, forgot to pull the plastic protector off the lens . Turns out it was much clearer without the plastic on there, who da thunk ha ha.
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#422897 - 01/29/17 05:45 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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Thanks I'll try that. However I've tried so many settings over the past month my confidence is about lost.
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#422900 - 01/29/17 06:30 PM Re: Projector upgrade [Re: aarons]
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Its a long shot but I've read where others have forgot to remove the packing material from behind the lens and main body of the pj.
If you cant get it focused I'd try for warranty before spending on an upgrade.
True 1080p content is pretty sweet to watch when its set up.
And gaming is rediclous. The level of detail very impressive.


Edited by brwsaw (01/29/17 06:33 PM)
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