Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Warranty Posted on July 23, 2013 By Art Feierman 1. Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review - Panasonic PT-AE8000U Projector Highlights - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector Overview2. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Special Features - PT-AE8000 Lens Memory and Lens Features - PT-AE8000 Projector: 3D - PT-AE8000 Projector 3D Glasses and Control - PT-AE8000 Gaming Abilities - PT-AE8000 Creative Frame Interpolation3. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Special Features 2 - PT-AE8000 Waveform Generator and Side By Side - PT-AE8000 Dynamic Iris - Viera-Link4. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Special Features 3 - PT-AE8000 2D to 3D Conversion - PT-AE8000 Lamp Life - Other Dynamic Controls5. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Physical Tour - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector - Appearance - PT-AE8000 Control Panel - PT-AE8000 Projector - Input/Output6. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Physical Tour 2 - PT-AE8000 Menus - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Remote Control - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Lens Throw - PT-AE8000 Lens Shift - Anamorphic Lens - Wide Screen7. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Image Quality - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Out of the Box Picture Quality - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector - Flesh Tones8. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Image Quality 2 - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector - Image Quality - Black Levels Comparison - Shadow Detail Performance - Shadow Detail Performance - Black Level and Shadow Detail Performance: PT-AE8000 Projector - Bottom Line9. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Image Quality 3 - Panasonic PT-AE8000 - Overall Color & Picture Quality10. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Image Quality 4 - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector: Performance, HDTV and Sports, including 3D - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector: Bottom Line on HDTV Sports, and also 3D HDTV content11. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Performance - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Brightness - Post Calibration: Best Mode = REC 709 - Post Calibration: Brightest Mode = Dynamic12. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Performance 2 - 3D Brightness of the Panasonic PT-AE8000 - PT-AE8000 Eco-Mode vs. Full Power - PT-AE8000, Post Calibration, Best Mode (REC 709)13. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Performance 3 - Comparing Picture Modes of the PT-AE8000: - Panasonic PT-AE8000 3D Brightness - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Bottom Line Brightness:14. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Performance 4 - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Sharpness - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Sharpness - Light Leakage - Image Noise - Audible Noise15. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector Calibration and Settings - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Color Temperature - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Basic Settings16. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector Calibration and Settings 2 - PT-AE8000 Greyscale Calibration REC 709 Mode - PT-AE8000 RGB Settings17. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Advanced Calibration Information - Color Management Settings (CMS) - CMS Adjustment Basics - Calibration Charts (Before and After)18. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Projector Screens - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector Screen Recommendations - Panasonic PT-AE8000 - Projector Screen - Cave / Home Theater - Panasonic PT-AE8000 - Projector Screen - Family Room19. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Competitors - Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. HD830020. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Competitors 2 - Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Sharp XV-Z3000021. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Competitors 3 - Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5010 - Panasonic PT-AE4000 vs. Panasonic PT-AE800022. Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector – Warranty23. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Review Summary - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector - The Bottom Line24. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Review Summary 2 - The Very Bottom Line on the PT-AE8000 projector25. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Review Summary 3 - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector: Pros and Cons - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector: Pros - Panasonic PT-AE8000 Projector: Cons26. Panasonic PT-AE8000 – Full Specifications Update 12/9/12: Note: Until 12/31/2012, Panasonic is promoting a free 3rd year warranty, and with it, a maximum of 3000 total hours, instead of 2000.The Panasonic PT-AE8000, comes standard in the US, with a two year warranty on parts and labor. They do not offer any form of loaner or replacement program (few do, but one direct competitor does).Two years is no longer average for projectors in the $2000 to $3500 street price range. There are now more brand name projectors with 3 year warranties. In this price range range there are a few 1 year warranties, some two years but of late, mostly 3 year warranties. Several brands offer replacement programs, which I find very valuable should you have a warranty issue.Overall, warranty has typically been one of the few weak spots of the Panasonic projectors.Although Panasonic’s warranty is 2 years, there is a catch. The PT-AE8000 warranty in the US has a 2000 hour maximum, so it’s 2 years OR 2000 hours. Well, a lot of folks put on more than 1000 hours a year, which works out to 20 hours a week. If you are someone who uses your projector a great deal (more than 20 hours a week) you won’t get two years. If you use your projector as your primary TV, as so many do, and have it on roughly the usual 40+ hours a week your warranty might not quite make it to even one year.So, Panasonic owners, if you are leaving the room for a couple of hours – turn it off – save your warranty, save some electricity too!To put the Panasonic warranty in perspective, here are the warranties of some of the other most popular projectors out there that sell in that $2000 to $3500 range (alphabetical order):BenQ W7000 – 1 year – no replacement (now less than $2000)Epson Home Cinema 5020 – 2 years, 2 years replacementEpson Pro Cinema 6020 – 3 years, 3 years replacementMitsubishi HC7900DW – 3 years, 3 years replacementOptoma HD8200/HD8300 3 years, 3 years replacementSharp XV-Z30000 – 3 years – no replacementSony VPL-HW50ES – 3 years – no replacementViewsonic Pro 9000 – 3 years – 1 year replacementNote, all projectors seem to have some sort of weakness that I can bitch about. In the case of the Panasonic, this is one of the few negatives. If you are fortunate, your projector will work perfectly for three or more years, in which case none of this matters. Still, the PT-AE8000’s warranty is sufficiently less favorable than several direct competitors. It’s up to you to decide how much weight to give the warranty program in your purchase decision. I would really only be concerned if you are a 40 hour a week, or close to it, for then your warranty is barely, or less than a year. I am not a fan of warranties that last less than 2 years.Note: Until 12/31/2012, Panasonic is promoting a free 3rd year warranty, and with it, a maximum of 3000 total hours, instead of 2000.