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Home Theater Update! - Panasonic PT-AE8000 and Viewsonic Reviews, more

Greetings.  This is just a quick update - one that I should have put out a few days ago, regarding the status of the Viewsonic Pro 9000 projector and the Panasonic PT-AE8000 projectors for your home theater. The Panasonic PT-AE8000 is here - Mike's calibrated it, and I've more than 20 hours of viewing so far, including a lot of sports, a few movies (including Avengers in 3D, and part of Avatar in 3D) mostly 2D ones.  It is my hope to publish the PT-AE8000 this weekend.  At the very, very, latest, though, one week from today, the 23rd. Why then for the Panasonic PT-AE8000 projector? - I'm flying to the east coast that day, so, I'll have many hours to finish the review if not already done and posted. As to the Viewsonic Pro9000 projector, the review is about 90% written and will definitely post this evening.  This is a review that will be updated / rewritten shortly after we get a look at a full production version of the Pro9000 projector.  We've identified some menu issues, and some color ones on this pre-production sample, that should be fixed with the full production Pro 9000 arriving perhaps end of week.   It won't take long to determine how much better the final version is than this early one.  We have already been told that some of the things we discovered have already been taken care of with newer firmware. Stay tuned.  Regarding the PT-AE8000, also note that the Epson Home Cinema 5020 should arrive while we have the Panasonic here, which means a serious shoot-out will occur between the latest versions these perennial competitors (which, of course happen to also use the same LCD panels). So, Viewsonic, Panasonic and Epson projectors, are all coming up in the next two weeks.  Did I mention that an Epson Home Cinema 3020 is also here, but I'll put the Epson Home Cinema 5020 ahead of it, should it arrive soon enough.  Otherwise, the HC3020 will publish ahead of the HC5020. Thanks and stay tuned for more home theater updates! -art PS - Scott, one of our gamer / projector /bloggers, has the Sony VPL-HW50ES, testing it for gaming - including lag times.

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