Home Theater Updated

The new projector for the home theater came in on Friday. The unit, a Panasonic PT-AE3000U, was remarkably easy to install. I had it up and running on Friday evening after only two hours or so of work. Here is an overview of my current system:

Video Components

Audio Components


  • High quality HDMI and speaker cables
  • Harmony Universal Remote

Although not a high end room like this one, we have a space in our home that easily rivals the local cineplex. The screen is not as large but the image and sound quality is exceptional. With two recliners in the viewing sweetspot, it is an experience that is hard to beat when watching movies.

I am really pleased with the image quality of the Panasonic PT-AE3000U. With very little calibration, the unit puts out an amazing image right out of the box.

2 replies
  1. Allen Woolfrey
    Allen Woolfrey says:

    Sounds like a great setup! Is it still true that a projection system is less effective than LCD etc. when the viewing room is not completely dark?

    I’m planning to replace a 10 year old 35″ square tube that has great (non-HD) picture quality. I have set up our loft with rear ceiling speakers and have the appropriate stereo gear, but I’m thinking that the room may not be dark enough during daylight hours for a projector.

    Regards, Al.

  2. Richard Cleaver
    Richard Cleaver says:

    Hi Al,

    Our home theater is located in a controlled lighting environment. Although it is possible to view projection-based systems with ambient light, I would not recommend it. This class of technology works best with the lights out — just like a movie theater.


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