Projector Reviews Announces Shootout of the Panasonic PT-AE8000 and the Epson Home Cinema 5020UB Projectors

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Projector Reviews compares two of the top-selling home theater projectors for under $3000, the Epson Home Cinema 5020UB and the Panasonic PT-AE8000.

Comparison image of the Panasonic PT-AE8000 and Epson Home Cinema 5020UB projectors

Comparison image of the Panasonic PT-AE8000 and Epson Home Cinema 5020UB projectors.

The PT-AE8000 and Home Cinema 5020UB, like their predecessors, are in what I like to call the ‘sweet spot’ of home theater projector price and performance.

Projector Reviews, each year, compares what always seem to be two top contenders for our annual Best in Class home theater projector award. These two Projectors both sell for under $3000, and are likely the two best selling projectors designed for your home theater or cave. This year, it’s between Panasonic's PT-AE8000 and Epson's Home Cinema 5020UB, both projectors are based on similar projectors from last year, which were truly impressive models. This year both have some really significant improvements to further enhance your viewing pleasure.

The Panasonic and Epson are both 3LCD projectors that, by our take, represent the best-selling projectors out there for people who are creating a true home theater or cave-like environment.

Editor Art Feierman had this to say about the two projectors:

“There are several other home theater / entertainment projectors with high volume sales out there beside the Epson and Panasonic, but those other projectors tend to be a good deal less expensive, and more geared for a living room, rather than a dedicated room. It's when you get into the price range of these two projectors, that you start getting the the high performance sought by movie enthusiasts with dedicated home theaters. The PT-AE8000 and Home Cinema 5020UB, like their predecessors, are in what I like to call the ‘sweet spot’ of home theater projector price and performance.”

The shootout compares the performance of each projector in the major categories, including brightness, black levels, shadow detail, warranty and cost of operation, placement flexibility, general features, color, and overall 2D and 3D performance

At the end, Art designates an overall ‘winner,’ but reminds readers:

“Once again, this isn't about picking a winner. No projector is best at everything, so there are alway trade-offs. This comparison of the Home Cinema 5020UB and PT-AE8000 is about explaining your choices, so you can figure out which of these two projectors with excellent value propositions, is the better solution for you. That includes considering your room setup, and of course, the type of content you, and also your family and friends, plan to enjoy!"

In addition to this comparison, Projector Reviews will shortly release video summaries of our recent online reviews of these two projectors.

About Projector Reviews:

Based in San Clemente, CA, ProjectorReviews.com provides an in-depth look into most of the home theater projectors that sell for under $10,000, and some that are far more expensive. Art Feierman and the rest of the Projector Reviews staff have been reviewing both home and business / education projectors since 2000.

The Projector Reviews website and blogs reach approximately one and a half million unique visitors a year. That’s a lot of folks "focused" on home theater.

To contact Projector Reviews, email Art Feierman at reviewer(at)projectorreviews(dot)com or call (949) 291-2867.

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