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Over the last few months my Panny AE8000 has developed a fault - it shows a vertical blue line on the left side of the screen.  Sometimes it will disappear entirely, sometimes I will get 2 vertical lines that will then go back to 1 line.  When I recently went on holidays for a couple of weeks, I came back and the projector did not show the vertical at all for a couple of days - maybe it needed a rest too!

 

Does anyone know if this is repairable? I have replaced the bulb recently which didn't fix the issue.  Also, it is not related to the HDMI cable as the vertical line shows even on system menus with the HDMI cable unplugged.

 

I know this is an older projector but I am still happy with the picture otherwise.

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It probably requires a new light engine - that won't be cheap.  Personally I wouldn't spend $ on it as you don't know when something else will fail.

 

Perhaps look at an Epson TW9400 - that would be a big step up in image quality.

 

 

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Thanks I suspected that might be the case, and thanks for the suggestion of the Epson.   I have been doing some preliminary research and the JVC N7 gets a good wrap too (not cheap though!)

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7 minutes ago, Capn Stoobie said:

Thanks I suspected that might be the case, and thanks for the suggestion of the Epson.   I have been doing some preliminary research and the JVC N7 gets a good wrap too (not cheap though!)

 

I'm running an N5 and have been very happy with it. I didn't see the value in the N7 as you lose too much light when the wide colour gamut filter is used and the second iris is only useful if you have a small screen (I'm running 130" cinemascope).

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Just now, Quark said:

 

I'm running an N5 and have been very happy with it. I didn't see the value in the N7 as you lose too much light when the wide colour gamut filter is used and the second iris is only useful if you have a small screen (I'm running 130" cinemascope).

 

I should add that the dynamic iris actually works really well on the N5 - no light "pumping" when on the correct setting (I think it's the second option).

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On 14/10/2021 at 11:24 AM, Capn Stoobie said:

Over the last few months my Panny AE8000 has developed a fault - it shows a vertical blue line on the left side of the screen.  Sometimes it will disappear entirely, sometimes I will get 2 vertical lines that will then go back to 1 line.  When I recently went on holidays for a couple of weeks, I came back and the projector did not show the vertical at all for a couple of days - maybe it needed a rest too!

 

Does anyone know if this is repairable? I have replaced the bulb recently which didn't fix the issue.  Also, it is not related to the HDMI cable as the vertical line shows even on system menus with the HDMI cable unplugged.

 

I know this is an older projector but I am still happy with the picture otherwise.

Panasonic AE8000 fault.jpg

I've got a Panny AE8000 as well. What a bummer. I just wondered how many hours yours has done? I'm at about 3500. No issues so far but the 8000 has a bit of shelf life. (but hey it's been 8 years) 

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