Summary: Although the Panasonic’s 165-watt bulb is only 15 watts more powerful than other projectors in its class, it manages to put out substantially more light than the average projector, which allows for very large screen sizes (I calculate that it can handle up to a 13-foot diagonal screen in the high lamp mode).
Excerpt: Panasonic has been making pro video projectors for years, but its first home theater projector to catch my eye was the PT-AE700U. Both that model and its follow-up, the PT-AE900U, were competent 720p LCD designs in deceptively small, businesslike black boxes that offered good value for the money.
Panasonic PT-AE2000U 1080p Home Theater Projector Review
5 February 2008
Excerpt: Can a person be unfaithful to his home theater equipment? As loyal BigPictureBigSound readers can attest, I'm a huge proponent of Sanyo projectors. My first was the PLV-Z2, and I recently upgraded to the stellar 1080p PLV-Z2000 . But when I saw the image produced by the Panasonic PT-AE2000U 1080p home theater projector , I have to confess I started having impure thoughts. ( Oh, I hope Sanyo isn't reading this.
Pros: Panasonic PT-AE2000U Projector on Amazon.com, Panasonic PT-AE2000U at B&H Photo Video
Conclusion: All considered, Panasonic may well be the best overall value out there. We'll know far more after the production unit arrives, and also the Epson Home Cinema 1080UB. (Hopefully they'll be here at the same time!) Of all the 1080p projectors reviewed to date, my opinion right now, is that if you need to keep your projector's budget under $3000, the Panasonic looks to be the best overall projector out there.
Pros: Very film-like, Good at revealing shadow details, Good out of the box performance, with only minor adjustments needed, Vertical and Horizontal lens shift with exceptional range for placement flexibility, Really good remote control (learning remote, can control other devices), 2:1 zoom lens for great placement flexibility, Supports HDMI 1.3, with Deep Color, and supports 1080p/24 (plays at 48fps) content, Good remote control, User savable settings, Multiple movie modes...
Cons: Pre-production unit has uneven color across the screen (this will be updated when a replacement arrives in 12/07), Dynamic mode is bright, and reasonable to watch, but needs a little tweaking to make it more natural., Black levels could be a bit better (but they are good!), Gamma in the low end range, tends to be too dark, crushing blacks a little, adjustable
Panasonic PT-AE2000U Home Theater Projector Review: Overview
19 November 2007
Conclusion: I'll stick by my original recommendation. I pretty well anticipated the differences between the first and second projectors, and I based my discussion of the PT-AE2000U with the assumption that the color shift would be minimal and not an issue on production projectors (as it turned out), and the really good out of the box color balance was confirmed. So, I'll say it one more time.