Excerpt: Over the last couple of years, the price of projectors has gone down considerably with quite a few of them being available for under Rs. 50,000. However, one should not forget that not too long ago, the price of a standard projector was over a lakh and it offered pretty standard features. With the drop in price, the projectors available, nowadays do offer those extra features, but not state of the art ones that can compete with HD televisions.
Excerpt: Start out with two 3LCD projector concepts. Build a light path around the same new, 480hz LCD panels, add two different but similar range zoom lenses, a lot of fancy 2D and 3D processing, a pair of very different warranties, really good black levels in one case, and great ones in the other, and a noteworthy, but not massive difference in brightness.
Conclusion: Time to try to put all the features, performance, flexibility, warranty, and other aspects of Panasonic’s PT-AE7000U projector. Definitely, this new Panasonic PT-AE7000 is a great value, compared to all the recently reviewed projectors it competes with. That, rather than any one capability, is why we are pleased to provide the PT-AE7000U with a Hot Product Award.
Pros: A very bright “brightest” mode, pretty much a “light cannon”, and good brightness for 3D, the first $3K+ projector we’ve said that about, Very clean 3D in most modes, three brightness settings, 3D glasses come in 3 sizes, and there’s an optional Emitter – a booster, if needed, Truly outstanding placement flexibility, Lens Memory – for using widescreens without an anamorphic lens (a real plus for some), CFI – smooth motion, one of the smoothest, many may even use for m...
Cons: Short warranty – 1 year Parts/labor, 2000 hours maximum use. Even promotional, free 1 extra year extension for registering (offer through 3/31/12), though, still has the total 2000 hour limit, Heavy users will run out of hours long before 2 years., “Best” mode, while average in brightness, isn’t as bright as most of the DLP and LCoS competitors (even though this projector is brighter at maximum), Lamp brightness control hard to find on menu, Does not include 3D glasse...
Summary: Panasonic’s AE7000 projector is one of the first 3D LCD projectors available to home cinema enthusiasts. It’s an excellent 2D projector, and definitely one of the best we have seen for watching 1080p Full HD movies. If you want to watch 3D video it’s not as good due to a significant dip in brightness, but it’s still usable in a darkened room.
Pros: Excellent video quality in 2D, Jump in brightness over previous models, Good 3D clarity and performance
Cons: Large brightness drop in 3D, Noticeable fan noise in high brightness mode