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Panasonic's first true-HD LCD projector offers 100in image at 5ft

by Bob Crabtree on 4 December 2006, 14:00

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The press release


Panasonic has introduced its first LCD home cinema projector with 1080p support and a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel native resolution: the PT-AE1000E. Designed for savvy home theatre enthusiasts and audio video professionals, the new projector accurately reproduces the original picture quality intended by Hollywood movie and television directors and displays the highest contrast ratio (11,000:1) in its class1.

The PT-AE1000E comes equipped with Panasonic’s all new, carefully engineered optical system that’s designed to achieve beautifully detailed images with a captivating brightness of 1,100 lumens. The new optical system includes Panasonic’s unique aspherical glass lens system, a full high definition (HD)-compatible technology that reduces the amount of light dispersion to help produce crisper, more vivid images.

In addition, it incorporates next-generation, full high definition LCD panels (C2FineTM)2, which are characterised by inorganic, vertically aligned liquid crystals for enhanced black level performance. Panasonic’s Dynamic Iris has also been improved to reproduce superior full HD images, providing consumers with a much richer home theatre viewing experience.

"In collaboration with leading Hollywood colourists and image experts, we’ve developed cutting-edge projector technology to meet the growing demand for superior home entertainment, particularly high-definition content,” said Andrew Denham, General Manager AV Marketing, Panasonic UK. “For home theatre connoisseurs and audio video professionals who desire the richest colours and the best image quality, our new PT-AE1000E LCD projector enables consumers to easily enjoy movie theatre-quality entertainment at home.”

The PT-AE1000E projector reproduces Hollywood movies, independent films and other entertainment with exceptional colour accuracy. Its new unique Pure Colour Filter uses optical adjustment to achieve a higher purity level of the three primary colours – red, green and blue – displays deeper, purer blacks, and significantly expands the colour gamut. The new filter accurately reproduces very subtle variations in brightness and hue. The PT-AE1000E also incorporates Panasonic’s well-known Smooth Screen technology that reduces the “chicken wire effect” - black lines between pixels that mar picture quality. The technology has been optimized for full-HD LCD panels, allowing consumers to enjoy vibrant, smooth images found in commercial movie theatres.

The new LCD projector also comes equipped with professional-level features that let users personalise the images they see on the screen. The projector’s new waveform monitor – seen mostly on professional video and film equipment – measures the level of brightness output from a given video signal source. This feature also allows users to quickly verify that the source device is outputting at full dynamic range, and make adjustments to optimise it for home theatre use. Users can easily see a graphical representation of any changes made to the unit’s colour settings.

In addition, the Cinema Colour Management feature helps colour correct approximately 1.07 billion colours using 14-bit gamma correction for a more refined, customised control of individual colours — closely representing the process used by Hollywood’s motion picture colour correction specialists. The PT-AE1000E also incorporates picture modes demanded by film production studios to help them with production and post-production activities.

Set-up and installation are a snap with the PT-AE1000E projector’s 2x powered zoom - a first in its class3 - and its lens shift range, the largest for a full HD projector4. Thanks to both features, the new model can cast a 100-inch diagonal image from as little as 1.24 meters (about five feet) from the screen.

The new projector’s enhanced lens shift capability enables full, 100 percent vertical adjustment and 40 percent horizontal adjustment so that viewers can suspend the projector close to the ceiling in a stylish fashion, or conveniently place the projector on a book shelf. The projector’s new lens-centred design and maintenance features, such as the replaceable side filter and top lamp, make the ceiling mount very easy to install.

The PT-AE1000E’s jet black colour and sleek cabinet design also fit well in home theatre environments, and its universal remote control enables viewers to easily control their entire home theatre system from one device.

The Panasonic PT-AE1000E LCD home cinema projector will be available December in selected outlets.

1. For LCD projectors with 1080p native resolution and brightness greater than 1,000 lumens, as of 9/8/06.
2. C2FineTM 1920x1080 dot panel.
3. & 4. For LCD projectors with 1080p native resolution and brightness greater than 1,000 lumens, as of 9/8/06.

Reader enquiry number: 08705 357357

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Anyone lucky enough to own one of these yet? Seen a seller on fleabay selling them for £1,899 delivered! Seriously tempted at that price…