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November 17, 2012

Panasonic PT-AE8000 3D LCD projector: Brighter and higher contrast

By Dick Tan

 

Latest in a long running series of Panasonic LCD home theatre projectors the PT-AE8000 looks quite identical to the PT-AE7000 it replaces.  Purring “under the hood” however is a revised optical and video engine that is said to enable the PT-AE8000 some pretty significant improvements over its  well received predecessor.

 

For starters the PT-AE8000 is said to be at least 20% brighter with up to 2400 Lumens of light output compared to 2000 Lumens of the PT-AE7000.  A new 220 watts Red Rich lamp replaces the 200 watts UHP unit used in the older model.

 

The PT-AE8000 also claims a higher contrast ratio of 500,000.1 (compared to 300,000.1 of the PT-AE7000). Upfront, this  means that videophiles can expect a picture that is perceivably punchier  with improved detail and a richer, more saturated colour palette.

 

This visual improvements is a boon to 2D as well as 3D viewing, especially in the latter using an active 3D format whereby every lumen of brightness is crucial in reproducing a convincingly impressive 3D performance.

 

 

 

 

Other less obvious but equally critical improvements include a re-worked Detail Clarity  Processor that when used judiciously offers perceivable increase in visual details, such as facial hair detail or the intricate weaves of an actor’s costume.  A more tightly designed LCD  panel featuring Panasonic’s proprietary Pure Contrast Plates accounts for a sharper image with improved black levels. In addition, a 3D Motion Remaster, which while not completely eliminating 3D crosstalk, have at least kept this annoying 3D artefacts in the PT-AE8000 to the minimum.

 

Other interesting  videophile features of the PT-AE8000 includes Lens Memory with up to six settings, used primarily for selecting the different aspects ratios on a constant height 2.35.1 Cinemascope style screen, a dynamic Iris for optimum black/contrast ratio performance, 3 HDMI 1.4 inputs, mechanical horizontal and vertical lens shift for optimum projector to screen set-up.

 

Additionally the PT-AE8000 also offers electronic zoom and focus allowing a more precise screen close up focus adjustment, 7 pre-set picture modes and a 5,000 hour lamp life on the economical mode.

 

The great news is that the PT-AE8000 has managed to achieve all that while sustaining the same RM14,999 price that the older model went for.

 

In use, the PT-AE8000, firing into a 100″ Stewart Filmscreen Firehawk screen threw a palpably brighter picture with excellent, fine visual detail that tended to be “smoothed” ever in the older PT-AE7000.  Although the PT-AE7007 was by no means a slouch in brightness department the extra lumen of the PT-AE8000 made critical 3D enjoyment that much more enjoyable.

 

In practice the PT-AE8000 should be able to project a larger picture without loosing resolution and brightness.  It should also be able to retain its contrast ratio  performance even when used in a room with a higher ambient light although we recommend that room ambient lights be critically controlled for optimum performance.

 

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Open 1:36pm on July 17, 2013

can help the teachers and their stdunets integrate images, video and the Internet into everyday lessons”. Anything that computer is able to do, we can do it in front of your classroom

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Open 1:36pm on July 17, 2013

can help the teachers and their stdunets integrate images, video and the Internet into everyday lessons”. Anything that computer is able to do, we can do it in front of your classroom