PT-AX100U Features & Favorites
The PT-AX100U LCD projector from Panasonic is the sequential upgrade product that replaces the PT-AE900U model we reviewed earlier this year. There are numerous differences between the two models, but they share many of the same core features. We quickly acquired a review unit. We not only wanted to compare the unit to what we recalled of its predecessor, but we also wanted to simply see how the new projector did in our newly remodeled Reference System 2.
Features and Favorites
There is a lot to like about the Panasonic PT-AX100U. Let's get a quick overview of some of the features that stand out:
Light Harmonizer with Ambient Light
This feature, unique to Panasonic as far as we can tell, allows the projector to measure ambient room light in combination with the input signal and adjust the gamma curve to compensate. The result is a "gamma jump" when the ambient room light changes from light to dark. No more washed out colors - and automatic adjustment for when the sun goes down.
Smooth Screen Technology
Back thanks to popular demand is Panasonic's Smooth Screen Technology which virtually eliminates the gap between individual pixels, providing a smooth, film-like image. It has been our experience that almost no resolution or sharpness is lost using this technology and we wouldn't mind seeing this feature on more products.
2000 Lumens of Daytime-Viewing
The PT-AX100U breaks some light output barriers and takes names doing it. 2000 lumens for a 720p home theater projector is pretty much unheard of in this price class. What we'll find out later in the review is whether this increased light output affects or otherwise compromises the black levels we were impressed with last time around.
"Hollywood Tuning" Pure Color Filter
Optimized for the LCD panel's best performance, Panasonic's Pure Color filter is designed to enhance black levels and provide a truer color representation of the on-screen picture. We're hoping that this feature, combined with the increased lumen output will result in a more life-like and dynamic picture quality overall.
To say that there will be a'buzz' surrounding this projector is an understatement. Panasonic's PT-AE900U was one of the highest selling units in its price class and this updated model is sure to have many people watching and waiting for performance results with much anticipation. It also makes any leftover PT-AE900U models look mighty inviting for those looking for a steal in the projector market right now.
To be honest though, at this point and with the street prices of the 1080p panasonic projectors I would save up some more pennies and go with the 1080p to help 'futureproof' a bit. Either way , kick *** projector!
Although each stated that when they worked they were excellent, each had the same bad experience and were met with a poor,uncaring response from Panasonic. They went on to strongly advise the readers to stay away from that model.
Can you comment on your experience,dispel these claims or confirm them?