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Panasonic PT-AE700U LCD Projector Review

by October 30, 2005
Panasonic PT-AE700U projector

Panasonic PT-AE700U projector

  • Product Name: PT-AE700U LCD Projector
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: October 30, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 3199 (discontinued)
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  • Dynamic Iris optical system constantly adjusts the brightness and gamma characteristics in real time
  • Cinema Color Management technology for faithful and accurate color representation
  • Smooth Screen technology for smooth, film-like images
  • 7 picture modes for customizing color adjustments
  • 10-bit full digital processing and 10-bit gamma correction
  • New Dynamic Sharpness Control adjusts video signal waveforms based on the difference in brightness of adjacent pixels
  • Progressive Cinema Scan (3/2 pull down) and HD IP
  • Shutter
  • 1000 ANSI lumens
  • Up to 2000:1 contrast ratio
  • 1280 x 720 native HD resolution
  • Widescreen native 16:9 aspect ratio (4:3 compatible)
  • Vertical and horizontal lens shift (65% vertical, 24% horizontal)
  • 2x optical zoom lens offers a wide range of throw distances and can project a 7-foot wide picture from as little as 10 feet to as far as 20 feet
  • HDMI, component, composite, S-video, and RGB terminals
  • Whisper quiet 26dB operation (in low mode)


  • High Definition resolution.
  • Quiet Fan.
  • Lens Adjustment.
  • No Screen Door Effect
  • Simple Function Lighted Remote


  • Difficult operating Instructions
  • Poor initial calibration


The PT-AE700U offers great features, great color, good details, hi-def capabilities and ease of use - all for a fantastic price. When I compared this projector to some of the other high-end projectors I've seen, mostly DLP, the PT-AE700U doesn't quite fall into that category. But every time I think about the price, I realize that this is an incredible projector. If I didn't have the BenQ I would definitely and proudly consider this projector worthy of my reference theater. When you think about the hi-def television prices at $3000 and up for a digital display type limited to about 65 inches, you can get a lot more picture for a lot less money with the Panasonic. All in all, the amount of picture quality that is achieved from this projector makes it a great buy.
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