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Panasonic AE900 review

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by foghorn, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. foghorn

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    Sounds good, but maybe not enough for AE700 owners to justify upgrading.
     
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    New range of LCDs 1 DLPs 0 :devil: (I know ! I know ! It's not a competition !) :rotfl:

    Quote from the above review :-
    'I am now leaning toward the Panasonic 900, and that is after owning a BenQ 7700 for the last year and a half.'

    Saying this though it was a p!ss poor review! Not exactly technical and a bit amateurist, so it's probably wiser to wait for some more reputable reviews such as projector central. Such a shame Panasonic don't have any trust in their products to give a 3 year warranty.
     
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    Nice, once they add the cin2fine tech to the LCD range then we may have somthing truly up there.
     
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    Woo Hoo Happy 2000th post Gandley!!!!! :hiya:
     
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    I'm sorry I've got to disagee with that. I really enjoyed the review and loved all the little pictures. They've really helped me gain an understanding of the picture quality to expect.

    If anything it was too detailed with talk of gamma settings, screendoor, and contrast levels.
    ;)
     
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    Yeah. I was a bit harsh! I'm very critical when it comes to reviews. It was a lot better than a lot of PJ tests I've seen, but I do think a bit more of a technical approach using 'Avia' etc. would have been nice. :)
     
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    DEANO-B

    I may be wrong but I think you missed the ;) at the end of ZAGs post. :smashin:
     
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    Hi Deano-B,

    The reviewer from memory has a Benq PE8700 not a PE7700.

    Foghorn
     
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    Cine4home do the best reviews hands down.
     
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    Agreed, on that one. They take the damn things to bits. But they can go a bit too far on the technical side. Didn't like their preview test of the Z4 or HC3000 that much though.

    Getting back to the , PT-AE900 really rather fancy one of these now. Was hoping for a bit more real world contast somewhere between the 7700 & H78DC3 but all things considered I expect the PT-AE900 will be another huge seller for Panasonic.

    DLP needs to fight but fast.... the HC3000 just won't be enough to hold back the LCD tsunami.
     
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    phillyspoon,

    This site could give Cine4home a run for the money.In addition you do not need a online translator.

    www.HTProjectors.com

    Foghorn
     
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    Does that site review anything other than DLP?
     
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    Good to see these things getting quieter as well, 22db is very quiet for a pj.

    Apparently the Sony HS60 has some type of cover or material attached to the panels, i wonder if this is some type of C2 Fine technology and hence why it is claiming 10000:1 CR.
     
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    Is there a scart on the AE900?
     
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    After the service I recieved with a faulty AE700 I would not touch another Panasonic projector with a barge pole. A disgrace. :mad:
     
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    You have to pay £15 for the proper subscription for all the latest info, and i found it does not get updated very much. 1 review a mth used to be about the lot. However Andrea realy knows his stuff and gives some very good explanations. He will also help you out via email with calibrtion tips etc.
    I was a member last year. Cine4home get there reviews much much quicker.
    Unless its high quality DLP


    When we have high contrast LCD without the ropey iris`s then LCD will be a great option. But the sony iris realy put me off that kind of tech....nasty
     
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    Hi Gandley,

    I wasn't aware that if you subscribed you got additional information, if you find yourself coming across restricted access I found that if you log onto the site via another means i.e. a projector web site carrying one of their reviews I found it opens up the site.

    I agree that Cine4 is very good site my only complaint is that the translation can be a little awkward to understand at times.

    The more of these sites the better I say.

    I would be interested in a fuller explanation of your experiences with regard to the iris.

    Foghorn
     
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    You will find the iris gets confused on some given scences and sets an incorrect brightness setting either too dark or too light. you can also track the brightness going up and down when the iris is opening and closing.

    Also with the sony if you have a film that has subtitles it made the image go pearshaped for some reason.
    There are other comments around that say the same thing and if i remember correctly shinobiwan couldnt live with the iris doing its thing.
    Early reports of the HS60 are that its improved but not corrected.
    Im not a fan of a dynamic iris. a step iris is fine though
     
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    Completely agree!!
     
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    After my AE100 went pop twice in a row, I wouldn't buy another Panasonic PJ...

    Now just waiting for it to pop again for that perfect "time to upgrade" excuse ;)
     
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    I recieved great survice when my ae700 needed repair? They picked it up fixed it and sent it back could not fault service
     
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    the ae100 had well known faults but was the product that made home cinema projectors what they are today.
     
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    True about the known faults, but two failures in a row is unacceptable from any bit of kit IMHO. Can't fault the PJ when it's running though (accepting its limited technology compared to the latest models)

    ...oh and to be fair, Panasonic did gave me a quick 1 week turnaround in both return to base fixes, so I can't fault them for that!
     
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    Hello all , 1st post. Projectorcentral review of PT-AE900 and PLV-Z4. Enjoy !!!!
     
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    Thanks for the link Marccus and a warm welcome to the forum - what a 1st post!!!

    Based on the reviews in the link, it would seem the Sanyo Z4 wins this year.

    I've got a Sony HS50 so I don't these will be better than mine. So I'll forget about upgrading this year - and wait for next year.
     
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    Thanks for your kind words Alistair M. I`m from Portugal, and where i live is very hard to demo any kind of projector in good light control conditions. So, i was thinking of buying blind a PT-AE900 from a site in Spain ( when it will be available ), but now I really don`t know if I should go for the PLV-Z4, or even the HS-50 ( the Sony being the more expensive of them all - about 1.500 £ ). As i`m thinking on buying one of these projectors till the end of this month, what could be the best choice ?
     
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    If you want a projector that will last and give you years of good service DONT get a panasonic, they are the most unreliable piece of equipment that I have ever owned, warranty is crap as is customer service, go for the sanyo or new epson as these have fantastic 3 yr warranties.
     
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    That does it! Im going for the Sanyo instead of the Panasonic. Seen too many gripes about poor customer service!
     

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