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Panasonic PT-AE100 picture quality

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Timh, Feb 17, 2002.

  1. Timh

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    Hi all

    I have watched two dvd's this weekend, the first one being "Star Trek The Motion Picture" region1, what a disappointment, the picture quality was diabolical, very soft and sometime's grainy with the odd scratch on the film. The sound was OK.
    I know it's a slow film but I will be collecting all the ST films as they get released again.
    If you had a demo of the Panasonic with this film, you would never have bought one!

    The second dvd was rented, "Swordrdfish" a John Travolta film, you've all seen the clip with JT standing up in the TVR blowing everyone away.
    This film had amazing picture quality throughout, pin sharp good colour and no artifact's visible.
    This has to be the film to watch to see how good this PJ can be with S-video. Who need's progressive scan when a disc can look this good :) go rent it now and see what I meen. As for the film itself, it was OK.
     
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    Tim.

    That's got to be the one down side of the Panny!

    You're on your way to becoming a videofile:D

    Soon you won't want to watch anything other than the best quality transfers:eek:

    On a serious note, makes me laugh how some film review sites/mags give definitive reviews on DVD/film image quality, while viewing on 32"TVs:confused:

    My 46" RPTV recently went to God, & I've had to revert to a 28" Mitsubishi :( Haven't enjoyed TV/DVD since my "big" screen left me.

    Should have a Panny next month though:D

    Thanks for your reply on another thread about your screen. Helpful;)

    BTW, you haven't used the hooks/loops for fitting(from your pic). Do the L brackets you used (fitted joist to screen) come with the Model B? Would you recommend also the CSR feature Calibos mentioned?

    Do you find the screen height a little high in your room? Read somewhere that eye level should be approx 1/3 up from the screen bottom. Kinda at the horizon level :confused:

    Apparently this results in the most involving experience.

    Your speakers also are below the screen level. Is the front soundstage not a little low?

    Not being in any way critical here Tim. Just hoping to learn from your experience before I break out the kango & demolish a perfectly good living room:D (albeit without a Panny)

    Thanks for all your input:)
     
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    Allow me.

    The brackets from Dircet2U are not standard and cost £18. I have added CSR on recomendation of Tim and others. Sorry Tim, but CSR is 'not' available to retro fit in any form, I asked.:(

    I ordered my screen today, 70" x 70" Matte White Model B + CSR. Cost inlc. p&p is £191.75. 2 weeks delivery. So my sheet will be used for a while yet.
    The model B also doesn't have to pull pulled all the way down, it can be locked of at say 6" intervals, I asked that also, but Tim can confirm that.

    My speakers are also below the pic, but I didn't notice any problem with that last night. When my screen is here and set up, then the lower edge will be almost flush with the top edge of my speakers anyway. Viewing level will be straight on with about a 6" rise to the centre point of the screen - ish.

    Now I do actually have to go to work!!!:eek: :)
     
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    Tim

    Been checking out your new screen on your web site! Cool!!

    But how did you manage to get your new screen to reduce the size of your TV from 41" to 28" just by pulling it down?

    That is an amazing feature to have!!!!
     
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    Hi Tim,

    This is my first post since buying my Panny just over a week ago. I, like yourself rented Swordfish last night and was totally amazed by the picture quality. This is using component out from my ageing Sony 725. I've just bought a 10m VGA cable to hook the projector up to my PC to see if the picture can be improved further...

    Regards, Paul
     
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    Hi all

    First off, thanks to Guy for the enquirery on the CSR retro fit :( I shall have to get used to it.
    How come you went for the square screen, coudn't you ask for a bigger screen to be cut down to the size you wanted, but in 16:9 configeration?
    I would say it lock's out at nearer 7" interval's.

    Kramer

    I made my own bracket's at work, they cost ziltch, I shall not say where I work ;) but you willneed something similer, I assure you.
    You most definitely should go for CSR, I wish I had!
    Yes I do find the screen a little high, it looks great if I stand up :( but it's the best I can do without moving my speaker's, or maybe I should try it one day, I do have another 4" to play with.
    The sound stage isn't a problem it blend's in well, as Guy said.

    Meat

    It's not a feature, the screen is really 8 metres wide ;)
    Have you ordered one yet?

    The picture from Swordfish was really good, but there was one scene it did look bad, if you watch this film, it's the scene where you first see Halle Berry :eek: oh that underwear :D anyway, she is first seen wearing a red alfit, the red alfit seems preety bad in s-video, it seems to bleed badly, but the rest of the film was mint. Is that how you spell alfit :confused:
    My Brother watched it on his Sanyo plv-30 and the alfit looked mint, but he is using componant.

    I have just fitted our new curtains with blackout lining, I will try to calibrate the projector later, but I think the factory setting's are pretty close anyway.

    see you later. :)
     
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    Pablo

    Did you notice Halle Berry's alfit near the beginning of Swordfish?
    did it look ok with the componant connection?
     
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    Her in that outfit using any connection would look mint!!!!:devil:
     
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    Her in that outfit using any connection would look mint!!!!
     
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    ok, it's outfit, Brain dead tonight.

    Wow! it's dark now :)
    I calibrated the PJ tonight using The Phantom menace THX mode, this is supposed to be the optimum for watching this movie.
    Here are my changes for pal in s-video.
    PJ in the normal mode in eco.
    Brightness +8 (I prefered +6)
    Contrast +4

    NTSC, I used The Ultimate DVD Platinum diagnostic tool's.
    Colour -2
    Tint -4
    Brightness +6
    Sharpness +2

    These setting's may not be much use to anyone else, as every room is differant, but you could give them a try.

    The Phantom Menace looked Crap! after Swordfish. THX What a joke!
     
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    :D

    tim

    have you checked out lion's pics he has started a new thread over ar avs.

    must say they look pretty good:)

    cod
     
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    Cheers
    I will pop over now.
     
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    Tim,

    What picture mode are you using? I found 'cinema' to have the most natural colours. The other two modes 'normal' and 'dynamic' were a little too much on the colour and a bit noisy.
     
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    Rich

    I did try Cinema before I bought my screen, and I didn't like it, I will try it again now.
     
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    try it with thx optimode to see some solid colour blocks, and compare the different modes. Let us know how you get on.
     
  16. Timh

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    Surely it wont make a differance, Cinema mode is just normal mode with Pansonic's adjustment added.
    If I used THX optimode in cinema mode woudn't it just look the same as Normal with the adjustment's in Thx optimode. :confused:
     
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    [Edited out, double post]
     
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    Timh - you really should buy the Avia home theater calibration DVD. Its the only way to go. I never leave home without it. :D
     
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    I dont suppose anyone knows a good place, ie cheap and fast :), to buy the Avia home theater calibration DVD from
     
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    If you have bought a projector you need to look after it's lense.
    Jessop's sell a Large blower brush for £4.99 see below for picture.
     

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