1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Panasonic PTAE700 - Discontinued in October?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by paul_mowbray, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. paul_mowbray

    paul_mowbray
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Have had my eye on a Panasonic PTAE700 projector from some time now but i was thinking that it is probably coming up to that time where it will be replaced by a newer model.

    I went into my local "shop@Panasonic" and asked if they knew if the 700 would be replaced any time soon to be told that is was being discontinued in october and that panasonic were pulling out of the Home Cinema front projection market and that they will just focus on there high end "DPL" products!!

    Obviously his last comment made me take his words with a pinch of salt but i was wondering if anyone else know's what panasonic's front projector plans are for the future and if there is gonna be a PTAE900 with a 1080p panel for under 2grand by the end of the year or if i should bite the bullet and go for the 700 or a Z3 ;)
     
  2. phillfyspoon

    phillfyspoon
    Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,128
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Ratings:
    +76
    There is going to be a ae900 it has been anounced and ill be shown at cedia on september 9th.
     
  3. paul_mowbray

    paul_mowbray
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    That's what I was thinking/hoping/expecting and i apologise if that news about the 900 has already been posted but i hadn't read anything in the mainstream technology press about this upcoming announcement.

    I look forward to the official specs and going back to the Panasonic shop and asking the rather dim shop assistant for a demo!

    Has there been any leaked specs yet for the 900, i saw a few snippets about the upcoming Z4.
     
  4. phillfyspoon

    phillfyspoon
    Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,128
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Ratings:
    +76
    it has not been posted on here yet. There is a picture it looks very like the ae700 allmost identical. rumor is 5000:1 contrast with 720p. panasonic have not given anything away will have to wait till cedia in america and see what is reviled.

    "Panasonic invites you to view the amazing, film-like picture
    quality of its new PT-AE900 High Definition home theater projector. Once
    you see the AE900's phenomenal image quality, we think you'll agree it
    was well worth the walk. Stop by the main reception desk of the
    Panasonic booth (# 2065 located upstairs in the Sagamore Ballroom) for
    your must-have ticket to view the AE900 and other leading Panasonic's HD
    projectors in the Grand Central Station meeting rooms (A - D) of the
    Crowne Plaza Hotel (at Union Station adjacent to the convention center).
    Panasonic is hosting education sessions in the Grand Central Station
    Meeting rooms at 10 a.m. , 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9th and
    Saturday, Sept. 10th and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11th. Please join
    us ... and while at the Crowne Plaza, submit your ticket for a chance to
    win a PT-AE900!
     
  5. wassap

    wassap
    Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2002
    Messages:
    1,651
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Ratings:
    +16
    It will be interesting what sort of price point it will come in at, i think the sanyo Z3 AT 800 odd is a steal, i can see the new crop of of pj`s being around double that price"
     
  6. squibbly

    squibbly
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2004
    Messages:
    329
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +4
    They usually release them for the same or slightly less than the previous models MSRP, I think. Factoring in the bulb voucher on the Z3, you're probably right. It is a steal!

    However, you have to consider what the new D5 panels are rumoured to improve upon:

    i) Pixel fill factor up by 20% (ie reduced screen door)
    ii) No vertical banding
    iii) Much improved contrast ratio (and since they all seem to be incorporating dynamic irises, the lowest is 4000:1).

    So, if true, they fix all the main problems we moan about when criticising LCD. Personally, I'm waiting to buy one of the new breed.

    Next week's CEDIA should be interesting. LCD is upping the competition dramatically after losing market share to DLP. Basically, we could see an LCD projector debuting at £1200 that has a similar spec to the Optoma H79 at £3000! It will be interesting to see how DLP responds (price cuts, dynamic irises for CR at 10000:1+?), and who starts knocking out affordable 1080P machines first.

    If you like buying into last year's discounted technology (which, let's face it is the most sensible policy), the Z3 is the way to go. You'll get a lovely machine that will keep you happy for several years and the next time you look out of the door you might be able to get yourself a 3 chip DLP or Sony SXRD for £1500!

    These new LCDs, however, do seem to mark a significant leap in performance.

    Squibbly
     
  7. Miniholic

    Miniholic
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2001
    Messages:
    3,046
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    The Shire
    Ratings:
    +398
  8. PJTX100

    PJTX100
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2004
    Messages:
    8,129
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Ratings:
    +562
    Let the Z4 vs AE900 vs TX200 wars begin...PJ ;)
     

Share This Page

Loading...