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Panny PT-AE100 Reviews

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by calibos, Feb 2, 2002.

  1. calibos

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    OK Panny projector owners,

    Try and pull yourselves away from your shiny new projectors and give us your opinions. I know Richards initial review on another thread was very positive but I'm gonna need a second or third opinion before I part with the cash. What size and type of screens are you using, how far is projector from screen, any scanlines or panel structure and at what distance?:)
    Anyway for any other Irish forum members interested in this projector heres the reply I got from panasonic Ireland:

    Keith

    Thank you for your enquiry regarding the PT AE100E LCD projector the Euro
    RRP is 2,451.00

    you can purchase it immediately from Meritec Ltd Tel 01-2781828, delivery
    would be approx 1 week.

    It is a True 16:9 format projector with 700 Ansi Lumens weighing only 2.7Kg

    If you require any further information please send me a mail


    Regards

    Terry Murphy

    This is great news because Eur2451.00 is equal to Stg1,489.97 so for once we're not paying over the odds compared to the UK
     
  2. General Skanky

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    Keith, for a throw chart look at the posts below, there is a specific chart available from www.projectorcentral.com
    Very useful.
    Will you be replacing your TV? That's my aim as it has a good lamp life in low power mode. I hope to get a good demo/home loan in the near future (are you reading this Delta?;) ) and will let you know how I find it.

    Your room is about the same size as mine-ish. My 32" Panasonic will find a home elsewhere and we'll reclaim our room.
    I have high hopes for this projector. It's nearest rival is the Philips Monroe. It edges ahead because of its dedicated svideo, composite and componenet inputs. Ideal for me. But the real boon has got to be £140! for a new lamp. Great.:)
     
  3. calibos

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    Hi General,

    I really hope what everyone is saying about this projector is true. It seems to be an absolute bargain and I don't think I've seen such a buzz on the forum about any projector before.

    What is the lamp life by the way, I dont remember seeing it anywhere. If your right about the £140 lamps then 'Happy Days':D :D because I figured I'd have to keep the TV for normal viewing so as not to waste the bulbs. It looks like the portable in the kitchen may be replaced by a 32in Sony monster!!:D Jesus I haven't even finished paying for it and its being relegated to the kitchen.:eek:

    What screen are you thinking of. Someone else mentioned a fixed 16:9 dalite for around £250. An 80in one would fit my wall like a glove:) I checked the site and they even do them in grey. Whats the differance between these and a £1000 Stewart Greyhawk I wonder.

    I cant bloody wait:D :D
     
  4. Timh

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    After getting my Projector home yesterday I coudn't even set it up I had to pick the kid's up from school first, Stacey (age 5) said, "have you got the big tellie yet dad"
    "I sure have" I said, you should have seen the grin on her face.
    The box is oh so small, on opening I found very little protection for the Projector, it his held in an inner cardboard box, (Sanyo's have airbag's) the accesorie's being in another cardboard box, and the carry bag in yet another cardboard box.
    I found the Bag poor quality with only padding for the side's, just fabric top and bottom.
    Accesorie's : 3 metre power lead (3 pin) and 2 pin euro.
    3 metre video & audio lead composite
    Remote control, which is very small, smaller than a credit card, oh and the manual.
    The projector is silver with a chrome strip accross the front, the colour look's differant to the photo's.
    It's connected via a 10 metre s video lead from my Sony dvp-335 dvd player.
    For my first days viewing it was setup on a Camera tripod behind the sofa, about 12" from my head, and the fan is that quiet it didnt even bother me.
    My first job was to look for stuck open pixels, there weren't any I cant even find any dead dark one's.
    I first tested it with Star trek First contact, as it is quite dark at the beginning, the contrast didnt look to good the picture was a bit washed out, but it was 4.00 pm and it was quite bright in the room.
    Later when darkness came things got better. I tested Shrek, Lost in space, Tombraider all r2, and The road to Eldorad R1.
    From my testing I found that it is possible to see vertical lines and the chicken wire effect on certain scenes, this is only slight though, and not a problem for me.
    Hopefully I will be trying Componant soon, it shoud get better, I will also be trying my PC plugged into it tomorrow.
    I watched The Matrix Last night, not the best picture quality film to watch, it did look slightly green in parts, but I am projecting onto a magnolia wall, I believe Magnolia contains a high content of green in it.
    I also noticed a bright green spec while watching The Matrix but after clening the lense this morning I have been unable to find it

    I spent all day mounting it on the ceiling so I am totallly knackered now. Bigger job than I thought it would be.
    Tonight we settled down to watch Jurassic Park 3, what a joy to watch, and here in DTS.
    A couple of jumpy scenes for the family very little chicken wire and vertical lines on this film
    I will try and post some Pictures tomorrow.

    My sitting possision was 3.4 metres away on a 2.05 metre wide image, with a gain of about Magnolia .8

    I just have to wait a month now, until I can order my screen.
    I have only made a couple of changes to brightness and contrast, the factory settings are not to bad in Cinema mode. I will try and find time to use the THX optimode, to set it up better.
    I found a good scene to check for shaddow detail is Tombraider, at the beginning where Lara fight's the robot, she walk's round a tall stone plymth, as she appears you get a good close up of her black short's, can you see the creases in her shorts?
    I turned the brightness up a couple of notches to show more detail.

    This is also posted on another thread.

    Any question's ?
     
  5. calibos

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    Hey General,
    Whats the story with your dvd collection page. Its a great idea. How would one go about setting that up. Do you sign up to some site and pick your DVDs from a list and then the pages are created for you....or whaa!!

    Thanks timh for your review of the panny. I think I've been convinced. I want one........and I want one NOW!!!!!!...........It will be mine.....oh yes.......IT......WILL..........BE.........MINE!!!!........muahahahahaha:devil: :devil: :devil:
     
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    Calibos,

    The General being a good Suffolk lad:D has discoverd the virtues of the amazing DVD Profiler......

    Down load this free software from Here !

    Check my collection out Here !
     
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    hi tim

    out of interest how does it compare to the plv30??


    jason
     
  8. General Skanky

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    Calibos, Profiler is dead handy. I now print off reports of each film, so I can hand it to the wife to read through and pick a film she wants to watch, rather than have to expend valuable 'sitting-in-the-chair' energy and explain stuff to her.:rolleyes: :)
    And if an Essex boy ;) has it too, then that's a good recommendation.
     
  9. Timh

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    Jason

    I woudnt like to comment on which is the best, I would need to see them in similer surrounding's.
    My PT is running in s video in a bright room.
    My Brother's plv-30 is running componant in a converted garage with the walls and celing a very dark blue, he is also projecting on an mdf screen painted with ice storm no's 5 & 6 mixed.

    We did test mine with Lara crofts shorts to show how good the shaddow detail was (in my House), you could see more detail on the PT but the blacks were better on his PLV-30, but then again, his room is pitch black.

    Dont forget the PLV-30 is a 4:3 PJ the PT is 16:9.
     
  10. Retronana

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    The best you can get.... IMHO:cool:

    Guy...when are you due to go and have a look at PT-AE100 at Sudbury ?

    Did you try the Panasonic dealer in Tavern Street, I enquired in Colchester yesterday...Hughes have one...but want 2K for it:eek:
     
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    I used to work for Hughes.:eek: They are good but aren't really AV speacialists. More high street sales.
    There are one or two in the workshop that are on the same level as us, but really, if you want to see one from them, you order to buy.
    I could get a discount being buddy buddy and all that, but it would still end up at £1500!!:rolleyes:
    The Panasonic centre in Tavern Street used to be owned by Hughes, but they shut it down to open their bigger store at Ransomes Europark.

    I am waiting a call from the bunch in Sudbury when they get another one in. Then I'll go see. Want to tag along?
    I've no idea how long, but I'd guess a week from what he was saying.
     
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    Thought you would never ask ;)

    I'll drop you an email over later...

    Regards

    Stephen
    AKA "Retronana"
     
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    Well i set this up Friday and its amazing, i never thought i would get a 9 foot wide picture with such good quality onto my white wall, blacks are good, no distortions of any sort and DVD quality is great, it also seems to make the surround sound more surroundish!!!!! all in all the best £1,500 I have ever spent and when you consider reao projector tv's are nearly as much as the panny pt its a bargain, i would strongly reccomend one of these if you have the room and budget. Its the bees knees.


    Im off now to watch wild things!!!!!
     
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    Brad, you say the blacks are good. To give me something to compare to, could you tell me how the opening 5 minutes of Dark City or The Matrix look on the Panny compared to your normal TV set? I use those two scenes to seperate the men from the boys (or the Sanyos from the Sonys, as I found out last year).

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    i did actually watch the matrix opening scene and it was good, i cant compare side by side and i think the picture quality on the pj is not as good as with a 20 inch tv when watching dvd but the picture is sooooo much bigger. 2 mates and my mum have seen it and i have used the openeing scenes from armageddon to show it off and they have all said " its a good picture quality for the size isnt it" so it must be good, armageddon is quite a dark starting film and like i say they have all commented on how surprised they are at the quality of picture at such a big sized screen.
     

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