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What is the PTAE100 like?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by nwgarratt, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. nwgarratt

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    I know very little about projectors.

    I have the opportunity to get a seconh hand Panasonic PTAE100 for £600 but in mint condition.

    Are these any good and will they work with progressive DVD players?
     
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    You can have my "mint" AE100 for £500! :smashin:

    Certainly will work with a prog dvd player - not a bad budget machine, but time has moved on. £600 would seem a little OTT.
     
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    I am having it on a trial period.

    Also, it won't cost anything as it will be part of a swap of equipment.

    As it will be my first projector, I don't want anything to fancy. Does it have a RGB scart. I have seen conflciting specs on that. If so, I could put my digibox through it.
     
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    Ive had a AE100 for two years they are a great little projector but things have moved on and they are showing their age. I don't think its worth £600, i would not pay anymore than £450 and for that it would have to be new.

    They do not have a scart input. Have a look at the Information for Newcomers thread.
     
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    Has anyone got a link to a downloadble manual for it?

    I found some links on here and the web but they don't work anymore.
     
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    Hi

    Are you after the sales brochure - I have this in PDF format.

    When Someone says mint - what do they mean?

    I would imagine a mint PTAE100 would have low hours - IMHO any pj should be immaculate unless it has been used all over the place for presentations?

    Do you happen to know how many hours it has on it?

    I think you can still pickup brand new PTAE300 for around £700 or less.

    For that you'll get more brightness and higher contrast ratio's.

    £600 is steep even for a PJ which I consider to be pretty good in darkened conditions.

    I certainly have the brochure in PDF if that helps - just PM me and I'll email over to you.

    Cheers

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    I have been testing the projector for an hour or so and I am very impressed. I had it connected to a Ebench KH777 on component with progressive scan. I am not sure if the progresive was on or off. There doesn't seem to be anything to switch on or off.

    I watched parts of LOTR FOTR, Fifth Element, SPR and Goldmember.

    I have only got a slide screen and it wasn't quite big enough to show the whole picture. It still looked very sharp and Goldmember was very colourful.

    I was told the bulb had been used for 300 hours but it has been used for over 1000!

    Is there any big difference between progressive component and normal component? I have a Sony NS900 with just component and will be trying that tomorrow.

    As it is a trial, nothing has been swapped for it or money taken.

    I was talking about a user manual rather than a sales brochure.
     
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    IMHO the progressive mode from my Yamaha S540 beats the poo out of the intrelaced, just on the menu's of the dvd player when it's switched show a vast improvement.

    I would not pay more than £450 for the "mint" pj mate - I have seen AE100's passing around for less for 1000+ hours on the bulb.

    When you powered it up was the bulb on low level or normal? This will make a difference in the long term.

    I am seriously considering an upgrade myself but would be looking for a pj with higher pixel def - 1280x720 kind of ilk with higher brightness and contrast ratio.

    Again I think the image in a darkened room from the PTAE100 is very good. And I think for a couple of years you'll be happy with it.
     

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