Panasonic PT-AE700U LCD Projector Lincoln NE

PT-AE500U front LCD projector made waves with its low price and improved color rendering. Now, Panasonic has followed up with the PT-AE700U in Lincoln, which is more than just an upgrade.

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Panasonic PT-AE700U LCD Projector

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Source: PRO AV Magazine
Publication date: January 1, 2005

By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Product: Panasonic PT-AE700U front LCD projector

Price: $2,999

Company website: www.panasonic.com/projectors

Plus: Excellent black levels; good color quality; long throw lens

Minus: Some image softness at times; poor composite video processing

Panasonic'S PT-AE500U front LCD projector made waves in the fall of 2003 with its low price and improved color rendering. Now, Panasonic has followed up with the PT-AE700U, which is more than just an upgrade. It has some new bells and whistles of its own, including a longer-throw projection lens, auto iris circuitry for deeper blacks, and an optical system that minimizes the “screen door” effect so common to LCD projectors of all kinds.

Design

The PT-AE700U offers a clean, simple layout with a minimal connector complement. The HDMI interface replaces an earlier DVI connector on the PT-AE500U and is strictly for use with DVD players and set-top receivers. You won't find any on-board speakers or audio inputs and outputs.

You'll also notice a joystick next to the lens on the front of the projector. It's a dual-axis mechanical lens shift adjustment and it will let you shift images to fit your screen, depending on where the 2:1 zoom lens is set. (Panasonic opted to go with the long lens to give people more options in projector placement.)

The cooling fan, mounted to the side, is super-quiet but does dissipate ...

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