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Panasonic PT-AE4000U 1600 Lumen LCD Home Theater Projector

3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Technical Details

  • HD Compatible
  • Screen Size compatibility: 40 - 300"

Product Description

Projectors, Panasonic, PT-AE4000U 1600 Lumens 1920 x 1080 100000:1 LCD Pr, PT-AE4000U

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Technical Details

Brand Name Panasonic
Item Weight 16.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.8 x 18.1 x 5.1 inches
Item model number PT-AE4000U
Color Name Black
Special Features HD Compatible, Screen Size compatibility: 40 - 300"
Frequency Response Curve 50/60 Hz

Additional Information

ASIN B002W7CW32
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3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,068 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Projectors > Video Projectors
#8,766 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Video Projectors & Accessories
#30,252 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 25.6 pounds
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Date First Available September 26, 2009

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By Lawrence H. Bulk VINE VOICE on December 15, 2009
This is only the second video projector I have ever purchased since I built my home theater 17 years ago but I have to say that it is an amazing product. I am certain that any purchaser will be extremely pleased with it. I am!

I own a SharpVision XV-S250ZU Video Projector which I purchased in 1992. It was "state-of-the-art" in its day but, over time, its the LCD panels (organic) have deteriorated. (Still, 17 years is not a bad run!)

Knowing that I would want to replace the SharpVision, I began doing research on projectors, starting in 2007. I quickly eliminated single-chip DLP projectors as, having seen quite a few of them, I have found that both my wife and I are unusually sensitive to the "rainbow" effect noticeable with this kind of projector. We primarily watch older black-and-white movies and this "rainbow" effect is especially apparent with this type of programming.

I also quickly eliminated 3-chip DLP projectors due to their frightfully high cost.

Concentrating on 3-panel LCD projectors, I got down to two models: the Epson Powerlite V11H337020 Home Cinema 8500 LCD Home Theater Projector and this one, the Panasonic PT AE4000U - LCD projector - 1600 ANSI lumens - 1920 x 1080 - widescreen - High Definition 1080p. Both of these use inorganic panels and so should last even longer than my SharpVision.
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The Panasonic AE4000U 3-LCD video projector is the second projector I have owned and the 4th I have used more than once or twice. After four and a half years of using my old Panasonic L300U video projector, I bought this new projector plus a Blu-Ray player.

The old projector looked great on high definition TV broadcasts and very good on DVDs as long as they were brightly lit and colorful. High-def Football and other sports looked fabulous projected onto my 64 inch beaded glass screen, even when the room wasn't really dark and even though it wasn't really a true high definition projector. 1080i and 720p downrezed to my 1/4HD projector's native 540p (540x960) looked great and much better than DVD's native 480P. And with my eyeballs 11-12 feet from the screen or even 9 feet, I could not see pixels, and more pixels and detail would actually probably not have been visible (I thought). But I don't watch much sports and mostly use it for movies and high def TV. The major problem it had was with black levels. In black and white or color programs where there was very little black ever in the image there was no problem. In film noir, or Orson Welles films, or even the Buffy or Angel TV shows which have lots of dark and night scenes, the absence of black was a quite annoying problem. And my major criteria for a new projector were that it have black levels that actually look black, that it display 1080p signals, and also that it be able to display 24 frame per second (movie) signals at 24 fps. Other information I can get from reviews, but to see if black levels were good enough for ME, I had to see it.
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This projector is everything you could hope for and more. When I solicited everyone's advice, they all told me to go with a 60" plasma over the projector since I live in a small apartment and thus could only get a 100" diagonal anyway, which I get from about 9 feet to my wall. Even with projecting on my plain off-white walls (planning to upgrade to a manual screen at some point), I'm getting a crystal clear 1080p, smooth, color rich image. It is so beautiful that I nearly cried the first time I beheld the awesomeness that is the Panasonic AE4000.

I can't imagine it getting any better with a white matte projector screen. I'm inclined to keep projecting on my white walls if it were not for the sake of decor. I'm also considering getting blackout curtains so that I can watch movies in the afternoon.

The frame interpolation is a big selling point in my opinion. On level 2 you can definitely notice a big difference...the experience is much smoother and more pleasant on the eyes. On the level 3, there is a noticeable lag with audio, although I think I should be able to lag my audio also, not sure.

This projector costs the same as a mid tier 55" LCD or 60" plasma. You get a great image that is twice the size. It's also a hellavalot easier to install and transport.
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This is my first projector. Moved from a plasma Pioneer Elite Pro 52" television (I'm a VFX artist for film and television, and I used the pioneer to check color and brightness before shipping out a visual effect to my client). And I never thought I'd be able to buy a projector that could live up to those standards... but it does. I have a MacPro hooked up to this projector and I used a digital color calibration spectrophotometer to see how its color and luminance handled. To my complete amazement, this is just shy of something I would consider "pro" (yes, it squeezes the contrast ratio on the fly...not that you would notice). And it's not off by all that much. I am pretty confident when checking my work with this projector that it's well within the specs I need. Aside from the impressive semi-pro performance, this is one heck of a machine for enjoying movies at home. I have a 106" Draper screen, with 99% control over the ambient light in my room and it looks fan-friggin-tastic! This easily stands up to anything I've been seeing at the theatre (Sony 4K included). This was a great buy. One thing: you do want to make sure your source video is clean and at least 1280 x 720. Anything less (* cough * DVD * cough *) and you will see the softness, compression, and artifacts. That's not a problem with this projector, just the nature of blowing something up larger than you should. Just sayin.
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