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This projector was my first real jump into home theater. Previously to this model only specialist companies were making projector fit for purpose and were charging extortionate amounts for the privilege. Panasonic wanted in and this was their first major effort. And boy did they shake things up.
My initial unit did suffer from a few lost pixels and Panasonic quickly replaced the unit. The second one also had a single pixel missing but this didn't warrant a replacement. I was naturally annoyed with this decision but had to soldier on. Strangely, the missing pixel fixed itself a few months into ownership and all was good.
Aesthetically it wasn't the best looking projector on the market but the true secret was on how it performed.
The projector offered full wide screen imagery at an affordable price. It offered quiet operation, ease of use and a full remote control to boot. As this projector was released many years ago it wasn't HD ready and didn't have HDMI inputs. This was introduced on the PTAE700 model I upgraded to later on.
This projector got me the home theater bug and shortly after I assembled a dedicated room for home theater.
I wouldn't recommend anyone pick one of these up right now as the newer models are much better but for it's time this projector was amazing.
The PT-AE100 is equipped with a newly developed optical system to achieve a contract ratio of 500: 1, and thus recreate a picture with depth, as does a cinema projector. The result is rich, film quality pictures that no conventional LCD projector can imitate. Traditional LCD panels characteristically saturate, resulting in blurred dark and bright areas. The PT-AE100 is equipped with a 10-bit digital gamma correction circuit that operates in the opposite direction. By correcting linearly from dark to bright the ideal gradation is realized, leading to the most delicate image reproduction possible. Natural colors, like those of skin and hair, or the vibrancy of a brightly colored dress, are delivered with smooth shading and accurate image gradation.
It incorporates a wide screen - 16: 9 aspect ratio LCD panel. For the first time ever in the industry, Panasonic has employed the 0.7" Native 16: 9 LCD panel in the PT-AE100. This makes for both a stunningly wide screen and superbly high-quality pictures. Incorporating component connectors, you can now enjoy the most outstanding wide screen video experience. Its Extra Short Throw Lens enables display of larger images in small rooms using an extra-short throw lens. The extra-short throw lens makes it possible to produce a large display in the smallest of rooms. Experience a large screen without the need of a huge space. This projector has a footprint the size of a letter pad, but can still produce a large wide screen picture. Compare that to the space taken by a traditional technology large-screen television. Furthermore, the 1.2x zoom makes selecting the set-up place easier than ever.
A newly developed cooling fan reduces fan noise. Noise has been reduced with a new quieter fan, and by using twin blades light that leaks from the grill is also cut down. The projector is equipped with an extensive range of terminals to enable connection of all types of equipment. The AE100 is equipped with component terminals for DVD players, video, or s-video and more. Connect a DVD player and enjoy beautiful high quality images. It also has input terminals for PCs and game machines. Connect your personal computer or game machine, and enjoy surfing the Internet or playing games on a big screen.