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The Panasonic PTAE series really shook up the projector world as it was a mainstream manufacturer that could play the specialists at their own game. The initial PTAE100 was a major breakthrough offering full wide screen images on a clear budget. It was reasonable quiet, easy to position due to it's short throw distance and looked good in your room. The PTAE700 followed the 100, 300 and 500 to market. By this time Panasonic had nailed the formula and offered much more vibrant images utilizing their smooth screen technology. This enabled the image to be less blocky and LCD like and removed any mesh (chicken wire effect) some would see on lesser projectors. The overall image was, for it's time, stunning offering great contrast and super black levels.
It was also easy to use. The joystick at the front allowed you to position the image accurately and the focus zoom options were easy to use. A full back lit remote control was also included. I had the device roof mounted upside down. This allowed the control panel to be accessible. One could also upturn the image to allow this method of installation. The onscreen menus are also helpful and thorough.
The projector has been very reliable and has provided everything I have expected from it.
Overall the projector is very good and Panasonic have gone from strength to strength in this market. Have you seen the PTAE4000? It will most certainly be on my shopping list once I upgrade.
The PT-AE700 is the most impressive home cinema projector ever from Panasonic. Compact enough to sit on a bookshelf, it is packed with advanced features designed to bring you a whole new level of home theatre enjoyment. Dynamic contrast is now 2, 000: 1, by far the best in its product class, so the picture is sharp and clear even in a well-lit room. In addition, the new integrated cinema quality circuitry includes a Dynamic Iris optical system that constantly adjusts the brightness and gamma characteristics in real time, so the picture is always optimal and transitions between scenes are more natural. Its innovative color correction system incorporates Cinema color Management technology to ensure faithful color reproduction. This cinema-quality integrated circuitry brings you on-screen colors just as you would see them in a movie theatre. Finally, the PT-AE700 comes with the advanced Smooth Screen technology. It effectively eliminates the screen door effect that some LCD projectors are susceptible to, so the images you see on the screen are natural and lifelike.
The PT-AE700 makes it possible to enjoy a home cinema projector in new ways. You can use it in a larger room and with a bigger screen than was practical with earlier LCD projector models. And its compact and lightweight design gives you plenty of flexibility. Joystick controlled vertical and horizontal lens shift adds further convenience. Unlike digital keystone correction, which can add distortion to the on-screen image, the new system is purely optical. It allows you to compensate for distortion when the projector is situated at an angle to the screen while maintaining superb clarity and picture fidelity. A newly developed 2x optical zoom lens allows you to adjust the image size to match the setup layout and screen dimensions. With its combination of convenient features and unmatched performance, the PT-AE700 brings the home cinema projector to a new level, and offers a substantially larger screen size than either a CRT, LCD or plasma display.