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PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEW PT-AE8000U 3D HOME THEATER PROJECTOR WITH ADVANCED CUSTOMIZATION FEATURES


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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 13 2012 - 07:40 AM





PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEW 3D HOME THEATER PROJECTOR WITH

ADVANCED CUSTOMIZATION FEATURES

Brighter and Clearer Images with 3D Motion Remaster for an Immersive Theater Experience


Secaucus, NJ, September 12, 2012 – Panasonic, a manufacturer of consumer and professional projector solutions, today announced the new PT-AE8000U full-HD 3D home theater projector. With 2,400 lumens of brightness and an extremely high 500,000:1 contrast ratio, this 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution projector embodies Panasonic’s 11 years of home theater projector engineering. The PT-AE8000U provides excellent picture quality in 2D, as well as advanced 3D features that deliver a natural and comfortable movie theater experience at home.


Hollywood Collaboration

Since 2003, Panasonic has manufactured high quality home theater projectors in collaboration with Hollywood filmmakers and Panasonic’s Hollywood Laboratory. This partnership is instrumental in the development of projectors that deliver the image quality filmmakers intended. The PT-AE8000U is the latest projector to go through this process, having been fine-tuned to produce images as close as possible to directors’ original intentions.


“Panasonic engineers bring us in to make evaluations and listen to what we have to say, so that when they are doing the design work they take our considerations into effect,” said Steven Poster ASC, cinematographer. “I don’t know of any other home theater projector manufacturers doing that at this point.”


For more information on Panasonic’s collaboration with Hollywood filmmakers in developing the PT-AE8000U, the company has produced a video about the process that can be viewed online at: 


Excellent Image Quality

The PT-AE8000U comes equipped with a new 220W Red Rich Lamp for increased red intensity and a 2,400 lumens brightness rating, which enables the projector to produce bright images and deliver stunning color reproduction. The PT-AE8000U generates deeper blacks by incorporating Panasonic’s Pure Contrast Plates, which match the LCD panel characteristics, virtually eliminating light leakage. The combination of Panasonic’s Pure Contrast Plates, Pure Color Filter Pro and Dynamic Iris technologies make the PT-AE8000U’s astonishing 500,000:1 contrast ratio possible.


Advanced 3D Features

Improving upon its predecessor, the 5-star rated PT-AE7000U[i], the PT-AE8000U ensures less crosstalk and 20 percent brighter images for comfortable and natural 3D viewing at home. In order to deliver natural 3D movement, the PT-AE8000U projector’s 3D Motion Remaster feature interpolates an image between alternately created right and left images caused by the active shutter system and, as a result, enables smooth, continuous and properly positioned 3D images. The PT-AE8000U projector’s built-in IR transmitter enables synchronization with active shutter 3D glasses and can transmit up to 20 feet. An optional IR transmitter offers greater installation flexibility with a transmission distance of up to 33 feet.


Users can customize their viewing experience with the new 3D Viewing Monitor and 3D Picture Balance features. The 3D Viewing Monitor visually shows that the amount of parallax in the 3D images, which varies according to screen size, is within the safe zone set forth by the 3D Consortium Committee, ensuring a more comfortable viewing experience. Using the 3D Viewing Monitor, users can also highlight positive and negative parallax within each image. Further customization is possible with the 3D Picture Balance, which allows users to see the right and left eye images side-by-side to adjust color, contrast and brightness based on the content.


“The PT-AE8000U is the ideal projector for home theater enthusiasts who enjoy customizing their settings,” said Scott Wellington, senior product marketing manager at Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “The PT-AE8000U provides several advanced 3D customization features, previously only supported in 2D, including 3D Motion Remaster, 3D Lens Memory, Keystone Correction and a powered zoom and focus functionality.”


The enhanced Detail Clarity Processor 4 and Frame Creation 2 in the PT-AE8000U have been optimized for 3D images and allow the projection of fine detailed images, as well as sharp and clear images in fast moving scenes. Additionally, Frame Creation 2 is now available during 2D-3D conversion.


Installation Flexibility and Customization

Installing the PT-AE8000U is made easy with a 2x zoom lens and wide range of lens shift. The PT-AE8000U can project onto a 120-inch diagonal screen from as close as 11.8 feet or as far away as 23.6 feet. The projector can also be installed from the ceiling or mounted to a wall with +/- 100 percent vertical adjustment and +/- 26 percent horizontal adjustment.


Because many Blu-ray movies come in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, which is wider than the projector’s 16:9 aspect ratio, Panasonic’s Intelligent Lens Memory automatically detects and switches the lens and focus position.


The Advanced Gamma Adjustment function has been improved in the PT-AE8000U, enabling users to control the gamma curve and more precisely calibrate the projector by adjusting brightness Y and R, G and B at any of 15 points. By using the Split-Adjust mode, users can freeze the scene and make these adjustments while comparing side-by-side with the original image.


The PT-AE8000U is equipped with three HDMI input terminals, which support DeepColor and x.v. Color, and two 12V Triggers allow more home theater automation, such as lighting and a motorized screen. Additionally, VIERA Link® provides seamless operation of multiple VIERA Link®compatible Panasonic devices by using the PT-AE8000U remote control.


Panasonic’s advanced PT-AE8000U home theater projector will be available through authorized Panasonic resellers in late September or early October 2012.


Additional PT-AE8000U Information

For more information on the PT-AE8000U, please visit

http://panasonic.net...8000/index.html or contact us at pjsolutions@us.panasonic.com.


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About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking (http://www.interbran...Table-2011.aspx). As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available athttp://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.


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#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted September 13 2012 - 07:50 AM

I hate idiot companies who refuse to put the flipping retail price in press releases. HOW MUCH IS IT? It sounds like it is going to launch at a stupidly high price point which means given the VERY evolutionary bumps this year you are probably much better served at buying a 7000 now that those have gotten to reasonable prices. /facepalm

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#3 of 13 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted September 13 2012 - 07:55 AM

Confirmed, launching at $3500, with 2 free sets of glasses, woo freaking who. If you need a pj today you are much better off buying a 7000. http://www.projector...page=Conclusion

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#4 of 13 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted September 27 2012 - 08:27 AM

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Posted October 18 2012 - 03:08 PM

I don't know, Sam. I saw the 7000 and 8000 projected next to each other, and the extra brightness was very evident. I currently own a Panasonic PT AE7000, and I have found it to be a very competent projector, but it just didn't seem to have the brightness on my 110 ' screen to adequately view 3D with the impact I would have expected. When viewing the projectors side by side at the display, the difference between the 7000 and 8000 was noticeable enough for me to order the 8000. When I recieve it, I will let you know if the extra 400 lumens makes as much difference as I saw at the display. Now all I have to do when I receive the 8000, is to deliver and set up the 7000 at my daughters house.
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Posted October 18 2012 - 03:10 PM

By the way, I picked it up for 2995.00
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Posted October 19 2012 - 11:24 AM

Let us know how it is. I hope to get a 3D projector next year. No idea where to start in shopping, but I'll be setup for a 110" screen with a ceiling projector 14' away :)

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Posted December 06 2012 - 12:38 PM

The 8000u remains on my wish list, despite my grumblings about it's list price. Now that they are in the marketplace more reasonable street prices are starting to be the norm and for it's new price point it isn't that much more than it's similarly specced competitors, tho it IS still high. I just am so torn tho. I want to buy a great projector but I know we are on the cusp of the move to 4k. I remember buying my 900u and being so chuffed that I could get an awesome projector for so much less than what the flat panels were running in those days, and getting an image 4x as big. Today the good PJs can be twice the cost of a great bang for the buck panel and more expensive than an AWESOME one. I guess the problem is my own expectations but that doesn't make it any less frustrating I do want to thank the PHL folks for their demonstration during the HTF meet. If i could have spent a few more hours their playing with their goodies I definitely would have!

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Posted December 06 2012 - 07:41 PM

Sam, do you really want to wait for the 4K projectors to be affordable? That's probably at least a few years away. And when will there be 4K programming out there?

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Posted December 06 2012 - 10:29 PM

Originally Posted by Sam Posten 

The 8000u remains on my wish list, despite my grumblings about it's list price. Now that they are in the marketplace more reasonable street prices are starting to be the norm and for it's new price point it isn't that much more than it's similarly specced competitors, tho it IS still high.
I just am so torn tho. I want to buy a great projector but I know we are on the cusp of the move to 4k. I remember buying my 900u and being so chuffed that I could get an awesome projector for so much less than what the flat panels were running in those days, and getting an image 4x as big. Today the good PJs can be twice the cost of a great bang for the buck panel and more expensive than an AWESOME one. I guess the problem is my own expectations but that doesn't make it any less frustrating
I do want to thank the PHL folks for their demonstration during the HTF meet. If i could have spent a few more hours their playing with their goodies I definitely would have!

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Posted December 07 2012 - 03:18 AM

Different rooms Crawdaddy! I love my VT50 in the family room, I wish it was larger but it is absolutely brilliant looking. Blacks rock on it, it works great in the daytime with a bit of glare, and out of the box 1 button selection of THX calibrated color couldnt have been easier. In that room there was zero chance of me going FP. Only other con was the price. In the basement I have total light control and want to have my full field of vision taken up with a movie. FP is the way to go here. 4k content is being produced now and my PC devices already support it. It might be 2013 or 2014 but it will be less than 2 years before the content starts rolling in and having a FP that is ready for that is definitely a goal. So I'm torn. Buy cheap today (or even just stick with my 720p PJ!) and be ready to jump to 4k when it gets hot, or spend $2500+ and drag my feet on 4k cause I want to get the most out of that PJ's lifetime. Considering options might be better discussed in the thread I have about my theater build rather than stirring things up in the 8000 discussion thread. No doubt the 8000 rocks and I wish I could commit to it today, I just don't know that it is the right choice for me at this time, and that's ok! http://www.hometheat...derground-aerie

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Posted December 07 2012 - 02:54 PM

Sam, I'm in nearly the same situation. Hope to do a big screen upgrade next year for the basement...and really unsure what the route will be. The DLP folks talk about bargain basement prices on 90" sets. The forums are buzzing about 4k. And projectors keep getting better, but not really cheaper.




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