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Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector

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Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector
  • Image Quality:

    Resolution 1920 x 1080 - HD
    Brightness 2400 Lumens Lumens
    Contrast Ratio 500,000:1
    Uniformity
    No. of Colors Full 1.07 billion color palette
    Aspect Ratio(s) 16:9 Native, 4:3 selectable
    Display Type LCD - Liquid Crystal Display

High Picture Quality

Advanced gamma adjustments
The gamma curve can be controlled, allowing for precise calibration according to the signal source and environment. Brightness (Y), R, G and B can each be adjusted at any of the 15 points. Adjustment point positions can be shifted both up and down to bring out the desired gradation level.

Cinema colour management
The colour correction system enables free colour control in two different modes. The Point colour correction mode lets you pick a point in the image and adjust that colour without affecting the neighbouring colours. The six colour correction mode enables independent adjustment of red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow. Adjustment is possible for either 2D or 3D viewing.

Detail clarity processor 4 (PT-AE8000)
This function analyzes the frequency of the video signal in each scene and extracts information on the distribution of the high-, medium-, and low frequency image components. It then applies appropriate sharpness to each portion of the image based on the extracted information. This brings greater clarity and sharpness to details, by reproducing fine nuances that were lost due to image compression. The resulting images, 3D or 2D, have a more natural, lifelike expression than those of previous image-processing methods.

Pure contrast plates (PT-AE8000)
The Pure contrast plates in the PT-AE8000 uses a high precision crystalline material that is carefully matched to the characteristics of the LCD panels to effectively correct the passage of light exiting the panels. This enables the projector to block unwanted light leakage and successfully increase the dynamic range. It works together with the Pure Colour Filter Pro and Dynamic Iris Pro to achieve an astounding contrast ratio of 500,000:1.

Dynamic Iris PRO
The Dynamic iris helps provide the deeper, richer blacks you need for true-to-life images. This system works by analyzing histograms to determine the brightness level of each image, then it adjusts the lamp power, iris and gamma curve*1 accordingly to create the ideal image. The adjustments are made virtually frame-by-frame. This helps the projector achieve a wide dynamic range with swift smoothness for added beauty in both dark and bright scenes.

Full HD optimized optical system (PT-AE8000)
To assure maximum clarity in full HD images, the projector employs a full HD compatible lens unit comprising 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including 2 large diameter aspherical lenses and 2 high performance ED (extra low dispersion) lenses. Each lens is carefully aligned to assure a uniform focusing balance from the centre to the edges of the screen. The resulting high quality images are clear and free of distortion and colour bleeding.

Intelligent lens memory with auto detection (PT-AE8000)
Up to six settings can be stored in Lens memory, including zoom and focus positions for projecting in the normal 16:9 or 4:3 image ratio, and wide cinema projection settings. These memories can be recalled manually or can be set for automatic switching. The projector is able to detect 2.35:1 and 16:9 source and retrieve the stored setting automatically. The Lens memory function lets you easily enjoy images with different image ratios on a wide 2.35:1 screen for an immersive movie, theatre-like experience.

Light harmonizer 3 (PT-AR100)
Together with the 2,800 lumens brightness, Panasonic’s Light harmonizer 3 technology produces vivid and easy to see images even in the kind of bright lighting that makes images from other projectors look whitish, faded or lacking in detail. In addition, it has a built-in ambient light sensor that measures the amount of light in your room to optimize the picture quality at different lighting conditions. Light harmonizer 3 circuit not only adjusts the gamma curve, but also controls iris setting, lamp power, and picture sharpness to maintain easy, comfortable viewing at all times.

3D Experience:

3D Motion remaster for natural 3D movement (PT-AE8000)
This new technology solves the problem caused by a phenomenon called the Mach-Dvorak effect, which occurs in many systems during 3D viewing. The active shutter 3D system displays left-eye and right-eye images alternately, allowing images that were captured at the same instant to show with a time lag. During the time lag, the viewer’s brain automatically speculates and forms an image at a position that differs from the actual image shown, especially in a scene in which the object moves quickly and horizontally across the screen. This results in incorrect depth perception and makes the horizontal movement appear unnatural. 3D Motion remaster technology achieves smooth moving 3D images by creating properly positioned images to compensate for the time lag.

3D Picture balance with Waveform monitor
The projector is able to show the right and left image side-by-side to check if the two sides have the same colours. With the Waveform monitor displayed, you can adjust the contrast, brightness, colour and tint as desired, and up to 3 adjustment settings can be stored in memory for instant recall.

3D Viewing monitor (Adjust depth-of-field)
The projection size for viewing 3D images can be selected from among 9 different sizes, ranging from 40 to 200 inches diagonally.*1 The parallax adjustment monitor function automatically detects and adjusts the amount of parallax in the left eye and right eye 3D input signals. As well, the 3D Viewing monitor ensures the depth of field is within the comfortable zone with a graphical representation and makes adjustments accordingly. Monitor display modes can be selected.

Built-in 3D IR transmitter
The PT-AE8000 comes equipped with a built-in 3D IR transmitter. The IR signals for controlling the 3D eyewear transmitted from the 3D IR transmitter reach the 3D eyewear after being reflected by the screen. The communication range between the 3D IR transmitter and 3D eyewear is a maximum distance of 6 m (approx. 18’9” feet).*1*2

Frame Creation 2 (Motion blur reduction in 3D/2D viewing)
A double-speed display greatly improves the clarity of motion images. In addition, “Frame Creation 2” interpolates one new frame for each existing frame by analyzing the characteristics of the adjacent frames to reproduce sharp and clear images for fast moving scenes in sports and action movies. For 24p signal input, four frames are calculated and interpolated for each existing frame, to enable 5x speed (120 Hz) display.

Frame sequential technology (Precisely tuned 3D projection)
Panasonic uses full HD frame sequential technology to create its 3D images. Images recorded at 1920 x 1080 pixels for both the right-eye and left-eye alternately flash on the screen at the ultra-high rate of 120 frames per second. When you view the screen through active-shutter glasses, that open and close each lens in sync with the alternating images, you see breathtaking FULL HD 3D pictures with stunning power and realism.

LCD Panels (480 Hz) and Overdrive technology
Although it is inherently difficult to attain brightness in 3D images while minimizing crosstalk, the PT-AE8000 achieves both bright and comfortable 3D images by the incorporation of 480 Hz driven LCD panels and Panasonic's original high-precision overdrive technology. The 480 Hz driven LCD panels lengthen the time that the shutter is open, about 1.5 times the duration of a 240 Hz drive system. With original overdrive technology, brightness is improved thru the 3D eyewear by accurately detecting the information for each of the right eye and left eye images. Panasonic is able to minimize double images (crosstalk), which results in clear, comfortable 3D viewing and it feels as though you’re totally immersed in the picture.

Waveform monitor
This function displays waveforms to show how the projector has adjusted the images of the input signals sent from the source device. In cases where the output level of the source device fluctuates, you can view the waveform on-screen and adjust the settings both automatically and manually. In cases where the characteristics of the output signal from the source device are distorted, viewing the waveform can make it easier for you to adjust the picture so it looks just the way the director intended.

Installation Flexability

2x zoom lens / wide lens shift
If the projector is not positioned right in front of the center of the screen, you can adjust the projected image position by moving the lens shift dials within the shift range of the lens. The image can be shifted ±65% (PT-AR100) / ±100 (PT-AE8000) vertically and ±26% horizontally.

ECO management function (PT-AR100)
A number of functions are provided to reduce power consumption. They adjust the brightness according to the ambient light conditions and reduce the lamp power when there is no signal input or the projector is in AV mute mode. You can easily set the ECO management functions according to operating conditions by using the ECO button on the remote control.

Long lamp replacement cycle
The proprietary lamp drive system helps maintain lamp performance resulting in a cycle of 3,000 hours*1 (PT-AR100) / 5,000 hours*1 (PT-AE8000) without a lamp or filter replacement. For easier maintenance, you can replace the filter from the side and the lamp from the top. The dust filter and lamp are easily replaced even after the projector is installed on the ceiling.

*1 Lamp mode set to ECO. The lamp replacement cycle is 2,000 hours (PT-AR100) / 4,000 hours (PT-AE8000) when the lamp mode is set to NORMAL. A maximum value when the lamp is used in cycles of being turned on for 2 hours and off for 0.25 hours. When the lamp is turned on and off more frequently, the lamp replacement cycle is shortened.

HDMI with x.v. Color™ and Deep Colour
The projectors have 2 HDMI inputs (PT-AR100) / 3 HDMI inputs (PT-AE8000) for digital transmission without image degradation. The HDMI inputs also support Deep Colour and x.v. Color™ space. Deep Colour provides 10-bit (over 1.07 billion) and 12-bit (over 68.7 billion) colour depths for smooth gradation between colours, while x.v.Color™ compliance reproduces natural, lifelike images.*1*2

VIERA Link™
If your home theatre system contains VIERA Link-ready equipment, projection can be started by using only the remote control unit of the projector, regardless of whether the source is a Blu-ray Disc or a TV program stored on an HD recorder. This eliminates the need for hassling with several remote controls.

  • Image Quality:

    Resolution 1920 x 1080 - HD
    Brightness 2400 Lumens Lumens
    Contrast Ratio 500,000:1
    Uniformity
    No. of Colors Full 1.07 billion color palette
    Aspect Ratio(s) 16:9 Native, 4:3 selectable
    Display Type LCD - Liquid Crystal Display
  • Compatibility:

    Data Signals Native: HD (1920 x 1080) Maximum: 1920 x 1080 PC and Mac Compatible
    Video Signals NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM, HDTV (480p, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)
    Video Compatibility NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM, HDTV (480p, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)
    H Sync 15 ~ 74 kHz
    V Sync 24 ~ 85 Hz
  • Inputs / Outputs

    Inputs
    • 3 x HDMI
    • 1 x RGB D-Sub 15pin
    • 1 x Component
    • 1 x Composite
    • 1 x S-Video
    Outputs:
    Control Terminals: 1 x RS-2321 x Trigger
    Speakers: --
    Networking: --
  • Projector Lens

  • Throw Ratio 1.35 - 2.7:1
    Zoom Ratio Manual, 2:1
    Image Size 40 - 300 inches
    Lens F = 1.9 ~ 3.2f = 22.4 ~ 44.8 mm
    Keystone Correction +/- 30 Degrees, Vertical
    Lens Shift Vertical: +/- 100%Horizontal: +/- 26%
    Projection Distance: 3.8ft - 59.4ft
    Projection Methods

    Floor/Front, Floor/Rear, Ceiling/Front, Ceiling/Rear

  • General / Operational

  • Power Supply AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
    Power Consumption 310W (Normal)0.08W (Standby)
    Eco-Mode YES
    Audible Noise --
    FCC Class --
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.9" x 18.5" x 14.3"
    Weight 7.1 lbs
    Lamp Life 5000 hrs (Low Mode) 4000 hrs (Standard Mode)
  • Included Accessories / Warranty

  • Items Included
    • Power Cord
    • Remote Control
    • Batteries
    • Lens Cover
    Projector Warranty 2-Years Limited Parts and Labor Warranty
    Lamp  Warranty 1-year or 500 hours (whichever comes first)

The AE-8000 is Panasonic's newest home theater projector, offering several improvements over the AE-7000 that will be of particular benefit in a dark room home theater environment.

We set up our AE8000 on a rear shelf above and slightly behind our seating area. The projector has manual H/V lens shift with a joystick-style adjustment mechanism. This system allows for a total sThe AE-8000 is Panasonic's newest home theater projector, offering several improvements over the AE-7000 that will be of particular benefit in a dark room home theater environment.

We set up our AE8000 on a rear shelf above and slightly behind our seating area. The projector has manual H/V lens shift with a joystick-style adjustment mechanism. This system allows for a total shift range of three image heights by 1.5 image widths. In other words, you can move the picture one full image height either up or down from the central position, or a quarter of the image width in either direction. As always, the shape of the lens shift range is an oval, not a rectangle, so one cannot reach full horizontal and vertical shift simultaneously.

The AE8000 has received a brightness boost over its predecessor of 20% on paper, from 2000 to 2400 lumens. However, our actual measured increase is more than the specs indicate. The AE7000's Cinema 1 mode measured 529 lumens on our test sample, whereas the new AE8000 cranks out 822 lumens in that same mode, which is more like a 50% increase. That's enough light to power a 140" diagonal 1.3 gain 16:9 screen at 18 foot Lamberts.

Our AE8000 was set up for a 100" diagonal image on a Stewart Studiotek 100, a 1.0 gain screen, using Cinema 1 in low lamp mode with the lens at its widest angle setting. That produced 534 lumens, or 18 fL, and still left plenty of room to increase brightness when it came time for 3D. (Btw, Stewart doesn't recommend the neutral Studiotek 100 for home theater; the Studiotek 130 (1.3 gain), is usually preferred for home theater installations.)

Viewed by itself, the AE8000 is a stunning projector. However, viewing the AE8000 next to the AE7000 is when things start to get interesting. There's a clear increase in contrast, especially in low-illumination areas; shadow detail is better defined on the AE8000. The brightness difference is readily apparent to the naked eye. Detail appears more clear and sharp, though there is no sign of anything resembling an edge enhancement artifact. In 2D, these improvements combine to give the AE8000's picture a touch of refined elegance as compared to the AE7000, a quality that will be appreciated by dedicated videophiles. In 3D, a substantial improvement in brightness and stability may have specific appeal to those who view a lot of 3D material.

hift range of three image heights by 1.5 image widths. In other words, you can move the picture one full image height either up or down from the central position, or a quarter of the image width in either direction. As always, the shape of the lens shift range is an oval, not a rectangle, so one cannot reach full horizontal and vertical shift simultaneously.

The AE8000 has received a brightness boost over its predecessor of 20% on paper, from 2000 to 2400 lumens. However, our actual measured increase is more than the specs indicate. The AE7000's Cinema 1 mode measured 529 lumens on our test sample, whereas the new AE8000 cranks out 822 lumens in that same mode, which is more like a 50% increase. That's enough light to power a 140" diagonal 1.3 gain 16:9 screen at 18 foot Lamberts.

Our AE8000 was set up for a 100" diagonal image on a Stewart Studiotek 100, a 1.0 gain screen, using Cinema 1 in low lamp mode with the lens at its widest angle setting. That produced 534 lumens, or 18 fL, and still left plenty of room to increase brightness when it came time for 3D. (Btw, Stewart doesn't recommend the neutral Studiotek 100 for home theater; the Studiotek 130 (1.3 gain), is usually preferred for home theater installations.)

Viewed by itself, the AE8000 is a stunning projector. However, viewing the AE8000 next to the AE7000 is when things start to get interesting. There's a clear increase in contrast, especially in low-illumination areas; shadow detail is better defined on the AE8000. The brightness difference is readily apparent to the naked eye. Detail appears more clear and sharp, though there is no sign of anything resembling an edge enhancement artifact. In 2D, these improvements combine to give the AE8000's picture a touch of refined elegance as compared to the AE7000, a quality that will be appreciated by dedicated videophiles. In 3D, a substantial improvement in brightness and stability may have specific appeal to those who view a lot of 3D material.

Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector
  • Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector

Excellent Picture Quality

High 2,400 lm of Brightness with the Advanced Red-Rich Lamp

The new 220 W Red-Rich Lamp increases the luminous efficiency of the projector to achieve brighter images, even in 3D viewing, with excellent color purity.
Able to produce a stunning brightness of 2,400 lm, the PT-AE8000/
AT6000 unleashes the beauty of 2D/3D full-HD expression for viewing on various screen sizes.
Cooling efficiency for example around the polarization filters has been increased to realize the higher lumens. Color purity is further increased by applying a special coating to the red and green condenser lenses in order to trim the impurities from the light after it is separated into the three primary colors.

Brighter images and excellent color purity

Full-HD Optimized Optical System

To assure maximum clarity and sharpness in full-HD images, this advanced optical system employs a full-HD-optimized lens unit comprising of 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two large-diameter aspherical lenses and two high-performance ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses. Each lens is carefully aligned to assure a uniform focusing balance from the center to the edges of the screen. As a result, the PT-AE8000/AT6000 produces stunningly clear and beautiful images.

Up to 480 Hz Compatible LCD Panels

The PT-AE8000/AT6000 full-HD LCD panels provide bright images with high aperture ratio. The panels are also designed for 480 Hz processing capability for bright 3D image.
These high-precision panels use vertically aligned liquid crystal molecules with inorganic alignment layers. When no voltage is applied, the molecules are aligned perpendicular to the glass substrate, so there is minimal light leakage, providing higher contrast.

Pure Contrast Plates Deliver High 500,000:1 Contrast Ratio

The Pure Contrast Plates in the PT-AE8000/AT6000 use a high-precision crystalline material that is carefully matched
to the characteristics of the LCD panels to effectively correct the passage of light exiting the panels.
This enables the projector to block unwanted light leakage and successfully increases the dynamic range.
It works together with the Pure Color Filter Pro and Dynamic Iris Pro to achieve an astounding contrast ratio of 500,000:1.

Pure Color Filter Pro for Rich, Vibrant Colors

The optical filter optimizes the light spectrum from the UHM projector lamp, helping to produce deeper blacks while improving purity levels in the three primary colors (red, green and blue). This advanced filter system improves color purity to cover a range that extends from the HDTV standard (Rec. 709 mode)*1 to the color gamut used in digital cinema*2. This gives images the deep, rich coloring that distinguishes movie images.

*1 A setting that supports the 6,500K color temperature recommended in the HDTV standard (ITU-R BT.709).
*2 Specifications put forth by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) PR431-2.

The sub iris cuts light leakage.

Dynamic Iris Pro Adds Beauty to Both Dark and Bright Scenes

This intelligent iris system works by analyzing the brightness level of each image using a histogram, then adjusting
the lamp power, iris and gamma curve* accordingly to create the ideal image. The adjustments are made virtually
frame by frame. This helps the projector achieve a wide dynamic range with swift smoothness for added beauty in
both dark and bright scenes.

* Parameters for adjusting the output brightness gradation level according to the input signal.

High-precision iris mechanism

Smooth Screen Technology Creates Film-Like Texture

While many LCD projectors suffer from a “chicken wire” effect, Panasonic’s pursuit of the highest possible image quality has successfully overcome this device limitation through the incorporation of Smooth Screen technology.
This uses the double refraction property of crystals to arrange pixels on a screen with no gaps between them.

Seven Picture Modes

For each 2D and 3D viewing, seven different picture modes (normal, dynamic, Rec. 709, D-cinema, cinema 1, cinema 2
and game mode for reduced frame delay) are provided.

[NORMAL] For a general image such as sports programs.
[DYNAMIC] For viewing at high brightness and sharpness.
[REC. 709] For HDTV standard (ITU-R BT. 709) color temperature of 6,500 K at the default setting of the [PICTURE] menu items.
[D-CINEMA] For D-CINEMA standard (SMPTE RP 431-2) color temperature of 6,300 K at the default setting of the [PICTURE] menu items.
[CINEMA 1] Tuned by top Hollywood colorists for watching a movie with smooth image quality.
[CINEMA 2] For viewing action films and anime etc. with vivid color and sharp quality.
[GAME] For use with games.
2 Year Warranty; Parts and Labor
  1. This projector is absolutely amazing. The picture quality is unbelievable. I am using my Carada Brilliant-White screen with this setup and love the picture. The setup was very easy. I am using the (Peerless PRGUNV Precision Gear Universal Projector Mount) mount to hang the projector. Highly recommend the mount also.
    - Review by Sumit P.
  2. I love the projector, never-mind the 3D, it is not a subtle upgrade from the PT-AE4000. In terms of picture quality, everything is better - brightness, contrast, and clarity. It is actually bright enough that in a reasonably light controlled setting, you could run in ECO mode and be perfectly happy. Again, going from PT-AE4000 to the 8000 is well worth it. 3D seemed fine, just make sure that you purchase the correct 3D glasses as there are different versions, even within Panasonic.
    - Review by TheaterGuy78

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