Friday, July 29, 2011
Panasonic Introduces Full HD 3D Home Theater Projector
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Panasonic today announced the PT-AE7000U, its first Full HD 3D home theater projector with 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) resolution.
The PT-AE7000U is also the world?s first 3D projector to use
transparent LCD panels driven at 480Hz that, combined with
Panasonic?s original Overdrive Technology, realize significantly low
crosstalk. Thanks to the newly-developed optical engine the
projector produces a 300,000:1 contrast ratio and 2,000 lumens of
The optical system of the PT-AE7000U features a new 200-Watt
Red-Rich Lamp and new LCD panels with larger aperture ratio for
increased red luminance and brightness output.
The PT-AE7000U uses frame sequential technology for 3D image
projection. The Overdrive Technology has been tuned together with
the 480Hz LCD Panel that reduces 3D crosstalk, or double images,
for comfortable 3D content viewing. The projector is also equipped
with a newly-developed dual-core processing engine so that the
projector can process 3D signals with all of the benefits of 2D
image enhancements. Frame Creation, Detail Clarity Processor and
other image processing technologies are optimized for 3D images in
the same manner as for 2D images.
Comfortable 3D viewing can also be adjusted with the 3D Viewing
Monitor and the 3D Picture Balance features. Because the 3D effect
changes with varying screen sizes, the 3D Viewing Monitor ensures
that the viewer's stereoscopic effect is within the safety zone set
forth by the 3D Consortium Committee. The left and right eye images
can be displayed side by side on the PT-AE7000U with the individual
Waveform Monitor to adjust 3D picture balance.
Other 3D features include 2D-3D Conversion, which converts 2D
content into 3D images for 3D projection with five different 3D
The projector is equipped with a built-in 3D IR transmitter that
lets the user enjoy large-screen 3D images with optional eyewear,
which is sold separately. The models, TY-EW3D10U, TY-EW3D2LU,
TY-EW3D2MU and TY-EW3D2SU, also used for the Panasonic VIERA 3DTV,
are convenient for those looking to enjoy 3D content on both their
Panasonic TVs and projectors. An optional IR transmitter (ET-TRM110)
is available for extended transmission distance.
Many Blu-ray Discs and DVDs come in aspect ratios that are even
wider than the projector's 16:9 aspect ratio to match the image size
(2.35:1) seen in movie theaters. The projector's Intelligent Lens
Memory feature makes it possible for the user to easily program up
to six different zoom/focus positions. Automatic switching between
16:9 and 2.35:1 video content is also possible thanks to the signal
aspect detection capability on the PT-AE7000U.
More theater automation, such as lighting and a motorized screen, is
possible with the PT-AE7000U because it comes equipped with two
programmable 12-volt trigger terminals and VIERA Link. VIERA Link
provides operation of multiple VIERA Link compatible Panasonic
devices by using the PT-AE7000U remote control with backlit buttons.
The PT-AE7000U is also equipped with three HDMI inputs (supporting
x.v.Color and Deep Color), so multiple HD sources can be connected
without an HDMI switcher. Initial setup and installation are quick,
because the 2x zoom can cast a 120-inch diagonal image from as close
as 3.6 meters (about 11 feet) to 7 meters (24 feet) from the screen.
The projector's lens shift capability enables 100 percent vertical
adjustment and 26 percent horizontal adjustment, so the user can
suspend the projector either close to the ceiling or mount it to a
In addition to its outstanding features, the new PT-AE7000U is also
an eco-conscious product. Its intelligent power management system
reduces the lamp power to the exact required level of brightness
depending on the content being displayed. Advanced Panasonic digital
circuitry determines the necessary power output by analyzing more
than 3 billion different image patterns. This analysis process
reduces the main power consumption by as much as 10 percent when the
Dynamic Iris function is operating, thus saving energy.
Other ecological considerations include an off-timer that reduces
wasteful power consumption, an extremely low standby power
consumption of 0.08 watts, and a 4,000 hour (normal mode)/5,000 hour
(eco mode) lamp life.
The Panasonic PT-AE7000U Full HD 3D home theater projector is made
in Japan and will be available in September 2011, through authorized
Panasonic resellers, at an MSRP of $3,499.00.