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Panasonic Introduces New 3D Home Theater Projector
With a new season of hot Blockbusters hitting the big screen (cue action-packed flicks like Skyfall and Argo), it’s no wonder that major electronics companies and specialty projection manufacturers are looking for ways to ramp up their product lines. With the thrill of 3D technology and what it adds to the viewing experience, it’s only natural to bring that same level of excitement into the home.
Recently, Panasonic announced their new PT-AE8000U full-HD 3D home theater projector, which boasts a cool 2,400 lumens of brightness and an extremely high 500,000:1 contrast ratio. The 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution projector has said to embody everything that is Panasonic’s 11 years of home theater projector engineering and is fully capable of providing excellent picture quality in 2D, as well as advanced 3D features that deliver a natural and comfortable movie theater experience at home.
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. With that in mind, Panasonic is excited to reveal that 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 – how’s that for having a hi-def movie theater experience in the comfort of your own home!
“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, check out this cool behind-the-scenes video about the process:
Excellent Image Quality
For all of you tech-buffs, not easily swayed by the impressiveness that comes along with the Hollywood Laboratory, the PT-AE8000U is also 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, 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.
Furthermore, 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.
Interested? Panasonic’s advanced PT-AE8000U home theater projector will be available through authorized Panasonic resellers in late September or early October 2012.
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