Panasonic PT-AE700U Home Cinema Projector

7.9lb - MPN: PTAE700U
Product Details
Description
The PT-AE700U 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 theater enjoyment.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection VGA Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen), 4:3 (Standard)
Light Source Type UHM Lamp
Max Resolution 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080
Display Type LCD Projector
Brightness 1000 lm
Contrast Ratio 2,000:1
Expert Reviews
Panasonic PT-AE700U LCD Projector Review
4.5 Star Review  audioholics.com - Oct 30, 2005

The PT-AE700U offers great features, great color, good details, hi-def capabilities and ease of use - all for a fantastic price. When I compared this projector to some of the other high-end projectors I've seen, mostly DLP, the PT-AE700U doesn't quite fall into that category. But every time I think about the price, I realize that this is an incredible projector. If I didn't have the BenQ I would definitely and proudly consider this projector worthy of my reference theater. When you think about the hi-def television prices at $3000 and up for a digital display type limited to about 65 inches, you can get a lot more picture for a lot less money with the Panasonic. All in all, the amount of picture quality that is achieved from this projector makes it a great buy.

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Best LCD Projectors Projector with Contrast Ratio 2000:1
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 1, 2010

Picture is Average according to 5 Projector experts. -- "most accurate color points"-hometheatermag.com -- "colors on the graffiti-strewn walls looked vibrant"-soundandvisionmag.com -- "Still, high-definition programs -- like a PBS documentary on wildlife in Cuba -- looked mouth-wateringly good for the most part."-soundandvisionmag.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Setup, Handling, Connectivity, etc.

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User Reviews
Awesome piece of gear to have
5 Star Review   By member RGM3529 - Dec 4, 2006   

Strengths: The HD display is great specially when using a HD DVD Player or XBOX 360

Weakness: The waiting time when you turn the power on is the only if any

I have all the HD inputs in use and I have to say the quality of the images when playing my XBOX 360 set to 1080i is just awesome a must have for those who love the big screen.

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Projector is Great
5 Star Review   By member craigbrickner - Jul 12, 2005   

Strengths: Quiet operation, awesome HD picture, awesome PC image

Weakness: No RS-232 control, only one component input

I have about 45 hours on this projector and it is great. Being in the AV field I can tell you this projector's PQ is very high. Make sure you can control the lighting in the room and this is one hell of a projector.

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5 Star Review   By member woodms1963 - Jun 25, 2005   

Strengths: Great picture, great price and virtually no screen door effect. I'm completely satisfied with the set up and ease of use. Forget about a plasma (too small), this is the only REAL home theater.

Weakness: None, really. Occassianal artifacts in fast moving pictures, but this is minor.

I love this. I've got it for a 120" Da-Lite remote controlled electric screen, Yamaha home theater stereo, with 11 Polks speakers all around and a Toshiba upconverting DVD connected via HDMI. I've also hooked it up to my Shuttle PC via VGA connector (still great picture) and HD box provided by my cable provider. The picture quality is great, and greater in HD. I researched projectors for several weeks, including viewing locally available projectors at much higher prices and feel like I got a bargain. This is the ONLY way to true home theater and is, IMHO, about the quality of a theater - perhaps better. WOW, is all I ever think as I watch it. Even my picky electronics engineer of a brother was highly impressed! LOL. If it passes our muster, it'll likely pass yours.

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5 Star Review   By member asmina98 - May 27, 2005   

Strengths: great item. Very good for the price.

I have made several comparisons with Sony. This panasonic projectors is the best in it's class. We have 12' screen setup for the home theater. In the beginning I was worry that the result will not be so good. And It's proven that I was wrong. I recommend this for everybody that need home theater. One word for this: "Best value"

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4 Star Review   By member westcott - May 20, 2005   

Strengths: Brilliant Colors, Long Throw Distance, Very accurate geometry, great price, one type of every connection.

Weakness: Could use more contrast but it is only noticeable when comparing to a CRT.

I did a lot of research before making this purchase and although I prefer the picture of some of the newer DLP projectors, my wife and I both suffer from DLP rainbows and other eye fatigue issues. So, among the LCD projectors at 720p or above, the Panasonic won hands down. The most significant advantage of the Panasonic is the throw distance. My room is 16' by 23' with 18' ceilings. This made ceiling mounting a very expensive solution so the extra throw distance allowed me to place the projector behind the couch around 18'. Ideal distance according to Projector Central. I do wish it was a little closer to the screen while watching standard definition material due to loss in resolution but is fine for DVD and HD watching. Setup was straight forward and the auto setting for resolution works flawlessly. After calibration using Digital Video Essentials, I can honestly say that the Panasonic projects some of the most accurate colors I have ever seen from any source. Coupled with a Denon DVD910, the picture is as close to HD as I have ever seen. DirecTV material in HD beats it out but only on live material or special event programs like NG or concerts. I have a complete wall of windows so light control is advised with this projector but it will tolerate a considerable amount of ambient light. I am using the component input for DVD and HDMI for HD. I can not speak for composite or S video quality. I bought this unit for $1800 from Projector People after a $200 rebate and free shipping. With a picture that looks beautiful all the way up to 120", it will make all your friends with rear projection wish they had spent half as much for twice the quality and twice the picture size. You will never be able to watch rear projection ever again. You have been warned. My only wish is that I could go down to a smaller picture size for standard definition programming. Their just is not the signal necessary to blow up a SD picture much larger than 50-60' without serious loss in quality. At 18', I can not get down that small from this distance. System: Klipsch RF7,RC7,RS7,RSW15 Denon 3805 AV Receiver Denon 910 DVD Player Panasonic AE700u Sony Wega 27" SD TV Kenwood CD Player ProScan VCR

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5 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Apr 30, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to use. Good picture quality. Great black levels for an LCD projector. 1000 Lumens is good for a moderately bright room. Has all the latest connections, including HDMI. And, its very quiet.

Weakness: I haven't used it enough to notice any weaknesses yet. I wish it had a DVI connection however. And adjusting the screen may cause people some problems.

This is a great product. Got it from ProjectorPeople.com, which I highly recommend. They provided excellent service and genuinely cared about my order. About the projector. This is my first HT Projector I've purchased, so I don't have much experience with them. I did spend many months doing research on them. It came down to the Sanyo PZ-3 or the Panasonic AE-700. Both seemed good, and had excellent reviews. I went with the Panasonic because it had more Lumens (1000), than the PZ-3. If you too are doing research and are having trouble picking a projector out; you can't go wrong with this one. My room is about 14' wide and 24' long, so I have my projector 14-16' feet away from the viewing area. I also have a moderately bright room during daylight hours, and it seems that the AE-700 has no problems with this. Even though the projector is not mounted further away, I can get a 120" screen size and still have a high quality resolution, with NO screen door effect! Awesome! If anything changes, since I've only had this for about 2 weeks now, I update this review. But for now, so far so good!

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5 Star Review   By member economys - Apr 25, 2005   

Strengths: Exceptional picture quality, easy to set up, long throw lens, lens shift feature

Weakness: None so far

While I'm still exploring all that this projector is capable of, so far it has been nothing short of amazing. From out of the box to shining onto the wall took ~10 min. HDTV and DVD sources were displayed with phenomenal clarity and punch. The long throw lens (projection distance) and lens shift (projection location) features allow great flexibility for projector placement. While a darkened room adds to the theater-like quality, the projector is bright enough to overcome a moderate amount of ambient light.

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5 Star Review   By member jskojec - Apr 10, 2005   

Strengths: Easy setup-This is my first projector and no problem. The picture for movies is incredibly beautiful-Amazing.Movie night with kids is awesome too!

Weakness: Regular cable TV signal looks average at best. It's true "garbage in, garbage out". I was hoping this projector could perform a miracle here. I am loooking into HD service from my cable provider.

To give the reviewer our perspective for this review: This is our first projector for home theater (have seen friends projectors for HT and at work for presentations), the picture is projected on a 120" screen from about 18' away, also the room is a dedicated, dark room for home theater. The projector has three main controls for setting up that I needed-large lens ring for focus, small lens ring for picture size and joystick for position - Very easy. The Keystone button was great to make the picture even more perfect. Watching movies on DVD have powerful colors that are very impressive to say the least. Landscapes are especially breathtaking. The projector comes with various parameter setups to easily allow a user to experience different settings to customize the picture for their own tastes. We don't see any rainbow effect or artifacts so far. The window screen effect is only noticeable (distracting) from within 4' from the white screen. Supplier was Expo and they were very friendly and helpful. They shipped the unit right away and even provided rebate the latest rebate info as well. We are very happy with this purchase.

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5 Star Review   By member conehead433 - Mar 29, 2005   

Strengths: Exceptional picture quality for any projector, and significantly lower in price than similar projectors. Very flexible in regards to installation with it's throw range and lens shift capabilities.

Weakness: None really. The lens shift toggle was a little stiff, but it only takes minutes to set it up. Some tweaking of the picture with the easy to use menu helped improve the picture quality.

I only have about 27 hours on my projector so far and I have been totally amazed at the picture quality watching DVDs and HDTV. The picture to me actually looks better than my 57" CRT RPTV. I have a light controlled room with a 129" DIY screen and sit about 12 feet from the screen. There is no Screen Door with this projector and also I have not noticed any Vertical Banding, which has been a minor complaint from a few owners of this projector. Apparently it can be corrected, if experienced, through a flicker adjustment, and many who have noticed it say it goes away after 100 hours or so. Like I say though, I have not noticed this at all. Using the low lamp mode the bulb is supposed to last up to 5000 hours. I'm using low lamp mode and the brightness difference between it and high lamp is very minimal, at least with my setup. I have the projector on a high mounted shelf on the back wall 23 feet from the screen. It only took 5 minutes setup time and I was watching a DVD and had an amazing picture right out of the box, although I have employed some of the minor adjustments used by some owners who have used professional calibration discs to fine tune the picture quality. Several different viewing modes are available with the ability to adjust the picture in each mode with a very easy to use remote control. Normal and Dynamic are the modes I prefer, but there is also Natural, Video, and several Cinema modes. If you have been on the fence in regard to setting up a Home Theater this projector is just the ticket.

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5 Star Review   By member bbtrinet - Mar 22, 2005   

Strengths: Ease of set up, 2x zoom, rich, vivid colors, bright sharp image

Weakness: Must wait for the projector to warm up (10-15 seconds) to press the 'on' button. (typical of projectors - just something to get used to coming from a regular TV)

I did a lot of research before I bought this projector. I needed a projector to throw a 100 inch image from about 18 feet away (I have cathedral ceilings in my room - I can't hang this from the ceiling), bright enough for a room with a few windows of in-direct sunlight, and with a very low noise fan. This projector has everything I needed! This projector is very easy to set up. I can place this thing practically anywhere and shoot a great image. There's this little joystick thing just to the right of the lens that you can use to move the lens. It works great! I've heard of people hating this little joystick thing, and I was ready to - but I don't see a problem with it. It's very easy to use. There is a 2x zoom by just rotating the outside of the lens which can make a picture smaller or larger. The smaller the picture, the brighter the image, and the larger the picture, the dimmer the image. I intially set up this projector to play with it for an hour at a friend's house who had a big-screen (60 inches) CRT television. It took me less than a minute to plug in a video cable and turn it on. I projected the projector right on a cream colored wall, with some lights on in the room, with the largest image I could project. The colors were nicer, image clearer, and the image brightness was not noticeably different than the CRT. The fan noise is not noticeable at all while running. When turning the projector off, it goes through a cool-down mode, and this is the only time you can hear the fan. This is a great projector! I've played DVDs and Standard Definition TV through the projector and it looks great. I can't see any screen-door even sitting a foot from the screen! I'm getting High definition from DirecTV next week and I'll see how it looks on the panasonic! I'm already re-watching my DVD collection - seeing the image fill up the wall is just amazing.

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Product Details
Description
The PT-AE700U 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 theater enjoyment.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection VGA Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen), 4:3 (Standard)
Light Source Type UHM Lamp
Max Resolution 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080
Display Type LCD Projector
Brightness 1000 lm
Contrast Ratio 2,000:1
Summary
Product Title Panasonic PT-AE700U Home Cinema Projector
Manufacturer Panasonic
Power Score 4.1 | 16 Reviews
Image Quality
Video Broadcast Standards: NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Broadcast Format Displayed: 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Broadcast Format Supported: NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Lens Features
Max Projection Distance: 40.68 ft
Max Diagonal Image Size: 300"
Min Projection Distance: 47.16"
Lamp Features
Light Source Life: 3000 Hour
Light Source Power: 130 W
Other Features
Noise Rating: 26 dB Approximate Low Brightness Mode
Dimensions
Height: 3.7 in
Dimensions: 3.72" Height x 13.18" Width x 10.63" Depth
Weight: 7.90 lbs
Width: 13.2 in
Depth: 10.6 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Parts & Labor, 90 Day Lamp
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Maximum Horizontal Sync: 70 kHz
Product Line: Home Cinema
Minimum Lens Aperture: F/1.9
Manual Zoom Factor: 2x
Product Model: PT-AE700U
Brand Name: Panasonic
Video Standards: HDTV, NTSC (Full), NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM
Included Devices: AC Adapter, Cabling (Audio), Cabling (Video), Remote Control
Zoom Type: Manual Zoom
Maximum Lens Aperture: F/3.1
SKU: 355166
Description: PT-AE700U Widescreen XGA (1280 x 720) LCD Hometheator Projector, 1000 ANSI Lumens
Standby Power Consumption: 3 W
Compatible Aspect Ratio: 16:9
VGA In: Yes
Color Depth: 16.7 Million Colors (24-bit)
Language Support: English
Uniformity: 85
Maximum Vertical Sync: 87 Hz
Frequency Band: Native Resolution: 1280 x 720
Color Support: Color
Expert Reviews
Panasonic PT-AE700U LCD Projector Review
4.5 Star Review  audioholics.com - Oct 30, 2005

The PT-AE700U offers great features, great color, good details, hi-def capabilities and ease of use - all for a fantastic price. When I compared this projector to some of the other high-end projectors I've seen, mostly DLP, the PT-AE700U doesn't quite fall into that category. But every time I think about the price, I realize that this is an incredible projector. If I didn't have the BenQ I would definitely and proudly consider this projector worthy of my reference theater. When you think about the hi-def television prices at $3000 and up for a digital display type limited to about 65 inches, you can get a lot more picture for a lot less money with the Panasonic. All in all, the amount of picture quality that is achieved from this projector makes it a great buy.

Read the full review »

Best LCD Projectors Projector with Contrast Ratio 2000:1
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 1, 2010

Picture is Average according to 5 Projector experts. -- "most accurate color points"-hometheatermag.com -- "colors on the graffiti-strewn walls looked vibrant"-soundandvisionmag.com -- "Still, high-definition programs -- like a PBS documentary on wildlife in Cuba -- looked mouth-wateringly good for the most part."-soundandvisionmag.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Setup, Handling, Connectivity, etc.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Awesome piece of gear to have
5 Star Review   By member RGM3529 - Dec 4, 2006   

Strengths: The HD display is great specially when using a HD DVD Player or XBOX 360

Weakness: The waiting time when you turn the power on is the only if any

I have all the HD inputs in use and I have to say the quality of the images when playing my XBOX 360 set to 1080i is just awesome a must have for those who love the big screen.

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Projector is Great
5 Star Review   By member craigbrickner - Jul 12, 2005   

Strengths: Quiet operation, awesome HD picture, awesome PC image

Weakness: No RS-232 control, only one component input

I have about 45 hours on this projector and it is great. Being in the AV field I can tell you this projector's PQ is very high. Make sure you can control the lighting in the room and this is one hell of a projector.

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5 Star Review   By member woodms1963 - Jun 25, 2005   

Strengths: Great picture, great price and virtually no screen door effect. I'm completely satisfied with the set up and ease of use. Forget about a plasma (too small), this is the only REAL home theater.

Weakness: None, really. Occassianal artifacts in fast moving pictures, but this is minor.

I love this. I've got it for a 120" Da-Lite remote controlled electric screen, Yamaha home theater stereo, with 11 Polks speakers all around and a Toshiba upconverting DVD connected via HDMI. I've also hooked it up to my Shuttle PC via VGA connector (still great picture) and HD box provided by my cable provider. The picture quality is great, and greater in HD. I researched projectors for several weeks, including viewing locally available projectors at much higher prices and feel like I got a bargain. This is the ONLY way to true home theater and is, IMHO, about the quality of a theater - perhaps better. WOW, is all I ever think as I watch it. Even my picky electronics engineer of a brother was highly impressed! LOL. If it passes our muster, it'll likely pass yours.

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5 Star Review   By member asmina98 - May 27, 2005   

Strengths: great item. Very good for the price.

I have made several comparisons with Sony. This panasonic projectors is the best in it's class. We have 12' screen setup for the home theater. In the beginning I was worry that the result will not be so good. And It's proven that I was wrong. I recommend this for everybody that need home theater. One word for this: "Best value"

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4 Star Review   By member westcott - May 20, 2005   

Strengths: Brilliant Colors, Long Throw Distance, Very accurate geometry, great price, one type of every connection.

Weakness: Could use more contrast but it is only noticeable when comparing to a CRT.

I did a lot of research before making this purchase and although I prefer the picture of some of the newer DLP projectors, my wife and I both suffer from DLP rainbows and other eye fatigue issues. So, among the LCD projectors at 720p or above, the Panasonic won hands down. The most significant advantage of the Panasonic is the throw distance. My room is 16' by 23' with 18' ceilings. This made ceiling mounting a very expensive solution so the extra throw distance allowed me to place the projector behind the couch around 18'. Ideal distance according to Projector Central. I do wish it was a little closer to the screen while watching standard definition material due to loss in resolution but is fine for DVD and HD watching. Setup was straight forward and the auto setting for resolution works flawlessly. After calibration using Digital Video Essentials, I can honestly say that the Panasonic projects some of the most accurate colors I have ever seen from any source. Coupled with a Denon DVD910, the picture is as close to HD as I have ever seen. DirecTV material in HD beats it out but only on live material or special event programs like NG or concerts. I have a complete wall of windows so light control is advised with this projector but it will tolerate a considerable amount of ambient light. I am using the component input for DVD and HDMI for HD. I can not speak for composite or S video quality. I bought this unit for $1800 from Projector People after a $200 rebate and free shipping. With a picture that looks beautiful all the way up to 120", it will make all your friends with rear projection wish they had spent half as much for twice the quality and twice the picture size. You will never be able to watch rear projection ever again. You have been warned. My only wish is that I could go down to a smaller picture size for standard definition programming. Their just is not the signal necessary to blow up a SD picture much larger than 50-60' without serious loss in quality. At 18', I can not get down that small from this distance. System: Klipsch RF7,RC7,RS7,RSW15 Denon 3805 AV Receiver Denon 910 DVD Player Panasonic AE700u Sony Wega 27" SD TV Kenwood CD Player ProScan VCR

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5 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Apr 30, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to use. Good picture quality. Great black levels for an LCD projector. 1000 Lumens is good for a moderately bright room. Has all the latest connections, including HDMI. And, its very quiet.

Weakness: I haven't used it enough to notice any weaknesses yet. I wish it had a DVI connection however. And adjusting the screen may cause people some problems.

This is a great product. Got it from ProjectorPeople.com, which I highly recommend. They provided excellent service and genuinely cared about my order. About the projector. This is my first HT Projector I've purchased, so I don't have much experience with them. I did spend many months doing research on them. It came down to the Sanyo PZ-3 or the Panasonic AE-700. Both seemed good, and had excellent reviews. I went with the Panasonic because it had more Lumens (1000), than the PZ-3. If you too are doing research and are having trouble picking a projector out; you can't go wrong with this one. My room is about 14' wide and 24' long, so I have my projector 14-16' feet away from the viewing area. I also have a moderately bright room during daylight hours, and it seems that the AE-700 has no problems with this. Even though the projector is not mounted further away, I can get a 120" screen size and still have a high quality resolution, with NO screen door effect! Awesome! If anything changes, since I've only had this for about 2 weeks now, I update this review. But for now, so far so good!

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5 Star Review   By member economys - Apr 25, 2005   

Strengths: Exceptional picture quality, easy to set up, long throw lens, lens shift feature

Weakness: None so far

While I'm still exploring all that this projector is capable of, so far it has been nothing short of amazing. From out of the box to shining onto the wall took ~10 min. HDTV and DVD sources were displayed with phenomenal clarity and punch. The long throw lens (projection distance) and lens shift (projection location) features allow great flexibility for projector placement. While a darkened room adds to the theater-like quality, the projector is bright enough to overcome a moderate amount of ambient light.

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5 Star Review   By member jskojec - Apr 10, 2005   

Strengths: Easy setup-This is my first projector and no problem. The picture for movies is incredibly beautiful-Amazing.Movie night with kids is awesome too!

Weakness: Regular cable TV signal looks average at best. It's true "garbage in, garbage out". I was hoping this projector could perform a miracle here. I am loooking into HD service from my cable provider.

To give the reviewer our perspective for this review: This is our first projector for home theater (have seen friends projectors for HT and at work for presentations), the picture is projected on a 120" screen from about 18' away, also the room is a dedicated, dark room for home theater. The projector has three main controls for setting up that I needed-large lens ring for focus, small lens ring for picture size and joystick for position - Very easy. The Keystone button was great to make the picture even more perfect. Watching movies on DVD have powerful colors that are very impressive to say the least. Landscapes are especially breathtaking. The projector comes with various parameter setups to easily allow a user to experience different settings to customize the picture for their own tastes. We don't see any rainbow effect or artifacts so far. The window screen effect is only noticeable (distracting) from within 4' from the white screen. Supplier was Expo and they were very friendly and helpful. They shipped the unit right away and even provided rebate the latest rebate info as well. We are very happy with this purchase.

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5 Star Review   By member conehead433 - Mar 29, 2005   

Strengths: Exceptional picture quality for any projector, and significantly lower in price than similar projectors. Very flexible in regards to installation with it's throw range and lens shift capabilities.

Weakness: None really. The lens shift toggle was a little stiff, but it only takes minutes to set it up. Some tweaking of the picture with the easy to use menu helped improve the picture quality.

I only have about 27 hours on my projector so far and I have been totally amazed at the picture quality watching DVDs and HDTV. The picture to me actually looks better than my 57" CRT RPTV. I have a light controlled room with a 129" DIY screen and sit about 12 feet from the screen. There is no Screen Door with this projector and also I have not noticed any Vertical Banding, which has been a minor complaint from a few owners of this projector. Apparently it can be corrected, if experienced, through a flicker adjustment, and many who have noticed it say it goes away after 100 hours or so. Like I say though, I have not noticed this at all. Using the low lamp mode the bulb is supposed to last up to 5000 hours. I'm using low lamp mode and the brightness difference between it and high lamp is very minimal, at least with my setup. I have the projector on a high mounted shelf on the back wall 23 feet from the screen. It only took 5 minutes setup time and I was watching a DVD and had an amazing picture right out of the box, although I have employed some of the minor adjustments used by some owners who have used professional calibration discs to fine tune the picture quality. Several different viewing modes are available with the ability to adjust the picture in each mode with a very easy to use remote control. Normal and Dynamic are the modes I prefer, but there is also Natural, Video, and several Cinema modes. If you have been on the fence in regard to setting up a Home Theater this projector is just the ticket.

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5 Star Review   By member bbtrinet - Mar 22, 2005   

Strengths: Ease of set up, 2x zoom, rich, vivid colors, bright sharp image

Weakness: Must wait for the projector to warm up (10-15 seconds) to press the 'on' button. (typical of projectors - just something to get used to coming from a regular TV)

I did a lot of research before I bought this projector. I needed a projector to throw a 100 inch image from about 18 feet away (I have cathedral ceilings in my room - I can't hang this from the ceiling), bright enough for a room with a few windows of in-direct sunlight, and with a very low noise fan. This projector has everything I needed! This projector is very easy to set up. I can place this thing practically anywhere and shoot a great image. There's this little joystick thing just to the right of the lens that you can use to move the lens. It works great! I've heard of people hating this little joystick thing, and I was ready to - but I don't see a problem with it. It's very easy to use. There is a 2x zoom by just rotating the outside of the lens which can make a picture smaller or larger. The smaller the picture, the brighter the image, and the larger the picture, the dimmer the image. I intially set up this projector to play with it for an hour at a friend's house who had a big-screen (60 inches) CRT television. It took me less than a minute to plug in a video cable and turn it on. I projected the projector right on a cream colored wall, with some lights on in the room, with the largest image I could project. The colors were nicer, image clearer, and the image brightness was not noticeably different than the CRT. The fan noise is not noticeable at all while running. When turning the projector off, it goes through a cool-down mode, and this is the only time you can hear the fan. This is a great projector! I've played DVDs and Standard Definition TV through the projector and it looks great. I can't see any screen-door even sitting a foot from the screen! I'm getting High definition from DirecTV next week and I'll see how it looks on the panasonic! I'm already re-watching my DVD collection - seeing the image fill up the wall is just amazing.

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5 Star Review   By member kevingargan - Mar 21, 2005   

Strengths: Superior Picture, very flexible setup distance, easy remote, vast number of options to tweak the picture.

This projector is a tweaker dream come true. If you are not this type don't worry, just use the default settings. You might run the projector for a hour or so to break in that new smell before you have the family watch their first movie. Well built and features galore. Using HDMI connection for the best possible image. Image is a 16:9 default so, if you watch older movies, or non-HD TV be aware that the screen will have black bars on the side... Enjoy, Kevin

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5 Star Review   By member mitchman22 - Mar 20, 2005   

Strengths: This projector is remarkable! Easy to use and the picture is fantastic. For the money, you cannot go wrong. Simply a special projector. Better then going to the movies.

Weakness: I have not found anything to complain about. Sure, zero fan noise would be great, but considering zero does not exist, the 700 gets very close.

I bought the PT-AE700U for a couple reasons: 1) All the reviews on the net are nothing short of great. 2) MOST IMPORTANT: A friend of mine has the PT-AE500U and that too is a 5 star projector. The 700 specs are cut above the 500 (just compare). Simply a no-brainer. Nice work Panasonic!!! Sure, you can spend more on a projector, but I simply cannot image why you would. Honestly, short of IMAX, I have not seen movies look better. Get a good screen, control you ambeint light, get some nice speakers, then enjoy.

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5 Star Review   By member VelvetRed951 - Feb 22, 2005   

Strengths: Amazing picture

Weakness: none yet!!!

This is the coolest thing ever. I just received it yesterday. I bought a 100' Eite automatic screen that I installed three days ago. The projector got here yesterday. I hooked up a component cable to my DVD player, and everything worked great. It took me about 5 min to figure out how to adjust the size of the picture, focus, select input, etc. then things were up & running. My father-in law was here, & he couldn't get over how clear the picture was. I can't wait to hook up digital cable with hi-def. For the $$, it's much better than a wimpy 42" plasma.

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5 Star Review   By member hughmann - Feb 16, 2005   

Strengths: Easy flexible setup. Great picture. Plenty of different types of inputs.

Weakness: None. (Or maybe not great for a bright room.)

Fantastic! I really love this projector. I've been using it for four days so far and the whole family is very impressed. So far I've watched 2 of the Lord of the Rings movies, Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo. It looks great, bright colors and vivid contrast. We've also put in several hours with the Gamecube. This projector does benefit from a nice dark room though. I wouldn't recommend it if you have to much ambient light. ( I'm putting it in a basement room with no windows.) Very easy setup. And it is very flexible as far as throw distance goes. I'm putting it on top of an equipment rack in the back of the room. (About an 18 ft throw.) I don't think you can do better for the money. (I purchased it from www.theprojectorpeople.com.)

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