Panasonic PT AE9000E HD-3D 1080P LCD 2600 Lumens Super 1,000,000:1 Contrast review
Will the AE9000 simply be "Lamp Free"?
Please note this page content is only our best guess as to Panasonic will come up with next.
Panasonic's modest update to their most popular model may be called the PT - AE 9000 E (Full HD 3D LCD home theater projector) with HD resolution. It's most lightly going to be "Lamp Free" which means when the light source finally blows it's time for a new projector.
The PT-AE 3D range has been one of our best selling projectors because of the high end performance at a reasonable price. Our CEO has one at home and it has not missed a beat, the build quality also means you'd be very unlucky to get a faulty one. The update has some slight improvements but in general viewing you'd be hard pressed to pick the difference the projector was that good in the first place.
It will be interesting to see if Panasonic introduce their "Lamp Free" technology into the AE 9000 projector. Their new series of professional projectors replaces a conventional lamp with new LED/laser diodes boosted by Panasonic’s proprietary technologies for long lasting high brightness. “The new lighting technology delivers up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation and as a result, operating costs often associated with periodic labour and service can be drastically reduced.
From above you can see "Lamp Free" AKA "Solid Shine" is not actually the case. With the cost of conventional lamps falling changing one now and then for the home cinema user is not a big problem. Lamp Free was designed for commercial applications were access to and servicing of projectors can be problematic, for example educational institutions and professional applications such as museums and digital signage.
220 Watt Red-Rich Lamp
Allows the AE9000 to pump out some serious brightness without trading off the film like projection quality Panasonic has been renowned for via Smooth Screen technology, using the double refraction property of crystals to arrange pixels on a screen with no gaps between them.
Cuts all color that has higher frequency than yellowish-green for pure green Cuts all color beyond yellowish-red for pure red.
Detail Clarity Processor 4
Brightness processor combats brightness over-saturation and improves detail.
3D motion remaster feature.
The diagrams to the right explains the upgrade.
Panasonic have made a real effort to minimise 3D headaches by adjusting frames and parallax so images appear to the viewer in a more natural way.
If you want avoid a trip to the hospital, (or at least feeling like you've had a really big night drinking and want to die) do not view a full 3D movie on a single chip DLP projector if you're "DLP Sensitive".
3-LCD (Like this model) or 3 chip DLP is a better way to view 3D movies, indeed any.
3D Parallax Adjustment
Feature allows you to check and adjust amount of parallax in the image.
Controls display negative and positive parallax with red and blue color for parallax adjustments.
Allow you to adjust the image according to the source material.
1,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
As per Epson TW6100 8100 9100 claims on CR it's a load of rubbish.
For starters most 3D glasses are capable of around 1,000:1 CR.
Rather than explain why all over again see our review on "Contrast Ratio".
It's just marketing hype so take such massive numbers with a grain of salt.
HDMI X 3
Plus 2 x 12 volt triggers for automatic projection screens etc.
The PT-9000 AE has been redesigned from the ground up to achieve higher basic 2D performance and packed with unique 3D features to deliver the 3D quality demanded by the Hollywood professionals.
Thanks to the improved optical engine, which produces an incredible high contrast ratio (1,000,000:1) and brightness (2,600 lumens), the Panasonic PT-AE9000E delivers both stunning 2D images and comfortable and immersive 3D viewing at home, including the new 3D Motion Remaster technology.
The PT- AE9000 E’s key 3D projection technologies were developed in collaboration with Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory engineers, who are heavily engaged in the creation of 3D Blu-ray™ discs.
They have taken key roles in establishing the industry standards for 3D and bringing the experience from large screens to homes.
Through this joint effort, the PT-AE9000E has been redesigned from the ground up to achieve higher basic 2D performance and packed with unique 3D features to deliver the studio-grade 3D content to the consumer.
The PT-AE9000E comes rich with features for those looking to customize their home theaters. Many Blu-ray™ discs and DVDs come in aspects that are even wider than the projector’s 16:9 aspect ratio to match the image size (2.35:1) seen at 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-AE9000E.
In addition to its outstanding features, the new PT-AE9000E is also an ecological 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 intelligently determines the necessary power output by analyzing more than 3 billion different image patterns.
This advanced analysis process reduces the main power consumption by as much as 10 percent when the Dynamic Iris function is operating thus saving energy.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE NOT OFFICAL INFORMATION
- Power supply 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
- Power consumption 285 W (0.08 W in standby mode)
- LCD*1 panel Panel size 18.7 mm (0.74 in) diagonal (16:9 aspect ratio)
- Display method Transparent LCD panel (× 3, R/G/B)
- Drive method Active matrix
- Pixels 2,073,600 (1,920 × 1,080) × 3, total of 6,220,800 pixels
- Lamp 220 W UHM lamp
- Lens Powered zoom/focus lenses (1.35:1–2.70:1), F 1.9 – 3.2,f 22.4 – 44.8 mm
- Projection size 2D projection 1.02–7.62 m (40 – 300 inches)
- 3D projection 1.02– 5.08 m (40 – 200 inches)
- Throw distance 1.16–18.08 m (3 ft 11 in to 59 ft 4 in)
- Colors Full color (1,073,741,824 colors)
- Brightness 2600 lumens
- Center-to-corner uniformity ratio 85%
- Contrast ratio 1,000,000:1 (full on/full off)
- Resolution 1,920 × 1,080 pixels
- Scanning frequency RGB fH: 15 kHz – 74 kHz, fV: 24 Hz– 85 Hz, dot clock: 154 MHz or lower
- YPBPR (YCBCR) 525i (480i): fH 15.75 kHz; fV 60 Hz,
- 625i (576i): fH 15.63 kHz; fV 50 Hz,
- 525p (480p): fH 31.50 kHz; fV 60 Hz,
- 625p (576p): fH 31.25 kHz; fV 50 Hz,
- 750 (720)/60p: fH 45.00 kHz; fV 60 Hz,
- 750 (720)/50p: fH 37.50 kHz; fV 50 Hz,
- 1125 (1080)/60i: fH 33.75 kHz; fV 60 Hz,
- 1125 (1080)/50i: fH 28.13 kHz; fV 50 Hz,
- 1125 (1080)/24p: fH 27.00 kHz; fV 24 Hz,
- 1125 (1080)/60p: fH 67.50 kHz; fV 60 Hz,
- 1125 (1080)/50p: fH 56.25 kHz; fV 50 Hz
- Video/S-Video fH: 15.75 kHz, fV: 60 Hz [NTSC/NTSC4.43/PAL-M/PAL60]
- fH: 15.63 kHz, fV: 50 Hz [PAL/PAL-N/SECAM]
- Optical axis shift*6 Vertical: ±100%, horizontal: ±26%
- Keystone correction range Vertical: approx. ±30°*7
- Installation Ceiling/desk, front/rear (menu selection)
- On-screen menu languages English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Russian,
- Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Portuguese,
- Thai, Japanese
- Terminals HDMI IN HDMI connector × 3, HDMI™ (Deep Color, x.v.Color™*8 , CEC*9 ),
- HDCP compliant, supports HDAVI Control Version 5
- COMPUTER (RGB) IN D-sub HD 15-pin (female) × 1
- RGB signal R, G, B: 0.7 Vp-p (1.0 Vp-p for sync on G), 75 ohms,
- HD/SYNC, VD: TTL (positive/negative polarity compatible)
- NOTE: HD/SYNC, and VD terminals do not accept tri-level sync signals.
- YPBPR/YCBCR signal Y: 1.0 Vp-p (including sync signal), PB/PR: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohms
- COMPONENT IN RCA pin (Y, PBP/CB, PR/CR) × 3
- Y 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms,
- PB/CB, PR/CR 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohms
- TRIGGER IN / TRIGGER OUT / 3D SHUTTER OUT
- M3 jack × 2 (operate as 3D IR transmitter connectors)
- 12 V, max. 100 mA (input/output/3D shutter output selectable using
- on-screen menu)
- VIDEO IN RCA pin × 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
- S-VIDEO IN Mini DIN 4-pin × 1, Y: 1.0 Vp-p, C: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 ohms
- SERIAL IN D-sub 9-pin × 1 for external control (RS-232C compliant)
- Power cord length 3.0 m (9 ft10 in)
- Cabinet materials Molded plastic (PC+ABS)
- Dimensions (W × H × D) 470 mm × 151 mm × 364 mm*10 (18-17/32˝ × 5-15/16˝ × 14-11/32˝)*1 0
- Weight*1 1 Approx. 8.7 kg (19.2 lbs)
- Operation noise*3 22 dB (lamp power: eco)
- Operating temperature 0°– 40°C (32°–104°F)
- Operating humidity 20%– 80% (no condensation)
Pricing and Availability
PT-AE9000 $3499 RRP (Est.) Available Q1 2014 (Est.)
Excellent Picture Quality
The PT-AE9000 has a 220W Red Rich Lamp for increased red intensity which produces bright images and stunning color reproduction. The new design of the prism and lens with higher light convergence also contribute to the 2,600 lumens of high brightness. Together with the increase in brightness, the PT-AE9000 generates deeper blacks with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The higher contrast adds more depth, fine details and greater richness to colours. Panasonic’s Pure Contrast Plate technology, Pure Color Filter Pro, and Smooth Screen technology also make the PT-AE9000 one of the best projectors in its class.
Advanced 3D Features
The projector is designed for comfortable and natural 3D viewing. As an improvement from its predecessor model the PT-AE 9000 ensures less crosstalk and 20% brighter images for easy viewing.
Furthermore, the new 3D Motion Remaster corrects unnatural 3D movement which is inherent in the active 3D shutter system. Active shutter 3D technology operates by alternately opening and closing the shutter for the left/right lens, which in turn creates the 3D images. However, this means a slight delay of 1/120 seconds between each eye which creates an unnatural parallax. In order to resolve this issue the projector interpolates an image that compensates for the 1/120 second lag for smooth continuous 3D movement.
The new 3D Viewing Monitor and 3D Picture Balance ensures an even more comfortable 3D viewing experience. The 3D Viewing Monitor shows that the amount of parallax in the 3D images are within the zone set forth by the 3D Consortium Committee, as the amount of parallax varies according to screen size. Using the 3D Viewing Monitor you can also highlight positive and negative parallax within each image. The 3D Picture Balance feature allows both right and left eye images to be shown side-by-side to match the colors of the two sides.
The enhanced Detail Clarity Processor 4 and Frame Creation 2 are optimised for 3D images. Just like in 2D images, these two features bring out fine detail as well as sharp and clear images in fast moving scenes. Also, Frame Creation 2 is now available during 2D-3D conversion. Keystone correction, powered zoom and focus, and colour management functions can also be enjoyed in 3D.
The projector is equipped with a built-in IR emitter that can transmit up to 6m (20ft) and is compatible with optional Panasonic 3D eyewear, TY-EW3D3MW. An optional IR emitter is also available for a longer transmission distance of up to 10m (33ft).
Installation Flexibility and Customisation
PT-AE9000 installation is easy and simple with a 2x zoom lens and wide lens shift range. The PT-AE9000 can project on a 120in screen in diagonal from as close as 3.6m to 7.2m. The projector can be installed on a ceiling or mounted on a wall with +/- 100% vertical adjustment and +/- 26% horizontal adjustment.
As most Blu-ray movies come in an aspect ratio (2.35:1) that is wider than the projector’s aspect ratio (16:9), the Intelligent Lens Memory automatically detects and switches lens and focus position depending on the aspect ratio.
“In the light of the increasing number of Blu-ray movies mastered in widescreen format the Lens Memory feature has been expanded to 3D with the PT-AE9000”, explains Maw.
“This reflects the fact that an improved immersive 3D experience is achieved by a wide viewing angle and a large screen size.”
The Advanced Gamma Adjustment has been improved from nine to fifteen points to adjust and bring out the image to a desired level without distorting the details. By using Split-Adjust mode, users can freeze the scene and make adjustments while comparing the original image side-by-side.
The PT-AE9000 has three HDMI input terminals with DeepColour and x.v. Colour for digital transmission along with two 12V Triggers. If the user’s home theatre system consists of VIERA Link ready equipment, then the projector can be connected via VIERA Link without the need of multiple remote controls. The remote control for the projector has a backlight for easier operation even in a dark room.
The safety warnings for 3D are there for good reasons.
If your choice hangs on a few extra lumens of brightness then you're looking at the wrong type of projector, you may need a bright data projector for a bright room in which case the CONtrast Ratio means almost nothing. What's going on? 10% more watts giving 20% more brightness! OK it did seem a tad brighter which always comes in handy for larger screen sizes more so if there is ambient light. The discrepancy may be down to enhancing the light filtering.
Trouble is you can't have brightness and quality in the same sentence when watching "dark" "space" films. 800 lumens would be heaps in a proper cinema room. Look how big the screen is at the cinema do some maths and I bet you end up with around 500 lumens if you take the size into account. (Every time you double the screen size you 1/4 the brightness).
Pana still rules.
AE9000 uses the same EPSON 3-LCD engine as the Epson TW8100 but Panasonic seem to get the best from it. Not by much, not that you could tell on most material sitting at the right distance from the screen but there is a certain something.
Could be the smooth screen pixels?
In any case the only down site is documented cases of clients being very unhappy with the service when there is a problem. To their credit when push comes to shove Panasonic did a refund for one client that had more trips to the service center than the Government had broken promises.
No Gray Market
The above illustrates why you must spend a little more and get Genuine Aussie stock with a warranty.
If you get a lemon (can happen with ANY brand) you'll be patting yourself on the back that you weren't tempted by the dark side which probably would have meant trashing the projector when the "EBAY" great seller had used every trick in the book to mess you around.
We think complicated projectors like this mean many service centers are out of their depth unless it's a lamp or power supply. If you get a dud it stays a dud. If you get a good one (most) you never need to meet Joe.
So buy one or buy an Epson TW 8XXX, it's now all so good it often comes down to what colour case you like or it could even be decided on how many HDMI inputs you need.
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