Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review

If you are a “purist” looking for the best image quality down around $1000, and plan to place your projector in a home theater like environment, this Panasonic PT-AR100U may not be the best choice for you. Some of you who are really looking for that best movie image are going to favor some of the DLP based projectors in the price range, for that “look and feel”. But, just as in the past, with older Panasonic projectors taking on their DLP competition, any slight advantage from that DLP “look”, is offset by the much more flexible design, and bigger feature set found with this Panasonic.

Color itself is not an issue.

A mix of additional images to show off the Panasonic PT-AR100U:

While the projector calibrates easily, it doesn’t result in the tightest numbers post calibration. Still, overall image quality is very good in calibrated REC 709, and not much worse without any calibration at all. All the brighter modes, I’d have to say, offer better color, than most other projectors in modes producing upwards of, for example, 1200 lumens.

I was especially impressed with the color, right out of the box, of modes like Sports and Dynamic. Normal, the 2nd brightest mode, also worked fine, though thin on reds with a 9000+ color temp.

Color may not be an issue for the PT-AR100U projector, and for that matter, black levels and shadow details, aren’t an issue either. Blacks are just fine for a projector in this price range. Of the 4 or 5 DLP’s at or below this price, probably one can beat the Panasonic’s blacks, while the others are either roughly comparable, or worse

Shadow detail is good! It’s about where you want it to be. Yes, all considered the PT-AR100U could reveal a touch more in terms of dark shadow details, but we’re talking just a touch. Further, we’re talking a really minor difference between the PT-AR100U, say, and another projector with “great” shadow detail. Close enough!

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