The Art of Home Theater Projectors

Home Theater: Panasonic PT-AR100U Projector

It’s about time!  At long last, a Panasonic PT-AR100U projector (click for specifications) has arrived for review.

I’ll start working with it tomorrow, should be fun. The PT-AR100U is a light canon of a projector.

For those who don’t recall anything about this projector, here’s a quick refresher course:

It’s really bright.  Panasonic says the PT-AR100U has 2800 lumens under the hood.  That’s about as bright as it gets for home theater projectors until you get into some 3 chip DLP projectors starting in the 20,000 range.

Contrast is claimed at 50,000 to 1.  That’s a very healthy number  For example 50,000:1 is also the contrast claimed by the BenQ W7000 projector, whose black level performance is Very good.

Overall it has a very respectable feature set, but we’ll save that for the review.  I’ll just say that a  2:1 manual zoom lens with plenty of lens shift, offers exceptional placement flexibility.  Translated:  It will almost certainly “work” in your space.

There’s CFI for smooth motion

Perhaps the most striking thing, though, is one feature it lacks, which is 3D.

Panasonic built this as a 2D projector with the horsepower to tackle family rooms and living rooms.

I’ll do a “first look” review blog, probably on 3/6.  -art

 

News And Comments

  • Jonathan

    Can’t wait for the review, I am considering two of these for a dual 3D setup. Any chance you could combine two of the blogs and test out the Omega 3D kit (Panavision) even with just a single AR100U to see how much the filters affect the colors and brightness? I would be willing to send you the kit I order for testing if needed!

    • http://www.projectorreviews.com/members/lisasonfeier/ Lisa Feierman

      Sounds interesting, but no way I could get to it until after I publish our annual 1080p home theater comparison report, end of month, and our annual K-12 education projector report at the end of April. -art