Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB vs. Panasonic PT-AE2000U-1

Looks like we have a rematch here, from last year. Last year, the older Epson Home Cinema 1080 (no “UB”), did battle with the Panasonic PT-AE1000U. In last year’s “contest” the results were pretty much a tie, with each projector having some advantages and disadvantages.

This year the results are definitely different! Both took our top honor, the Best In Class Award, but the Panasonic got placed in our 1080p Entry Level group (approximately $2000 and under – street price), and the Epson in the main grouping ($2000 to $3500). This makes things interesting!

Art's Two Cents

I felt it necessary to cross pricing categories, due to the promo situation told above, if for no other reason. Forgetting that, though, these two needed to be compared. Afterall, they are very similar in many ways, from technology to room placement, and both sporting very good, out of the box color.

When it comes down to the bottom line, though, the Epson, if the prices were the same, I believe would be the choice of significantly more people than the Panasonic. Despite the PT-AE2000U’s very pleasurable, film-like qualities, that dramatic difference in black level performance, and the extra lumens let the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB project that more dynamic looking image – it’s just got more wow factor, that more than offsets the slight hardness to the image.

I’ve already said elsewhere, that if I had to give up my $6000 JVC, and had to spend under $4000, the Epson would be my choice, but I will have no qualms about recommending the Panasonic for those really wanting to keep their investment down close to $2000.