As is usual, the Panasonic, being LCD based, offers a tremendous amount of placement flexibility, even more than the other new LCD driven 1080p projectors, and far, far more versatility in this regard, then the DLP entries.
The image above, and the one immediately below are from Starship Troopers (standard DVD). You may click on either for a larger image.
Although the PT-AE1000U has a $5999 MSRP, more significant, is its MAP pricing (MAP = Minimum Advertised Price). MAP pricing, at least on the Internet - pretty much ends up being the normal selling price, with some dealers discounting slightly below MAP, in conjunction with other equipment, etc. In the case of Panasonic's new 1080p home theater projector, the PT-AE1000U has a MAP of only $3999, placing it a full $500 less than its closest competition, the Mitsubishi HC5000 home theater projector, recently reviewed. Other 1080p projectors recently shipping, include Optoma's HD81 (DLP) with a $6995 MAP (making it the most expensive of the group), BenQ's W10000 (our next review) with a $5995 MAP) - also a DLP projector - and Sony's VPL-VW50, (SXRD technology - Sony's name for their LCOS technology). A sixth projector - a new JVC (also using LCOS) is scheduled to ship in February, with a $6995 MAP price.