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This is the first of a new breed of affordable projectors, and so far looks to be "best of class" as a result it earns a Hot Product Award. I expect there will be at least one or two other new HT projectors coming to market in the price range that will rival the Panasonic AE700U projector and also earn the award.
The Panasonic AE700U offers many significant improvements over its predecessor, including the addition of optical lens shift for easier placement (a feature the Sanyo offered), a new, zoom lens with tremendous range - again simplifying placement, and a claimed best contrast of 2000:1, approaching that of DLP projectors, and a significant improvement from last year's 1300:1. Panasonic continues to use its digital reality circuitry to enhance contrast, along with an electronic iris that continuously adjust the lens from frame to frame, to improve black levels and dynamic