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Panasonic PT-AE900u Home Theater Projector - Who Should Buy

Posted on February 26, 2006 by Art Feierman
Before or after reading this review commentary, you can click on this link- or at the bottom - for the full multi-page review of the PTAE900u projector: The Full PT-AE900u Review

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Panasonic PT-AE900U Specs
Price 3199
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1280X720
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 1100
Contrast 5,500:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 2.00:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life
Weight 7.9
Warranty 1 Year

A few words on current Panasonic PT-AE900u pricing, ( also updated on the full review) as of 5/06:

The Panasonic PT-AE900u, after you consider the large rebates, is really no longer a $2000+ projector. Most online dealers are selling the PT-AE900u for $1995 to $2095. If you subtract the current (5/06) $400 mail in rebate, and figure the included $300 Blockbuster rental card - is only worth half of the $300 to the average user, that works out to a combined rebate value of $550. That, in turn works out to a net price of right around $1500. And the Panasonic PTAE900u projector is one fine value at $1500! -art

The PT-AE900u Earns a Hot Product Award

Back in September of 2005 we were about the first to review the new Panasonic PT-AE900u projector. The AE900u was the first of a new generation of LCD projectors, that at the time of launch were selling for between $2100 and $2500. (Since then the selling prices have come down.) The 900u at the time, competed with some older LCD home theater projectors, including the Sanyo Z3, and DLP projectors like BenQ's PE-7700. We found the overall performance of the 900u to be especially good among projectors in the price range, notably, it's out of box color handling, and the ergonomic features, which allows the PT-AE900u to be easy to position in almost any room or home theater.

The AE900u Faces New Competition

Since that time (this is now 3/06), a number of new competitors for the PTAE900u have hit the market. They include Sanyo's PLV-Z4, and Epson's Cinema 550, both LCD projectors. In addition, the BenQ PE7700 has had a major upgrade to its performance, and most recently Optoma started shipping their HD72. The BenQ and Optoma are both DLP's. In addition Mitsubishi launched their somewhat more expensive HC3000, and Sony, their VPL-HS51A, also more expensive. Lastly, InFocus, finally replacing their very dated ScreenPlay 5000, will launch their IN PLAY 76 in April. There are possibly one or two others, but I see these as the major competitors

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