Pros Wonderful 1080p and 1080p/24 performance.
Cons Brightness in film modes.
Summary CNET as usual should not be the go to source for electronic reviews because they are so incomplete.
The color accuracy issues with this unit are only displayed in certain color modes. Which in the CNET review you can only guess because they don't specify what mode they were using along with other settings.
The color is very accurate if the projector is set on Color1 or Cinema1 mode. Most real reviews and electronic sites point this out clearly. Black levels are acceptable as well as SD performance. 1080p performance is excellent however the only real issue is brightness which could be resolved using a screen with +1.5 to 2.0 gain.
Again the CNET review again falls short of actually providing testing information to determine whether it is testing error or machine error.
If you want true 1080p/24 this is the most affordable unit to do so and does not fall short in color performance.
"Color Modes - the reviewer may have misunderstood & sought Rec709 in a mode other than Color 1?"on by site_reader
Pros Great looking projector! Who'da thought this was LCD?!.
Cons Instruction booklet could be clearer
Summary The "Poor" ratings for (HDTV) red & green may be due to the inadvertent use of the "Color 2" mode during the test. This mode (DCDM) pushes the green up toward the co-ordinates that are reported here.
To clarify the Picture Modes (pg 31 in the Ops manual)...
Color 1 - HDTV ITU-R BT.709 is the target chromaticity in this mode.
Color 2 - Digital Cinema DCDM (SMPTE431-2) is the target chromaticity in this mode.
Cinema 1 ~ 3 - The "Hollywood" modes. Collaboration with colorists, DPs, etc. Filmlike, but subjective.
Pros Sharp, detailed picture; Very good black levels; PLenty bright enough for 100" screens; Great ergononics; Low fan noise
Cons Not as super sharp as other 1080p units
Summary I've seen several of the 2007-2008 1080p proejctors, and the Panasonic gets my vote as having the best price/performance.
Don't believe the blank level zealots out there; for "real world" viewing the black levels and native contrast ratios are just fine, thank you.
Colors are great, picture is nice and sharp, easy to set up, doesn't draw attention to itself, all at a great price. What's not to like?
Pros it is a good HD projector for the price. I really like it when it works
Cons I have the AE 100U for about three years which started shutting down automatically during start up about a year and half ago so that i have to start it 8 to 10 times before it works. I read it has not been addressed in the newer model.
Pros power zoom & focus; superb picture, easy setup
Cons none that I can think of
Summary Have had this PJ about 1 month. Rebuilt my theater room around this PJ. Previous one was a Barco CRT monster (16 years old). Chose this one after extensive web search of all reviews and am not disappointed. The PJs features blew me away: power zoom and focus. Full, one screen lens shift up-down; left-right!! Easy to follow onscreen menues, very bright image (am watching most programs in "normal" color composition (there are about 7 presets to choose from) and "eco-mode"--a reduced power lamp setting which is plenty bright for my room (no windows and a Steward 1.3 gain 120" 4:3 aspect screen). Because of my 4:3 motorized screen, which I didn't want to junk, I selected this PJ because of it's power zoom feature. This feature allows you to position the PJ at a distance which will fill to the sides a 16:9 or other widescreen aspect, yet, when the aspect ration is 4:3 and there is BLACK around the entire image, you can take the remote and FILL THE ENTIRE SCREEN with the 4:3 image. The High Def Blu-Ray and HD TV images make the hair on your neck stand up at first, the picture is that good. No pixalization and excellent contrast. Standing next to the screen with the remote to focus is a real PLUS. The many color control adjustments via the inner menues leave me confused with their "oscilloscope RGB" tracings and many arcane adjustment possibilities -- enough to keep a true electrical engineer happy. Me? I just set it on "normal" and it's a great picture. Can't wait for the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Hi Def!! My neighbor who has a Marantz DLP is jealous, he can't believe I have the lamp set on the lower, "eco" power setting. You won't be disappointed with this PJ. I don't think there's anything in this price range to compare with it. Other than the rather complex sub-menues, which you really don't have to deal with, I can't think of any faults with this PJ.