Originally Posted by chuckken
I have both the PTAE-900U and the PTAE-1000U and I will tell you there is no comparison in black levels...The black on the Panny 1000 is inky, inky, black...Outer space shots look incredible!...and the colors leap off the screen. I do not understand why the Panny is not getting more attention...It is cheaper than the Mits and a better projector IMO...The Pearl is older now so thats why the price is down...in less than a year you will be able to get the Panny for 2499.99 Mark my words...
I think it's mainly that Panasonic's AE1000U doesn't offer anything attractive in comparison to other 1080p competition. It's quite dim
in calibrated mode / cinema mode so unless they changed the lamp and lumen output (which they haven't) and removed smoothscreen (which they haven't) it's just not something most buyers are going to flock to. Once you get into the 4k range, there's lots of better choices.
Quote from projectorcentral.com on the 1000U
"These are labeled "Cinema 1" and "Cinema 2." Both of these calibrations produced about 250 ANSI lumens
, again with the zoom lens at its brightest setting and lamp on high.
Since the zoom lens setting can reduce light output by as much as 45%, the precalibrated "Hollywood" optimized modes could come in under 150 ANSI lumens if the projector was installed at its maximum throw distance from the screen. This is not enough light for anything but a small screen of 80" diagonal or less.
Quote from projectorreviews.com on the 1000U
"The Cinema 1 mode comes across as the best preset mode for movie watching. In full power mode
, we measured an expectedly not very bright 295 lumens
. Drop into low power, and lumens drop to 236
, an almost perfect 20% drop."
Compare this to say for example the Mits 5000
Quote from projectorreviews.com
"First, in " best" mode, with the HC5000BL projector in full (Standard) power, Cinema (gamma), and Color Temp set based on my calibration (see calibration section), the HC5000BL measured a very reasonable 480 lumens. Dropping to low power, brightness decreased by approximately 23% to 371 lumens.