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Is the PT-AE1000 sharper than the PT-AX100?

post #1 of 10
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Hi everyone,

Thanks to a very generous forum member who lives not only in my city, but as fate would have it, right up the road from me (!), I was able to see a demo of the Panny AX100. I was VERY impresed by what the PJ is capable of, particularly givin its price range, but kept finding myself bothered by the slightly soft image and lack of inky blacks. I realize the AE1000 is a less brighter machine, but given it's notably higher contrast ratio and higher resolution, I was wondering if its performance would deliver better sharpness and blacks than what I saw with the AX100? Has anyone here had the chance to compare the units?
post #2 of 10
That's what I am wondering too....which has the bigger adavantage? Better lumens on the ax100 or a sharper image on the ae1000? If the ae1000 was sharper and still fairly bright, I would opt for that.
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Me too. We Canadians think alike, evidentally!
post #4 of 10
I auditioned both this past week and the 1000 is clearly sharper. It's not night and day, and it likely will only be noticable if you sit close and/or have a large screen. The difference in sharpness was noticable on both HD (satellite and HD DVD) and standard DVD.

I'm leaning toward the 1000 for this reason. The other significant difference I noticed was a more uniform image across the screen - no hotspoting - with the 1000.

I still want to go see the Ruby before I decide, but the Pansonic sure looked great.

I noticed no difference in brightness in a side-by-side demo, and the dealer claims that both units were just taken out of the box, focused, and set to Cinema 1. Both were projecting onto the same screen in a light controlled demo room.

Good luck.
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Thanks, Izzihd! Did you notice a difference in the blacks as well?
post #6 of 10
Black level looked about the same (5th element in SD and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in HD-DVD.) That said, the lack of hotspoting on the 1000 gave the impression of a more dimentional picture.

FYI - see the other major 1000 thread - it appears Panny just announce a $400 cash rebate.
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Black level looked about the same (5th element in SD and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in HD-DVD.) That said, the lack of hotspoting on the 1000 gave the impression of a more dimentional picture.

FYI - see the other major 1000 thread - it appears Panny just announce a $400 cash rebate.

Oh man...that rebate is even more tempting to go with the 1000 instead of the 100. The wife is gonna kill me...the brightness difference between the two is the only thing holding me off...there was a guy on the ^3K forum saying that it's no problem though...darn decisions...
post #8 of 10
is 720p as good then 1080p i no that the pt-ax100u is 720p and the pt-ae1000u is 1080p 24f I do not no what to buy

ps i have blu ray and hd dvd so what do you think

thank kris
post #9 of 10
I will tell you that I went from the Sony HS51 to the AE1000U and the difference is astonishing! It doesnt really seem to matter what mode the projector is in, it is crystal clear. Almost sharp enough to touch. I watch HD movies from my PC at 1080/24p and it is very nice. The text from my PC, going through HDMI is clearer than my CRT monitor. I have nothing but praise for the AE1000U and I dont even have my 1.8 Gain screen yet.

I also play the Xbox 360 through the AE1000U at 1080p and it makes me want to play games I beat long ago again, just to see everything crystal clear and with the awesome color.

Truthfully, for the $2700 you can get this projector for, you cannot beat it. The extended warranty, at least for the US, is icing on the cake. Not to mention the extended 1 year warranty and 2 year bulb warranty from the dealer I got it from. Visualapex.com.
post #10 of 10
I bought the 100 because I thought I needed the lumens. It turns out that I leave it in low powered mode/ best color fidelity and contrast. I found that, if you are light controlled, lumens are a little over rated. For reference, I have a 115" .95 gain screen in a light controlled theater. I have over 2K hours on the bulb, and still don't see a need to take it off low lamp mode.
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