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Looks like the New Panasonic will be model "500"


The Secrets of Home Theater site has some comments on it.

Look for their CEDIA projector reviews (page 3 of 3, on the bottom).


Also see the "Crackers" website for the specs for the Panasonic.


Now , can someone tell us the list cost????


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I found a Japanese web page that shows the entire spec sheet for the TH-AE500 projector. It includes comparison photos as well.


If someone out there can translate Japanese to English. The text surrounding the comparison images would be great to know....anyone?

http://matsushita.co.jp/corp/news/of...n030909-1.html
 

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Good call bcortez. Neither Babble Fish nor Google can translate the page. Weird.


I'm very interested to see the text around the image of the Earth with the gray background versus the black background. Most likely something around the new CR, but the images they use show a pretty drastic change, which is a bit skeptical.
 

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Altavista's attempt, sans photos. And understand that none of these engines can translate text that is part of a graphic (as some was):



News Release 2003/9/9

In integrated type high picture quality circuit " シネマワークス " of high vision liquid crystal panel * new development high picture quality actualization

liquid crystal projector high vision " casual theater "

The TH - the AE500

the picture making with the joint job of the sale American Hollywood top color list execution



(TH - AE500 approximately 20KB)



Item name Liquid crystal projector

Love name High vision " casual theater "

Item turn TH - AE500

Substance desired retail price (classified by tax) Open price

Departure sale day October 10 day

Month product stand number 1500 unit


As for the Panasonic marketing headquarters, ' the force large picture which can be enjoyed easily with home ' it made concept, the liquid crystal projector high vision " casual theater " TH for the foam/home theater which reproduces fine high grade image third of the " casual theater " as feature, - the AE500 is sold from October 10th.


The high vision liquid crystal panel (the 1280×720×3 (the RGB)) it loaded this product, anew, actualized fine high grade image. In addition, until recently the integrated type high picture quality circuit " シネマワークス " of new development, with the new optical system, the item (the *1) high contrast of ratio approximately 1.6 times (1300: 1 (the *2)), the item (the *1) 1070000000 colors of ratio 4 time, it actualizes 1024 gradations until recently. Furthermore, more popular " smooth screen " technology than past, with the NEW " smooth screen " which anew it optimizes designs in the one for high vision panel, film like the smooth picture is actualized.

In addition, you worked with the American Hollywood top color list jointly especially this time at the time of the picture making, the picture expression power where " the シネマワークス " is high in the base, you pursued high picture quality thoroughly to the picture quality which is approached to the movie film.

In addition, high grade image can be enjoyed according to the source this time anew, it equips the HDCP corresponding DVI terminal and the trigger terminal in addition to " 6 image modes " and " vertical & side trapezoid simultaneous revision " function et cetera. Furthermore, picture quality adjustment of 2 and 058 sorts is possible, it is the specification which you can be satisfied with also maniac layer e.g., " ユーザーイコライジング " function is loaded.


This corporation via this product, real specification, " makes easymakes easy high picture quality, it keeps proposing " to the foam/home theater market which is expanded as the high vision " casual theater " which can enjoy the large picture.




1. With high vision liquid crystal panel loading, fine high grade image actualization


2. In integrated type high picture quality digital circuit " シネマワークス " of new development, image expression power substantially improvement

[ 1 ] 10 bit full digital processing * digital gamma revision [ 2 ] projector artificial intelligence [ 3 ] DSC circuit

[ 4 ] Digital cinema reality


3. With NEW " smooth screen " loading, being smooth, film like image actualization


*1: TH-AE300. *2: At the time of artificial intelligence on.


Reporting authorized personnel Panasonic marketing

headquarters public information team Yamaguchi TEL: 03 - 3436 - 7615

customer customer consultation center free dials: 0120 - 878 - 365

(from o'clock of acceptance 9 o'clock of 20) home page URL

http: //panasonic.jp



As for this corporation ' being easily in November of 2001, it sold the liquid crystal projector " casual theater " TH-AE100 which, the force large picture which it can enjoy ' it made concept, can enjoy the large picture simply with home later sold the TH-AE200 * TH-AE300, the easiness developed the market with high picture quality image and was defeated.

Concept of this " casual theater " furthermore was pursued, high vision " casual theater " TH-AE500 from December of 2003 ground wave digital broadcast of start schedule (the *3) and digital high vision broadcast of BS digital broadcast and the movie et cetera of the DVD software, makes easymakes easy with home, as been able to enjoy to high picture quality, as it develops hard, being thorough, it pursued the picture making of high picture quality e.g., joint job of the American Hollywood top color list is done.


*3: As for ground wave digital broadcast at some of three large wide area spheres of Kanto * Nakagyo * Kinki from December of 2003 in start schedule, in addition even at area the schedule where broadcast is started by 2006.




1. With high vision liquid crystal panel loading, fine high grade image actualization

This time anew, the high vision liquid crystal panel (1280 x 720 x 3 (the RGB)) it loads. The number of entire pixels actualized the high fine picture of approximately 2760000 pixels with RGB3 board constitution. The ground, texture small-scale beautiful image of digital high vision broadcast such as BS digital broadcast is reproduced to real.

In addition, with the new optical system which was developed in the one for high vision panel, the brightness 850lm, contrast ratio until recently the item (* 1) ratio approximately 1.6 times 1300: It actualized top-level 1 (the *2) with as a foam/home theater liquid crystal projector.


(It is the image figure.)


2.

In integrated type high picture quality digital circuit " シネマワークス " of new development, image expression power substantial improvement

" The シネマワークス ", " because the fact that the large picture image which is force " is expressed richly is actualized, with thing of the high picture quality digital signal processing circuit for this corporation individual projector which was developed anew, high picture quality image is actualized by the fact that optimum digital processing is done vis-a-vis all input signals.


" The シネマワークス " is formed largely from four high picture quality technologies below.

[ 1 ] 10bit full digital processing * digital gamma revision

[ 2 ] Projector artificial intelligence

[ 3 ] DSC circuit

[ 4 ] Digital cinema reality


(1) 10bit full digital processing * digital gamma revision

This time it develops the Lsi anew, processing of the image signal actualizes 10 bit full digital processing from input to output. Gradation expression ability until recently the item (* 1) 1070000000 colors of ratio 4 time (1024 gradations) with substantially improvement. Change of brightness and color is reproduced finely.

In every RGB signal, picture quality adjustment (gamma revision) those where it is possible, are merit of this product at 0.1% high accuracy.



(It is the image figure.)


(2)

Projector artificial intelligence (as a liquid crystal projector for home, the industry beginning (the *3))

According to the scene of image, it is the technology which controls the brightness of the lamp in real time. As a liquid crystal projector for home, (the *3), it loaded onto this product for the first time in industry. According to the image source, [ 1 ] A I - 1 (* 4) and [ 2 ] A I - 2 (* 5) and [ 3 ] artificial intelligence - it can select the artificial intelligence mode of 3 types of off. When with the dark scene, it decreases the brightness of the lamp automatically, pulls black and tightens white is made more bright simultaneously. With the bright scene, increasing the light intensity automatically, it raises the contrast impression, reproduces dynamic image.


Is due to which




*3: As of September 9th of 2003.

*4: From, the mode which moistly is made the image expression which has the impression.

*5: From, the mode which is made the image expression which has the メリハリ impression.

Until recently the item (* 1)


TH - AE500

(It is the image figure.)


(3)

DSC (dynamic sharp Ness control) circuit

It revises according to the brightness difference of the pixel which it adjoins, not only length and breadth of the image signal, either the slanted contour without strange feeling. Expansion of noise is held down almost, the natural image which is the sharp impression is reproduced.



(It is the image figure.)


(4)

Digital cinema reality

It is the I/P conversion technology which plays back the movie software in high grade. It detects the fact that the image which is inputted is the movie film material automatically, optimum progressive processing (2 - 3 pull-downs) does, it reproduces the image which is faithful to original image.


3.

With NEW " smooth screen " loading, being smooth, film like image actualization

The smooth screen applies the technology of crystal double refraction, on the screen, there is no opening and it is this corporation individual technology which arranges the pixel. Times past, the lattice where the top of the picture due to the liquid crystal pixel which is theme of the liquid crystal projector is black (the grid between the pixel and the pixel) the fitting shelf paragraph, it is the technology which actualizes the smooth image like film image of the cinema.

In this product, furthermore it evolved " smooth screen technology ", in the one for high vision panel it optimized designed anew, it actualized the image where the smooth fine impression is high with film like.





4.

With the ユーザーイコライジング function which it can choose, in the picture quality which you like adjustment possibility

It loads six image mode functions which are optimum to the various image sources. According to the source, it is simply high grade possible to enjoy image. Image mode " cinema 1 " " cinema 2 " is 6 modes " of normal " " dynamic " " video " " natural ".

In addition, because with the advanced menu, gamma level (the high, inside, low), contrast (R, the G and B), bright (R, the G and B) becoming independent, each 7 gradual variable is possible, the picture pitch which the user likes (2058 sorts) it is adjustment possible.

Also color temperature setting, with each image mode, the range of the +- 3000K (5 stages) with is adjustment possible in every approximately 1500K.

Furthermore, memory be able to register the picture pitch adjustment value which the user sets, up to 3, it is one-touch and it is the kindness design which can call.





5.

Length and breadth trapezoid revision functional loading

When image is projected to the screen from slanted direction, the keystone distortion occurs, but this product, the keystone distortion of projection image, the degree of ±30 (incident angle to the projection screen of the illuminant) in the range, has loaded the function which revises also length & side simultaneously. Therefore, shifting in top and bottom direction and left and right direction, it is possible even with when the substance cannot be put on the front of the screen to install. With knitting machine talent, by the fact that restriction of installation environment is eased, it is possible to enjoy to many ones with viewing best position.

In addition, picture quality deterioration at the time of strain revision is held down to minimum with the efficiency improvement of the resize filter.


6.

Quiet sound facilities meter

It assured quiet sound conversion the fan noise which becomes the interference of movie appreciation, with the optimization design of the cooling system and the like, furthermore the 1dB it decreased the item (the *1)) with in comparison until recently, the 27dB (* 6) actualized.


*6: Time of lamp mode economy


7.

Abundant terminal group equipment

This time it corresponded to the HD CP anew 2 system of the D4 terminal and the RCA Pin terminal whose connection is simple, video and S video, the PC (the RGB) in addition to the input terminal, it equips also the DVI terminal. In addition, because it equipped also the trigger terminal anew, it is correspondence possible even in the system which is combined with the electromotive screen and the electromotive curtain et cetera.





(Ten thousand units: This corporation investigation)






 

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The only thing people did not mention before is 10bit color in the 500, plus

0.7 inch 16:9 LCD

1280X732 3 panel

130W lamp

850 lumen

1300:1 contrast

DVI-D with HDCP

RCA, D-Sub, DIN,

Vectical 30 and Hori 30 adjustment


MSRP is around $2K according to another Nikkei site
 

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I'm very interested to see the text around the image of the Earth with the gray background versus the black background...but the images they use show a pretty drastic change, which is a bit skeptical.
Those images are not supposed to be taken literally. You cannot physically show the difference between 800:1 and 1300:1 on a monitor with only an 8 bit grayscale, so they have to modify the images.

Remember this information is for people who have probably never heard of “Contrast Ratioâ€.



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10 bit is a huge upgrade from the 8 bit grayscale on the L300u. But true, 12 bit would be better.


Not necessarily, it depends on the quality of the DACs used and the analog circuitry around them. We will have to wait and see if there is really any detectable difference between 10 and 12 bits (HS20??) in the real world.



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So, how do people think the color will be on this unit? As good as the HS20? In theory the HS20 will be clearly superior in color rendition, but lets see what is actually delivered.........Why didn't Panasonic for once in their lives beat Sony in ALL technical aspects? You would think it would come out of Sony's shadow by now...............just food for thought.......can't wait for the reviews on both of the units!
 

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From a spec standpoint, the HS20 would seem to be far superior to the L500U/AE500. The HS20 specs indicate higher resolution, greater brightness, adjustable iris, HDMI input, higher bit rating, MLA, and potentially greater CR (if it turns out the CR spec of the Panasonic is based on their lamp modulation technology - I have serious doubts about how well this feature will work).
 

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Are the L500 and the AE500 the same unit? If not, what is the difference?


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How come there are no component input in either AE500 or Z2?
Who says there isn't? I have seen one picture of a Z2 with a D4 connector instead of component, but the prototype that has been making its way around Europe has component connections, and the specs being circulated clearly list the component connections. I am willing to bet both the L500 and Z2 will be released with component conenctions (at least in Europe and North America)


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