Panasonic Shows sub-$2,000 Media Room Projector
The AR100U is bright enough for non-dedicated theater rooms.
September 08, 2011 by Grant Clauser

While many of the projector makers at CEDIA Expo this week were busy showing off their latest 3D light canons, Panasonic launched a 2D projector for flat movie fans.

The new 1080p resolution AR100U LCD projector, with an MSRP of $1,999, packs solid picture specs. It features 2,800 lumens and 50,000:1 contrast ratio. The bright image means it will work in various lighting levels, making it good for family rooms that aren’t always 100-percent theater dark. It even includes a Sports mode to minimize frame delay making fast motion clearer.

A feature called Light Harmonizer 3 (which includes ambient light and color sensors) automatically adjusts the picture quality to match the room conditions by changing the gamma curve and sharpness settings.

Panasonic believes DIY users will be especially attracted to this projector, so they’ve built in a number of features to make installation and maintenance easy for most consumers. First, the AR100U offers a wide range of mechanical lens shift (done with a handy joystick on the front of the projector) which makes aligning with a screen less difficult. Second, the lamp bay can be accessed from the top (bottom when hung upside down on a standard mount), so users don’t have to take the projector down to replace the lamp.

The projector will be available in October.

Also at CEDIA Panasonic was demonstrating the new 3D PT-AE7000U.

Follow Electronic House on Facebook and Twitter.

Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

FREE Charter Platinum Membership
Claim your FREE Charter Platinum Membership to EH Network and receive 6 FREE issues of EH Magazine.*
First Name
Last Name
Email Address

We understand your email address is private. By granting you access to the EH Network, you agree to receive email communications from us, including our newsletters. You can manage your subscription at any time in the future.
* The new EH Network launches and your free subscription begins December 2014.


Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.