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Panasonic PTAE900

Panasonic PTAE900
alaScore 83

159 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the noise and design are on the whole positive. The usability and value for money also get good comments.

image quality, value for money, usability, design, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Panasonic PTAE900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic PT-AE900U LCD Projector Review


We got our first glimpse of the Panasonic PT-AE900U at this year's CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis. While the projector wasn't displaying picture at the booth, we were excited to see that it sported the new D-5 LCD panel and had a significantly improved...

ZERO screen door effect from real viewing distances ; Excellent contrast ; Deep, rich colors ; Consumer adjustment of RGB gain, cut and gamma ; Backlit LEARNING remote ; Finely adjustable color temperature ; 3000 hour lamp life ; Can move OSD position

Requires calibration out of the box ; IR sensor on front only ; Overscan enabled by default ; More optical zoom would be welcome ; Friends may show up unexpectedly to watch movies ; No 12V trigger

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Panasonic PT-AE900U LCD Front Projector


HDTVs are becoming increasingly affordable as price erosion takes a firm foothold with this technology. Still, as with so many things in life, you most often get what you pay for in hometheater equipment. Front projectors have never been more...

The PT-AE900U is one of the leastexpensive high-resolution projectors on the market, but as I said earlier, you get what you pay for. Given that fact, you have to expect some performance shortcomings, like the slightly soft picture due to the quality...

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Panasonic PT-AE900U LCD Projector


This may very well be one of the easiest reviews I've ever done. Within five minutes of watching HDTV through Panasonic's new PT-AE900U LCD projector, I was hooked. I fully expected, as the review process progressed, to have to play the standard "on...

Yep, there's a lot to like about the PT-AE900U, but versatility is undoubtedly its greatest asset. We've looked at several HD LCD projectors over the past year, some of which carry lower MSRPs than this one. However, all of those projectors came with...


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Panasonic PT-AE900U LCD Projector


Panasonic has been in the game for some time now, first with the PT-AE500U and just last year with the PT-AE700U. But the market is changing fast, and with the competition heating up the new PT-AE900U ($3199) is designed to keep Panasonic in the hunt...

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Panasonic PT-AE900U LCD Projector


All videophiles are looking for the holy grail--a video projector that will blow everything else out of the water and cost next to nothing. Short of the industry adopting the business model used for computer printers (charging $100 for the projector...

Highly Rated!

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Review: Panasonic PT-AE900U


Panasonic has been rolling out highly competitive widescreen home theater projectors using LCD technology since early 2002. The first models, the PT-AE100, the PT-AE200, and the PT-AE300 were lower resolution products. However, with the introduction of...

The Panasonic AE900 is an impressive step beyond last year's AE700. It is a particularly strong solution for users who place a premium on color accuracy. Panasonic has invested a great deal of time and energy into developing projectors that deliver...

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Panasonic PT-AE900u


Just above the Input and Menu buttons are three indicator lights - one for standby/on (red/green), a lamp light and a temperature warning light. And that takes care of the top

As a parting note, to make your home theater experience the most enjoyable and stress free, I recommend you not quibble over the last few dollars when choosing a dealer. Find a dealer that knows their stuff, has good policies, and can also advise you...

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Panasonic PT-AE900U


I loved this projector for the year that it worked. Great HD picture and easy to use. But the colors started fading after I had owned it for a year (yes, it essentially broke right after the warranty expired). It turns out the "main board" broke which...

image quality, price

durability, online customer service

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Panasonic PT-AE900U


First of all I bought this online for a really good price, I also am due the $400 rebate and the $300 Blockbuster rental card. Regardless that I got a low price, this projector looks fantastic!!! I've only been able to really review pretty high end...

PERFECT color, ideal brightness, no screen door affect

Not as sharp as my previous projector BUT I'm still pleased with the "900

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Panasonic PT-AE900U


I almost feel like I am watching film rather than a digital projector. I just wanted a projector for "film night" and don't have space to dedicate a whole room for a theater. I also wanted a large screen without putting an ugly monster in my living...

Smooth film-like images

Black levels

Product Specifications

The PT-AE900 is a 16: 9 native widescreen high-definition home theater projector and was developed with the assistance of Hollywood motion picture colorists to ensure the PT-AE900 achieved the most film-like picture characteristics. The result is true "Hollywood picture quality" that faithfully reflects the intentions of the movie director. The PT-AE900 features an enhanced Dynamic Iris, which improves the efficiency of the optical configuration at more than 15 points, boosting image brightness to 1, 100 lumens. While increased brightness normally means lower contrast, the PT-AE900's Dynamic Iris has been extended, enabling contrast to be kept at a stunning 5, 500: 1 ratio. This reproduces dark colors in dimly lit scenes with stunning definition and depth and displays bright scenes with excellent clarity and detail. Picture quality is further enhanced using Panasonic's exclusive Smooth Screen technology. This is already acclaimed for reducing what is commonly known as the 'chicken wire effect', black lines between pixels that mar the smoothness of images produced by conventional LCD home projectors. The PT-AE900 features a high-definition (1, 280 x 720 x 3 (RGB)) LCD panel with approximately 2.76 million pixels in a 3-layer RGB construction delivering vibrant, clear and natural widescreen images with superior fidelity. Add the 2x optical zoom lens and joystick controlled lens shift for easy set-up and you're ready for the home theater experience of your life.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Color Support:Up to 1.07 billion colors
Color Support:Up to 1.07 billion colors
HD Image Format:720p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1100ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:5500:1
Max Image Size:25ft / 299in/25ft / 300in
Max Resolution:1280 x 720
Max Screen Distance:41ft
Min Image Size:3.3ft / 39.4in/3.3ft / 40in
Min Screen Distance:4ft
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:LCD projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic PT

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:2000hour(s)/3000hour(s)
Lamp Type:UHM

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video