Panasonic PT-AE2000U Weekend Special!

Panasonic PT-AE2000U

We just added a special offer for the weekend on the Panasonic PT-AE2000U. It’s actually going to run through 9/30/08, but you can buy it online over the weekend and get your projector before next weekend (even with our free ground shipping) in most of the contiental U.S. Below is or special offer.

Here’s what you get if you buy the AE2000U from Projector People between 9/27/08 and 9/30/08 :

  • Free Sanus projector ceiling mount ($89 value)
  • Free 25 foot professional grade HDMI cable ($78.95 value)
  • Free BLOCKBUSTER rental card for up to 52 movie or game rentals (up to $400 value)
  • 2-year limited warranty ($250 value).
  • Free ground shipping (projector only)
  • Get the Panasonic PT-AE2000U special by adding it to your cart.

Panasonic PT-AE2000U

Why should you want this projector? A few reasons. It’s native 1080p true HD resolution. It’s got fantastic color because it has been tested to meet Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) standards. It has lens shift, zoom lens, and a very bright (in video mode) 1500 lumen image. It’s been very well reviewed, and even received the Projector Central Editors Choice award. It’s also been a bestselling projector here at Projector People for a solid year.

If you like visuals, you can see some of our YouTube video of the AE2000U here.

This deal ends 9/30/2008. Shipping charges will apply for the cable and mount. Free ground shipping will apply to the projector.

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New Home Theater Projector Ship Dates

Are you wondering when the brand new home theater projectors will hit the streets? Here’s a quick look at our projected release dates for the new models. This list is subject to change, of course. MAP prices* included when available. We will update this page as information comes in.

The new crop of 720p and 1080p home theater projectors looks impressive and remains very competitively price, though the price reduction is not quite as dramatic as it was last year. What we do see, however, are more options under $3000 and some very high-performance products in the $3,000 range. Check our our new 1080p projectors comparison here.

Projected Release Dates for New 1080p Projectors :

  • Panasonic PTAE3000U : Late October
  • Sanyo PLVZ700 : Late October ($1,795.00*)
  • Epson HC6100 : Mid November ($1,999.99*)
  • Sanyo PLVZ3000 : Mid December
  • Epson HC6500UB : Mid December

Projected Release Dates for New 720Projectors :

  • Epson Movie Mate 72 : available now
  • Sanyo PLVZ60 : September 26th ($1,195.00*)
  • Epson HC700 : Mid October ($799.99*)

* Prices listed are the MAP (minimum advertised price – or the lowest price authorized resellers can advertise.

Video Projectors and Console Gaming

If you don’t know the difference between console gaming and PC gaming, then you are probably not a gamer. More than likely you also play games on a console (PS3, XBox 360, Wii, etc.) more frequently than on a PC. Therefore, the newest article from Projector Central on gaming and projectors will probably more relevant to you than the last, which was dedicated to PC Gaming. So Let’s look at what they talked about and how it might be relevant in your projector loving life.

Here’s a blurb on the difference between PC and Console gaming:

Personal computers have several unique features that separate them from console games. PCs typically output via VGA or DVI, while consoles are more likely to use component or HDMI. Game consoles are typically limited to video resolutions, such as 480p, 720p, or 1080i/p, and PCs are much more flexible in this regard.

Moreover, even the consoles themselves are different from one another. The three current generation consoles (Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii) have different optimal resolutions, meaning that a projector good for one will not necessarily be good for another.

You can see there is a lot to cover on this topic. To start Projector Central breaks down it’s reviews by gaming console. Starting with the XBox 360.

Projectors for the Microsoft Xbox360
… With the prevalence of 720p content and the relative absence of 1080p games and movies, the Xbox 360 is a perfect match for a 720p projector.

720p projectors are widespread, and some now cost less than $1,000, like the excellent Mitsubishi HC1500 (unfortunately discontinued, so get yours while you still can). Others, like Panasonic’s AX200, Sanyo’s PLV-Z5, and Epson’s Cinema 720, cost about $1,300 and offer longer zoom lenses and lens shift capability. All of these projectors have both component and HDMI inputs. If you’re not in a hurry, consider waiting for the Sanyo Z60 to become available, which is Sanyo’s new 720p projector and the successor to the Z5…

Now on to the Sony PS3, a more robust console that will work well with a true HD (1080p) projector. We agree on this one fully.

Sony Playstation 3
…All models of the PS3 released have HDMI 1.3 as well as the option for component video. Thanks to a firmware update, the PS3 now supports 1080p/24 for Blu-Ray movies. And while most games are still 720p, there are a significant number of games in native 1080p – as well as the entire catalog of Blu-Ray movies. In addition to all of this, the PS3 is an excellent upconverting DVD player by all accounts, and it can also play back many video formats from the onboard hard drive…

Due to the widespread availability of 1080p content for the Playstation 3, it makes sense to pair the system with a 1080p projector. This allows you to display Blu-Ray movies at their native resolution, play any native 1080p games you have at their native resolution, and upscale any DVDs you play to 1080p very cleanly. With 1080p projectors like the Sanyo Z2000 and Mitsubishi HC4900, 1080p can be had for roughly $2,000. However, if you have the budget for a higher-end 1080p projector such as the Optoma HD80 or Panasonic AE2000, you will likely notice the improvement.

The last console mentioned is the family friendly Wii. As you might expect Projector Central recommends a native 480p projector first, but as we would also want to mention, if you want to use your projector for a movie once in awhile, a 720p projector will get you more for your money, with just as little as $100 bucks more. There is a lot about the Wii in their article, here’s a quick take :

Nintendo Wii
…the Wii outputs all games at a maximum of 480p over component video, and has options for 4:3 or 16:9 display. It also has no DVD player function, limiting its use to purely gaming. As such, the Wii is a good match for a 480p projector, though there are only two still in production in the United States…

… While the Wii can reach its full potential using nothing more than a 480p projector, there are still good reasons to make the jump to 720p. If you plan to use your projector with an HD cable box or Blu-Ray player, or have plans to obtain them in the future, it makes sense to get a budget 720p projector like the Mitsubshi HC1500 now. In the world of projectors, 854×480 is on its way out.

If you are a technical type, you may be aware that you can now “hack” your Wii to play DVDs. Not that we are recommending that here, but consider it a footnote for those who are interested, motivated, and savvy.

There is more information in the Projector Central article, so check it out here.

Projector People links to products mentioned:

1080p Projectors

720p Projectors

We would link to the 480p projectors, but we no longer carry them. There may be new 408p projectors released some day soon, but not to our knowledge. The trend seems to be for higher resolution products.

That’s all for now! Watch for more posts on new products and tech stories!

[ Read the entire article on console gaming and projectors from Projector Central ]

New Sanyo “4LCD” Projector Released

The new Sanyo PLC-XP200L has a newly developed optical system that includes a new color wrinkle… yellow. LCD systems have previously been built with 3 panels – 1 of each red, green, and blue. The new panels introduce bright, sunshine yellow. Here is a drawing of the new engine :

Why add a yellow panel?

To make a long story short – to improve color accuracy. Because of the way LCD technology works there can be a shortcoming of red and yellow in some images. This is related to the short-arc lamps which favor blue and green over yellow and red. Adding the yellow panel helps to bolster those colors in the image produced. (see the whitepaper for more on this) Here is a visual for you :

Side-by-side comparison of images projected with new 4LCD technology (left) and 3LCD technology (right)

How Interesting!

This was a new one for me, so I thought I would pull out a tiny bit from the whitepaper I keep mentioning and share it with you here. Here’s the blurb :

Would it surprise you to know your eyes are not equally sensitive to all colors? The 1931 CIE chart shows exactly that, expressing human color sensitivity to 59% green (with some yellow added), 30% red, and 11% blue. The NTSC color television systems developed in the 1950s uses this exact same weighted system – 59G+30R+11B – to carry the signals from transmitter to home. [ source : Sanyo 4LCD whitepaper ]

Who Wants Perfect Color?

Not all users are super particular about color, but in some industries color is an integral part of their business. Here are a few examples of those to whom accurate color is an imperative :

  • Packaging and industrial design
  • Cosmetics
  • Broadcast and post-production
  • Medicine and diagnostics
  • Computer-generated graphics and 3D
  • Simulators

You can probably guess who color is so important to users in these markets. But as an example, here is another blurb from the whitepaper about the importance of color for users in the medical profession :

There are subtle color shading differences in everything from CAT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) displays to microphotography of cells and pharmaceutical compounds. Imaging systems that make use of reds and yellows to indicate heat or cell activity benefit from expanded color gamut spaces.

Blood and tissue analysis also requires expanded color gamut capacity in the yellow and red spectrum, particularly when diagnosing tumors or irregular cell structures, which may otherwise appear
identical to healthy tissue in early stages of development.

What does it all mean to projector buyers who are not reliant on perfect color? Essentially, a projector with better color and more definition in gray areas. And technology marches on.

The Sanyo PLC-XP200L

Sanyo PLC-XP200L

The new Sanyo PLC-XP200L is an installation projector that features new 4LCD. It’s designed for large venues with a sun-like 7000 lumens of brightness and still maintains an impressive 2200:1 contrast ratio for it’s class. It also has a 3-year warranty. This projector does not include a lens which is common in installation projectors of this kind because it allows users flexibility in the installation.

Read more about 4LCD technology in this Sanyo 4LCD whitepaper.