Panasonic Introduces High Definition LCD Panel Front Projector 
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Tuesday, 23 December 2003

The new home PT-AE500 cinema projector has from Panasonic high-definition wide-screen LCD panels, integrated cinema quality circuitry, full 10-bit digital processing and gamma correction, and new smooth screen technology. The PT-AE500 will be available December 2003 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $2499.95.

The picture of the PT-AE500 is a high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels) wide-screen LCD panel. Its three layer RGB structure has an effective total of approximately 2.76 million pixels. A new optical system developed specifically for high-definition LCD panels delivers 850 lumens of brightness and has a contrast ratio of 1,300:1.

The PT-AE500 features a new, quiet fan that uses twin blades to lower operating noise while reducing light leakage. The fan operates at only 27dB, according to Panasonic. The projector is equipped with HDCP compatible DVI inputs that directly accept digital signals from DVD and other digital sources. Component video input terminals allow the user to enjoy the full quality of images from progressive scan DVD players, while the PC IN terminal can be used to connect video game machines and PCs. The PT-AE500 also includes composite video and S-Video connections. A trigger terminal is also fitted, so opening and closing the screen may be simply achieved by powering the projector on and off

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