300,000:1 contrast ratio and 2,000 lumens of brightness deliver high-quality 2D images and rich 3D features for an affordable home viewing experience.
Panasonic today announced the PT-AT5000E, its first Full HD 3D home theatre projector with 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) resolution. The PT-AT5000E is also the world’s first (1) 3D projector to use transparent LCD panels driven at 480Hz which combined with Panasonic’s original Overdrive Technology achieves a significantly low crosstalk. The newly developed optical engine, which produces 300,000:1 contrast ratio and 2,000 lumens of brightness, enables the PT-AT5000E to offer a 2D and 3D viewing experience.
Panasonic’s home theatre projector aims to produce images that mirror the director’s artistic vision and intent. Consequently, the PT-AT5000E’s key 3D projection technologies were developed in collaboration with Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory engineers, who are heavily engaged in creation of 3D Blu-ray discs and have taken key roles in establishing the industry standards for 3D. The PT-AT5000E has been redesigned from the ground up to achieve higher basic 2D performance and unique 3D features to deliver the 3D quality demanded by Hollywood professionals.
Comfortable 3D viewing can also be adjusted by the 3D Viewing Monitor and 3D Picture Balance features. The 3D Viewing Monitor makes sure that the stereoscopic effect is within the safety zone set forth by the 3D Consortium committee as the 3D effect changes with varying screen sizes. The left and right eye images can be displayed side by side on the PT-AT5000E with individual Waveform Monitor to adjust 3D picture balance. Other 3D features include the 2D-3D Conversion, which converts 2D content into 3D images for 3D projection with five different 3D effect modes.
The projector comes equipped with a built-in 3D IR transmitter that lets the user enjoy large-screen 3D images with the same optional eyewear (Sold separately. TY-EW3D10E, TY-EW3D2LE, TY-EW3D2ME, TY-EW3D2SE) that is used for the Panasonic VIERA 3DTV, convenient for those looking to enjoy 3D in both their TV and projector. An optional IR transmitter (ET-TRM110) is also available for extended transmission distance.
The PT-AT5000E comes rich with features for those looking to customise their home cinema. Many Blu-ray discs and DVD discs come in aspects that are even wider than the projector’s 16:9 aspect ratio to match the image size (2.35:1) seen at movie theatres. The Intelligent Lens Memory feature enables users to programme up to six different zoom/focus positions. Automatic switching between 16:9 and 2.35:1 video content is also possible thanks to the signal aspect detection capability on the PT-AT5000E.
More theatre automation, such as lighting and a motorised screen, is possible with the PT-AT5000E because it comes equipped with two programmable 12-volt trigger terminals and VIERA Link®. VIERA Link® provides seamless operation of multiple VIERA Link® compatible Panasonic devices by using the PT-AT5000E remote control with backlit buttons.
The PT-AT5000E is also equipped with three HDMI™ inputs (supporting x.v.Colour™ and Deep Colour), so multiple HD sources can be connected without an HDMI switcher. Initial setup and installation are quick and easy, because the 2x zoom can cast a 120-inch diagonal image from 3.6 metres (about 11 feet) to 7 metres (24 feet) from the screen. The projector’s lens shift capability enables 100 percent vertical adjustment and 26 percent horizontal adjustment so the user can suspend the projector either close to the ceiling or mount it to a wall.
In addition to these features, the new PT-AT5000E is also an ecological product. Its intelligent power management system reduces the lamp power to the exact required level of brightness depending on the content being displayed. Advanced Panasonic digital circuitry intelligently determines the necessary power output by analysing more than 3 billion different image patterns. This advanced analysis process reduces the main power consumption by as much as 10 percent when the Dynamic Iris function is operating thus saving energy.
The Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home theatre projector will be available from September 2011 to authorised dealers. MSRP is still to be confirmed.
(1) As of July 2011.