In a classic home theater situation, where ambient light is not a factor, the projector’s less than solid black level becomes more noticeable and digital noise can be distracting. When compared to the Epson EH-TW3600, it becomes clear that Panasonic made some compromises in order to design a better home entertainment projector, and these compromises make it less effective as a home theater projector–though not by much.
The bottom line is this: if you want a projector that performs in the living room, whether that be for games, or sports, or just television, the AR100E is about as good as it gets. The fact that it can multi-task as a home theater projector is a bonus, and a good one, but its faults in that area in no way take away from its performance in its intended niche.”Extremely bright and ideal for the family room type environment, the PT-AR100E offers extensive placement flexibility, especially compared to most of the similarly priced competition. Choose your color modes for your content and tastes (and brightness).
The projector itself, physically looks good – a mid-sized home projector. Its remote control is great, and the menus are well designed. The memory area lets you save settings, as we propose you do on our Calibration page. The projector has a waveform generator for those so inclined to use it.”
The Panasonic PT-AR100E is an awesome machine with standard 2D movies bringing out good black levels and vibrant colours but with the flexibility to operate in bright rooms. It isn’t 3D compatible but many people still consider it a fad and this offers an excellent non 3D option. Panasonic are covering the AR100E with only a 1 year warranty which does loose the Panasonic some points against the new Epson EH-TW6000. But all in all the PT-AR100E is an excellent choice if you have a bright living room situation and aren’t too fussed with 3D.”
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