The unnamed 3D Ready Full HD home theater projector will be a successor to the award-winning PT-AE4000U, currently in use in home theaters around the world including that of our own editor, Chris Boylan.
The PT-AE4000U delivers a unique Lens Memory feature which allows for native 2.35:1 extra wide aspect cinemascope viewing, without the need for an expensive anamorphic lens or motorized sled. This current model supports 720p, 1080i and 1080p HD playback. Other features include 1600 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, a powered 2x zoom lens, and Smooth Screen technology for "film-like" images. One other feature is the Split Adjust Mode, which allows viewers to freeze an image and compare it side by side with picture adjustments. Finally, the PT-AE4000U also comes with its own backlit IR wireless remote. The PT-AE4000U is currently available, with an MSRP of $2499.99
While plenty is known about its predecessor, Panasonic really hasn't said much about the upcoming 3D model. We know it's the next link in the company's projector line, and it will add 3D viewing to that winning formula. However, Panasonic has yet to announce any additional information -- including a actual name or model number for the projector product. We're not even sure if it will be LCD, DLP, or perhaps based on Epson's recently announced LCD-R (Liquid Crystal Display-Reflective) technology.