Panasonic announced the PT-AR100U home theater LCD projector offering 2,800 lumens of brightness along with a 50,000:1 contrast ratio and 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel) Full HD resolution.
The PT-AR100U projector produces bright, sharp images by employing a new, high-power 280-watt Red-Rich Lamp and optical unit that generates 2,800 lumens of brightness for comfortable viewing in various lighting conditions. In addition, its advanced Light Harmonizer 3 feature automatically adjusts the picture quality to match living room or theater room conditions. The Light Harmonizer 3 uses built in ambient light and color sensors to adjust the white balance, gamma curve and sharpness settings to maintain bright, crisp pictures which match the viewing environment.
Advanced Optical Components
The PT-AR100U is equipped with many advanced optical components, such as the Dynamic Iris Pro and Pure Color Filter Pro which help reproduce a stunning 50,000:1 contrast ratio and exceptional color accuracy. The intelligent Dynamic Iris Pro adjusts the PT-AR100U optical iris, the Red-Rich Lamp and gamma curve 60 times per second to produce beautiful images with accurate black level and shadow detail. The PT-AR100U Pure Color Filter Pro achieves a high purity level of the three primary colors–red, green and blue–while displaying deeper, purer blacks, with extended color gamut. In addition, the PT-AR100U excels at showing fine detail thanks to the proprietary Detail Clarity Processor 3 engine.
Multiple Picture Modes
The PT-AR100U comes equipped with a total of seven different picture modes that provides optimal performance for different video contents. They include, Sports, Game, Cinema, Vivid Cinema, Normal, REC709 and Dynamic mode.
In Sports mode, users can enjoy games with minimal frame delay and image tuning that brings the action home. While in Game mode, picture quality characteristics have been specifically tuned to reveal more image details in the dark or over-saturated areas that are prevalent in many games. Together with the preset picture mode, the Motion Effect function ensures that the fast-moving images are crisp and clear. This new technology detects and analyzes the brightness and frequency distribution data of the image. Based on this analysis, it optimizes the sharpness along a time axis to maintain naturally sharp images for best possible viewing.
To ensure best possible calibration, a built-in Waveform monitor makes it possible to view waveforms on the screen and adjust settings to make sure that the full dynamic range is in use. Furthermore, the Split Adjust Mode provides an easy to navigate solution for those looking to adjust different picture settings on the projector.
Simple Setup and Installation
Initial setup and installation are quick and easy, because the 2x zoom casts a 120-inch diagonal image from as close as 3.5 meters (about 11.5 feet) to 7 meters (23 feet) from the screen. The projector's lens shift capability enables 68 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. The PT-AR100U is also equipped with two HDMI inputs (supporting x.v.Color) and Deep Color), so multiple HD sources can be connected without an HDMI switcher. More theater automation, such as lighting and a motorized screen, is possible with the PT-AR100U 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-AR100U remote control.
The projector's new Eco Management function reduces power consumption depending on different parameters, for example, ambient light conditions and situations when no signal is input to the projector. Users can set an off-timer to reduce wasteful power consumption when the projector is left running. Advanced Panasonic digital circuitry intelligently determines the necessary power output of the lamp depending on the content being displayed by analyzing 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 Pro function is operating. The PT-AR100U also has a low standby power consumption of 0.08 watt.
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic PT-AR100U Full High-Definition home theater projector is made in Japan and will be available in October 2011 for $1,999.