Awards 2012 Product of the Year - Projectors. If we had £3000 to spend on a big-screen home cinema experience at the moment, this is how we’d spend itWrite your own review
- Bright picture
- good contrast
- comfy 3D performance
- great detail
- easy to set up
- Motion isn’t always perfect
Panasonic and JVC have at times turned the mid- to high-end projector market into a two-horse race.
The annual launch of a new projector around the £3000 mark has become a mouth-watering prospect – and just ahead of the JVC units, here’s the new Panasonic PT-AT6000E.
The exterior might remain largely as uninspiring as ever, but on the inside a lot has changed.
Panasonic PT-AT6000E: Tech specs
Thanks largely to a new, 220W Advanced Red-Rich Lamp, the 6000’s brightness is boosted from 2000 to 2400 lumens, while the claimed contrast ratio goes from 300,000:1 to 500,000:1.
It also claims to be more efficient at cooling, giving your lamp a longer lifespan.
Elsewhere, there’s a 3D dual-core engine and the addition of Frame Creation 2 motion processing to 2D-to-3D conversion, while new 3D glasses now use an infrared transmitter rather than RF.
Round the back there are three HDMI inputs plus PC, component and s-video connections. And thanks to a motorised lens, it takes seconds to set up; we’re soon enjoying staggeringly good HD pictures.
Panasonic PT-AT6000E: Performance
Displaying epic effects-fest Thor, the PT-AT6000 delivers punchy but realistic colours and a tremendous sense of realism to skin tones. Sharp edges and clean blocks of colour really help bring pictures to life – no mean feat in this most colourful of films.
Deep, dark black levels are delivered faithfully with just enough of a glimmer in the darkest corners, while fast motion is dealt with confidently.
With Kingdom of Plants 3D, the content feels comfortable to watch, too. Weird crosstalk effects (where the image for the left and right eyes get mixed up) seem reduced and only with the most complex images, where the 3D look is most dramatic, does some instability surface.
Detailed, dynamic and confident with any content you throw at it, 2D or 3D, it’s evolution not revolution here – but a worthwhile update that’ll be tough to beat.