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Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Panasonic PT-AT5000E LCD projector

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3D monitor and picture balance controls can be used to mitigate against over enthusiastic parallax effects. You can display left and right eye images side by side with individual waveform patterns, to achieve the most comfortable stereoscopic balance.

Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Picture adjustments menu
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Of course, whether you think all this faff is worthwhile just to watch Gnomeo and Juliet is debatable. One pair of 3D goggles is included in the box, although there are probably deals to be done with your local dealer if you need more.

The PT-AT500E features an integrated 3D transmitter which bounces IR sync codes to the Active Shutter glasses, off your screen. In my viewing room, this worked without any loss of sync. An additional transmitter (supplied) can be hardwired to one of the 12V trigger points, to ensure a wider reach in larger viewing rooms.

Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Supplementary sync transmitter

Image clarity is exceptional, although much depends on how you set the projector’s Frame Creation modes. Switched off, motion resolution struggles to get much beyond 600 lines. Once engaged, this jumps to around 850 lines, enough to retain detail in rapidly panned objects.

There are three Frame Creation modes, but these incrementally introduce smudgy motion artefacts around moving objects. Mode 1 is the best bet: it wipes out horizontal panning judder yet contributes only a smidgeon in artefacts.

Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Fan noise is noticeable unless run in Eco mode

Black level and shadow details are phenomenal. Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour... (Blu-ray) is a great test of dynamics and dark detail, and with it the PT-AT5000E excelled. There’s a depth and smoothness to its images which is decidedly cinematic.

Colours also ping, thanks to a new 200W Red-Rich lamp. With little adjustment, even the troublesome crimson hats of my Capulet gnomes on my latest 3D test platter positively glowed with authenticity. Operational noise is a tad high though. This model could be deemed intrusively loud if you don’t run it in Eco mode; thankfully there’s no significant visual penalty by going green.

Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Visually satisfying

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

The PT-AT5000E is an astoundingly accomplished LCD projector. The cosmetic design may be thumpingly dull but its performance sparkles with Hollywood glitz. Heck, it even makes 3D look good. If you’re serious about home theatre, this is a highly creditable alternative to far more expensive options. ®

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Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Panasonic PT-AT5000E LCD projector

Full HD 3D home cinema projector.
Price: £3100 RRP

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