Opinion of Michael Pelosi - Sep 11, 2004

Panasonic PT-L500U Projector
HD 720 (1280x720), 850 ANSI Lumens,
6.4 lbs, $2,499 (MSRP)


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by Michael Pelosi - Sep 11, 2004
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
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Personal Experience
I did my research and found that for the money this projector is what I really needed: DVI input plus lots of pixels and plenty of contrast. Combine this projector with the Bravo D2 DVI DVD player and you will have something really special. The D2 DVD player scales the DVD output to 720p very well for an incredible picture. Not only is DVI output more color accurate, it prevents some of the picture edge clipping that occurs in analog signals. This projector has absolutely no problem throwing up a 9 foot wide picture in a dark room. My seating is only about 6 feet from the wall—try that for a whole movie and you will never go back to viewing at longer distances than the picture is wide. It is immersive and you will find your mind in the moview like never before. I suspect most other projector/DVD player combos would leave you disappointed with the picture quality at that extremely short viewing distance and wide picture width. I tried a Da-Lite cinema vision screen and noticed the “contrast” enhancing features are not for me, it is like sacrificing every other color in the rainbow to make black blacker. Pardon me but white is a lot more important to me that black, as well as the sky being bright blue and other colors “popping” off the screen. So I tried a matte white screen as well and guess what, you a really not much better off that with a white wall. I just watch on a matte white wall for now, until I find a screen material that really does it for me. The picture quality is great right now. After a lot of experimentation, I found that surround speakers were best directly left and right of the listening position, and of the same speaker model as the front speakers. This means your surround speakers that came with your speaker package, you can use them as the back speakers and buy two more front speakers to use as surrounds. I bought a second subwoffer and placed the two subwoofers screen side of the surround speakers facing directly to the listening position—being sandwiched by two powerful subwoofers is a great sound solution. I had the Yamaha HTR-5760 but found the output was not quite enough (95W per channel), and returned it for the Yamaha HTR-5790 (110W per channel) and that really did it! I have Athena speaker system bought at Best Buy, and cannot imagine needing more sound power or quality. I have experienced more satisfaction with this projector and good times wathcing movies that with nmost other purchases involving this kind of money. Home theater is a great hobby and I am still surprised you can rent a DVD for only $4. mpelosi@maui.net
 
Problems
none.