Opinion of carl - Jul 16, 2004

Panasonic PT-L500U Projector
HD 720 (1280x720), 850 ANSI Lumens,
6.4 lbs, $2,499 (MSRP)
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by carl - Jul 16, 2004
Image Quality 5.0
Features 4.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
Thanks to this site and other users for their accurate reviews of this unit. I just received mine yesterday and ceiling mounted it last night. Since I am still in the final stages of completing the dedicated media room, I still have only a beige painted textured wall. Even with this terrible surface and a 4 year old non-progressive DVD player, the picture was impressive with component input. I was somewhat concerned about lumen output at "only" 850, but even with the lamp at the low setting, the picture was still enjoyable on a non-white wall and with ambient light present. Unless you have no control at all of lighting, have no concerns here. Setup was easy, and the only issue is that the auto aspect feature does not seem to work. I suspect this is due to my old DVD not providing the signal. So I just run in the zoom mode and I get full screen in 16:9 with a great image. Overall, an excellent value. I cannot see why anyone would want to place a huge rear-projection set or plasma in their house and spend 2-3X to do it. Well, off to start sanding and prepping the wall for the goo systems coating. Cant wait to get my Denon 2200 next week, should be a much improved picture. Oh, and by the way, this unit is quiet, very quiet. In low power mode, it is virtually silent.