Top 1080i HDMI Video Theater Projector: The Panasonic PT-AX200U
written by: Craig Patel•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 5/19/2011
Looking for an affordable projector? You don't have to get 1080p. Try 1080i; you can get amazing quality images for a more affordable price. Check out the Panasonic PT-AX200U.
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Looking to buy a 1080i HDMI video theater projector for your home theater? That can be a tricky task. There are a lot of projectors to choose from and there are many features to look at. To help you with your decision I've picked my personal favorite 1080i HDMI video projector, the Panasonic PT-AX200U. 1080i brings affordability and quality to the table and that's why I think it's the perfect choice for consumers looking to add an affordable projector to their home theater.
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One of the reasons the Panasonic PT-AX200U is such a great projector is it has a bunch of great features. Take a look at the Panasonic PT-AX200U's specifications.
Contrast Ratio: 6,000:1
Contrast ratio is the ratio from white to black. The higher this ratio is, the more deeper, accurate shades of white and black the projector is capable of producing. So basically the Panasonic PT-AX200U can reach shades of black and white up to 6,000 lumens. This is way above average.
Resolution determines how accurately a projector can display the fine details of the image. The higher the resolution the more accurately you'll be able to see small details like glitter on someone's face, or blades of grass being blown in the wind.
Lumens determine how bright a projector can make an image. Having the option of a brighter image is great because if you want to watch something on your projector during the day and it's bright in your home theater room you can turn the brightness on the projector up so that you can easily and clearly see the display without problems.
When you look at the specifications above, the Panasonic PT-AX200U looks awesome, and not just on paper; these features will translate into a stunning, beautiful image in your home theater. Nothing beats a big screen projector with beautiful image quality.
And one thing I would advise: if your budget permits, buy a screen with a high contrast ratio. A screen with a high contrast ratio will only enhance the image being displayed and make it better and brighter.
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This 1080i HDMI video theater projector is very durable and hasn't given me any issues. You can watch TV show marathons for 8 hours and you won't have to tinkle around with the projector. It will give a solid performance all most all the time. The Panasonic PT-AX200U is also quiet. After several hours of operation it still remains very quiet at 30db. There are no short term or long term performance issues with this projector. The Panasonic PT-AX200U is a solid projector. Panasonic projectors tend to live up to their name. Panasonic has been and continues to be one of my favorite companies for picture/video products. They are always one of the leaders in video technology and that is apparent in this projector. Some of the video features mentioned before are exclusive to Panasonic.
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Although I still strongly believe this 1080i HDMI video theater projector gives you a lot of "bang for your buck" it could be better. The price tag on this projector might scare you away at $1,025. In reality, this price isn't too bad because this is one of the top of the line 1080i HDMI video theater projectors. And that brings me to my closing point about price: 1080i. With new more advanced 1080p projectors out there, shouldn't the price of this projector be significantly less? Although it compares feature-wise to those 1080p projectors it doesn't quite have the "umph" and firepower of a 1080p projector because it has 1080i significantly lower resolution. So the price of this projector should be comparable to its twin siblings the 720p/1080i projectors and not it's older siblings the 1080p projector.
Long story short, for $200-$400 more you could get the newest, best projectors. So with that being said, it makes me wonder if the hefty price tag on this projector is worth it.
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When looking at a 1080i HDMI video theater projector, you should look at two things: video quality and performance. This projector boasts an excellent rating of 5/5 in both of those categories. However, this projector is also quite expensive. It's about $1,000 while most of the other 1080i projectors it competes with are $700. So overall the price of this projector brings its rating down to a 4/5. It's definitely above average but I do question its price tag.