Your Guide for Buying the Perfect Home Theatre Projector
In recent years, projector technology has advanced by leaps and bounds and the image quality of the best projectors now matches even the highest quality television sets. As you look for your brand new projector–also sometimes referred to as a beamer–keep the buying tips below in mind.
This is probably your most important consideration. For one, if you want to install a projector screen onto your wall or paint your wall with projection-screen paint then you will need enough wall space. Alternatively, you could also buy a portable screen or a scroll-down screen that hangs from the ceiling.
Room size will also help determine what your projector’s throw ratio should be. The throw ratio determines how far back the projector will need to be from the screen. Most standard projectors need to be set back at least 10 feet, although if you don’t have that much space then there are short-throw projectors that work from just a few feet from the screen.
Also, consider how far back you will be sitting from the screen. While a giant screen sounds great in theory, it can be uncomfortable and hard on the eyes if you are forced to sit just a few feet away from it.
The higher the resolution, the crisper the image will be. If you have limited space and will need to sit close to the screen then you are better off investing in a higher resolution projector–otherwise you may be able to see the pixels from your vantage point.
A low-resolution projector would be 480p, while an HD projector ranges from 720p to 1080p. If you want the highest-quality resolution then 4K Ultra HD projectors are the way to go. Typically, the higher the resolution, the more expensive the projector will be.
There are two main types of projectors: DLP (digital light processing) and LCD (liquid crystal display). While 3D projectors are sometimes marketed as a separate type of projector, the truth is that 3D is simply a capability that most DLP and LCD projectors now support.
DLP projectors offer great contrast and they tend to be lightweight, which is ideal for portable models. They are also good for displaying fast-moving images and the higher-quality models, such as 3-chip DLP, provide especially superior image quality.
LCD projectors, on the other hand, are sharper, brighter, and more vibrant. LCD projectors tend to offer better image quality and are quieter and more energy efficient than their DLP counterparts.
There is also a third type of projector, LCoS (liquid crystal on silicone), which have all of the benefits of DLP and LCD projectors. LCoS tends to be very expensive, however, and is only available on the top models.
With a home theatre projector you can finally bring the feeling of going to the cinema into your home. Thanks to high-resolution projectors and advanced technology, you can now get that cinema experience without sacrificing image quality.