How to choose a Home Theater projector

how to choose a projector

Are you looking to buy a projector for your home or business that are most suitable for a wide variety of purposes? These are the things that should be considered before buying a Home theater projector.

  1. Room size
  2. projector technology
  3. brightness
  4. Gaming

how to choose a projector

1.Room size

The very first thing you need to consider before buying a projector is the size of your room, and that’s because depending on what size screen you want. You may not have enough space as the projector needs to be a certain distance from the screen. The distance that the projector needs to be away from the screen to produce an individual size image is called a throw. So if you have a small room that you might have to buy what’s known as a short-throw projector. so a short-throw projector can usually  produce 100-inch screen from a few feet away, and an ultra-short-throw projector can produce 100-inch display from just a few inches away

2.Projection technology

The next thing you need to consider when choosing a projector is the type of projection technology now there are three major types of consumer home theater projectors out there

  • DLP
  • 3LCD
  • LCos

 

DLP

Digital light processing projectors use tiny mirrors to reflect light, which is usually projected through a color wheel that spins to create color images. There are different methods that manufacturers use to produce higher-quality images from DLP projectors such as a faster color wheel or multiple DLP chips.  DLP projectors range significantly in price, but they’re often the least expensive option with some starting as low as $300 and the most costly being the DLP projectors found in most movie theaters. The downside to DLP especially cheaper DLP projectors with a single chip is that they can produce a phenomenon known as the rainbow effect. It’s not visible to everyone, but some people notice flashes of colors across the screen when watching video on a DLP projector which can be very distracting. the is usually the result of a slower color wheel speed and is less noticeable or more expensive DLP projectors

3LCD

3 LCD projectors use 3 LCD or liquid-crystal display panels, and each panel produces a separate color red green and blue and combined on the screen to create a color image. When compared to low-end DLP projectors 3 LCD has better color reproduction and doesn’t suffer from the rainbow effect so if you’re sensitive to rainbows than 3 LCD is the way to go.

LCos

Liquid crystal on silicon projectors, so these are a toss between DLP and 3 LCD projectors so LCos projectors are usually the most expensive option starting in a 3,000 to $5,000 range, but they offer superior black levels, excellent color reproduction, and very sharp high-resolution images. and the downsides of these projectors is cost as it’s not  uncommon to find LCos projectors that cost thousands of dollars  there are pros and cons to each of these different types, but if money is no object I would probably go for LCos in most cases

 

3.Brightness

Now considering how we’ve been conditioned to watch movies and shows on a bright TV. Understandably, you want this same brightness if you get a projector. You can get a vivid image from a projector, but there are some trade-offs. The first thing to consider is screen size, so for example; a 2,000-lumen projector will be bright when producing a 90-inch screen. However, if you want a hundred and 40-inch screen, the image will be much darker so that 140-inch screen will look perfectly fine in a dark room. But if you want to put the projector in the living room or somewhere with a lot of light you may need to go with a smaller screen. If you don’t want a smaller screen then you could go with a brighter projector but here’s where things get tricky. So projector manufacturers know that most people probably want their projector to be as bright as possible, so they use different techniques to produce a brighter image.

One common way for DLP projecting manufacturers to produce a brighter image is to use a different color wheel. So when you’re researching DLP projectors be sure to research the color wheel so you won’t be disappointed by dull color. One of the best options, if you want a bright image, is a laser projector, so laser projectors can put out a lot of light without sacrificing much color accuracy. They also have a much longer lifespan as much as twenty thousand hours since they use lasers instead of a traditional bulb. The trade-off for laser projectors is that they’re usually more expensive.

4.Gaming

The most important thing to look out for if you’re buying a projector for gaming is input lag. There are several excellent options out there for projectors that have good input lag for the average gamer. However, if you want the best possible experience with fast-paced games then our recommended DLP projector like these 4k projectors. Both of these projectors have an input lag of fewer than 20 milliseconds, which is ideal for hardcore gamers. Unfortunately, most 4k projectors have an input lag higher than 40 milliseconds. Which isn’t bad, but it might be a bit too slow for some gamers. overall projectors are great for gaming and offer an excellent immersive experience that you can’t get from most TVs

 

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