Home Theater: How to Choose The Best Projector
December 26, 2019
The central and most important central equipment for a home theater is a projector. Unlike office projectors, home projectors usually have a wide aspect ratio of 16: 9 and are designed specifically for movie projection.
When deciding on a projector, you should not rely too much on the specifications given by the manufacturer as they tend to be overblown to reality. It’s best to look for information about the machine through the reviews of experts, or from the tech community, and then watch the demo of the machine directly at the shop selling projectors.
Usually, we can easily distinguish home projectors from office projectors. Office projectors often have a high brightness of over 3,000 lumens due to being used in a bright office environment. However, the contrast of the device is quite low, below 3000: 1. Whereas the projectors have lower brightness because they are used mainly in dark rooms, but give very realistic colors and tens of thousands of contrast.
With the development of technology, the quality of home cinema projectors has been constantly improved, and besides, the price has been pushed down to an unprecedented affordable level.
With an investment under $ 1300, you can consider already popular models such as Optoma HD25LV, BenQ W1070 or ViewSonic 7820HD. These projectors all have Full-HD resolution and are equipped with 3D projection feature.
With a higher investment of $ 2100, you can consider high-end models such as Epson TW8100, Optoma HD8300, BenQ W7000 or Panasonic PT AE8000. Of course at this price, the quality can satisfy even the most demanding audience.
A major concern of projector users is the lifetime of the projector lamp. This issue is currently being addressed by projector vendors. And the lamp life has been increased to over 5,000 projection hours. This means you can enjoy thousands of movies without having to consider replacing the light bulbs. The price of genuine light bulbs currently ranges from 200 to 300 USD depending on the company.
As for the camera body, carriers usually offer a 2-year warranty, especially up to 3 years. In order to be assured of using the device, the advice given to users is to choose reputable suppliers and have a good after-sales warranty to buy the machine.