3 Home Theater Projectors That Make Movies Fun

May 12, 2016

10:00 pm

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There are a number of unique advantages to using home theater projectors in your house. They’re mobile and can be easily installed at a distance, allowing for more tricky entertainment spaces to be used. They provide that classic movie feeling and can help you enjoy 3D films. And they’re usually much less expensive than TVs of the same size, but offer comparable resolution and even more picture real estate, which is especially great for ultra HD viewing. Getting the picture?

So if you’ve ever wondered about buying the best home theater projector instead of another TV, or if you have a wall in your house that you don’t know how to use, here are some of the top home projectors for 2016. Take a look at these, find out why consumers love them, and see if any will work for you!

BenQ W1085ST DLP

BenQ W1085ST DLP

 

This BenQ model can produce a screen size of 38 inches from only 2 feet away – and 300 inches from 16.5 feet. Let’s see a TV do that! Brightness is at 2,200 lumens, and it comes with keystone correction. There are two HDMi connections, and options to upgrade the projector for wireless HDMI if you don’t want to put your other equipment in odd places. Full 3D effects are included if you have the right movie formats.

The only downside to this BenQ is that it doesn’t soar to 4K resolutions. Instead, it sticks to ordinary HD resolution. Also, keep in mind that you will have to buy the screen as well as the projector – there are options to bundle both together but this will increase the price.

Epson PowerLite 5030UB

Epson PowerLite 5030UB

This Epson model is only full HD, but this helps keep the price down on this otherwise stellar projector. With an especially high contrast ratio and powerful 2,400 lumen brightness that improves whites and bright colors, the picture is likely to astound you. We’re talking about 122 inches from only 12 feet here, so you don’t need much space to get an enormous picture. On top of all that, expected lamp life before burnout is great at 5,000 hours.

The ports on this model also deserve notice, including varied options like HDMI, RS-232c, RCA, and VGA D-sub. This means you can input video from almost any source, even your laptop.

Epson Home Cinema 1440

Epson Home Cinema 1440

If $2,000 is too much for you to spend on projectors, this inexpensive Epson model may be ideal for you. This projector has far fewer focus options, which means you’ll need to place it around 30 feet away to get a 300-inch “screen” – suitable only for large entertainment rooms rather than basements and man-caves.

The white brightness and contrast ratio are also much lower than the previous Epson model. However, there connectivity options for nearly everything, including multiple types of USB ports and HDMI 2.0.

Photo: Flickr / Kit

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