You’ve chosen the furniture, planned the decor and laid down the flooring. Now it is time to find the perfect projector for your theater room. This piece of equipment is one of the most important components of any theater room, and its quality will make or break your experience.
A projector is a system used to project images onto a large screen. This screen may be retractable, mounted on your wall or free-standing. Likewise, you can choose to place your projector in plain sight, or you can conceal it in the back of the room.
Using a projector instead of a television offers several advantages, including a larger, better quality image and no risk of glare from the sun or other lights in the room.
How to Choose a Projector
Below are some of the different characteristics you should consider as you shop for the perfect projector.
Brightness tells you how much light the projector emits during use. Projectors designed for use in a home theater may have brightness ratings of up to 2500 lumens. If the room is dark when the projector is in use, you can choose a model with a lower brightness rating. However, if you plan to use the projector when the room is not dark or dimly lit, you will need more brightness to produce a good quality image. You will also need a brighter image if you plan to use a wall instead of a screen to capture projected images.
The contrast specification tells you the range of colors the projector can produce. The higher the contrast ratio, the better your image will be, especially when the room is dark.
Another important factor to consider when shopping for a projector is the resolution. This specification indicates the level of detail the projector will be able to produce. The more detailed the picture, the better your experience will be. Projectors marketed as “high-definition” have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, projectors with even higher resolutions are also available.
A projector’s throw ratio tells you what size image it will produce based on its distance from the screen. If you have a smaller theater room, you will need a projector with a smaller throw ratio to produce a large image on a nearby screen. However, if you have a larger room, a projector with a bigger throw ratio may be preferable.
Some high-end projectors can produce images in 3D. If this feature is important to you, look for a projector with a good reputation for high-quality 3D images.
Lens Shift Capabilities
Some projectors allow you to move the lens without moving the entire system. This can be beneficial if you do not want to keep your projector in the same location at all times or if you would rather avoid a more complicated installation.
Some of the most advanced home theater projectors also offer wireless installation, which can be beneficial if you want to avoid running cables in your theater room.
In a perfect world, you would buy the best, most advanced projector on the market. However, if you are working with a budget, you must also consider the cost of the projector. The most advanced projectors tend to be more expensive while more affordable projectors may not have all of the features you want. To make the best possible choice, look for a projector that meets the requirements that are most important to you without forcing you to spend more than you can afford.
Some projectors are easier to install than others. In fact, some people opt to have their projectors professionally installed to avoid the hassle and make sure the equipment is installed properly. However, keep in mind that paying a professional to install your projector will raise its overall cost.
Home theater projectors are a significant investment. If you are not sure whether a given projector will work well in your space, talk to a sales representative before you make the purchase.