How to choose a home theater projector

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Anyone who has ever used a good projector will know that they provide the ultimate home theater experience. There is nothing that else that comes close to recreating that viewing experience other than a projector. Sure you can have a huge top notch flat screen HDTV but it still lags behind a projector. Projectors deliver sharp images and cinematic detail on a huge screen which in some cases is adjustable and hey you can measure them in feet not inches! Buying a home theater isn’t a piece of cake. There are certain things you would need to know. Here are a few tips on how to choose a home theater projector.

  1. Contrast ratios should be atleast 4000:1. A few projectors like the Christie digital projectors offers contrast ratios of over 5000:1
  2. The first thing you would need to do is to make sure you have the space required for a projector as projectors can screen around 100 inches. Hence you would need a large room.
  3. Now day’s most video content comes in a 1080p format so it is essential you get a projector which can play your movies at full HD. Now when they say 1080p it doesn’t always mean it would play 1080p content. It could convert the signal and project a lower quality 1080i or 720p. So it is important that you make sure that your home theater projector can play 1080p content.
  4. If you home theater room has a lot of ambient light then you should go in for a projector which has a brightness of about 2000 lumens. If you room is dark or you can eliminate ambient light then you should go in for projectors like the optoma home theater projector which has brightness which ranges from 1000 to 1700 lumens.
  5. Lastly you should always check for the life of your projector’s lamp. Now this depends on your usage. Usually projector owners run their projectors for about 8 to 10 hours a day. This would mean a projector with a 2000 projector lamp would run for about 4 to 5 years. But if you plan to use your projector every day for 4 to 6 hours then you would be looking at a lamp replacement in under 2 years. Remember projector lamps are pretty expensive so use your projector wisely.

So get yourself a home theater projector and bring that cinematic experience home.

Guest Blogger: Anil

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