Watching movies can often bring us happiness and dreams, help us relax and relieve our emotions, or convey values and improve our taste and knowledge. At present, it is difficult for some people to go to the cinema, because the cinema is often accompanied by noisy environment, high ticket price, few screening and other problems. Moreover, in the current epidemic situation, in order to protect the health of your family members and friends, enjoying “spiritual food” at home is a safer and freer life experience.
In this article, we will analyze the matters for buying home theater projectors, and according to the various brand products on the market, comprehensive product specifications, brand and quality, function, after-sales service, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive, detailed home theater projectors shopping guide.
What is Home Theater Projector?
Home theater projector belongs to home sound resembles equipment. Since the 1980s, the development of professional home theater is updated ceaselessly, from combination of original video equipment, speaker box to smart projector, curtain, the function of such facilities have been improved a lot. A complete set of home theater kits includes: audio system, video system, player, projector, curtain, connection line. The main application scenarios of projectors include: living room theater, separate film and video room, study bedroom cinema, terrace cinema and other types. In the purchase, you can choose suitable one for your home theater according to your own needs.
The Pros and Cons of Using a Projector for Your Home Theater.
The home theater projector can replace the display screen or TV which covers a large area of indoor space. Especially desktop projector that can be placed on the tea table, cabinet, it’s also easy to move, change the position. In addition, the home theater projector can provide the width of the viewing interface that cannot be reached by the ordinary display screens, greatly improving the viewing experience and realizing the ‘Immersive’ viewing effect in your home. The ordinary home theater projectors are much cheaper than LCD screens, which is one of the reasons for most families to choose home projectors.
Certainly, the projector still has some drawbacks, in terms of resolution and brightness, the projector will cause a part of the loss of brightness and details in the process of projecting the picture to the curtain or wall. In order to achieve the most restored and true movie-watching experience, you’ll have to buy more expensive and comprehensive products. In addition, it also requires suitable indoor light and shade in the use of the projectors, the projection effect may not be good if not matched with a good shading curtain, or in the open during the day.
Things to consider when buying a home theater projector.
1. Picture and Sound
The picture quality of projectors mainly refers to the parameters like resolution, brightness, contrast ratio and color accuracy. If you want to choose the most cost-effective projector, be sure to understand the following parameters and configuration. ‘Affordable’ is not the only advantage of the projector, ‘Cheap and Cheerful’ is the product advantage we need to find.
Picture Quality Factors:
① Light Sources
Projector Light Source is basically means the lamp type that equipped, the projector lamp types on market include: LED, Laser, Ultra-high Pressure Mercury Lamp. The brightness of laser light source is the highest, with best color accuracy and picture effect. LED light sources are widely used and have low calorific value, but the brightness of the picture is not good enough. Ultra-high pressure mercury lamp provides high picture quality, but the bulbs’ service life is much shorter, you’re have to replace it regularly.
Brightness, it is an important factor to consider when purchasing a projector, with higher brightness, the picture effect is better. When purchasing a projector, considering that it should be used during the day, it is recommended to choose a projector with an effective brightness above 3000 lumens. For the buyers who require a perfect picture quality and image brightness, they can choose the equipment of around 5000 lumens. Generally speaking of course, with higher brightness and better lamps, the projectors’ price will be more expensive.
③ Sharpness (Resolution) and Contrast Ratio
Resolution is undoubtedly one of the most important factors of projector, which directly determines the sharpness of picture quality. Generally, you can choose a device with a resolution of 1080p or 4K for indoor scenes to achieve a clear projection effect.
The higher the contrast ratio is, the more obvious the difference between the light and shade of the picture will be, with more detailed picture quality. It is recommended to choose a device with a contrast ratio of at least 10000 to 1.
④ Chips (Processors)
The quality factors determines the projector imaging effects, and the chip, determines the projector boot, reaction and operation speed. If you bought a projector of perfect resolution, brightness, and color accuracy, without a good processor, it may lead to poor operation and bad using experience, it is likely to kill your desire to use the projector again, then your home theater projector could be covered by the dust.
Projector chip, that is, also named the processor, mainly covers the most commonly used technologies like: LCD, DLP, 3LCD, 3DLP, LCoS. Liquid Crystal Display technology (LCD) is the internal installation of a single LCD plate, 3LCD refers to the internal installation of red, green and blue LCD plates, by using three-color separation, three monochromatic independent imaging and convergence in the prism, and then it forms a full-color image on the screen.
Digital Light Processing (DLP) is a Digital optical processing technology. A single DLP can display 16.7 million colors, while 3DLP (three DLP) can display almost 35 trillion colors.
In terms of resolution, LCoS has the highest resolution ratio, followed by DLP and LCD, and LCoS also has better color accuracy than other technologies. Of course, the brands like Mstar or Amlogic that are widely used in projector products, can offer you a smooth and free viewing experience, if you have no other professional requirements.
⑤ Curtain (Screen)
There are several types of screens, like Electric Screen, Manual Screen, Floor Screen, Fix Frame Screen, Tab-tension Screen.,etc. At present, most of the home theaters use Frame Screen, or the more popular Glass Fiber Screen. Gray glass fiber screen is suitable for using in strong illumination scene, white glass fiber screen for dark environment. It is very important to choose a suitable screen for the projector. Because the projection effect of the white wall is far worse than the effect of the qualified screens.
⑥ Throw Distance
It’s better to think about all the factors including indoor space, appropriate projector size in advance when purchasing your home theater projector. For example, the general projector transmission ratio (that is, the proportion of projection distance and picture width) is 1.2, it can meet the needs of most houses, but if the indoor space is too small, you’d better to choose more compact projectors with shorter throw distance.
⑦ Trapezoidal correction (Also known as the ‘Side Throw’ feature of the machine)
‘Trapezoidal correction’ refers to that, when the projector is not in front projection situation, the trapezoidal picture is automatically corrected to a square picture. Although most projectors are equipped with this smart function, but it’s better to confirm before purchasing, because the projector that does not have this function is completely immovable, it can only be placed directly in front of the screen or wall.
When people are purchasing projectors, they often pay more attention to the level of picture quality, it is easy to ignore projector sound quality. In fact, sound quality is also an important factor affecting the projection and viewing effect. Several sound technologies commonly used in home theater projectors include: 360 degree surround, Dolby, DTS and so on. In addition to different sound effects, some multifunction projectors will also be equipped with a specific sound card, such as the ‘HiFi sound card’ for karaoke Television lovers, the built-in sound card can greatly improve the projector output sound quality.
The sound quality also depends on the quality of the external Bluetooth speakers. But when buying projectors, the seller won’t offer complete set of sound box basically, you need to buy separately.
2. Brand, Function and After-sale Service
There are several well-known brands of home theater projectors: SONY, Epson, Benq, JMGO, OBE, Dangbei, XGIMI. These brands have reliable quality and perfect after-sales service. We recommend several cost-effective projectors with complete functions and easy to use, such as XGmi-H3S, Dangbei-F3, JMGO-J10 and Epson CH-TW5800T, all of which have 1080P resolution ratio, equipped with LED light source and high-performance processor, the price is generally acceptable in the public range, with excellent reputation and performance. Besides the recommended products mentioned in this article, these brands also include a wide range of models at all price points and are recommended to choose carefully according to your own budget.
Another factor for choosing brand products is that famous brands have relatively perfect after-sales service system. After sale safe of digital product, it is a problem that must consider when buying. You can choose the products of these brands, in case of the projector you bought appears the circumstance of logistics damage or quality problem.
After understanding the basic precautions for purchasing home theater projectors, you can begin to choose a product from three aspects: First, projector picture and sound quality to be clear, it can satisfy your daily use demand; Second, whether the brand and quality are reliable; Third, environment space, light and shade of indoor scene. Considering the above-mentioned factors comprehensively, we believe you can choose the projector that is really and certainly suitable for your home theater.