A guide to choosing the best projector for a home cinema

June 1, 2021

Searching for the perfect projector for a home cinema? Many options are on the market and it can get tricky to know exactly what you need. Many features are different from one projector to another. You’ll have to look into resolution, contrast ratio among other things to make the right choice.

Here are some things you should know when buying a home projector.

  • Resolution

One of the things to look into when researching the projector that you need is resolution. Different resolutions on projectors can be found on the market. 1080p and 4K UHD are resolutions that are advised. It is also important to make sure that the lumen range is good, so it should be between 1500-3000 lumens.

  • Contrast ratio

Contrast ratio is the ratio between how bright the white image is compared to the black image. A higher ratio is going to allow you to see more detail. It’s important that the contrast ratio has at least 1,500:1 or higher to ensure that the image doesn’t look faint and washed out.  

  • Placement

Before buying a projector, check out where you want to position the projector. Higher-end projectors can usually be further and maintain a good quality image while having a larger lens shift. Lens shift is important if you want to change the angle or height of the projector. If you plan on buying a cheaper projector, plan to position your projector closer to the wall you’ll be projecting on.

  • Light source

You’ll probably see different types of light sources while searching for a projector: laser, LED and lamp. The most common technology is the ultra-high pressure lamps. It’s the most inexpensive option while being the brightest type of light on the market. Other sources are more expensive and are not as bright, so we would suggest choosing a projector with a lamp as the source of light.

Our suggestions

 Here are some of the best projectors for a home cinema:

–       Optoma UHD35

–       Epson Home cinema 3800

–       Optoma UHD50X

–       Epson 5050UB

–       LG CineBeam PH30N


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