A Beginner’s Guide to Home Theater Projectors
As 2014 World Cup is approaching, you want to buy a home theater projector to enjoy watching the football match on a large screen with friends at home but don’t know where to start? Let us do the hard work for you.
When buying a home theater projector. Three main factors need to be taken into consideration: Brightness, Resolution and Contrast.
Brightness is what we called as Lumen. How much illumination your eyes perceive on the screen depends on two factors: (1) the light output of the projector, and (2) the reflective properties of the screen.
When it comes to home theater projectors, brighter is definitely not better. What you want is a projector that produces enough light to fill your screen with good contrast, but not so bright that it creates eye fatigue when viewed for any length of time.So usually, if you’re using projector in a dedicated home theater with no ambient light, you may want around 1000 lumen. Rooms with some windows that can’t be blacked out, or you want to keep some lights on while watching, 2000 lumen or higher is good. And very big space with windows and some lights, 3000 lumen or higher is your best choice.
The next factor is resolution. Resolution is higher, the clearer is the image, as it diplays more details in the picture. HD 1080p (1920×1080) is the best you can go, but if you don’t have enough money, 720p (1280×720) is also very impressive. We consider 720p is an entry-level HD. For a long time, this was the most popular home theater projector resolution on the market. Most 1280×720 projectors offer very good to excellent DVD video quality. They also do a beautiful job of displaying 1080-line video.
Last but not the least, the contrast. Contrast is the difference in brightness between the brightest and darkest parts in an image. The greater the difference, the higher the contrast. Therefore, Contrast is arguably the single most important measurable quality in a home theater projector. A high-contrast projector produces a picture with a deep black level and clearly defined shadow detail. Contrast, in essence, gives “depth” to video images.
We hope this guide can help you to make a right choice on selecting your first home theater projector, start shopping now!