Are you a movie lover? Then you most definitely need a home theater projector. Yes, I know there are TVs that are up to 65 inches or even more, but nothing compares to that theatre/cinema feeling you get when you watch a movie with a home theatre projector. Come to think of it, home theater projector can project its screen up to 120 inches with mind-blowing HD resolution.
Home theatre projectors are not just for watching movies as you can use them for playing games as well. Nothing gives you that perfect family viewing time like this device does. If you are looking within the budget of $500, Viewsonic PA503S 3600 HDMI may be a good choice.
If you are considering getting one, reading this article to the end will equip you with the tips you need to select the home theater projector that is right for you.
- Are you viewing with the lights on or off?
You are probably used to watching cinema movies with the lights turned off. But today, you can find home theatre projectors that work perfectly well with the lights on. It all depends on your projector’s brightness output. That means that if you prefer to watch movies in a dark room, then, a home theatre projector with 2000 to 2400 lumens of brightness will do. If you would prefer to watch yours in a lighted room or without having to close the curtains, you will need the one of at least 3000 lumens.
But do bear in mind that darker rooms enable the movie quality to be bold and not look like it is washed out.
- Will the space in your home be enough?
You have to check if where you intend using for the home theatre projector is spacious enough. You may need to mount a motorized or manual drop-down screen which you can fix to your ceiling. The screen can also be fixed to the wall or you can choose a special paint for projectors and paint the wall. The distance between where you intend to use for the screen and the projector should be between 1.5 or 2.5 meters. There are some projectors that can project 100-inch screens in a small room. Just make sure that the home theatre projector, speakers and the A/V receiver you decide on will accommodate other furniture and fit into your home. If you plan to use it in outdoors,you can also check portable projectors.
- Where will you position the projector?
Home theater projectors can be on the left or right side of the room to allow your loved ones move about without obstructing the view. If that is the case, you will have to choose projectors with side projection capability and horizontal keystone correction that is capable of projecting from the side.
You can also decide to mount the projector in the ceiling on you can place it on a table. But a centered projector is known to give the best image quality.
- Will you need an A/V receiver?
If all you want to connect to your home projector theatre is just one device like a game console, a Blu-ray player, or just for streaming videos and you already have a powered speaker or soundbar, then you probably don’t need an A/V receiver. On the other hand, if you would want to connect multiple devices, then you will definitely need to invest in a good A/V receiver. This will also enable you set up a good surround sound system or stereo speakers if you prefer. Most projectors only come with one HDMI input.
With these 4 points, you will be well on your way to getting yourself a good home theatre projector without making unnecessary or avoidable mistakes.