Setting up a home theater isn’t exactly easy. But it doesn’t have to be that hard, and anybody who has watched a movie in a room with surround sound can tell you that the benefits pretty much outweigh the cons. What people don’t tell you is that you don’t have to buy a gigantic flatscreen television. You can use a projector!
For the most part, people ignore the fact that televisions aren’t the only option out there. In fact, you may get the best value from a home theater projector. You can find them for a few hundred dollars to a little less than a grand.
With a projector you can enjoy images at 100″, sometimes even larger. By the time you’re finished setting up your home projector, you don’t just have a new television. You have a real home theater that will be a huge attraction for your family and friends every time you want to watch a movie or a big game.
The new generation of home theater digital projectors is sleek, professional, and high-quality, like the ones you’d see in a high-tech corporate office. Even better, they no longer require a big business budget. They often cost less than many popular televisions, and their high-quality image size is limited only by the size of your room! Plus, the light is softer and easier on the eyes. Here are a couple of factors to consider before you buy a home theater projector.
Like a television, home theaters come in various resolutions. The only two resolutions that are commonly available are 720p and 1080p, both of which are considered high-definition. In its simplest sense, the number represents how many pixels fit the screen from top to bottom. To put this stat in perspective, DVD quality is a mere 480p, and most people are still pretty happy with their DVD output to their television.
There are several high-quality 720p projectors that cost between $600 and $900, and full-HD 1080p models start at around $900. Most people really can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p, so you can save by sticking with the slightly lower resolution. You should also try two models side by side before splurging on an expensive 1080p projector.
The key to a projector is the bulb. The brighter the bulb, the larger the picture can be, and the more visible it will be despite any ambient light. Therefore, the brightness you need will be directly related to how much light is in the room where you will be mounting your projector. Ideally, you want to choose a location with little ambient light from windows or nearby rooms. If you don’t have to worry about ambient light, you’ll be able to select a less expensive model that may not have the brightness of a high-end unit.
Every theater needs a screen. You might be able to use your bare walls, if they’re smooth and your paint is off-white. Some people choose to spend hundreds on a high-quality screen made of a delicate and highly reflective vinyl or other fabric. You can even make a 100″ screen for under a hundred bucks simply by using a standard roll of photographic background paper and a wooden frame.
A projector is not the ideal solution for everyone. You need a space in your house that has low ambient light and room for a big screen. But if you find the right room, you can have a truly large screen for less cash than you’d spend on a television that’s half the size.