Think of your ideal home theater – spacious seating, your favorite snacks, maybe some blankets and other accessories.At the center of this image is the main attraction. The movie or video playing has everyone’s attention, and you get to relax in the comfort of your home. But the most important piece is missing!?How are you displaying the video? Which projector have you chosen to set the scene? Well in this article we look at the 9 best home theater projectors of 2017.
There is a wide range on the market today due to their various forms of use.?Home theater projectors fall somewhere in the middle of business and gaming purposes.
They can vary along a wide range of pricing, lumens, lifespan and display options.
To make things easier, here are the 9 best home theater projectors of 2017.?In groups of under $500, under $1,000, and top of the line segments, you can find all projectors mentioned here.
Best Home Theater Projectors Under $500
1. DiHome LCD Mini Video Projector
The DiHome is ideal for users looking to get an incredible experience at an affordable rate. If your home theater is on the smaller side, this model is a good starting point.
For less than $100 you get the basic functions of a projector at an average performance.
What is basic function? This projector will last 50,000 hours at 12,000 lumens.?Bonus – hook it up to your TV, DVD player, or computer with available USB port, HDMI, AV, VGA, and remote control.
2. BenQ Video Projector with SVGA Display (MS524A)
This model BenQ comes ready to go for projection needs in light or dark rooms and regular or 3-D settings. It gets the job done at a low rate of energy consumption with up to 10,000 hours on SmartEco Power Saving Technology
Note color options are limited and if you are eager to start using 3-D, make sure you have glasses ready to go.
3. ViewSonic PJD5155 3300 Lumens SVGA HDMI Projector
The ViewSonic display varies from 30” to 300” diagonal length.?It works best in small rooms, but can perform in larger areas when needed (like the backyard).
Distance it with caution, as subtitles display best up-close.
No matter the setting, 10,000 hours on eco-mode make sure this projector lasts in your home theater for a good while.
4. BenQ Video Projector with WXGA Display (MW526A)
Up next is a BenQ ready for many settings, literally. Its 3,300 lumens perform in dark or moderately bright rooms and there are 6 video modes to chose from.
You can adjust picture size from a single spot using lens shift, or even hook it up to a gaming console. With a range of 7 to 30 feet, it will be hard to find a room where this?cannot become your new home theater’s main attraction.
5. Epson EX3240 SVGA 3LCD Projector 3200 Lumens Color Brightness
This is a good option for extreme action movies or taking to the office for a big presentation. Its color and display work well without the price tag of HD, and it can display text clearly in a bright room.
A note for movie lovers – you will need a separate sound system as there is no audio output.
Best Home Theater Projectors Under $1,000
6. BenQ DLP HD 1080p Projector (W1070)
The HD 1080p is ready to go for high detail (again, hello action films). This model offers 6 video modes to find the best compatibility for your video source.
Better for small areas, distance ranges anywhere from 4 to 20 feet at a 60” to 120” diagonal.
There’s that SmartEco Technology again. It reduces power consumption and offers more depth in black levels. In other words, more green and more “wow” when viewing.
7. Optoma HD27 1080p 3D DLP
At a comparable price to an LED TV, the Optoma Home Theater Projector can display your favorite movie as well as your children’s favorite video game.
Enjoy it in the light of day at 3,200 lumens or dim things down a bit. But, make sure it is at least 10 feet away from your screen.
Note – the best audio will come with a home surround sound system, and it will help from noticing the loud fan cooling.
8. BenQ DLP HD 1080p Projector (HT2050)
Gamers and (home) movie-goers alike can enjoy this BenQ projector.
The DLP 1080p offers great 2D and 3D at 2,000 lumens.?It stands out against similar-price models in rainbow artifact performance, but not for black and white movies.
Best for smaller rooms at a display of about 15 feet and the sound system can stand on its own when necessary. Plus, there is an audio output to pair with your home theater’s sound system.
Best Top of the Line?Home Theater Projectors
9. Epson Home Cinema 5040UB
For those looking to get the most out of their home theater projectors, the Epson Home Cinema is ready to perform. Colors with this model make a statement from DVD to Blue-ray and video games.
This is partially due to 4K enhancement. It is a niche entering the market, usually at a much higher cost, that shifts pixels in a subtle way. It makes a big difference for the viewer experience, which we mentioned in our review.
To make other minor adjustments to the lens, this projector comes with a remote and 10 memory settings to save your favorites for later.
No matter the choice, home theater projectors come down to a few basic categories. Your choice should be suitable for the size of the theater, the length from the screen, and intended purpose.
Intended purpose gets more personal since each consumer is different. Consider whether you want your projector to stay in one place, or be able to go from home to office when necessary.
Is it for movies alone, or are there gamers in your household?
Do you have a sharp eye for contrasts and color resolution, or are you just looking to enjoy a movie from time to time?
Finding the best home theater projector to fit these needs can get overwhelming. That’s why we are here to help.
Contact us today for any specific inquiries on creating your perfect home theater!