The Best Home Theater Projector Buyer's Guide
If you are looking to create the absolute ultimate with regards to a home theater experience, home theater projectors should without doubt be right at the very top of your shopping list. These projectors allow you to get as close to your very own movie theater than anything else that you can buy. The images that can be projected by a home theater projector are massively bigger than any television set that you can buy and can be projected just about anywhere that you want.
A home theater projector is essentially a two-piece device that is used to provide you with an excellent home theater experience. There is the projector and there is the screen with the former projecting the image onto the latter. Projectors are usually lightweight and compact and can either be used as a permanent fixture or carried around to be used as a portable device.
So whether you want to create a permanent home theater or simply want to be able to take the device anywhere of your choosing easily, a home theater projector is definitely going to appeal to you. You can place it on a coffee table, mount it to a wall or ceiling or simply pack it away until the next time that you decide you want to use it. If you are serious about quality movie experiences, a home theater projector is going to be right up your street.
There are a number of different features to look out for when purchasing a home theater projector:
Wireless HDMI – One of the main reasons that people state they do not want to switch from a normal television set to a projector is that they are concerned with the installation issues. They are concerned about having to connect all the cables across the floor or ceiling. However, many modern projectors now have a wireless HDMI feature that means that the connection between the projector and the video device can be done without the need for these cables to be stretched across the room. Instead, the HDMI cable can be connected to a small transmitter that then sends the signal flawlessly to the projector.
Lens Shift Feature – Following on from those installation concerns is that of the trouble with installing projectors in the right place. Again however, these concerns should be ignored as most projectors have lens shift features that allow you move the projected image in all directions without having to move the projector. This means that you do not have to worry too much about installing your projector in an exact position and can even have it installed off-center and still have the projected image displayed in your desired position.
3D – One of the great benefits of using a home theater projector is that they are known for being able to project sharp and clear 3D images. In most cases there is not even the need for a special screen, though for the very best in 3D picture quality it is recommended that you use a surface that is as reflective as possible. The reason why projectors work so well with 3D images is because they usually have a lot of light power and as you might know, 3D glasses are known to dim the images quite significantly.
Variety of Screens to Choose From – Most projectors will usually come with a free screen or will work well enough on a white wall but if you are after something that suits your needs more, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of different screens that you can purchase. You can purchase screens that are fixed, pull-down, tripod mounted, or even motorized. Each has been designed for specific uses of the projector. If you have set up a home theater and plan to use the projector in one place only, a fixed screen or motorized screen will probably suffice. However, if you want your projector to be mobile, a portable tripod type screen or pull down screen will give you that ability.
Different Ports – One of the main considerations you will have to make when purchasing a home theater projector is that of the types of connections that it allows. You are certainly going to want one with a HDMI port or two and possibly another type of video port such as VGA as well. You will also want audio ports and possibly other additional ports such as SD card ports and USB ports. Which ports and how many of them you will require, will heavily depend on what devices you are planning to use your projector with.
As you can see, the combined mobility, quality of picture and movie experience, screen size potential, and affordability make a home theater projector a definite consideration for your home. The ease of use and installation and the fact that they can be packed away easily, also means that these are ideal if you want something that you can take with you on your travels.