A home theater projector offers an extravagant theater experience at home. No other video device can match the experience. The home theater projector provides larger and clearer images that not even a bigger tv can offer. With the advanced technology of 2D and 3D features, viewing on projectors are enjoyable. Home theater projectors consist of two units, i.e. the projector and the screen. The projector is placed on a table, on a shelf or can be mounted on to the ceiling.
Most modern projectors are light in weight and hence portable. Projector screens are either motorized or manual. They also come fixed and retractable. You may even use the wall as screen provided the texture of the wall is suitable for the purpose. However, projector screens are better viewed for their smoothness and consistent images. The high definition and 4K home theater projectors deliver excellent picture quality that are cinema-like. Certain other gadgets like TV tuner Cards, Blu-ray players and media streamers like Apple TV, Roku are attached to the home theater projectors now a day since availability of high speed internet service.
We have listed a few home theater projector tips below that will help you choose the right one and use it in a most enjoyable way.
- At the outset the size of the room and its lighting are key points before proceeding to choose a home theater projector. The brightness of the projector is measured in ANSI lumens. Generally home theater projectors start out at around 1000 lumens and upwards to 2500 lumens and more. Rooms with less windows are ideal for home theater projectors. You need to limit day light or ambient light in the room for the best viewing experience. Many projectors come with a ability to create brighter images that looks great with even ambient light in the room. There are projector screens that can be used while lights on since they are equipped with optical coatings that reject the ambient light inside the room and respond to the light emitted from the projector only.
- Viewing experience is better with sharp and clear images on the screen and these images depend on the resolution delivered by the home theater projector. Again, higher the number of pixels will deliver higher resolution in turn sharp images. Almost all home theater projectors come with high definition 1080P, 192 X 1080 pixels. However, 4K ultra high definition projectors come with 4096 x 2160 -pixel resolution, four times the clarity of full high definition. When the resolution goes higher, the size of the pixels become smaller so that the picture is more seamless. Some of the brands produce “pixel shifting “1080P projectors that are compatible to 4K video sources but not the same quality of a native 4K projector. But the quality of the picture becomes sharper.
- Undoubtably, the contrast is the important factor in the picture quality. Contrast ratio actually indicates to the difference between the blackest black and whitest white in a picture. Home theater projector with a contrast ration of 10000:1 is five times better than that with a contrast ration of 2000:1. The contrast ration does not necessarily display the gray shades in between blackest blacks and whitest whites. In case it does not happen than the gray shades will blow out and show whimsical on the projector screen. You should go for the projectors having more control settings and multi-color processing wherein the modes will permit you to tweak the display of the projector to your liking.
- We all have seen 3D movies in a theater and know how well they feel. This also goes with the home theater projectors. Projectors having bright displays improve on the 3D vision since the 3D glasses make the picture look dim. There is no need for a special screen for the projection of 3D pictures. All you need is a screen with reflective surface that will help 3D pictures look bright and crisp.
- While upgrading from a tv to a projector, people hesitate to go for a home theater projector since it consists of numerous cables running around the room and it does look like a mess. To counter this issue, some brands have produced home theater projectors with wireless HDMI feature. A wireless receiver is built into the projector and a tiny transmitter module is fixed for the purpose for video source. An HDMI cable connected to the component and the transmitter transmits flawless pictures wirelessly between the transmitter and the projector provided they are in the same room.
- A feature called “Lens Shift” enables the installation of a projector much easier. It provides you the option of moving the picture in all angles while keeping the projector stationery. This makes the placement of the projector easy and yet delivers awesome pictures.
These are some of the home theater projector tips. If you have any questions, do let us know in the comments section below.