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Home Theatre Projector Buyers Guide


Choosing a Home Theatre Projector.

What brightness level do I require?
How much do I need to know about image quality?
Should I ceiling mount my projector?
Are there any 3D Projectors?
What inputs/connections should I use?
What else should I look out for when buying?
What projectors do you recommend for home theatre?



Home theatre Projector advice
What brightness level do I require?
Brightness with all digital projectors is universally measured in ANSI Lumens. The brightness level for home theatre projectors ranges from 2000 to 2500 ANSI Lumens. These modern home theatre projectors are powerful enough to handle a little light in the room but unlike their brighter business cousins they are designed to give you accurate colour and deep black levels. They won't be able to handle a massive amount of sunlight but you rarely see someone sitting down to a midday movie with all the curtains open.

How much do I need to know about image quality? [top]
For a dedicated home theatre room, there are 2 main specifications to consider before making your purchase. These are:
Native Resolution
Contrast Ratio

A Native Resolution is essentially a measurement for the number of pixels being projected. Usually this is represented in a number of pixels width to height e.g. 1920 pixels width and 1080 pixels high. Projectors can accept signals higher and lower of the native resolution but will have to convert or compress the signal to display in the native resolution.

The most common resolutions for home theatre are

WXGA - 1280x800 or 1280x720 (High Definition 720p)
WUXGA - 1920x1080 (Full High Definition 1080p)

The recommended resolution for home theatre applications is WUXGA (or 1080p). This resolution will result in a widescreen high detailed image perfect for Full HD games and Bluray Movies. For a budget setup HD or 720p is still popular and works well with DVD movies or free to air TV.

Contrast Ratio is another important specification of a home theatre projector. Contrast defines how far the whitest whites are from the blackest blacks. If the peak white value is significantly different than the peak black value the signal is said to have high contrast resulting in well defined & detailed shading. A contrast of 1000:1 means that the blackest black on the image will be 1000 times blacker than the whitest white.

For a dedicated home theatre projector, that will be used in a darkened room, a high contrast ratio greater than 4000:1 is best. For data projectors and some multi-use projectors a high contrast is not required as ambient light in the room reduces any ill-effect that a low contrast may cause. If you plan to use your projector mainly in a lit or even semi-lit room, the contrast ratio is not of vital significance.


Should I ceiling mount my projector? [top]
Ceiling mounting is the best way to install a projector. Many projectors will require a projection distance of around 3 metres for a common image size of 100". This means you could pop it onto a coffee table but it is generally neater to have power and HDMI cables hidden in a ceiling space and the projector is safe from being knocked or dropped.


Are There any 3D Projectors? [top]
3D is a new feature on projectors and is available on all home theatre projectors. To get 3D running you will need

  • Active shutter 3D glasses (not the $1 set from the cinema's)
  • A 3D compatible HDMI 1.4 cable
  • 3D Bluray player
  • 3D Bluray movie


What Inputs/Connections should I use?[top]
Most projectors have older connections like VGA, Component and S-video on the back. The best connection to use is HDMI which gives you the sharpest digital image.

What else should I look out for when buying? [top]
There are some cheaper projectors ($300-$500) being advertised by some retailers as being great for home theatre. These offer low resolutions and generally offer extremely poor image quality. At Just Projectors, we have declined offers from our suppliers to sell these "HD compatible" projectors as we feel they simply do not offer the quality that is required for home movies.

What projectors do you recommend for home theatre? [top]


Home Theatre Recommendations

Epson EH-TW5300 Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$999
EH-TW5200
Full HD Widescreen

SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2200 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 35,000:1
Weight: 2.9kg
Fan Noise: 27db
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $100)
Lamp Warranty: 12 months / 750 hours
Lamp Life Up To: 7,5
00hrs

FEATURES
- 2x HDMI Connection
- MHL Compatible
- Horizontal & Vertical Keystone
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
- Frame Interpolation
- 2D to 3D Conversion

- USB stick reader (jpeg only)

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BenQ W1090 DLP Full High Definition 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$899
W1090
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 10,000:1
Weight: 2.75kg
Fan Noise: 36 / 32db (eco)
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $100)
Lamp Warranty: 6months/750hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 6,500hrs
FEATURES
- 1.3x Zoom
- Vertical Keystone Correction
- 2x HDMI connections
- MHL Compatible
- Powerfull 10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
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BenQ W1110 DLP Full High Definition 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$1250
W1110
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2200 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 15,000:1
Weight: 3.3kg
Fan Noise: 29 / 27db (eco)
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $119)
Lamp Warranty: 6months/750hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 6,000hrs
FEATURES
- 1.3x Zoom
- 10% Vertical Lens Shift
- Vertical Keystone Correction
- 2x HDMI connections
- MHL Compatible
- Powerfull 10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
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Optoma HD142X DLP Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$1299
HD142X
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 23,000:1
Weight: 2.5kg
Fan Noise: 24db (eco)
Warranty: 3 Years (+1 Year $119)
Lamp Warranty: 12months/1000hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 6,500hrs
FEATURES
- Rec. 709 Colour Calibration
- 2x HDMI Connection
- Powerful 10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
- MHL Compatible

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BenQ W2000 DLP Full High Definition 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$1799
W2000
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 15,000:1
Weight: 3.6kg
Fan Noise: 29 / 27db (eco)
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $129)
Lamp Warranty: 6months/750hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 6,000hrs
FEATURES
- Rec. 709 Colour Calibration
- Flawless All Glass Optics
- 1.3x Zoom
- 10% Vertical Lens Shift
- Vertical Keystone Correction
- Horizontal Keystone Correction
- 2x HDMI connections
- MHL Compatible
- Powerfull 2x10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)

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Epson EH-TW6700 Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$2299
EH-TW6700
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 70,000:1
Weight: 6.9kg
Fan Noise: 24db
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $135)
Lamp Warranty: 12 months / 750 hours
Lamp Life Up To: 5
,000hrs
FEATURES
- 1.6x Zoom
- 2x HDMI Connection
- MHL Compatible
- Horizontal & Vertical Lens Shift
- Frame Interpolation
- 2D to 3D Conversion
- 2x 10W Speakers Inbuilt
- Bluetooth Audio
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Epson EH-TW8300 Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$4199
EH-TW8300
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2500 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 1,000,000:1
Weight: 11kg
Fan Noise: 20db
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $159)
Lamp Warranty: 12 months / 750 hours
Lamp Life Up To: 5
,000hrs

FEATURES
- 4K Enhancement
- 2.0x Zoom (Powered)
- Horiz. & Vert Lens Shift (Powered)

- Frame Interpolation
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
- 2D to 3D Conversion

- 2x HDMI Connections
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BenQ W11000 DLP Ultra High Definition 3D Home Cinema Projector
Your Price:
$7990
W11000
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: UHD 3840 x 2160 16:9
Brightness: 2200 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 50,000:1
Weight: 14.8kg
Fan Noise: 26 / 23db (eco)
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $339)
Lamp Warranty: 6months/750hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 6,000hrs
FEATURES
- Rec. 709 Colour Calibration
- Pixel/Colour/Flesh Tone Enhancer
- Vertical Lens Shift ±65%,
- Horizontal Lens Shift ±27%
- 2x HDMI connections
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
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