Home Theater Projectors

Assess Home Theater Projectors Specs

Compare resolution, brightness, contrast ratio, and weight specifications as well as optional features when you shop for a home theater projector .
Projector resolution

Projector resolution is the number of pixels produced by a home theater projectors. Expressed as two numbers, the first number indicates horizontal pixels and the second number represents vertical pixels. For example,  800×600 and 1024×768. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image.

Image brightness

Brightness, or light output, measured in American National Standards Institute (ANSI) lumen s, determines how well you’ll see projected images in a well-lit room. More lumen s produce a bigger, brighter image.

Home theater projectors generally have 700 to 2,500 lumen s, perfect for dimly-lit or dark rooms. Look for a higher lumen count if you plan to use your projector in a room filled with sunlight.

Contrast ratio

Video projectors measure the difference between the brightest and darkest sections of an image with a ratio. For example, 600:1 or 2,220:1. Projectors with higher contrast ratios produce the most well-defined pictures.

Projector weight
Home theater projectors can weigh less than 3 kg or as much as 9 kg. Look for a lightweight projector if you want to use your projector outside your home.

Special features:
Zoom:
Put yourself in the center of on-screen action by zooming into your picture.
Picture-in-picture:

Cinema mode:
Turn on cinema mode to get richer colour and less fan noise.
Set Up Your Home Theater Projectors

Make your home theater dreams come true by mounting a home theater projector from the ceiling with ceiling mounts or placing it on a flat surface such as a coffee table or bookshelf.

  • Ceiling-mount your projector: Install a home theater projector as part of your larger home theater system and use it whenever you want. You’ll need to run power and signal cables through your walls to keep cables out from underfoot.
  • Keep projector portability in mind: Set up your home theater projector wherever and whenever you want to use it. Buy a free-standing screen and you’ll gain the ability to store your equipment out of sight when company comes over.
    Either way, your projector and viewing screen will take up less space than a big-screen TV and you’ll be able to produce a larger image.
    Make basic projector connections

    Home theater projectors take the signal from your home theater system and then display the image on a screen. Just connect the projector to your Cable TV or DVD player.
    Home theater projectors generally come with multiple video input connectors, allowing you to connect a computer or video game console.
    Set up a viewing screen

    Either use an empty white wall as a screen or buy a separate viewing screen to see the crispest, clearest projected video possible. Screens come in three types:
  • Wall-mounted projector screens: .
  • Retractable projector screens: Mount your retractable projector screen from the ceiling and roll it out when you want to use your projector.
  • Free-standing projector screens: Bring out your free standing projector screen when you need it.

Projector screens come in a variety of sizes ranging from 90 to 120 inches in diameter. To find a screen that’ll fit your room, measure the length, width, and depth of the area where you plan to put it. Sellers include screen dimensions in item listings and the characteristics of your space can help you determine screen size. Also plan to sit at least 15 feet back from the large images so you don’t feel like you’re sitting in the front row at the movies.

Image size will depend on how far you place the projector from your screen. Make sure you like your projector settings before installing your ceiling-mount projector and wall-mounted or retractable screen.