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Choosing a Projector for Home Cinema? Read This First!
When it comes to finding the best projector for home cinema use, the sheer volume of
options can be frustrating. Understanding what provides you with each specific benefit
is something that you’ll have to get used to dealing with, and if you are unsure of where
to start, then hopefully this guide for being able to buy the best projector for home usage
will be useful to you.
We’ll break down the key considerations of what makes a good projector so that you can
easily ascertain if your purchase is value for money.
• Ratio. The first thing to care about is the aspect ratio. You get two options – 4:3 and
16:9. 4:3 is for normal TV, while 16:9 is for a higher quality of image – think SD for 4:3
and HD for 16:9. 4:3 is cheaper but 16:9 renders a much better and crisper image.
Depends on what you are using it for – ask yourself if the crispness really matters.
• Format. Is it DLP or LCD? DLP projectors are not as bright and tend to be quite
limited in terms of pixel volume creation, but it’s usually very smooth and very accurate
in terms of what the image produces. LCD tends to have more dead pixels, loses image
quality as time goes on, but has better saturation, higher brightness potential and is, in
general, a more compact solution.
• Resolution. The output resolution of your projector should matter to you, as well.
Any projector for home cinema use should be at least 1280 x 720, but the best is 1920 x
1080 if you can afford it. The resolution should match the source material. If you are
playing video games on it then the higher the better. If you are watching old movies, it’s
not as important. It depends on what you are going to watch and also how often you will
vary up what you watch on it.
• Brightness. As mentioned above, brightness can play a bit of a major role in
determining where you want to go with your projector. Anything under 1000 Lumens is
the least quality you can get, but also the least expensive. It is best used in a dark room.
Over 3,000 Lumens, though, is the best and produces the brightest and best image. If
placed in a dark room, though, it can be too bright and hard to look at, so finding a
balance is key depending on your own needs.
• Throw Ratio. Another important issue is the throw ratio – this is how far back the
actual image can be projected to get a good quality image. Many have a throw range of
about 10ft, but it does depend entirely on the actual quality and size of the room you will
be projecting within. Be sure to get some measurements planned out to avoid

With all of this in mind, you should find it much easier to get a quality projector for
home cinema use. A bit of experimentation and planning along the way can certainly
help in getting better results!

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