Home Theater Projectors
Points to consider when buying a Home Theater Projector
The DVD player has become a fixture in the home incredibly quickly over the last few years and there are many options for viewing the high quality images that DVD's can produce. The most common, and cheapest method is the traditional television set but you can also buy plasma screens and projection units.
A high quality projector that projects the image onto high quality projector screens will produce the best possible image and so projectors for home cinema have become increasingly popular with those that can afford them. Many celebrities, for example, have projector based home theater systems in their luxury apartments or mansions - the ultimate symbol that home theater projectors are very much in fashion.
Home theater projectors are most likely to be either LCD projectors or DLP projectors. DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors are better suited to video (DVD) data; therefore most of the more expensive home theater projectors tend to be DLP quality projectors. The other main issue that determines the quality of the projection is the resolution. Most high-end projectors tend to be in VXGA format, with resolutions of up to 1600x1200 pixels. This format gives the highest quality images providing you have a screen that will pick up the finer details of any images that are projected.
Performance is also affected by the brightness of the projector. You should choose a projector that accommodates the natural light of the room that it is to be used in. For instance, if the room is light, then you need a more powerful projector. A projector's brightness is measured in ANSI lumens and a good quality projector will probably have an ANSI lumen rating of around 3000. The higher the rating, the brighter the images the projector can produce. You will need a brighter projector and ideally a high resolution for larger screens too, otherwise the image will effectively be too thin.
Another important thing to consider is the amount of noise that the projector makes whilst it is in use. Perhaps this is less important with a projector that will be used for home theater purposes rather than business meetings, but still you probably wouldn't want the quieter, more intimate moments in a movie to be disturbed by the whirring of the projector.
Although you will probably be playing your DVD's through a DVD player, it is good to try and buy a projector that allows a computer to be hooked up to it. If you're into games, then projecting your games on a big screen could prove to be the ultimate gaming experience, so long as you have a wireless keyboard and mouse. With a computer connected, you could also use your projector to surf the Internet from your armchair without needing to pay for a television Internet service.