How to Pick A Superb Projector For Your Home

| October 10 , 2017 , 17:07 IST

During the holidays of the festive season, as the weather gets chillier, and with family and friends huddled together, watching a good movie at home is a fun thing to do! News World India recommends that an investment in a good quality movie projector is definitely worth the while.

Unlike the television, the metal contraption that sits large, idle, and uglily in your home when it is not being used, the projector is almost invisible when unused. The screen size of the projector can be much larger than that of a typical television, and the experience is more akin to a cinema hall. Besides, projectors are better value for money than a same sized flat-panel TVs on cost per inch of screen basis. Via a projector, the image is beingprojected onto a screen or even a wall, and so there is no glass involved, and therefore there will be no reflection or glare from the screen.

A projector is just a two-piece system - the projector and the screen - to which you add the sound system as a third component. The technology and the projector set up are two key aspects that will make or break your movie watching experience, so make sure you get them both right!

Projectors contain only the essentials for creating the most cinema-like picture possible. Typically, a high-resolution DLP, LCD or LCoS imaging chip, an ultra-high-intensity lamp, video processing and scaling circuitry, lenses with versatile zoom capabilities, and several video inputs.Picture resolution can be 1080p HD or 4K Ultra HD, but they don't include a built-in TV tuner even though they have inputs for connecting a Blu-ray player. While purchasing a projector it is important to checkthe following specifications:


1. Type of projectors  - DLP projectors versus LCD projectors versus LCos

DLP or digital light processing, uses tiny mirrors to reflect light toward the screenMost projectors in movie theaters use DLP. LCD, which stands for liquid crystal display, is very similar to the technology found in most TVs. LCD projectors use three liquid crystal panels, each tasked with creating an image using just one of the primary colors - red, green, and blue. All three are projected on the screen at once, so you see a full color image.LCoS, or liquid crystal on silicon, is sort of a hybrid between LCD and DLP.

2. Aspect ratio

A projector's aspect ratio capabilities refers to the ratio between the width and height of the image it projects. For example, a 4:3 display produces an image that is more square, where a 16:9 ratio produces an image that is more rectangular in shape. So choose an aspect ratio depending on what you plan to project.To give yourself more placement options, look for a projector with lens shift. Lens shift allows you to move the projected image up or down, left or right, while keeping the projector body stationary.


Lumens determines image brightness. For a home theater projector in a dark room, 1,000 to 1,200 lumens can give you a large, bright image, while a 2,000-lumen projector may be so bright that it's hard on the eyes.

4. Resolution

Resolution is the number of pixels, from side to side and top to bottom, which make up your image. For watching a movie on your projector, the higher the resolution of the projector the better the image quality will be.  

Once you have got the technology right in your purchase of the projector, here is what you need to do to set it up at home:

1. The two best ways to set up the projector is either to ceiling mount it or set it up on a  high shelf at the back of your room. Do not place your projector on a coffee table in the room or on the floor - it makes the entire set up crude and messy.

2. Just a large plain white wall facing the projector is great for projecting a movie. News World India would recommend a good wall over a screen. However a screen does deliver a smoother, more consistent image, and so you can have that placed too. The screen anyway can be rolled up when you are not using the projector. 

3. Most projectors have no way of producing sound. A sound system - depending on the size of the room your projector is placed in - can be easily connected to the projector. The speakers must either be placed where the audience will watch the image from, or must be placed on the two sides of the image being projected. 

4. Avoid running cables!Get professional with taping your cables from your video source to the projectorto the sound system. You can even consider a projector with wireless HDMI.

You are all set. Some of the good projector purchase options in India these days are BenQ MW526, LG PW800G, Epson EB-W04, Sony VPL-DX100.

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