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Home Theater Projector Buyer's Guide

Overview

Buying a home theater projector can seem daunting. At any given time, there are many models to choose from, each with its own unique benefits and downsides and each proclaiming itself to be the "right" one. The key to simplifying the process is determining what you need and then finding projectors that fit your criteria.

To find the right video projector for your home theater, read on to answer these six important questions:

- Which aspect ratio do you want?
- What resolution is best for you?
- How bright should it be?
- How much contrast do you need?
- What are your installation constraints?
- What will it cost?


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Aspect Ratio
Contents: Overview Aspect Ratio Resolution Brightness
  Contrast Installation Cost

Reader Comments(15 comments)

Posted Feb 28, 2011 4:17 PM PST

By bahha

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thank you, your guide is helpful . I'm going to buy a projector now, I want to use at school for teaching.

Posted Jul 19, 2011 6:59 AM PST

By Vichu

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Thank you. The article is very informative

Posted Jul 25, 2011 12:43 AM PST

By b.r.nath

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a nice handy guide for all the buyers

Posted Jul 26, 2011 11:19 PM PST

By rman

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wonderful guide.. Thanks!

Posted Sep 6, 2011 10:59 PM PST

By hussain

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THANKS FOR SHAIRING THE MOST BENEFICIL INFO ABOUT TODAYS CONFUSING PROJECTOR MARKET.YOU HAD MADE ME VERY COMFORTABE TO BUY A GOOD PROJECTOR WITH OUT FALLING IN THE TRAP OF ALL THIS CONFUSING REVIEWS AND MISLEAD MANUFACTURE ADVERTISING.TANKS A LOT.

Posted Feb 24, 2012 2:29 AM PST

By sophie

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Posted Apr 9, 2012 6:23 PM PST

By bill

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thank you very much for making and sharing this guide (and the rest of the site's content, too). i've found it easy to follow and very informative. many thanks.

Posted Apr 18, 2012 2:46 AM PST

By narco

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thanks for an informative and well written article.

Posted Nov 12, 2012 8:14 AM PST

By Ash

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Thanks for a great article. The beginners like me can acutally now go out and search for the one we need. I am looking for one below $1200 with screen and ceiling mount. This article really is helping me narrow down on the selections and also helped understanding the importance of going for better screen. One suggestion...Please include a couple more sections, one for 3D compatibility and another for performance with gaming consoles.

Posted Jan 15, 2014 9:09 PM PST

By home theater

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Great guide for everyone who is in planning to buy the home theater system. last year i am too confused in buying the best home theater system. After reading the products review and comparing home theater system in terms of technical specification, i find the best home theater system. [edited to remove link]

Posted Feb 4, 2014 3:02 AM PST

By Anil Samuel

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Amazing article. I appreciate the effort. And thanking you all behind this site. I am from Germany And I want to buy one good projector for a charity association

Posted Feb 7, 2014 12:35 AM PST

By steven prentice

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Fantastic breakdown for projectors thank you

Posted Feb 21, 2015 1:50 PM PST

By TheWiredFox

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This guide is helpful, however it does not include any information regarding inputs, specifically '3D PC' vs. 'HD 3D' inputs. I currently have a 2D setup with HTPC and Blu-Ray switched through my receiver with HDMI. Upgrading to a 3D projector is the plan, and getting into specifics with '3D PC' vs. 'HD 3D' should be included in this Buyer's Guide. Thanks.

Posted Jul 26, 2017 2:47 PM PST

By Steve Hiegel

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All the information needed to arm yourself with the information you need to buy a projector that fits your needs. Thank you for this resource.

Posted Mar 9, 2018 8:38 AM PST

By amedius

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Awesome article if only I would have read earlier. I purchased a Epson tw6100 four years back and placed in the last corner way back 20 feet. Since its having keystone correction, I could adjust the image of 140 inch diagonal to get it perfectly aligned. Bluerays look sharp and very bright. I was happy with it. But after reading this article, I wonder if I would have placed the projector right in the center and just 12 feet from the screen, I could have got a better image, maybe still brighter and more sharper. Thanks for the article. My next projector placement will be a lot different.

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