4K projectors for an incredible home theater
You could get a super big TV, or you can go truly cinematic.
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For some, home theater begins and ends with a large television. But there are others who want to project movies onto giant screens. The one drawback, historically, is a reduction in picture quality. That’s nothing to worry about with these 4K projectors.
One thing to know going in is that pixels required to display at a certain resolution are handled differently by projectors than by your TV. Essentially, TVs always have a large surface area to spread out the needed pixels, but projectors have to send the pixel information through a reflective chip that often has a much smaller surface area in play. It’s advisable to research labels such as Native, e-Shift, 4K Enhancement (4Ke), and the Texas Instruments DLP UHD system to ensure you’re getting the best device given your desired projection set-up.
Easiest setup: BenQ TK850 True 4K HDR-PRO Projector
One of the biggest selling points of the BenQ projector is its out-of-the-box factory-calibrated color accuracy. Essentially, you won’t have to go through the water torture of adjusting color levels, squinting to see the slight differences or frustrated by your inability to find the right balance. The BenQ also employs the DLP projection technology, used by a large majority of movie theaters and all IMAX theaters.
Value pick: ViewSonic 4K Projector
The ViewSonic is among the most affordable quality projector options on the market. It offers flexible connectivity (it has separate HDMI ports to support HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0) and can work with PC, Mac, or game consoles. One of the other issues that can plague projection set-ups is how light or dark your viewing room is (or, worse, if the brightness fluctuates depending on time of day, etc.) The ViewSonic is designed to project high, clear images regardless of the light situation going on in the rest of the room.
The best: Epson Home Cinema 4010
Combining three processing technologies—4K resolution enhancement, image processing, and HDR processing—the Epson Home Cinema is pricey but delivers exceptional image quality. What those three separate processing technologies represent, essentially, are color fidelity to the source information, smooth transitions from lower-res content, and the use of three individual high-def LCD chips to transfer all of that 4K pixel data to the screen. The only downside, for the price, is the 2400 lumens of brightness, which seems weak compared to other models that boast over 3000. But depending on your viewing space, the slightly dimmer projection may not matter.