Home Theater Projector Comparison Report:
Best in Class Awards for 2012
4/4/2013 -Art Feierman
1080p Home Theater Projectors, Our Award Winners:
Class: Entry Level Projectors: $2000 and under, Street Price
As you read about each award winner and runner-up on the following pages (linked to below), the images will be from the projector you are reading about.
Most home theater and home entertainment projectors today are 3D capable, and that tends to complicate things. A projector can be great for 2D, but mediocre for 3D. A few don't have 3D abilities. Based on the emails and blog comments I get, most of our readers seem to be at least interested in 3D capability, many are very enthusiastic about 3D. On the other hand, I get a fair amount of: "I don't care about 3D". And don't forget the goup: "Personally, I don't really care for 3D for me, but I have to get it for the kids"
For these reasons, we started last year, giving out a couple of awards for 2D only projectors.
The Panasonic PT-AR100U and the Mitsubishi HC8000D would each be a good example of projectors we might highly recommend for 2D usage, the first lacking 3D, and the Mitsubishi, simply isn't bright enough in 3D for most installations.
Best In Class Award, 3D and 2D Only: Sharp XV-Z30000
Best In Class Runner-Up, 3D and 2D Projector (Tie): Acer H9500BD
Best In Class Runner-Up, 3D and 2D Projector (Tie): Epson Home Cinema 3020
Best In Class Award, 3D and 2D for Best Value Proposition: BenQ W1070
Best In Class Award, 2D Only for Best Value Proposition: Epson HC8350
Special Interest Award, /2D Only: Panasonic PT-AR100U