Home Theater Projectors

When it comes to choosing a Home Theater Projector, we at Projector Reviews get to review more home theater projectors than just about anyone on the planet.  We’ve reviewed hundreds over the last 15 years.  We’re getting pretty good at helping you figure out which is the best home theater projector for your specific needs, and the lighting in your room.

Our reviews are in-depth.  In addition we have created videos of many of the best home theater projectors, that you can find here on the Projector Reviews TV tab.

Our reviews and videos cover home theater, and home entertainment projectors from a few hundred dollars up to almost $30,000, but we focus primarily from $500 to $10,000 projectors.

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CEDIA Expo 2013 – Preview

This blog presents a preview of home theater video projectors, and related 4K video technology, that are expected to be introduced to the U.S. market at the upcoming CEDIA Expo (25-28 September 2013).

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Setting up a Home Theater – Part 2

This is the second, and final, blog of this short series discussing how to properly set up and align a projector with the projection screen. The first part of this discussion is available HERE. Once you have positioned your new projector correctly in relation to a properly installed projection screen and have also correctly aligned the projector using the available mechanical and optical adjustments, you should always be able to achieve a near perfect rectangular image that correctly aligns with the viewable area of the projection screen.

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Setting up a Home Theater – Part 1

This is the first blog of this short series discussing how to properly set up a home theater room and select a projector plus a projection screen. The second part will discuss how to properly set up and align a projector with the projection screen. .

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InfoComm 2013 Report

The annual InfoComm trade show is now underway in Orlando, Florida. I am only at the show for Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and during my limited time at the show I will attempt to visit the exhibits of the major projector manufacturers.

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4K Ultra-HD Video Sources – Status Report

This Blog includes the latest news related to future 4K Ultra-HD (UHD) video sources.  I have, in several previous blogs, talked about 4K UHD displays, technical standards, interfaces and video sources.  This blog provides the latest information and updates to the information related to future 4K UHD video sources discussed in those earlier blogs (e.g., HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE).

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On the Road to 4K UHD

This blog provides an update on 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) standards, services and products.  2013 is the year in which the essential pieces will be coming together that will enable large scale production of 4K UHD products and services in 2014.  Also I provide a word of warning about being an early adopter of 4K UHD technology.

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Update on 4K UHD Consumer Products

This blog provides a brief update on new 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) products.  Some of these were announced this week at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual trade show being held in Las Vegas.

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Ultra-HD Video Standards Move Forward

In several past blogs I have discussed international/industry standards that relate to the next generation of Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) devices (i.e., displays, video sources & video distribution).  Specifically, in past blogs I have discussed (HERE and HERE) the next generation HDMI (i.e., version 2.0) and also the new High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) defined by the ITU-T Recommendation h.265 (discussed HERE and HERE).  I have also previously discussed (HERE) the potential for a next generation Blu-ray Disc standard that would support 4K UHD resolution.  For this new blog I am discussing another “recommendation” (i.e., standard) already published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that defines the “Parameter values for ultra-high definition television systems for production and international programme exchange.”

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Update on 4K Related Standards and 1080p Projector News

This blog includes a few updates related to the discussions on 4K and Ultra HD video, as discussed in my previous blogs, plus provides preliminary info on a few interesting new 1080p projectors from Optoma, BenQ and Sony that have been recently announced (i.e., post-CES 2013).

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CES 2013 Wrap Up

This is a short post-CES blog intended to provde a very quick review of the projector related news out of CES 2013.  CES 2013 had very little to offer in terms of new projector introductions and the big push by the video manufacturers was for 4K Ultra High Definition LCD/LED displays.  However there were a few projector introductions.

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CES 2013 Preview

The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins Tuesday, January 8th in Las Vegas.  A day earlier (i.e., Monday, Jan. 7th) is designated as CES Press Day and several of the manufacturers of home theaters projectors and related products (including LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Sony, etc.) will be holding press briefings that day.  This blog previews a few products planned for introduction at CES as well  as discussing some projector technologies and related video products that may be introduced at CES for the home theater market. Updates from Jan. 7th press conferences now posted.

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What to Expect at CES 2013

The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins January 8th in Las Vegas.  This blog discusses a few products that are known to be scheduled for introduction at CES as well and some speculation of what else we may see coming from the projector manufacturers (and a few others) known to be exhibiting at CES.

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Outlook for 4K Video Sources in 2013

This blog discusses how the technology pieces are starting to come together in support of “4K” video.  The first consumer 4K video projector that made it to market (in early 2012) was Sony’s excellent VPL-VW1000ES projector.  As of the date of this blog, the VPL-VW1000ES is still the only available consumer projector with a native 4K resolution and capable of accepting a 4K video input.  Several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Sony, LG and JVC, are now introducing 4K resolution 84 inch flat panel LCD/LED displays.  All of these 84 inch displays appear to be using the same LCD panels that are, by some unconfirmed reports, being sourced from LG.  While some may point out all of these 4K display devices, with retail prices in the $20,000 to $25,000 range, are far too expensive to be affordable to all but a very select group of consumers.  However, they do represent a modest first step in what will certainly develop into a broader market,with lower priced products, over time.  What has been missing up to this point is any 4K video sources or video material (e.g., movies).  This blog is focused on what we can expect for 4K video sources over the next year.

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Home Theater – Useful Add-ons

Since I’m posting this blog in late November and we are now in the holiday shopping season, the focus of this blog is on a few useful accessories/devices for a home theater system.  I’m not talking about projectors or screens, or even AV receivers.  Rather, I’m talking about a few items the new or exiting home theater owner might want to have on their wish list.

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The Life of a Projector’s Lamp

Understanding the characteristics of the lamps used in video projectors and going as far as to track the light output of your projector can be a useful exercise for some home theater owners.  The industry standard for lamp life is based on a 50% dimming of the lamp.  Therefore, when a projector manufacturer specifies that a specific model of projector has, for example, a lamp life of 2000 hours that means that they expect the lamp to lose one half of its original (i.e, when the lamp was new) light output after 2000 hours of use.  However, there are other factors that can impact the lamp life and it can be useful for the projector owner to understand what these factors are where their projector’s lamp actually is in its life cycle.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 News – Part 3

September 7:  This is the third blog in a series reporting on new products being introduced at the CEDIA Expo 2012, that is now underway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I will update this blog later today with more news out of  the CEDIA show.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 News – Part 2

Thursday – 9 September:  Today is the first day the CEDIA trade floor is open and several companies are officially introducing new projectors and related products today.  I will be updating this blog a few times today, so check back.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 News – Part 1

Wednesday – 5 September:  The CEDIA Expo 2012 trade show officially started today with the keynote address, but the trade exhibits don’t open until tomorrow (Thursday, 6 Sept.).  However, there are a few news items from today.

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CEDIA Expo – Part 2 Preview

This blog is a final preview before the start of the CEDIA Expo show that is held next week in Indianapolis (the CEDIA keynote speech and first press conferences are on Wednesday Sept. 5th and the trade show opens Sept. 6th).  My previous blog included several video projector related products rumored to be making their appearance at CEDIA.  For this new blog I will only cover those projectors for which their manufacturer has already released some information.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 – Preview

This blog presents a preview of new projectors and a few related products that may be introduced and/or demo’ed at next month’s CEDIA Expo 2012.  The CEDIA Expo is the most important trade show in the USA for the introduction of new home theater video projectors and related products.  Also included below are some products that may come to the marketplace during the next few months, but the manufacturer does not have an exhibit/booth at the CEDIA Expo.  In some cases the product information that I discuss below is based the preliminary information from the manufacturer while for some other products the information below is based on what appears to fairly credible rumors.  In the following write-up I have tried to clearly identify the rumors from the more firm information.

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