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In doing some research to buy a Home Theatre Projector i see that some offer TV Tuners (ASTC). How well does this work with those projectors if hooked up to an HDTV antennae ?
Can we watch normal TV channels in Home theatre? Is there 4K in Laser Projector…New to this game.
John, welcome to the game. Yes you can watch “low-def” – standard, non HDTV channels on any projector, but, the point of projection is the large screen. The bigger the screen the worse standard TV looks. Even DVD is higher quality. Figure a standard TV channel has about 8X the resolution. For best viewing you will want Blu-ray movies or HDTV, but the “old” stuff will certainly play. As to true 4K and laser – look out, there are two, both are Sony, and neither are under $40,000. Or there’s an Epson LS10000 which is enhanced 1080p (it uses something called pixel shifting), and can accept 4K but it’s not true 4K. It is a laser projector – list price $7999 in the US. -art
Thanks for the information. What I understand is that I can watch TV/HDTV in better resolution like my 65″ Sony TV at home but on bigger screen provided I have 4K projector.
Exactly, A 4K image at 130” diagonal would be 4 times the size of a 65”. You could sit the same distance back as from the 65” and it would seem as sharp, even though 4x the size, 4x the immersion. The problem with 65” HDTVs though, is almost no one sits close enough for the HDTV to fill as much of your vision as you get watching a movie at your local cineplex. When I have a 4K projector here, I move my front seats to 7 feet back from a 124” screen. That’s like sitting 1/3 back in most movie theaters. You would have to sit 3.5 feet back from your 65” for the same experience, and even if you did, if it was only 1080p, then you wouldn’t have a sharp image, you’d see pixels. -art
What category would be best for gaming projectors? I’ve seen some advertised as gaming projectors, but how noticeable is that delay compared to a normal tv?
Hi JP, unfortunately we don’t explicitly track projectors based on their gaming abilities here. However, we presume that gamers are looking at home theater projectors, and it is on home theater projectors where we normally advise as to input lag time. So that would be your best bet in terms of places to start.
As far as comparing delays to a normal TV, it varies a lot. Most projectors are similar to most LCD TVs, perhaps a little slower on average. However, the fastest devices are computer monitors geared for gaming specifically.
Optoma makes a series of gaming projectors – those models start with “GT” in the name. Also, BenQ just announced a very expensive gaming projector that we do plan to review but don’t know much about yet (we believe around $7,000, ouch). -art
Is there list of HDR projectors. What about projectors whiochc an show nearly 100% P3 or even rec2020?
don’t know of a list, but there are few. Sony added HDR to the VW365ES projector in an announcement this week. The higher end VW665ES and i assume the big $60K Sony laser 4K no doubt support it. I’m not sure if the 365 supports BT.2020, but I would think so.The 665ES certainly does.
Add the three JVCs to that list as well. Epson’s LS1000 doesn’t support HDR at this point, but talking to some folks outside of Epson, they think that the Epson is capable, via a firmware update. Whether that will happen? No idea.
I’m not sure if the new 4 megapixel DLP projectors with pixel shifting that will hit later this year (half the true res of 4K, double the true res of 1080p pixel shifters like the JVC and Epson.
I’m not sure if any of the high end home models offer support. Runco I don’t think is bringing out new 4K projectors, not sure about SIM2…
Bottom line – not a lot to choose from, even if you have the big bucks. -art
Wow, lots of choice. How about I want to use my projector for: Streaming content and working in office applications in a brighter outdoor light?
Outdoors, in the daytime, and large screen sizes call for “large venue” projectors. If you need something that can survive sunlight, that would be those Big LED screens used for billboards, the fancy hotel signs in Vegas, etc.
Check out our video about using a projector in a bright room environment. A comparable projector can start around or even a bit below $2000. There are special light absorbing screens like that one in the video, but one can only do so much. Rock concert type projectors are the big bucks. You can get about 25,000 lumens these days for as little as “under $40K”. -art
Thanks very much. I have a shaded outside wall. How does that change your advise? Thanks in advance.
What Brand and model (any price range under a few thousand, I can save if I have to) do I need to focus on, if I want a projector of any size and weight to project onto large white canvases and indoor walls, and if I had to take it outdoors, I could do that, too. I would store it indoors. I want detail of line and form, but not that worried about colour, as it would mainly be for art purposes, not for screening films, and I can use colour theory from my head. It’s more to aid proportions, and blow up sketches without marking the canvas. The opaque projectors you get in art shops are like 100 lumens and produce really thick grainy lines. Blegh, may as well use a piece of paper over a light.
I am thinking an LCos because I will get less doppler effect on large projections, and it shouldn’t cost too much to repair one day, but I would be looking for something with high lumens, high contrast ratios, high quality keystone correction, a fairly far throw ability (maybe 1-2m or more if possible). but that could still project onto a 1m by 1m canvas, as well. I have found that Epsom high school projectors are okay, but I want something a bit better than that. They are crap for outdoors, too.
Does what I want exist? Please shed some light on the matter. Pun intended.
Your expert advice appreciated.
Are there any black-and-white projectors with near-infra-red lighting? Any projectors with off-the-shelf bulbs that I replace with an NIR version? I’m okay with removing the color wheel if required.
Hi GK, Now that’s an interesting question I haven’t seen before. Wish I could point you in the right direction, but I have no idea where even to recommend you start with your searching. Sounds like it could be something folks who build projection based simulators might create for military use, but that still doesn’t give me any idea where to point you. Sorry. -art
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i want to purchase a projector in which i want to write on a paper and it will displayed on a large screen.
Hi Amit, I trust you are talking about a modern projector that also works with computers, DVD players, and more. Otherwise you are talking about overhead projectors which are still around, but outside of my area of expertise.
As to a modern projector with a document camera built in (I’m not aware of any, as Toshiba made them but quit the projector business a few years back. They had the patent on the combination. There are some some smart phones, depending on where you live, that have pico projectors built in. I would guess that in some cases you could take a picture of a piece of paper, and then project it. Good luck! -art
-i would like a small projector to watch ballgames off my laptop onto my wall 9ft away…someone told me to get LED instead of lamp, there are so many choices, anyone recommend anything in particular for good price/picture quality? thanks
Hi Fernando, “Small” is pretty vague. And of course budget matters. To date, the lower cost lamp based projectors tend to have better color, better optics, and are a whole lot brighter, etc. than the small “pocket” LED projectors, but those small LED projectors are getting better by the year. Still you’ll pay a big premium for those LED projectors. For example, you’ll find they start about $1000 for true 1080p and with typically less than 1000 lumens. For about $300 less you should be able to buy about 2500 lumens in a lamp based projector… -art
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