LCD Projectors

The LCD projectors category includes the latest projectors used for home theater systems, businesses, and schools. Below find  a list of recent LCD projector reviews and information pages.

LCD (“Liquid Crystal Display”) projectors have traditionally displayed rich color saturation and image sharpness on the market. The term LCD projector encompasses all models using LCD technology, whereas “3LCD” is a trade brand and does not include some projectors. For example, there are actually a few projectors out there with four LCD panels.

Since we first published this page a couple of years ago, there is an additional industry standard for measuring brightness, which we refer to simply as measuring Color Lumens.  Historically projectors have been measured by only measuring white.  Different general projector technology/designs with similar white brightness measurements may have drastically different color brightness.  We recently completed a video on the topic of Color Lumens and Brightness, where we measure both white and color from LCD and DLP projectors.  It’s rather impressive.  With simpilar white measurements, the LCD projector produced well over twice the color lumens.

Translated to practical meaning; at full brightness, LCD projectors deliver bright individual colors.  DLP’s with their color filter wheels and white segments, however, tend to have bright whites but colors, especially reds and yellows tend to be a bit dim by comparison, with the reds more wine colored and muddy yellows.  Oh that other technology is fine when brightness is dropped way down in a video or cinema mode, but often that’s after losing something near half the brightness, sometimes more.

I would suggest that this is a good reason why LCD projectors tend to make the best “family room” projectors, by offering maximum brightness with vivid colors. LCD projectors are certainly just as at home in a dedicated home theater.

Here are some highlights of LCD projector geared for schools, business and government. They are known for a crisp, sharp look when displaying data. And, while LCD portable projectors are typically larger in size than their DLP portable counterparts, they pack more punch than the competition. LCD is also the most popular technology available. Projector manufacturers using LCD technology claim about fifty percent of the world market, with Epson manufacturing the LCD panels for almost all brands. LCD projectors also offer great placement flexibility. Few DLP are designed to be mounted on a rear wall, but almost any LCD home theater projector can be mounted on the rear wall or on the ceiling.

LCD technology, as well as the 3LCD chip architecture, is found in home theater projectorsoffice projectors, and portable projectors.

Popular home theater projector brands include: SonyPanasonicEpson There’s another brief and old article comparing LCD and DLP, but I would recommend the video

The Difference Between LCD and DLP technology

LCD Projector Reviews

LCD Projector Reviews Reviews

Image Review MRSP Technology
Epson BrightLink 595Wi Projector Review$23993LCD
Ask Proxima C3327W-A LCD Projector Review$10693LCD
Epson BrightLink 585Wi Projector Review$21993LCD
Ask Proxima E1655U LCD Projector Review$59993LCD
Epson VS335W Projector Review$529.993LCD
Epson EX5230 Portable Projector Review$5993LCD
Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review$7493LCD
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999DLP
Epson Pro Cinema G6900 WU Home Theater Projector$74993LCD
NEC NP-UM330W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review$1299LCD
Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA Projector Review$18993LCD
Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser 3LCD Projector Review$44603LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review$64993LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review$34993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review$8993LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review$24993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review$25993LCD
Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Interactive Projector Review$29993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review$9993LCD
Sony VPL-FH30 WUXGA 3LCD Projector Review$48103LCD
Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review$18993LCD
Epson BrightLink 436Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review$14903LCD
NEC NP-M311X XGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$8293LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review$35003LCD
Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison$3 Chip DLP
Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review$15993LCD
Mitsubishi WL7200U WXGA LCD Projector Review$69953LCD
Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review$29993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 710 HD Home Theater Projector Review$6493LCD
Epson BrightLink 475Wi Ultra Short Throw WXGA Projector$21993LCD
Epson BrightLink 480i 3LCD Interactive Projector – A Comparison$19993LCD
Epson PowerLite 435W LCD Projector Review$11493LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro Z8450WU Commercial 3LCD Projector Review$149993LCD
Epson BrightLink 485Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review$21993LCD
Hitachi iPJ-AW250N Interactive LCD Projector Review$17993LCD
Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review$19993LCD
Epson MegaPlex MG-50 LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review$6993LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Home Theater Projector Mini Review$39993LCD
Panasonic PT-AE7000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5010 Projector Comparison$
Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review$29993LCD
Epson Megaplex MG-850HD WXGA LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review$7993LCD
Panasonic PT-AE7000 Home Theater Projector Review$34993LCD
Epson Powerlite VS350W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$9493LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review$15993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010e Home Theater Projector Review$15993LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro G5450WUNL 3LCD Projector Review$39993LCD
Epson PowerLite 92 3LCD Projector – A Comparison$6493LCD
Samsung SP-M255 3LCD Portable Projector – A Comparison$10993LCD
Sony VPL-EX120 LCD Projector – A Comparison$8903LCD
Sony VPL-EX145 LCD Projector – A Comparison$11003LCD
Sony VPL-EX100 LCD Projector – A Comparison$7503LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 9350 Projector – A Comparison$22993LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 9700UB Projector – A Comparison$31993LCD
Hitachi CP-AW250N Ultra Short Throw LCD Multimedia Projector Review$34953LCD
Sanyo PLC-WM5500 WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$56453LCD
Sony VPL-EX175 XGA LCD Projector Review$14203LCD
Epson Powerlite 96W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$8993LCD
Epson Powerlite 1775W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$11993LCD
Epson MovieMate 85HD – A Review of An All-in-One Home Projector$8993LCD
Hitachi CP-X5021N LCD Multimedia Projector Review$27953LCD
Samsung SP-F10M LED 3-LCD Multimedia Projector Review$10993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Projector Review$21993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector Review$12993LCD
Sanyo PLV-Z4000 Projector Review$24953LCD

About LCD Projectors

There was a time when  people typically referred to most projectors as being LCD projectors, and at one point that was almost true. Today, however, most people are aware that there are three different technologies used in projectors. However, LCD projectors remain the best selling of the different technologies in use.

Virtually all LCD projectors use three separate LCD panels – each do “greyscale” not color, but one has a red, one a green, and one, a blue filter.  Ultimately the light passes through each of the LCDs with filters, and then recombines into a single beam of light… Bingo! The light shoots out through the lens and on to the screen, giving rich colors.

Of the three technologies, LCD, DLP and LCoS, no one is in all ways better than the others.  Each has distinct advantages. LCD projectors produce highly saturated colors.  In home theater space many LCD projectors add a special color filter to get the best overall color tracking.  This creates an interesting difference between the LCD projectors and the other technologies.  A typical home theater projector using LCD technology, like Epson’s popular, mid $2500s Home Cinema 5020UB, can produce a good two thousand lumens at its brightest – unusually bright for home theater.  When you get into its best modes Cinema or THX, though, the filter slides into place, and color goes from very good to great, but down go the lumens to  about 670 lumens calibrated.  The thing is, few projectors calibrated offer much more than 700 lumens.  And most of the competition, ($1500 to $5000) except for the Panasonic PT-AE8000 (another LCD projector) produce less than 1200 lumens maximum and many less than 1000 lumens maximum.  In home theater space, only lower end DLP projectors that are not true “home theater” quality can match that brightness.

OK, LCD projectors designed for business and education are also particularly known for great color compared to single-chip DLP projectors. Consider though, LCoS projectors also have great color, they are usually significantly more expensive than their kin, the LCD projectors. Furthermore, LCD projectors are perhaps the greenest of the technologies, they get noticeably more brightness out of lamps of similar wattage, than their LCoS and DLP competition.

In the home projector market, LCD projectors tend to dominate sales in all but the most entry-level price point, which consists of all DLP projectors. LCD based projectors sold in the US start at just over $1000 for 2D models and from about $1600 for 3D capable projectors.  LCD doesn’t really place in the high end space, with no popular models over $3500, yet they give many more expensive projectors some serious comptition.

In the business, education, and government segments, (excluding pico projectors), LCD projectors outsell the other technologies, except when it comes to the very smallest and most portable projectors – under 3 pounds – that, so far seems to be primarily DLP.  On the very high end, LCD projectors offer more bang for the buck than the drastically more expensive 3-chip DLP projectors which are generally the best projectors, but you might buy a loaded 8000 lumen LCD projector for $8000, and an 8000 lumen DLP, for $25,000 or more. One “limitation” of LCD projectors on the high end. They top out around 10,000 lumens.  Those 3 chip DLP’s which can hit 25,000 lumens or more are reserved for really high end installations.  You know. for lighting up screens 100 feet wide, or more.  Sorry, the brightest LCD projectors are merely bright enough for a sports arena, or major auditorium.

For your consideration, here are links to reviews of three popular business / classroom LCD projectors, and three popular home theater models:

LCD Office Projectors

Mitsubishi WL7200U LCD Projector
“Heavy Metal”  This is a full featured, high brightness projector suitable for large rooms and auditoriums

Epson Powerlite 96W LCD Projector
Strong choice for classroom or business, with big feature set. A major award winner.

Hitachi iPJAW250N LCD Projector
A good example of today’s ultra short projectors, this one has interactive features, that its only inches from the screen.  Very “Boardroom.”

Popular LCD Home Theater Projectors Reviews

Panasonic PT-AE8000 LCD Projector
A feature laden projector, one of the best selling, this is the latest in the AE series, and a top contender

Epson Home Cinema 5020UB LCD Projector
This is our favorite under $4000 home theater projector.  Art awarded it Best In Class, and Tony and Mike both bought one for their homes.

Epson MG-850 LCD Projector
How about something different, the family orient MegaPlex MG850 is an all in one projector designed to work with your iPad and iPhone as well as all the usual other toys

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