As an alternative to a dedicated home theater projector, again, the Optoma looks like a top choice. True, jumping to about 2000 lumens is not enough to deal with very bright rooms, but it should be enough to make the projector experience viable for many with modestly lit rooms, who would not be happy with dimmer dedicated home theater projectors. The good news, too, is that when the room can be darkened, the EP1690 can be put into its best video viewing modes and produce a home theater quality image, rivaling some dedicated HT projectors, although many will outperform it. (Remember, though, even in it's best and dimmest mode, it is a bit brighter than most HT projectors.)
Thanks to the EP1690, the large numbers of people buying business projectors for the home, no longer have to sacrifice resolution to get sufficient lumens, and the cost difference is not so great, that many who, in the past would have bought a 4:3 projector for the home, will instead choose the EP1690, and end up with a much, much better solution.
Projector Reviews is pleased to award the EP1690 our Hot Product Award, in this case, as both a widescreen business projector, and as a quality, bright alternative in the home to dedicated home theater projectors. In both cases, the projector offers exceptional price performance compared to its closest competition.