Home Projector Comparison Report – Performance10

$2000 and under 1080p Home Theater Projectors

Ultra-QuietPanasonic PT-AE4000, Sanyo PLV-Z700
Quiet
ModerateEpson Home Cinema 8100, Samsung SP-A600
SignificantBenQ W1000, Optoma HD20, Vivitek H1080FD

$2000 - $3500 1080p Home Theater Projectors

Ultra-QuietMitsubishi HC6800, HC7000
QuietEpson Home Cinema 9100, 8500UB, Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB, Sanyo PLV-Z3000, Sony VPL-HW15, Viewsonic Pro8100
ModerateBenQ W6000
SignificantOptoma HD8200

$3500 - $10,000 Home Theater Projectors

Ultra-QuietVivitek H9080FD
QuietJVC DLA-RS15, JVC DLA-RS25, JVC DLA-RS35, Sony VPL-VW85
ModerateInFocus SP8602
SignificantOptoma HD8600, Planar PD8150

Bottom line: If you think you are particularly noise adverse, this can be a real deal breaker for a number of projectors. Remember to take into your consideration, where the projector will be relative to your seating (for example, your ears themselves are directional devices), and will notice more noise above you, than behind you.

Also consider that a projector on a shelf will allow the shelf to deflect some noise. By using a larger shelf and maybe some sound absorbing materials to cover it, and that may help quite a bit.

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