Projector Reviews

2011 Home Theater Projector Comparison Report-5

Picking the Winners - the best projectors in each price range:

There really is no, one best projector for everyone, not even in a particular price range. There are so many variables that each buyer must consider, in choosing the right projector for their viewing requirements. Our goal this year, is to help you quickly eliminate projectors that may be excellent values overall, but just won’t work for you, for one reason or another.

There are many such reasons – limited brightness, placement flexibility, rainbow effect susceptability, fan noise, etc. We’ll list many of these issues in the Competitors section, in charts, so that, for example, you need a really quiet projector, you can find a list that only shows you the quieter ones (or if it’s simpler, a list of the ones to avoid because they are noisier).

My point is, that while one projector may be excellent at many things, it may be disqualified by you because of a specific requirement you have. As a result, there needs to be a choice of “best projectors” in this report, so people still have a usable recommendation even if one of our favorites won’t work for them.

Due to the concept of “no one perfect projector”, we will be giving out “Best In Class”, and “Runner-Up” awards in each price category, and an occasional “Special Interest” Award. This means, perhaps 9-11 rewards out of roughly 30 projectors considered. Click here for a list of the winners!

Bottom line – it’s still your job as the potential buyer, to consider some of the disqualifying attributes, immediately toss out those projectors from your consideration, and choose the best choice from the remaining ones. Your life will much simpler that way. Otherwise, you might find yourself really wanting a particular projector, get all exited about it, and then remember – oops it won’t work for this reason or that..

1080P Home Projector Highlights

Below is a short paragraph highlighting key aspects of each projector considered for this review. They are organized by the our three price categories (Classes).

$2000 and under 1080p Home Theater Projectors

Sanyo PLV-Z700 projector:

Mitsubishi HC4000 projector

Optoma HD20 projector

Epson Home Cinema 8350 projector

Panasonic PT-AE4000 Projector