Tips for Choosing a Home Cinema Projector

One of the first things you’ll want to consider when choosing a home cinema projector is the resolution you want. If you’re used to watching a standard television, then you might be surprised at how much the picture clarity and crispness improves when you watch something through a projector. Of course, if you choose a very inexpensive projector with low resolution, there won’t be much difference.

Anything 720p or higher will have a much better picture than a regular TV, though it won’t really do high-definition images justice. For the best HD viewing, you’ll want a 1080p resolution home cinema projector. The difference is the number of vertical pixels in the image. A 720p has 720 vertical pixels and 1280 horizontal pixels, while a 1080p as 1080 vertical pixels and 1920 horizontal.

Just as on a computer monitor, pixels are the tiny dots of color that make up an image. The more pixels in the space, the better and more detailed a picture will be. That’s why a 1080p has a far clearer picture than even a 720p home cinema projector, and the difference is dramatic when compared to a standard TV image. A 720p project has over 2 times as many pixels as a high-quality DVD image, and a 1080p projector has over 2 times as many pixels as a 720p. You can also purchase a 480p projector, which has almost twice as many pixels as a standard TV, but won’t give you the best quality and won’t make much difference on high-definition images. If you’re investing in a projector, get at least a 720p for the best results.

Another serious consideration in choosing between home cinema projectors is the brightness. This is measured in something called lumens. You’ll want to consider the room you plan to use the projector in when deciding how bright you need it to be. If you can control the light in the room and make it dark for viewing, then you won’t need as powerful a projector. A 1000 lumens projector, at minimum, should work fine. If you have a lot of light in the room and particularly a lot of light on the screen, you’ll need a brighter projector to make the picture clear and dark enough for good viewing. You can purchase 2000 or even 2500 lumens projectors if necessary.

The screen size you purchase to go with your home cinema projector is a matter of personal preference. But it’s best to choose one with an aspect ratio of 16:9 instead of 4:3 (these numbers will be on the package) because more modern media is created in that ratio and will look best on your screen, regardless of the size.

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