There was a time when home theaters were luxuries few could afford. Today, however, advances in technology and lowered costs have ensured that anyone can buy a highly functional home theater at a fraction of the price one would have paid just years ago.
A home theater allows you to experience the joy of using a theater in your own home. At its core, a home theater system should give you access to high-quality video and an immersive audio experience. If you’re a movie or gaming fan, a home theater lends an extra air of realism to what is probably already pretty immersive experience.
While home theaters of yore were slow, loud, and inflexible, today’s devices are much faster, quieter, and can play all types of content - from 3D to 4K resolution, there’s nothing out of your reach.
And your home theater projector is one of those things that makes or breaks the experience. If you aren’t able to view your content clearly enough, there’s no way you’re going to get your theater-like experience.
However, the proliferation of home theaters has made it harder and harder to choose a projector today. There are so many different variations on the market that deciding between different brands and models is close to impossible. It’s the paradox of choice in full force.
Which is why we’ve decided to make your work much easier. We’ve created a list of the best home theater projectors available on the market right now.
You may not like all the home theaters, but we guarantee that you’ll find at least one that fits your criteria once you’re done with the list.
Without any further ado, let’s get to the list.
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This 2016 model Sony home theater projector will give you incredible value for your money. It’s equipped with cutting edge technology that will significantly improve your viewing experience.
The projector is built with 4K in mind and is fully compatible with 4K content, which is an absolute necessity, especially when you’re watching content as large as a projector's.
It also offers Reality Creation, a tool that upscales low-resolution content to close to 4K quality. It doesn’t quite reach 4K quality, but it’s pretty close.
It also supports HDR, allowing it to display the superior brightness and larger contrast range of images that the standard allows. This lets you see images in outstandingly eye-pleasingly quality.
The projector has a dynamic contrast of 350000:1. This contrast will ensure that every image will pop to life while looking extremely finely detailed and true to life. This work is done by the powerful video processor which works together with lens iris control to achieve vibrant color and deep, dark blacks.
The projector’s internal memory can hold settings for up to five different screen formats, ensuring you only have to set up your devices once. After that, the home theater will practically set itself up every time you power it on.
And if that’s not enough, you can also calibrate your picture to settings unique to whatever you’re playing or watching at the time. Whether you’re watching TV or gaming, there’s a setting tailored uniquely for you.
Features at a Glance
- 4K capability
- HDR capability
- 1800 lumens brightness
- High dynamic contrast
- Can save up to five different screen format settings
- Preset image calibration templates available
- Motionflow ensures moving actions look silky smooth
This Epson Home Cinema is an incredibly sophisticated home theater projector that will take your viewing experience to the next level. It fully supports 4K quality. The images from this device will be so detailed they’ll blow your mind.
The projector also uses 4K enhancement to shift pixels around and ensure that even 1080p looks close to true 4K.
It’s also compatible with HDR, allowing you to view content with a wide range of brightness and realistic colors.
The projector allows you to set up to ten different positions for zoom, lens shift, and other screen settings, enabling you to quickly switch between settings for different content types. It also features 2.1x zoom and ultra-wide lens shift.
The projector is pretty bright, putting out 2,500 lumens of both white and color brightness when set to full. You’ll probably not be using it at full brightness often, but it’s good to know the feature is there if you need it.
In fact, some independent tests show that the projector can produce light as bright as 3500 lumens, although the company promises 2,500.
The contrast ratio on this projector is incredible – at up to 1,000,000:1, you’ll be seeing images so realistic that they’ll seem like they’re only a second from springing to life.
You can even project 3D content using the projector, allowing you an immersive experience you'll never forget. Unfortunately, the projector doesn’t come with a pair of glasses, so you will have to shell out a bit more for that.
Features at a Glance
- 4K and HDR capabilities
- 2500 lumens white light and color brightness – may go up to 3500 lumens
- Contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1
- Can save up to ten different screen setting formats
- 3D compatible
Another Epson product, the PowerLite 3700 is another incredible home theater projector. It supports 1080p resolution for an incredibly realistic viewing experience. Unfortunately, the projector lacks 4K technology, so it may not be the right fit for you if you regularly watch 4K content.
The projector also features Epson Image Enhancement technology, which allows it to upscale content by enhancing details and improving resolution for crystal-clear playback. It actually shifts pixels by 0.5 pixels to increase resolution and exceed FullHD picture quality.
It also widescreen 3D playback which can go on up to 300”. That’s really quite wide, and you should be able to view content that takes up your entire screen. The projector does not come with 3D glasses, so you'll probably want to invest in those if you’re going to be viewing a lot of 3D content.
The projector projects really bright light rated at 300 lumens for both colored and white light. This is extremely bright, and you probably won’t need to use the full brightness very often.
The 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio ensures that you'll see rich blacks in scenes containing darker parts.
The projector also has lens shift technology and will allow you to shift horizontally by plus or minus 24 and vertically by plus or minus 60. Lens shift allows you to move projected content vertically or horizontally without actually having to move the projector.
Features at a Glance
- 4K capability
- 3D capability
- Epson Image Enhancement technology
- 3000 lumens colored and white light brightness
- 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- Lens shift technology
Nowadays, Sony’s reach extends into every niche of the electronics market. The home theater projector industry is no different, featuring the extremely well-built Sony VPLHW45ES home theater projector.
The projector supports FullHD content but lacks support for 4K videos, so it may not be the best if you have an extensive library of 4K content.
It does, however, support 3D content, which is always a plus. The projector supports both 2D to 3D conversion and actual 3D content playback. The conversion may leave something to be desired, but you won’t have any complaint once you watch actual 3D content using the projector.
Sony has also included what they call Advanced Reality Creation, which is basically an algorithm that analyzes 1080p content and subtly refines it so it looks much sharper, clearer, and ultimately better.
The projector outputs light with a brightness of up to 1800 lumens, so you'll have to keep the projector in a pretty dim room for the best viewing experience.
You won’t have any problems with viewing fast-motion scenes since Sony has built in the MotionFlow engine to ensure you'll always see smooth, fluid, and blur-free action.
The projector has a manual zoom lens which can zoom 1.6x. It also features lens shift, giving you greater flexibility on where you can physically position it.
You also get a three-year limited warranty on the projector – at least you’ll be safe from losing a projector to any manufacturing defects during that time period.
Features at a Glance
- FullHD resolution playback
- Image enhancement using Advanced Reality Creation
- 3D playback support
- MotionFlow ensures fluid, blur-free motion scenes
- Three-year limited warranty
What makes the BenQ 1080p DLP projector better than any of its contemporaries? BenQ claims that their projector brings the actual Hollywood experience to your room, but let’s see if that’s really true.
The projector displays up to 1080p, and it also has 3D playback capabilities, but that’s not its claim to fame. The main differentiator in the BenQ projector is its coloring technology, which it claims is the same that Hollywood uses for movies.
What BenQ calls Cinematic Color Technology uses the optimal colors to bring out the most realism in images.
And that’s not all.
BenQ’s DLP projector is the only projector on our list to have built in audio. With a 2-Watt speaker enhanced by BenQ’s CinemaMaster Audio+ Enhancer, the speaker is meant to create the most immersive audio experience possible.
This projector is also a short-throw projector, meaning you don’t need the huge amount of space required by most traditional projectors.
It also features keystone correction, a feature that allows you to set the projector up at indirect angles. If you set a traditional projector up at an angle, you won’t have a lot of fun viewing the trapezoid content that will be projected. The BenQ DLP projector corrects for this, allowing you to squeeze the projector into any part of the room you want without worrying about space.
Features at a Glance
- 1080p and 3D content playback
- Cinematic Color Technology ensures realistic and true to life colors
- Built in audio system
- Keystone correction allows you to set up projector at angles
And there you have it.
All the home theaters projectors on our list are incredible, and while we may find it hard to single out one for the title of ‘best projector’, we assure you that each projector is remarkable in its own way.
If you’re having trouble making a decision even after going through our list, we’d advise you to create a list of the features you want in your projector and choosing the one that corresponds most closely to this list.
Let us know if you have any feedback on our choices and we’ll be glad to respond!