Over the years I have become very attached to my home theater system. I must say that, of all the rooms in the house, my small cinema is the one without which I could not live. I am absolutely in love with my home theater system and if you are like me I am sure you will love yours too. I discovered when I was initially building my system that there was a lot of information to absorb. Each product looked better than the previous one and I wasn’t sure which one to buy. Here are some things to consider when buying a new home theater projector.
There are two main types of projectors on the market; DLP and LCD. DLP stands for Digital Light Processing. It was invented by Texas Instruments and uses a microscopic array of over 2 million mirrors. DLP has higher contrast than LCD, but there are some unfavorable consumer reports that indicate something called the “rainbow effect”. The “rainbow effect” is noticeable by looking across the screen and is characterized by a sudden burst of color.
LCD stands for liquid crystal display. These projectors have three different glass LCD panels inside; one for each component of the video signal (red, green and blue). While DLP chips reflect light, LCD panels allow light to pass through them. LCD projectors produce brighter images and are known to have excellent color saturation. In the end, you will find it difficult to distinguish a big difference between the two types of projection systems.
When buying a new projector, keep your unique needs at the forefront of your thoughts. As I said before, it is very easy to get lost in the minutiae of any particular system. Connectivity is something you absolutely need to consider. Make sure you can connect all your components, including your game system. Nothing better than playing Halo in full size! The contractual relationship is another important factor; the higher the ratio, the better the image.
The brightness of your projector is another thing to consider. Light output is measured in ANSI (American National Standards Institute) lumens. You will need to avoid a projector that produces anything under 1000 lumens. As you probably know, the resolution of the projection is extremely important. Refers to the number of pixels that can be displayed on the screen. Choose something that is no less than 1024 × 768, as this will allow you to fully appreciate the depth and quality of HDTV. In the end, you should buy the projector that fits your needs and budget. Soprano’s is coming right now! Time to leave!