Home Theater Projector Buyer's Guide

What is Contrast?

Contrast is the difference in brightness between the brightest and darkest parts in an image. The greater the difference, the higher the contrast.

Why is Contrast so important?

With business projectors, lumen output is of primary importance, and contrast is a secondary concern. Home theater projectors are the exact opposite. Contrast is arguably the single most important measurable quality in a home theater projector. A high-contrast projector produces a picture with a deep black level and clearly defined shadow detail. Contrast, in essence, gives "depth" to video images. A projector with excellent contrast can make a two-dimensional image appear almost three-dimensional.

Contrast Ratios

The contrast ratios noted on a projector's spec sheet can be reported in one of two ways. If it just says "Contrast," it usually indicates On/Off contrast, which is the ratio of the whitest white and the darkest black that the projector is capable of producing. If it says "ANSI contrast," the ratio has been determined by displaying a checkerboard pattern of white and black squares and measuring the relative brightness of each. On/Off contrast is always a much larger number, and more typically listed on projector spec sheets, but ANSI contrast is a somewhat more accurate representation of what your projector is actually capable of displaying in any given scene. Note that neither of these measurements tells the whole story, and only taking both numbers into account gives even a moderate approximation of a projector's capabilities. To really know what a projector is capable of in relation to other models, either find a way to see it in person or read our Projector Reviews.

What about a dynamic iris?

A dynamic iris is a device built into some projectors that sits between the lamp and the lens. Many times per second, the projector evaluates the overall brightness of the image being projected and then opens or closes the iris to allow more or less light through.

A good dynamic iris will improve on/off contrast. Dark scenes will appear darker, while bright scenes will appear brighter. The on/off contrast rating will be based on the whitest white with the iris opened, and the blackest black when the iris is closed. Dynamic irises have no effect on ANSI contrast, though, so a projector with a lower contrast rating may appear higher in contrast in any given scene. As with ANSI lumen ratings, it is best to take official contrast specifications with a grain of salt. They can be highly misleading.

Dark Room Needed for Best Results

You've noticed that commercial movie theaters are dark, including dark-colored, non-reflective ceilings and walls. That is because any front projection system looks its best when there is no light in the room; this includes stray light from the screen that reflects off the walls or ceiling. Once you introduce light into the room, that light will make blacks look more like dark gray. This reduces the contrast of the image, making it appear flat or washed out. This will happen no matter what the contrast capability of your projector is.

Though the ideal viewing room is dark, most people don't want to darken the walls and ceiling of a living room or multipurpose room just to get ideal theater conditions. Today's high-contrast gray screens help to improve black level when there is some ambient or reflected light in the room. For the best possible image quality, though, take whatever steps you can to eliminate ambient light and reduce the reflectivity of the room's walls and ceiling.

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Reader Comments(93 comments)

Posted Dec 5, 2016 8:11:30 PM

By Ken

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I had purchased the new Epson 2040 front projector, the image is bright and very detailed,good color and superb shadow detail, the dynamic contrast ratio is good, the issues begin with native contrast which is quite poor and even though it has a dynamic iris for Black levels they are acceptable at times but mostly are dark grey and washed out, overall for an entry level projector, I am going to buy the Epson 5010 or 5020 in a few months, I simply love deep inky black levels with excellent native contrast, till then party on

Posted Oct 13, 2016 4:47:34 PM

By Rene

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I bought the BenQ HT 2050 and found a great projector for $800. You can spend thousands of $$$ on a projector but if you're looking for the best bang for the buck, look no further. I love it.

Posted Jun 9, 2016 7:55:04 PM

By Rich

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what opinion does anyone have on the lamp free Casio projector? I am contemplating either the casio XJ-M256 or the ViewSonic pro7827 HD, want the best performance and the least amount of breakdowns, and the fast refresh rate for watching sports. Does anyone have experience with the lamp free?

Posted Mar 16, 2016 9:31:59 AM

By Becki

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Hi can anyone point me in the right direction for buying a decent motorised projection screen and projector? Nothing to expensive if possible but of decent ish quality

I am looking to have it in my room instead of a to. My room is 4 X 3 metres. I mainly watch films and series via iPad. All the specifications are bedazzling me TIA

Posted Feb 15, 2016 1:30:53 PM

By balthazar

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4K: The newest resolution available is variously called 4K or Ultra HD. The resolution uses a native pixel matrix of either 4096x2160 or 3840x2160 -- four times the pixels of 1080p. 4K content is currently scarce, and 4K projectors are still quite expensive, but several projectors are now coming to market that use this new technology.

Posted Feb 14, 2016 7:15:02 AM

By Brandy Olsen

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I need help! I have a diagonal screen size of 115 inches and project has to be 20 feet away near the ceiling. There is a good bit of light in the room as well. Can someone please recommend a high throw projector with keystone and lens zoom that is bright? I'm trying to spend less than $800. Thank you!!!!

Posted Jan 2, 2016 12:41:49 PM

By Mark Wani

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Tim, depending on your budget give a try to any of the following latest 16:9 projectors:

ViewSonic PJD7830HDL: state of the art features at reasonable cost such WiFi ready, lense zoom, keystone correction with super color technology and 3 years manufacturer's warranty.

Optoma GT-1030: good for gaming with much longer life on lamp a costly item to replace. But no lense zoom, or horizontal/vertical image correction. And you will not get a 3-years warranty as Sonicview does.

Posted Oct 26, 2015 5:42:56 PM

By Mahesh

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I am considering Epson 5030 ube. Can someone tell me if that's a best projector in terms of resolution and wireless/bluetooth connectivity to PC's and Bose speakers?

What are other limitations of this projector? Would love to know your experience (both good and bad).

Posted Oct 17, 2015 7:00:59 PM

By Carlos

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I currently have a Mitsubishi HC5000BL Projector for a home Theater that is currently indicating I have to replace the bulb, however this model seems to be obsolete (though I can replace the bulb) but I will like a recommended comparable model even with a little enhancement. THANKS

Posted Sep 4, 2015 6:45:21 AM

By greg

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I Need help trying to find the best projector for my theater room. I have a sony vplvw50 that's just ok and I use the component out of my dlp tv. I use it with a 20' throw. I wonder if the picture could be better if I hook into the hdmi input instead of the rca video inputs that I'm now using. If it doesn't make much difference than I want to change it out but don't know what the best projector would be. Any advise would be appreciated.

Posted Aug 30, 2015 3:38:50 PM

By Terion

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Unless you plan on screening those films at night, you should not use a projector for this. The image will generally be very hard to see even with powerful projectors. The sun is simply too bright. The best I can suggest is to look for a bright LCD/Plasma television screen, but even then you may have to place a sunscreen, tent or parasol over it, to make it viewable outside.

Posted Aug 6, 2015 12:41:23 PM

By Tim

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I have a paramount cinema hd projector (model #:hd2112, voltage: 110v/60hz, power 200w) I am trying to replace the burnt out bulb but cannot find any information online or a place to buy. The bulb is and htp-1806. Anyone have any tips?

Posted Jul 31, 2015 7:26:58 PM

By Mike G

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I'm looking for a projector to watch kids movies outside. I don't want to spend an arm and leg. Any help would be great.

Posted Apr 29, 2015 5:05:16 PM

By alex

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i bought a VPL-HW40ES and it was one of the best decisions i have made. with light or without light in the room it works great. with a screen or without a screen the contrasts of colors is beautiful to see.

Posted Apr 8, 2015 3:03:35 PM

By freelance

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Can someone tell me what would be a good projector for using out side. I have about a 20ft throw and my wall size is 13ft long and 8ft in height

Posted Mar 8, 2015 5:35:57 PM

By Ilona

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Hi, I'm looking for a projector for film and to use for stills (I'm an artist) Could you recommend a projector that has the abilities to do both for around 1K. Thank you.

Posted Feb 21, 2015 1:50:24 PM

By TheWiredFox

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This guide is helpful, however it does not include any information regarding inputs, specifically '3D PC' vs. 'HD 3D' inputs. I currently have a 2D setup with HTPC and Blu-Ray switched through my receiver with HDMI. Upgrading to a 3D projector is the plan, and getting into specifics with '3D PC' vs. 'HD 3D' should be included in this Buyer's Guide. Thanks.

Posted Feb 1, 2015 12:35:59 AM

By ajeet

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Kindly recommend me specifications & projector for use in day ligt on a screen of size 10×12 feet.

Posted Jan 12, 2015 2:12:08 PM


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btw, the theater room (13X25 w 110" screen) is controlled lighting and I would prefer dark.

Posted Jan 12, 2015 1:43:56 PM


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My Sim 2 just died after 9 years. Looking for a decent 3D projector and didnt want to spend a ton of money. I have narrowed it down to two...the InFocus IN8606HD and the Sony VPL-HW40ES. I have to convince myself and my wife of the >$1K diff for the Sony. Please feel free to provide your opinion. Thanks for your input!

Posted Jan 2, 2015 8:52:25 PM

By ProjectorFan

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I would like to install a 120" screen in a 13' long room that is brightly lit. I would like to stay around $1500. Do you think it is too big for the room size? Which HD projector and motorized screen do you recommend?

Posted Dec 30, 2014 12:26:08 PM

By bear_brian

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Can someone help with this question. I have a 4:3 built-in drop down screen in my basement, and want to buy a 16:9 1080p projector which I will ceiling mount. What are the issues I will deal with?

Posted Dec 29, 2014 9:48:19 AM

By tfcheng

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Hi, I am looking for a budget projector that acts as a home theater. I wonder how high the resolution I should try to get? I mostly use it to watch Youtube and DVD, not really HD stuff. Is 800x600 good enough, or should I go higher resolution? Thank you.

Posted Nov 29, 2014 4:15:35 AM

By Lino

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Will a jvc DLA hd750 projector play 3d movies?

Posted Nov 27, 2014 8:51:19 AM

By Max Jones

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If you're using it in the garage and temperature sensitivity could be an issue, I would go with an LED projector as the temperature change due to the bulb isn't as much, and bulb failure is most related to thermal shock when the bulb and filament initially heats up. With LED, you still have some reject heat, but most of that is in the driver, not the LED itself. LED lamps tend to actually be brighter in cold environments which will be good during the winter, and are less impacted by high ambient temperatures you might have in the summer months. Durability is one of the big reasons a lot of street lights are being refitted with LED.

Posted Nov 16, 2014 2:32:47 PM

By Walrus

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Anyone know if projectors can handle cold temperatures? I want to put it in the garage in a northern climate. Probably gets to 10 Fahrenheit on some of the coldest days of the year. I have a good space heater for when I plan on using it for a golf simulator. The garage is insulated but not heated all the time.

Posted Nov 9, 2014 2:00:14 PM

By Justin

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Hi, can anyone help me choose a projector that will suit my needs? I am currently using Acer x110 but the old white dots have appeared now and I can't arsed with replace the chip. I was looking at getting a Benq W1070 but I need to fit the image size to my wall above the fireplace which is 60" x 33" from 176" away (roughly 10' ) and the acer fills it perfectly after adjusting the zoom and focus. Anything bigger and it will look silly as the walls either side are ressesed. The problem is that the W1070 using a distance calculater seems to give me 80" from that distance away which will over hang. Would adjustin the zoom or lens shift fix this or do I need to look at other projectors? Thanks for any info. Justin

Posted Sep 19, 2014 6:17:17 PM

By Josh

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I dont understand the 17 FL the calculator is giving me what does that mean i set the brightness too on the unit?

I have an Optoma HD33 that has a throw of 181" ceiling mounted. It recommends 17FL I have read about it but do not understand what I should set it it. Any suggestions?


Posted Aug 16, 2014 4:03:58 AM

By kevin

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Did you use oem bulb kit or just replace the actual bulb with a cheap one? I don't know much about projectors but have heard that some have security in them to make sure you buy manufacturers bulb. This is the sort of thing usually done with printers and ink to stop you refilling ink cartridges, the cartridge itsels has a microchip that knows the cartridge has been used. It could be the same for the bulb housing I guess? Sorry if this is isn't much help. Just thought id throw it out there. Goodluck :-)

Posted Jul 19, 2014 8:52:10 AM

By Steve Watson

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Hi there, when I connect my sky hd box to my projector using hd cables after a while ( approx 40 -60 mins ) I start getting dark horizontal lines appearing. Before that the picture is fine. If I swap cables the lines are still there! When I disconnect the cables the blue Sanyo home page is displayed perfectly ! Do you have any ideas?

Posted Jul 2, 2014 3:30:37 PM

By mark

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I have a projector but the bulb blew.. When I bought new 1 it didn't work.. There is power going to the wires but won't light bulb. Help! !!!

Posted Jun 16, 2014 1:10:46 PM

By Simon

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Recently set up a room for me and the family to watch the football. I have a led 1080 projector connected to my sky hd box. Have noticed that the picture is excellent quality when showing close up of players but when camera pans back to normal play I apear to loose quality and notice black horizontal lines across the white lines of the football pitch. Any ideas?

Posted May 28, 2014 1:57:17 PM

By Luke Ladzik

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Hi, i was wondering what a good contrast ratio would be (on/off) for a projector? Thanks

Posted May 25, 2014 6:50:27 AM

By JamesD

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Whats the best set up I should get for mainly gaming and watching sport? I have a moderate budget for equipment and can build a room(mancave) to suit. Any feedback would be great.

Posted May 20, 2014 9:42:43 PM

By paul oscar

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I need a good projector for 12' X 20'room with a good paint. I will be using it to watch 3d and blue ray movies as if its commercial pls. what do you recoments

Posted Apr 26, 2014 12:46:12 PM

By N.Venkateswararao

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Its very good projector.

Posted Feb 15, 2014 7:40:37 AM


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I need a good definition projecor to show show nature photographs to an audiance of say 60 people.Any suggestions would be appreciated

Posted Feb 7, 2014 12:35:37 AM

By steven prentice

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Fantastic breakdown for projectors thank you

Posted Feb 4, 2014 3:02:17 AM

By Anil Samuel

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Amazing article. I appreciate the effort. And thanking you all behind this site. I am from Germany And I want to buy one good projector for a charity association

Posted Jan 15, 2014 9:09:56 PM

By home theater

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Great guide for everyone who is in planning to buy the home theater system. last year i am too confused in buying the best home theater system. After reading the products review and comparing home theater system in terms of technical specification, i find the best home theater system. [edited to remove link]

Posted Jan 9, 2014 10:34:20 AM


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Hi I've just purchased a optoma ml550 and I use it for watching movies and I'm loving it.in a 13ftx13ft room I get a screen size of 104" you can connect it to anything that has hdmi or VGA,I use with the latest ipad and iphone It's worth checking out

Posted Jan 5, 2014 9:39:02 AM

By Alex Blumenthal

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Well first you need to evaluate your room om the dimensions, seating, and light. Then just find the best projector and screen. U need a projector, screen, and possibly a mount. U also should consider getting a surround sound audio system.

Posted Jan 5, 2014 9:35:44 AM

By Alex Blumenthal

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Contrast has to do with how good the projector can differentiate between white and black, and all the colors in between. To fix grainy, try increasing the sharpness or the tint.

Posted Dec 6, 2013 4:14:50 PM

By ID4

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Will a high contrast projector(20000) dramatically improve the video quality of a blu-ray 80's movie that has a lot of grain. Thank you.

Posted Dec 2, 2013 6:35:17 AM

By Rick

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would like recommendations for best projector for daily TV viewing. Will be located in basement with no windows. Ceiling mounting, 110 inch screen (Goo paint), throw distance is 13 to 13.5 feet. Most important for me is picture quality (very few games if any will be played on it). 3D not a must. Thanks to everyone in advance for taking time out and reading this.

Posted Dec 1, 2013 2:29:17 PM

By Kate

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Hi my husband has been talking about Getting a projector instead of a television... Was thinking Xmas present, what exactly would I need to buy? Thanks

Posted Nov 7, 2013 1:51:43 PM

By Dano

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Can anyone help? I am looking at 4 possible projectors for my home. My room is in the basement area with close viewing to screen. approx. 8 ft. for the closer viewers. I would like the sharpest image possible. The 4 projectors include Epson 8350, Epson 2030,Benq w1080st or Benq w1070 Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Posted Oct 27, 2013 3:45:52 PM

By Martin Stewart

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Really appreciate the forum. Just makes life so much easier. I am researching projectors for the first time. Forgive me if this a stupid question. Can a short throw projector be adjusted to throw a smaller image if need be. I read a reviewer say that a particular projector filled his 60" screen from 6 feet away. What if I had a different room configuration. I am on the road and the rooms and screens will all differ from board rooms to mid sized conference rooms with 50-100 people. BTW I am considering a NEC NP- M311W. Thank you for any advice.

Posted Oct 21, 2013 10:39:17 AM

By Harminder

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hi, can anyone tell me which projector can give me a projection image size of 10.5ftlenght * 7.7ftheight in 4:3 aspect ratio from a distance of 12.6ft or i'll require long throw lens?

Posted Sep 5, 2013 1:03:31 PM

By Chris

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I would also like the answer to this question as I am planning the same thing.

Posted Jul 31, 2013 6:03:54 PM

By Heath

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What is a decent portable projector to be used primarily to play movies for the kids outside? I have used an infocus before and it worked okay. I know nothing about these things. Thanks for the help.

Posted Jun 22, 2013 1:16:46 AM

By robin

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can u compute power consumption

Posted Jun 18, 2013 1:53:54 PM

By Adrian

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I have a Paramount Smart-905 projector without the owners manual and cant figure out how to focus it. Can anyone help? It doesn't have the standard dials.

Posted Jun 10, 2013 5:51:40 PM

By Arun Sharma

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Hi,I came across a Chinese website for online shopping...It had some really cheap projectors ranging from 66usd to 500usd...I want to buy one as they are very affordable....Anybody ever bought any projector from that site before..?? ..

Posted Apr 21, 2013 9:17:02 AM

By Ben

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I s this an idea for a selfmade medium sized screen and for its masking for the aspect ratios of your dvd /blu ray movies ?

From a white mat hardboard i took a 122 x 180 cm section framed it on three sides with standard curtain rails in order to get steady and real flat upright standing surface and upon that a garanteed projection scharpness Put it in a sort of stand The masking .I took a strip of 40 by 180 cm also white hardboard painted the backside black with school blackboard paint,made it adjustable in height did tghat also for the upper long side and with both black horizontal masks I met the most used aspect ratios : 3:4 16:9 1:178 12.35/40 and and cinerama format for the curve sized movie How the west was won It cost me only 15 box because the curtain rails were available by choosing for another type (lamel) of sunwearing and there was some old paint rested from the past going way back B&W movie Blackboard jungle ;) Sorry for n ot including a making off pic , just make it even better ,Succes !

Ben The Netherlands

Posted Apr 12, 2013 7:47:30 PM

By Braaainz

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Don't sweat looking for an android OS projector. Read up on "android stick". These are small devices (pocket-sized) that you can plug into the HDMI ports of flatscreens or projectors and run android OS. All are wifi capable and some have Bluetooth and Ethernet capabilities.

Basically, they turn any modern TV into a computer.

This lets you save money on your projector (sticks run from $35-80 usually) whereas the android projectors will cost more for the same features. It will be easier to replace hardware if something goes wrong (unplug the dongle, toss the stick, plug in new one), cheaper to upgrade the android hardware, and finally, you can use the stick on other TV 's, letting you travel with your data.

Posted Feb 2, 2013 12:04:02 AM

By Leon

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Where to buy Android Projector?

Posted Nov 12, 2012 8:14:12 AM

By Ash

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Thanks for a great article. The beginners like me can acutally now go out and search for the one we need. I am looking for one below $1200 with screen and ceiling mount. This article really is helping me narrow down on the selections and also helped understanding the importance of going for better screen. One suggestion...Please include a couple more sections, one for 3D compatibility and another for performance with gaming consoles.

Posted Oct 16, 2012 2:35:33 PM

By Donna

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I have a Sanyo PLV-60HT projector (used, still in top condition) and a 12 ft. screen that I would like to sell. Can you give me any suggestions of where or who I should try to sell it to and for how much?

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Posted Aug 24, 2012 11:22:13 AM

By kerry

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i am also looking for a projector to watch cable and movies . i bought a pico pocket projector and it is not for watching movies and it requires a very dark room to show at a good quality. i am willing to spend about $600 and will like the best buy ot there.

Posted Aug 2, 2012 9:34:18 AM

By brice

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can someone give advice on a projector for outdoor use on wall that has built in speakers and perhaps built-in dvd player/ipod? nothing fancy, but dependable and around $500. thx

Posted Apr 20, 2012 3:23:13 PM

By Hari Saini

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My Pj885 projector screen looks yellow instead bright like day light. Is there any way to fix this. Thanks

Posted Apr 18, 2012 2:46:38 AM

By narco

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thanks for an informative and well written article.

Posted Apr 15, 2012 10:28:14 PM

By dave

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what is the maximum size screen you can use without compromising picture quality. using epson 6010. shortest throw.

Posted Apr 9, 2012 6:23:14 PM

By bill

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thank you very much for making and sharing this guide (and the rest of the site's content, too). i've found it easy to follow and very informative. many thanks.

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Posted Feb 2, 2012 1:22:31 PM


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What is my best option for projecting the best image on a 150" 16 x 9 Elite screen with 1.1 gain? I have no ambient light. Must be HD native resolution and be bright enough image. Trying to decide between the Panasonic PT-AE7000, Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema 6010, Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 5010, Vivitek D963HD & Vivitek H1086-3D. I would prefer 3D but it is not a deal killer.

Posted Jan 29, 2012 5:58:50 AM


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I have a Paramont Cinema HD 2112 projector and blue ray 3D player (LG) but i can't get it to project in 3D. Any advice? What am I missing?

Posted Jan 12, 2012 6:21:39 PM

By Jose

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I have a paramont cinema Hd 2112 but I dont know wath kind of 3d glasses I cant used any info..Thanks

Posted Jan 3, 2012 8:27:27 AM

By Armin5

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I am looking in getting a projection home theater set up. I am a college student so I really need to budget as much as possible, but that being said i still like top of the line good quality stuff. I know that doing both is not very reasonable, but does anyone have any suggestions in a good quality projector that is capiable of playing ps3 games, watch blue ray movies and last a long time without bulb replacement? I also need to know how much the total cost usually comes down to? ( decent projector 720or1080, Cheap 80ish inch screen, cords, ect)

Posted Dec 30, 2011 1:38:12 PM

By Liz

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I have a Paramont Cinema HD2112 projector that the entire family loves. My kids play the Nintendo Wii my husband uses the computer on it for YouTube videos and I watch 3D movies from our blue ray. What more could we want. Great HD quality!

Posted Dec 25, 2011 2:30:49 PM

By Chetan

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I am getting a good deal for Paramount Cinema HD-2112 Projector....Could not find more info on Web...Please let me Pors and cons if possible....I need some helpful assurance before I buy it!!Thanks.

Posted Nov 24, 2011 7:27:40 AM

By Nelley

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I just bought the Paramont HD 2112 and right now I'm not happy with it. I'm sure I have to work on the Color and everything still & I might have the picture too large, but beside that I wasn't really Wow'ed by it. I watched a movie on it that was ok but some of the faces didn't come in clearly. I'm going to play with it some more today and try tweek it for a better picture.

Posted Nov 16, 2011 6:00:13 PM

By Brian

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I actual have a Paramont Cinema hd 2112. I was iffy at first but my family loves it. It even came with a coupon inside the box for an extra bulb. We sent that in the day we got it and recieved the bulb within a week. I have not tested the 3d part but I do not think my family will ever use that anyway. We use it to watch cable tv or the netflix.

Posted Nov 16, 2011 7:19:35 AM

By Erika

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I am looking to find out more about the Paramont on the web too, but I am not finding much out there for this projector. How did you hear about it? Is it a good device? I am not familiar with projectors. I am searching for this particular because someone is selling one second hand, and I am trying to do a little research before I decide to purchase. I am concerned because I don't see where you can buy one retail.

Posted Nov 15, 2011 5:08:21 PM

By Mike

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Can you use a mini projector using your laptop? Ebay dosen't say anything about that just Ipod ect

Posted Nov 7, 2011 8:40:59 PM

By Paul

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Anyone ever heard of a Paramont HD-2112 projector? Came out this year but I cant find it anywhere on the web.

Posted Oct 19, 2011 4:42:42 PM

By Hal Masonberg

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I'm looking for a 1080p Home Theater projector in the $2,000 range. I don't care about 3D. I was looking at the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB as it seemed to have everything I need. Before that, it was the Panasonic AE4000, but the Epson had a 2 year warranty and an extra bulb. I'm looking for the absolute best picture in this price range. Film-like. I'm in a dark room. about a 12-14 ft throw. Probably ceiling mounted. 16X9 screen. Is the Epson still my best bet, or has something else come along that surpasses it in this price range for my needs? Again, picture quality, contrast ratio are all incredibly important to me.

Posted Oct 15, 2011 4:31:53 AM

By amit singh

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By Amit

Thank you for getting idea from my friend about ur projector lamp bcz what lamp life u mention in cattlog that is not true. eg.epson basic projector lamp life is 5000 hrs in normal mode but that is not true i found that only give 1000 hrs lamp life.

Posted Sep 6, 2011 10:59:55 PM

By hussain

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Posted Aug 27, 2011 12:51:00 AM

By chawla a v solutions

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you can mount 8350 14.5 ft from the screen for best results

Posted Aug 23, 2011 9:22:05 PM

By clifford coelho

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i have a 8350 ,my room is 10 by 25 ,screen is 120" ,so at what distance the projector can be ceiling mounted ?

Posted Aug 8, 2011 3:20:43 PM

By John Grubb

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Please tell me the projectors with the ability to change from a 2.4 aspect ratio with one button and electronically change to 1.78 or 1.33. I think that the panny 4000u will do this,but I am not sure if the zoom lens must be engaged to do it How bout the epson 8350.

Posted Jul 26, 2011 11:19:01 PM

By rman

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wonderful guide.. Thanks!

Posted Jul 25, 2011 12:43:47 AM

By b.r.nath

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a nice handy guide for all the buyers

Posted Jul 19, 2011 6:59:31 AM

By Vichu

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Thank you. The article is very informative

Posted May 31, 2011 7:39:16 PM

By Rich

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after reading all about the "Aspect ratio" how does all this info fit into a 6 foot screen or 7 foot screen or lets say 8 foot screen. How do you pick out the right screen size??

Posted May 24, 2011 4:41:42 AM


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Hi, I am currently thinking of buying a small pico projector, can any one give me any feed back on a Pico Pro, made by China vision

thanks BLJ

Posted May 21, 2011 2:27:38 PM

By Sean

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Just got a used Eiki Diamond Projector LC-SD10. It displays a blue haze around the picture. What does this mean? How can i fix this?

Posted Mar 11, 2011 2:50:18 PM

By Harold Jones

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How does one get to view 3D movies on this projector? Is a computer connection the only method for viewing movies in 3D on this projector? Can one view 3D movies by connecting to a 3D ready Blu-Ray Player?

Posted Feb 28, 2011 4:17:58 PM

By bahha

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thank you, your guide is helpful . I'm going to buy a projector now, I want to use at school for teaching.

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