Home Video Projector Review
July 18, 2013
The HD25 and HD25-LV are both excellent projectors, but they are built for very different applications. Luckily, the two applications are clearly distinct from one another, so it is not hard to decide which projector is right for you.
The HD25 is a home theater projector, with lower light output and better black levels than the HD25-LV. As such, it is a great choice for those interested in dedicated darkened-room home theater, photography viewing, and video games. Its onboard sound system is more powerful than most of its competitors' speakers, but not suited to larger spaces.
The HD25-LV is a living room projector, also called a home video projector or a home entertainment projector. It will be the projector of choice for sports viewing, casual movie watching, and TV replacement. It is also ideal for gamers who prefer to have light in the room. It has its own dark-room uses, namely very large screens of 140" diagonal and higher and dedicated 3D use.
The HD25 and HD25-LV are an excellent case study in the differences between home theater and home video projectors. While outwardly very similar to the HD25, the HD25-LV is ill-suited to the HD25's intended applications. Meanwhile, the HD25 cannot muster the power required to put up a compelling image in ambient light. Whichever application you choose, one of these projectors will fit your needs.