Big, Bright, and Not All Business:
Using A Commercial Projector in Your Family Room-Part 2
All this gives some definitive answers to the questions we started with. First and foremost, high brightness business projectors can indeed handle home theater and similar high-ambient light applications quite nicely, though with some modest caveats to keep in mind.
First, they may not come with the fine-tuned video-accurate color modes that we see out-of-the-box with many home theater projectors—of any brightness. But some might, and some might be closer then others. And all three projectors that we tested provided the tools to make them look right. If you puchase a business projector like this for home use for more than $2,000, consider professional calibration.
Second, these super-blasters don't necessarily translate well to a full-dark theater environment at more common screen sizes, where they may be too bright to avoid long-term fatigue in the absence of a good low-brightness mode. On the other hand if you're looking at this kind of high lumen count for a dedicated dark-room home theater, you're likely planning to a light up a rather large screen, in which case this won't be an issue.
Another key conclusion is that ALR screens, or at least the SI Slate model we tested, live up to their promise by boosting image quality in any ambient light—and in the dark—by noticeably improving black level and contrast. And for daylight use in bright rooms with windows, our conclusion is that an ALR screen is a necessity.
We test a lot of commercial projectors at ProjectorCentral, and we expect to review several new models in this 5,000-7,000 lumen class in 2019, many of them laser driven, some of them 4K resolution, and some of those compatible with HDR. Armed with our new knowledge from this study, not to mention our new resident ALR screen, we plan to give home theater applications a little more attention in these reviews going forward. These projectors may not give you the fancy video processing features or impressive black levels and contrast that equally bright home theater projectors deliver. But some, at least, can do a more-than-credible job...and for a lot less money.
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