Home Theater Projector Shootout
Eight 1080p Projectors under $1500
The HD20 is the "distinguished gentleman" of this shootout, having been released back in 2009. Fortunately, age has not dulled its prowess. At $899, the HD20 is the original sub-$1000 1080p projector, and it set the standard by which all others would be judged. By combining excellent image quality with a no-frills package, the HD20 is able to bring a high-quality image into the home for very little money.
- Best contrast under $1K
- Best color under $1K
- Low noise
- Natural image
- Light output
The major advantages of the HD20 are its contrast, default color calibration, relative lack of digital noise, and natural image. While it is rated at only 4,000:1 on/off contrast, the HD20 makes almost any scene look like it's ready to jump off of the screen, proving once again that specifications never tell the whole story. The HD20's has more three-dimensionality than any other projector in the sub-$1000 category, and indeed it even gives the more expensive models a run for their money. Color needs very little adjustment out of the box, and some users will opt to run with the default settings as they are already very good. The HD20's picture has little digital noise, even in standard definition. These three factors combined give the HD20 a natural picture that is unmatched in the sub-$1000 price range.
The HD20 falls short of the competition in lumen output, producing about 620 lumens in its cinema mode and roughly 950 lumens at its brightest. While this is plenty of light for classic home theater, the other sub-$1000 models are brighter and tend to be more flexible for viewing in some ambient light.
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