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How to Choose the Perfect Home Theater Projector ?

BenQ
2018/07/16
The family is having popcorns and watching movie projected by the projector in the living room.

A home theater projector is the ideal entertainment choice for movie lovers. And it’s easy to choose the perfect projector for watching movies, playing games, and family fun. It only takes three steps to find the right projector for amazing viewing experiences and quality family time.

Step1: Choose a projector based on room size and placement location

The position of the projector and the maximum distance to the screen is an important consideration when choosing a projector.

For small to medium homes, the distance from the projector to the screen is typically between 1.5 and 2.5 meters, and a short throw projector can project 100-inch screens in cozy spaces. For larger homes, a standard throw projector can project a 100-inch screen from a distance between 2.5 and 4 meters.

Throw Distance

Model Recommendation

Throw Distance

1.5-2.5 meters

Model Recommendation

Throw Distance

2.5-4 meters

Model Recommendation

Full HD projector to project 100” screen: 

TH585 Home Entertainment Projector for Gaming

4K projector to project 100”-120” screen:

W5700 True 4K UHD Projector with 100% DCI-P3/Rec.709 and HDR-PRO

W2700 True 4K Projector with DCI-P3/Rec.709, UHD and HDR-PRO

Throw Distance

3.25~4 meters

Model Recommendation

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The projector placed in different positions such as on the celling and in front of the screen is possible depending on different room size.
Step2: Find a projector based on installation position – in front or on the side.

For the most comfortable and enjoyable movie experience, it’s important to consider how the space is used in addition to room size, depending on furniture layout and how your family moves about in the room, it may be more convenient to place the projector to the left or right side of the screen to avoid obstructions in the projection path and to allow your family to move freely.

In such cases, look for home theater projectors with horizontal keystone correction and side projection capability to project perfectly aligned images from the side. If the projector can simply be placed on a table or celing mounted in front of the screen, choose a model with vertical keystone correction to simplify ideal image alignment for maximum big screen entertainment without any need to change your décor.

The projector can be placed in front of the screen or on the side of the room depending on the room space.
Step3: Select a projector for viewing with lights on or off

Have you heard that you have to turn your lights off to watch movies using a projector? In fact, today’s projectors can deliver wondrous home cinema experiences in a variety of lighting conditions to accommodate your family’s needs. The key is the brightness output of the projector. To replicate a theater-like moviegoing experience with all lights off, or with a small amount of ambient light, choose a model with 2,000~2,400 lumens of brightness. To enjoy movies with lights on for family members to interact and move about freely, a high-brightness home theater model with more than 3,000 lumens is the best choice.

You are able to project the screen both in an ambient room and dark room by high-brightness home theater projector with more than three thousands lumens.

BenQ continues to innovate home theater projectors with advanced features and superb picture quality to maximize movie fun and family enjoyment in a variety of environments. Whether you’re new to projectors or a home cinema connoisseur, use the projector buying guide to find the perfect home theater projector for a whole new visual experience.

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