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What are the Best 4K Projectors for a Jennifer Lopez-style large Home Theater?

  • BenQ
  • 2021-09-07

The definitive guide on selecting the right projector for an oversize home theater screen that is over 10 feet wide.


While an average 100 inch home theater screen offers over four times the image area of a 50” flat-screen TV, many people are looking for a movie star-like home theater experience.  With larger media rooms becoming more common, it is quite feasible to install a huge screen in a room up to 200 inches to create a captivating theater or entertainment area that can host watch parties, golf simulators, or private showings.  We’ll take a look at what to look for when picking the right projector and provide some popular models.  Here are the key criteria for finding the right projector for you:

  • Brightness
  • Resolution
  • Color Accuracy
  • Projector Technology


Brightness


Home theater projectors brightness is measured in ANSI Lumens.  For a traditional home theater setup, the room is typically as dark as a commercial theater and uses a 100 inch or similar-sized screen.   With this type of traditional setup the 2200 lumen HT8060 / HT9060 is one of the highest-rated projectors in its class – but won’t be bright enough for a huge 200-inch screen – even with low light levels.

 


For a 200 inch screen that will be over 12 feet wide – many home theater enthusiasts are looking for a 5000-lumen laser projector to ensure your screen is bright enough to fill the screen with enough light to provide a compelling cinematic experience.   While there are still lamp-based projectors made at this brightness level, the color accuracy is less than adequate for a home theater – and replacement lamps for these models can be expensive.

 

 

Resolution


With a larger screen, the projector’s resolution is the second most important factor in creating a compelling oversize home theater. While every television sold in most retailers has true UHD 4K resolution (8.3 million pixels), many projector models advertise 4K compatibility while delivering only half the pixels.  You will want to make sure your projector has the minimum native UHD resolution specification, which is 3840x2160 pixels.  This will faithfully replicate every pixel on 4K Blu-Ray discs, 4K television broadcasts, and 4K devices such as Microsoft’s X-Box without any screen door effect or other visual issues from trying to downscale an image.

Color Accuracy


The standard color range for HD televisions is a specification called Rec. 709, which enables you to easily tell the difference between a Green Bay Packers jersey vs. one from the Philadelphia Eagles.  But in many high brightness projectors, there are no color accuracy specifications – so that same jersey could look like it is a Seattle Seahawks Action Green jersey.   The best high brightness projectors have color accuracy specified to 90% or better of Rec. 709.  This also enables an installer to calibrate the projector to enable near-perfect color accuracy at a high brightness level.

Projector Technology



While a 200-inch projector screen is a lot smaller than the average 52-foot iMax screen, the technology used to power a commercial cinema projector has become more affordable.   Today, nearly all commercial cinemas use laser-powered DLP projectors to ensure that the image can handle the long-term exposure to high-powered lasers – without yellowing.   Since many of the SXRD high brightness cinema projectors have been discontinued, a DLP projector enables you to have the same proven high brightness technology – at an affordable price.



The other technology element to consider is the lens architecture.   For example, the best models of high brightness home theater projectors are designed for longer throw ratios with lens shifting, such as the lens on the BenQ LK970 that uses 16 different elements that enable you to see every minute detail of a 4K image on the screen.  If you are looking for a short-throw projector – you will want a 4K model that has both zoom and lens shift to enable a more flexible mounting position.

Best Projectors for a Celebrity-sized Home Theater or Simulation Playing Area


These projectors are designed specifically for extra-large screens that are used in large home theaters, small commercial cinemas, golf simulation theaters, and corporate collaboration spaces.  One nice added feature is that these projectors are completely sealed – meaning once it's installed – you will never have to change a lamp or clean a filter as you do on a traditional lamp or lower-cost laser projector.  Here are three options that might fit what you are looking for:

Feature / Model

BenQ LK970

BenQ LK990

BenQ LK953ST

Feature / Model

Brightness

 

BenQ LK970

5000 ANSI Lumens

BenQ LK990

6000 ANSI Lumens

BenQ LK953ST

5000 ANSI Lumens

Feature / Model

4K UHD Resolution

BenQ LK970

Yes

BenQ LK990
Yes

BenQ LK953ST

Yes

 

Feature / Model

Color Accuracy

BenQ LK970

92% Rec. 709

BenQ LK990

92% Rec. 709

BenQ LK953ST

92% Rec. 709

Feature / Model

Throw Ratio

BenQ LK970

Normal

BenQ LK990
Normal

 

BenQ LK953ST

Short Throw

Feature / Model

Projector Technology

BenQ LK970

DLP Laser

Zoom

Lens Shift (Vertical)

Lens Shift (Horizontal)

BenQ LK990

DLP Laser

Zoom

Lens Shift (Vertical)

Lens Shift (Horizontal)

BenQ LK953ST

DLP Laser

Zoom

Lens Shift (Vertical)

Lens Shift (Horizontal)

Feature / Model

Price

BenQ LK970

$7,999
BenQ LK990
$13,999

BenQ LK953ST

$5,399

Want to talk to an expert about laser projectors?




For customers looking for advice on choosing the right projector for their home theater, you can talk directly to an experienced BenQ product expert who has access to over 70 different projector models and can guide you to the best one for your application.  We also can help you find a reseller nearby, or if you want, you can purchase one right on the phone.   You can reach them at 888-818-5888.   If you want to email them instead, you can reach them at BenqB2B.BQA@Benq.com