Home theater projectors give a whole new meaning to movies, television programs or games. It replaces any ordinary TV with much larger images and better experience with high quality images. In a previous post we discuss choosing between a projector and HDTV. In this article we will focus on the benefits of choosing a projector and how to find one to meet your needs.
When you are trying to create a home theater experience, nothing comes close to the projector. You get life sized images right there on your entertainment room. There are lots of technical things to consider when shopping for the home theater projector. The below tips will assist you in buying process to deliver more consistent and smoother images.
Area Space and Lighting: One of the most important things to consider before buying a projector is the amount of space you have and the lighting conditions during projection. The more space you have, the bigger will be the projection surface. Also you should consider whether you will be watching a lot of stuff during day time or using it as a basement movie theater which is predominantly dark. Ones you have a thought over these things then you can move on to the technical details.
Aspect Ratio: Projectors usually comes in a standard aspect ratio of 4:3 and widespread ratio of 16:9. It is the ratio between the width and the height of the projected image. It is advised that the aspect ratio of the projector should match with the video source that you will be using. If you are projecting from your 16:9 laptop, then get a 16:9 projector.
Wall Size: With a larger screen, being able to see the bottom is often an issue, everyone in the room should be able to see the entire screen. The bigger you intend the projection size to be, the more noticeable the loss in image quality will be. An eight foot wall is 96-inches. So if we jam our screen right to the very ceiling, the bottom of the screen image will be at 33.5 inches up from the floor. Make a line at 33.5-inches on your wall and then check whether you are able to see the screen clearly.
Throw Ratio: The throw distance is how far the projector is to be placed from the screen to produce the quality images. It is the distance from the lens to the screen, divided by the width of the screen. If a projector has a 4:1 throw ratio, then for every 4-feet increase in distance, the projected image will widen by 1-foot. The throw ratio and the throw distance should be noted and depending upon this the projector is to be selected.
Keystone Correction: Keystone correction features can adjust the image being projected so that it displays flat on the screen. The digital devices can correct the shape of the image before it ever leaves the projector. Manual devices will require users to adjust the angle themselves. There are many projectors that come with either manual keystone correction or digital keystone correction.
Lens Shift: Lens shift gives you a variety of options when it comes to placement of the projector. You can place your projector in a stationary position and shift the lens to the required location. This provides a better experience and flexibility.
These are just some of the considerations when choosing a projector that is right for you.
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