While it is not terribly common that you will find a person using a projector to watch television or film, it has nothing to do with the quality of experience with respect to projectors – far from it, in fact. What you will find is that people who do choose to go with a home theater projector have a lot of high-quality movie viewing experiences. It can be a somewhat intimidating process of trying to figure out which home theater projector is right for you (or even if one is right for you), so we have compiled a handy guide to hopefully help you get a better grasp of the ins and outs of selection, purchase, and ultimately use. In this guide, we will touch upon three of the core issues that most consumers concern themselves with: size and space, quality, and price.
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Size and Space Issues
This is chief among people’s issues when buying a new TV, and perhaps one of the best arguments in favor of buying a home theater projector. Relatively speaking, a projector is often a great option for both people who have the desire to have a large viewing area or people who have issues with space.
On one hand, a projector allows for you to put a large screen wherever one can be accommodated. This is of particular value for those who put value in versatility, i.e. those who may be looking for something that is easy to move around from room to room, as it is a lot less laborious, time consuming, and risky to move a projector around than it is to, say, move a television around. This is especially true in the case of televisions that are mounted to the wall, for obvious reasons.
On the other hand, the size options offered by a home theater projector can be astronomical. Depending on the wall real estate that you have available, your viewing area has tons of potential to offer a theater-like experience in your own home. In tandem with the versatility of a projector, this means that you have the benefit of being able to have a normal size for the projection in case you want to just enjoy your viewing experience casually, or have a larger size when you have friends over and want to have a movie night (or even use it for the big game).
Finding a place for the projector is not too difficult; a common method that people use to keep it relatively out of the way is to put it on a bookshelf or coffee table. If you are content in keeping the projector in one place almost all of the time, you can also choose to buy a mount, which would allow you to put your projector on the wall or even on the ceiling.
Once you have determined whether or not you can even find adequate room to have a home theater projector in your house, the next step is to determine the quality of the projector. Budget notwithstanding, the quality of the projector is one of the most important things to consider when choosing your ideal projector. Of course, it should be noted that if you want the best quality of projector, you should expect to pay a fairly hefty sum in order to get the best of the best.
Mind you that the initial quality of the projector is not the only thing that you should concern yourself with; you also need to take into consideration the kind of environment that you plan to use it in. A projector shines the brightest (figuratively) in a room where you have a solid control over the lighting. This means that rooms with many and/or large windows may prove more difficult to properly control the lighting. As such, setting up your projector in a large room may be less than ideal. The best place to set up your projector would be a room like a basement (ideally one that is set up for things like that, and not some dank basement).
Now this is where people meet a bit of an impasse. As it is, a projector is usually an item that people buy as a luxury; while a home theater projector is a fantastic addition to your home theater, it is an addition that one makes as an enhancement to their viewing experience rather than one added to fill a void. As such, people may be less inclined to spend more on a projector, which would inherently result in them getting a projector that is of a lower quality. If you are someone who can afford to spend a little bit extra to get a high level of quality out of your viewing experience, there are a lot of projectors out there that will give you a lot of bang for your buck.
Ultimately, if you do not have the ability to afford something on the high end of home theater projectors, you need to be able to strike a good balance between quality and price. Too high and you will regret leaving yourself with so little money; too low and you will ask yourself why you even bothered with a projector of this level of quality in the first place.
There is inevitably going to be a fair amount of planning behind getting yourself set up with a home theater projector system, and it is definitely not something that you want to rush into all willy nilly. Space constraints, budgeting, and need are all things that you should put as your top priority. If you rush into buying a home theater projector without figuring everything out about what you need out of a projector, you are inevitably going to have some level of buyer’s remorse at one point or another. We can only hope that our buyer’s guide has helped you decide whether you want to purchase a home theater projector and if so, when to get it and what to get.