Whether your tastes run to movies, watching Jon Stewart of the Daily Show poke fun at Bush, or are hooked on basketball's March Madness; watching in the comfort of your home, on a screen that's 100 inches diagonal or more, is something to behold and inspire.
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In this comparison review we look four of the most popular HD resolution home theater projectors that are currently available for around $2000 or less. Each of them has previously received one of our Hot Product Award. A fifth projector, the new InFocus IN76, is due to start shipping at the end of March 06. We will update this comparison review once we have had a chance to review the InFocus IN76.
The the world of more expensive home theater projectors, - over $4000, is dominated by DLP projectors, which at that price range and above are generally considered to produce a better image than LCD, and have a more "film-like" quality. However, in the $2000 range, LCD and DLP are generally considered comparable, each with its own distinct advantages.
The InFocus has been included on this list, as InFocus is a top selling brand of home theater projectors, and their new model is almost certainly to be a significant competitor. This article will be updated after we complete the InFocus review. In this article, two other, more expensive projectors are also mentioned. They are more in the $2500 plus range, but may fit your needs if you have a larger budget.
All projectors are widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio, HDTV compatible, with a native resolution of 1280x720 - which means true hi-def. Yes there is a second, higher resolution HD: 1920x1080. To date, only a few if these 1080p projector are on the market, and right now, they start around $10,000 and up.
Price catagories reflect typical discounted online selling prices. Expect higher prices in "local" dealers that offer installation.
Under $2000 Home Theater Projectors: (listed in order of review date - oldest to newest) The links below will take you to the full length reviews.
- BenQ PE-7700 DLP Projector (this review has a 1/06 update)
- Panasonic PT-AE900u LCD Projector
- Sanyo PLV-Z4 LCD Projector
- Optoma HD72 DLP Projector
- InFocus IN76 - being released late March 06.
Review of the In Focus IN76 anticipated in April. This comparison will be updated upon completion.
Of this list of 5 home theater projectors, the Sanyo PLV-Z4 and the Panasonic PT-AE900u are the two LCD projectors, and also happen to be the two least expensive. The other three are all DLP projectors.
I should mention that there are two others that are both LCD projectors - Epson's Cinema 550 and Sony's HS-51A. Both are also reviewed, but too expensive for this comparison.
If your budget runs to $2500 or perhaps more, you may also want to visit the www.projectorreviews.com website and read about them. I point out below where they might have an advantage to you if you have the budget.
To the right: Optoma's HD72.