The basics

Home Entertainment projectors are devices that are becoming much more affordable for the average person, and are now fairly common place in people’s homes. Maybe your friend or neighbor has one that they rave about and now you are thinking about getting one yourself.

Modern digital projectors are extremely versatile. Thanks to widespread HDMI technology, the possibilities of what you can project are boundless. Gone are the days when a projector was simply a means of watching a video or slideshow on a big screen. You can now play console games and even broadcast your phone, tablet or computer screen through a modern Home Entertainment Projector. With this in mind, and the fact that more people than ever are ditching traditional TV in favor of watching movies and TV series from alternative sources, you may want to consider a Home Entertainment Projector for the versatility and screen size they offer.

What should you consider?

Whilst some people are aiming for the best possible image quality within their budget, others simply want the largest projection screen they can get and are not too fussed about the picture quality. The room size you intend the use the projector in, the layout of that room and your desired screen size is something that is often overlooked, but is a must to consider (See throw distance below).

Some may be thinking that you need a special room or ‘theater’ to use a Home Entertainment Projector – this is not the case. A Home Entertainment Projector can be set up in more-or-less any room of a suitable size. The key here is making sure that you can get the room dark enough to project a bright image. Most projectors of this type require a dark environment to project a bright image and are not suitable for professional purposes, such as the kind you would find in a meeting room or lecture hall.

Throw distance explained

An important factor to consider is the throw distance of the projector and the size of the room it is intended to be used in versus the desired screen size. A projector’s throw distance is the distance between the projector and the image on the screen (i.e., the distance that the image is “thrown”). The further away the projector is from the screen, the larger the image will be. For example, a projector placed 17 feet away from the screen, might have a 150-inch display size. If the same projector is placed at 11.5 feet away, it would have an approximate screen size of 100 inches.

All projectors have a maximum throw distance and there is an optimum distance where you will achieve the best picture quality. This is an important consideration so that you can have placement flexibility. The last thing you want is to buy a projector and then be limited to where you can use it because the room size, desired screen size and throw distance of the projector are not compatible with each other.

Nowadays Home Entertainment Projectors come in all shapes and sizes, right down to the mini cube projectors. As a general guide, consider your needs, your budget and basic things like the room setup, your desired screen size and throw distance. You’ll then be able to narrow down your choices to a few projectors that will best suit your needs. You can then look into more detail at the visual specifications such as resolution, brightness and contrast.