Every passionate moviegoer loves the movies but hates the movie going experience. Restless crowd which is there to do everything but watch the movie, mobile phones, bad seats… At some point you just have to wonder is it really worth it? Not really, considering the fact that today’s technology allows us to watch our favorite movies and TV shows surrounded by friends and comfort of our room. Just be careful and take into consideration these 5 things before actually buying your own projector.

What It Will Be Used For

Basically, there are four kinds of images projectors can show: video, photos, data and gaming. Assuming that you are not beyond using any of its other purposes aside from playing movies, you should know that being good at showing one type of image doesn’t necessarily mean that projector will show other as good. Most projectors are sold either as business projectors (covering PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, PDF files, etc.) or home entertainment projectors, which are better at handling movies and games.

Aspect Ratio

So, you have Foxtel contract and glorious Blu-ray collection, but you have bought projector that is formatted to aspect ratio of 4:3. You will be unpleasantly surprised to see that native aspect ratio of 16:9 of the video you are watching had to be altered for the projector. Knowing what aspect ratio is commonly used for what will help you to avoid this mistake. Regular TV programs, classic movies and IMAX presentations are made for the aspect ratio of 4:3. Blu-rays and HDTV are, on the other side, both designed for better picture quality and 16:9 systems.

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Resolution

Projector resolution is determined by the number of projected pixels and it is obvious that larger that number is image will be sharper. Projector with the resolution of 1280×720 will be perfectly serviceable for DVD’s and Blu-rays and you can find it at an affordable price. Videos with the aspect ratio of 16:9 are meant for the projectors supporting the resolution of 1280×768, though. If you want to spend more, you should opt for the projectors with the resolution of 1920×1080 which are the best solution for the high definition formats.

Brightness

For the start, projector’s brightness is measured in lumens and they usually have somewhere between 800 and 3000 lumens. We could assume that brighter the projector the better, but too much light can cause eye fatigue. You can choose from the cheaper solutions with just above 1000 lumens and up to 3000, but there is no need to go beyond that.

Technology

Finally, you have to ask yourself which technology you want to use out of the existing four (laser raster, LCOS, DLP and LCD). The most inexpensive are the DLP projectors which, like some of the LCOS-based projectors, project their primary colors sequentially, which sometimes lead to rainbow effect. While LCD projectors don’t have this problem, they are heavier and bigger. Standard LCOS projectors offer best picture, but they are the heaviest and the most expensive.

So, all you have to do is to take the most of what we said above, find the best all-around solution which fits your needs, call your friends and enjoy some good movies. Which one? That’s whole another topic.