Five Best Home Theatre Projectors

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Five Best Home Theatre Projectors


If you want to save a little space in your living room or use your wall as a massive TV screen, switching to a home theatre projector can make sense. There are plenty of projector models to choose from that offer great value for money and bright, vibrant, full HD video. Here’s a look at five of the best, based on your nominations.

Photo by Lee Haywood

This list is dominated by two retailers (Epson and Optoma), and several of the models listed are not the most current releases. However, they’re still widely available through eBay and other online outlets.

Optoma HD33



Epson EH-TW3600


Optoma HD25/HD25-LV


Epson EH-TW6100/TW6100W



Optoma GT750E


An honourable mention this week to the BenQ W1070 1080p 3D Projector, which is also a great-value model.

While the projector will be the most expensive component, there’s much more to building a great home theatre than just a projector. You need a decent-sized and dark space and a good screen to project onto. A wall can work, but it won’t look as good as if you take the time to get a decent screen, or paint the wall specifically for projection.

Have something to say about one of the contenders? Want to make the case for your personal favourite, even if it wasn’t included in the list? Project your thoughts in the comments.

Comments

  • For bang for buck, I LOVE the Casio XJ series,
    http://www.casio.com/products/archive/Projectors/Slim_Projectors/XJ-A240

    The lamp life is phenomenal (SIGNIFICANTLY higher than most if not all other brands), and the picture is excellent for the price. I paid $1000 for the XJ-A240 about 3 years ago. It gets a lot of use – and I haven’t even noticed a dimming of the bulb. My previous projectors all went through a bulb every 12-18 months (in economy mode).

    When I first heard about the Casio series, I was sceptical. However, the person that put me onto this projector is what I’d call a certified projector nut. At the time, he had about 5 projectors – the most expensive was worth about $50,000 (it was a high end Sony with the biggest piece of glass I’ve ever seen in my life). I asked him what he thought was the best projector at the time. His view was that the Casio XJ-A240 was king. Whilst is was the worst performing of all of his projectors, he felt that there was little difference between his “best” and his “worst” projector. After forking out $400 every 18 months, the lamp life convinced me to give it a try.

    I run my Casio on a 3m wide screen (which is not quite was wide as my friend’s 10m wide screen) – but beggars can’t be choosers… It’s hard to pick a fault with the image quality.

    Btw, I don’t work for Casio, I know no-one who works for Casio, sells Casio, profits from Casio – you get the idea.

  • From all reviews I’ve seen the new BenQ W1080ST is way better than the GT750E. It’s full 1080P short-throw for starters, and has apparently great 3D, comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses, is very bright, great out-of-the-box colour etc. It’s the one I’m looking at getting soon for my mancave 🙂

  • FYI: The TW-3600 is NOT 3D capable. I’ve got one. I researched the hell out of these “entry” level projectors and this thing is freaking awesome. Best $1100 I have ever spent on H-Fi / Home Theatre gear. Looks amazing on my 100″ screen.

  • The Viewsonic Pro9000 is a laser/LED hybrid that, whist more initially, has a 20,000 hour lamp life. You might have to hunt one down or import, however.

  • Ummmm JVC DLA-X35??? more expensive but is what I would consider a good starting point for the “Best” home theatre projectors. I have installed many HD33’s and 25’s and had many units DOA or with faulty lamps.

  • Had my HD33 for over a year now having upgraded from an old Epson that was just about to give up after 7 solid years service. HD33 looks great, use it for PS3, movies and it cops a hammering during Premier League season with Fox Sports HD and it looks fantastic. 3D is a gimmick, I think I used it twice for a laugh on the ESPN 3D channel. Very happy with the projector.

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