Plenty of people have big plans to get their dream home cinema projector setup sorted out. One day.
Whether it’s a simple HD projector that’ll play all your DVDs and blu-rays, or a more upmarket 4K UHD home cinema projector that’ll display new blockbusters in all their detailed glory – we think it’s time for you to get your home cinema in place today.
Top quality projector technology is more accessible than ever with great devices available for just about any budget. To get you started, we’ve brought together a selection of the best projectors available across various different price ranges.
If you’re unsure of what to choose – look no further. Here are some of our favourite home cinema projectors.
At a competitive starting price of £706.80 inc. VAT, the BenQ W2000 is a remarkable option to start off the list. Complete with 2,000 lumens brightness, and full HD resolution, this device has all the essentials of home cinema projection in a handy, lightweight package.
This isn’t the flashiest model on this list, but it’s certainly good value for money, containing features and specifications that would have commanded a much higher price tag just a year or two ago – like vertical lens shift to assist in installation flexibility – and a crisp, clear image that is rare at this price range.
The BenQ W1210ST is in many ways similar to the W2000 (above). It offers the same contrast ratio, lamp life and resolution. For the slightly higher price however, this model comes with the benefit of an extra 200 lumens of brightness and, more importantly, it’s a dedicated short-throw projector.
Those with what we might call a slightly more intimate home cinema space don’t want to be wasting any more space on the projector and screen than necessary. Short throw projectors like this are designed to minimise the distance between the device and the screen, maximising on the space in the rest of the room for comfort and installation flexibility. It’s also perfect for those scenarios where you may not have a dedicated home cinema room and have an impromptu movie night instead.
For an additional upgrade in price, expect a noticeable upgrade in technology. The Epson 6700 comes in at £1,310 inc. VAT, giving you a modest boost in brightness to 3,300 lumens and a significant boost in contrast ratio, from 15,000 to 70,000.
Of course, working with more sophisticated tech means you’ll end up with a bulkier model; just under twice as heavy as the earlier two models so you’ll probably want to install this as a permanent fixture. As well as this, however, this model is the only projector in its price range to feature both horizontal and vertical lens shifting giving you way more flexibility and forgiveness on the install and setup to avoid that rhomboid projection effect or managing it using keystone correction which greatly impacts the image clarity.
The BenQ W1700 is the first 4K UHD projector on this list. This model is not only an impressive piece of tech in and of itself, but, at £1,438.80 inc. VAT, it also comes in about £500 less than its contemporaries in the entry level 4K market.
For premium 4K resolution like this at such a fantastic price, there are some compromises on tech elsewhere. The brightness and contrast ratio of this model are slightly lower than the Epson 6700 (above), though the lamp life remains higher.
Of course, the main attraction of isn’t the contrast ratio – it’s the resolution. At 3840x2160px, this is about as low a price as you’re going to find 4K anywhere – pseudo, native or otherwise.
The Epson 7300 is in many ways similar to the BenQ W1700 – though with a few notable improvements. It’s another excellent 4K projector but, most eye-catchingly, the contrast ratio is a large step up at 160,000:1, giving you fantastic blacks and excellent depth of colour across the spectrum.
The model also comes complete with frame interpolation and detail enhancement which maintain the sharpness of images, and softness of transitions in fast-moving sequences.
As well as this, the projector easily converts 2D HD films into 3D, giving you the option for an extra dimension of viewing with every film you watch.
As we mentioned when we compiled reviews for the Epson 9300 – the Epson 9300 is a stunning model for the price. It might not be ‘native’ 4K – but it’s certainly a good trade off, and on par with many models you’ll find at higher prices.
As well as coming with ‘upscaled’ or ‘pixel-shifted’ 4K UHD technology, it also has a stunning contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. For £2,199.60 inc. VAT, you’re not likely to find much better than that.
The Epson 9300 also comes with a wireless variant for £2,899.20 inc. VAT.
Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the home cinema projectors we’ve got on offer but it’s a good selection of our top recommendations.
If you want to find the perfect projector for you, make sure you look through our entire home cinema range or if you have any queries or would like to discuss the full range of options on the market today for a more bespoke installation then feel free to contact us by email or phone here.