The resolution revolution has continued without fail in 2019, offering up the ultimate unmissable 4K home cinema experience, for a surprisingly affordable price tag.
Consumers can now find home cinema projectors that truly mimic that authentic cinematic feel, with richer colours and definition beyond compare to enjoy your favourite films the way the director intended.
Or perhaps you’re big on your sports and want a projector for the big game? There are hours of unmissable sports events on the horizon, including the 54th Superbowl, the Six Nations and the much-anticipated 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
But 4K has changed massively in the past year, so it’s time for a review. We’ve sorted through the trends and picked out the best 4K home cinema projectors.
First, remember there are two key points to keep in mind when you’re looking for a perfect home cinema projector. One without the other will leave you disappointed, so take a quick read before you jump to our roundup.
|If you’re looking at a 4K projector, you’re already part of the resolution revolution. 1080p Full HD is simply the entry point for so many of our customers, and we’ve observed a significant shift away from HD towards 4K, specifically 4K UHD (non-native 4k resolution achieved with pixel-shifting tech), in the past year. |
Full HD models comprised over half the home cinema sales in 2018, but a number of attractive models in the 4K UHD range (some of which are listed below) have knocked Full HD off its perch.
Now, 4K UHD models are the dominant range, making up more than half of the sales volume for our home cinema market in the first nine months of 2019. This solid lead could strengthen, as 4K UHD models become increasingly affordable.
|The best 4K home cinema projectors on our list all take contrast ratio into consideration. |
Even the entry point in this list is exceptional but now it’s possible to find models with contrast ratios as high as 1,200,000:1. That means images shrug off that faded look and retain as much of their rich blacks and crisp whites as possible.
Contrast ratio as a spec point can also be deceiving though. If you see “dynamic contrast” as a spec point, look into how the projector is aching it. And… contrast ratio is massively dependent on your ambient environment. Our tip is to invest in your projector screen and some amazing blackout curtains!
Price: £1,098 (Incl. VAT)
First up, the BenQ W1720 is able to offer that 4K UHD experience with a significantly lower price tag than some models with this level of resolution. It’s ideal for those who are watching every penny, but still want to see 8.3 million pixels on the screen.
Price: £1,360 (Incl. VAT)
Step up £200 and you have the BenQ W2700. Still great value for money, the W2700 is streets ahead of the W1720 when it comes to contrast.
The W2700 comes with some fantastic offers, including a time-limited deal of £100 cashback from BenQ, the chance to win a holiday for two in Hollywood as part of a prize draw, plus a free £50 Amazon voucher, offered exclusively when purchasing the model from ProjectorPoint.
Price: £1,990.80 (Incl. VAT)
Stocks are selling fast for this Epson model, which offers high contrast levels, high brightness and features including motorised optics, with powered zoom, focus and lens shift.
Don’t miss a moment of any of those must-see sports events, and experience every single detail of your favourite films with the EH-TW7400’s exceptional specs.
Price: £2,548.80 (Incl. VAT)
The EH-TW9400 knocks it out of the park as our top pick for a 4K UHD model, with its out-of-this-world contrast ratio of 1,200,000:1, along with its privilege of holding the largest lens ratio and lens shift of any home cinema projector.
The Epson device offers high flexibility when it comes to installation, and its high contrast helps it outshine even some Native 4K models; a testament to how far 4K upscaling has really come in the past year.
Price: £2,898 (Inc. VAT)
The EH-TW9400W serves as the wireless alternative to the EH-TW9400, offering upscaled 4K imagery, faultlessly reproducing high-resolution content. It also includes a top-notch contrast ratio and support for HDR10 as well as HLG.
Both the EH-TW9400 and the EH-TW9400W include an Epson CoverPlus five-year return to base warranty upgrade worth £240, to really help seal the deal.
Price: £14,998.80 (Incl. VAT)
The VW760ES is the best of the best when it comes to 4K resolution home cinema projectors. This device is undeniably pricey, but if you want Native 4K resolution, this is where it’s at; 8.3 million pixels straight from the device in every frame.
The quality is stunning. The native resolution is the obvious factor, but the device also makes use of a laser light source and all-glass optics to deliver razor-sharp images and deep rich colours.
Don’t just take our word for it when we say this is the pinnacle of 4K home cinema systems, it’s not just us; consumers consistently rank the VW760ES as the best Native 4K projector. It’s one of a kind.
Thinking about investing in a 4K home cinema projector? Speak to the team if you’d like to find out more about any of the devices we’ve covered here or just have a chat about what will best fit with your requirements.