A project is an inverted camera that spits out a beam of light from the lens. It is widely used in schools for delivering lectures, businesses for proposals and cinemas and in industries for training and lectures. It can be found in anywhere where professionals exist, but now, a projector can be used for entertainment purposes.

Nowadays, projectors are used as an alternative to a large size TV. This means you level up your home entertainment to a higher level. Home theater is where you relax and enjoy your free time alone or with your family and friends. It is where you get immersed and be entertained to relieve the stress from your work or your studies. In line with that, these situations could not be achieved without the right projection equipment.

Every company integrates its existing model, resulting in the increase of projectors quantity. Older models may become obsolete, but know that there are lots of Electronics Company who are in the making of a projection equipment.

 

THE TOP 5

Buying a home theater projector can be a bit daunting since there are now many models to choose from. Each of them has its own unique pros and cons. Each of these projector manufacturers claims that their product is the right one. Now to lessen the confusion you might get into choosing a home theater projector, we are here to give you some choices. We have narrowed it down to five projectors since if there will be many options then there will still be a bit of a confusion even after reading this review. Avoiding such situation is a must; hence, we guarantee you that these 5 are the best in the market.

Epson Home Cinema 5040UBe WirelessHD 3LCD Home Theater Projector

Epson Home Cinema 5040UBe WirelessHD 3LCD Home Theater Projector
  • The World's First WirelessHD Projector with 4K Content Support - revolutionary 4K Enhancement Technology accepts 4K input and supports HDCP 2.2.
  • HDR compatible - enjoy HDR content, with an extremely wide range of brightness levels for images bursting with real-life color. Lens Type : Powered focus/optical zoom/lens position
  • Bright - ideal for a variety of lighting conditions, the projector has: Color Brightness: 2,500 lumens and White Brightness: 2,500 lumens.
  • Expansive color gamut - get brilliant, color-rich performance that displays the entire sRGB color space, plus DCI in Digital Cinema Mode.
  • Dramatic Ultra Black levels - an improved iris design delivers up to a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Get immersed with the wireless Epson Home Cinema 5040UBe which is equipped with a 3LCD optical engine. It features 2500 Lumens of color and white brightness with a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 for more enhanced color quality and black levels. This Epson 5040UBe feature 4K Enhancement Technology giving you high quality and refined images. It delivers Full HD 1920×1080 native resolution that could last up to 5000 hours of life in Eco-mode.

This projector is easy to set-up. It features vertical keystone correction of +/- 30% and a lens shift. Since this is a wireless projector, it eliminates the need for cables and cords for your cinema-like experience. It includes a Wireless HD transmitter allowing you to mount this projector anywhere you want to.  It has four HDMI inputs, giving you a choice of either connecting you 4K Blu-ray player or another UHD source.

In The Box:

  1. PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UBe Projector
  2. Power cord
  3. Two HDMI cable clamps
  4. Wireless HD Transmitter w/ power cable and AC adapter
  5. Remote control with AA batteries
  6. CD-ROM with user guide link
  7. Quick Setup Guide

 

Sony VPLHW45ES 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater/Gaming Projector (2016 Model)

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Sony VPLHW45ES 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater/Gaming Projector
  • SCREEN SIZE: 40" to 300" (1,016 mm to 7,624 mm)
  • Resolution: Full HD (1920 X 1080)
  • White Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Color Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Calibrated Brightness (cinema 1 mode): 1315 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: NA; Lens Shift: Vertical +/- 71%; Horizontal +/- 25%
  • Warranty: 3 Year Limited

The Sony VPL-HW45ES offers you a cinematic experience by giving you great color and a bright picture with its SXRD display technology. This SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display)  is the Sony’s version of LCoS or Liquid Crystal on Silicon, a hybrid of DLP and LCD technologies. It gives you a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 with white and color brightness of 1800 Lumens and calibrated brightness of Cinema 1 mode which is 1315 Lumens. This projector has a contrast ratio of 60,000:1 that can project an image of 40 inches to 300 inches in size. A 215W lamp generated the brightness required for vibrant and radiant images in your home theater.

This lamp has a life expectancy of 6000 hours when set in an Eco-mode. It has the combinations of the vertical lens shift of +/- 71% and horizontal lens shift of +/-25% and a large 1.6x optical zoom.  When used, the heat is exhausted out to the front of this projector, allowing the shelf mounting.

You can select from nine picture calibrated settings, including 2 cinema film mode, cinema digital reference, TV, photo, game, and bright TV. Even if there are already calibrated modes, you can still manually control the color tuning tool.

Moreover, this Sony VPLHW45ES features Motionflow. It creates and inserts extra frames between the reference frames. This projector will likely to give you a cinematic experience and let you immerse in it.

Optoma HD142X 1080p 3000 Lumens 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

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Optoma HD142X 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
  • Screen Size Range: 66-inches from 8 feet; 107-inches from 12 feet
  • Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 23,000:1; Keystone Correction: Yes, Lens Shift: No
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Parts and Labor, 90-Days on Lamp
  • 2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v1.2, Audio Out 3.5mm, 12V trigger, 3D-Sync, USB service Display Technology:Single 0.65" 1080p DC3 DMD chip DLP® Technology by Texas Instruments

The Optoma HD142X brings you to a more vivid with good contrast projected image with its Single DMD-chip DLP technology. It gives you a full HD native display resolution of 1920×1080 and a non-native resolution of 1920×1200. It has a color and white brightness of 3000 Lumens with a contrast ratio of 23,000:1. With this resolution, contrast, and brightness, this HD142X can tolerate high ambient light or even if you have a sunlit room. Moreover, it has a throw ratio of 1.48 to 1.62:1 meter with a throw distance of 3.3 feet to 32.8 feet.

The lamp life varies in three different modes. When you use it in a Dynamic mode, the lamp life will last up to 8000 hours and 6000 hours for the Eco-mode. Even if you use it in a full Bright mode, this 142X offers a lamp expectancy of 5000 hours.

You can turn this projector into a smart display by connecting your Smartphone or tablet using MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link). You can also use this HD142X without using or installing long cables since this is a wireless projector.

Choose any of the five picture modes such as Cinema, Vivid, Game, Reference, and Bright. Each of mode has their own particular color and brightness. You can also set your own settings since the HD142X offers a wide range of image settings and this includes four (4) settings for color temperature ranging from red to blue.

Enjoy even more your home entertainment experience with its powerful 10W built-in mono speakers. It also features Dynamic Black Technology that automatically adjusts smoothly the lamp output, creating crisp and clear. The Even dark scene will remain very detailed. There is also Auto Power Off feature that automatically turns off the projector after a set period of time when not being used.

ViewSonic PJD7720HD 3200 Lumens 1080p HDMI Home Theater Projector

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ViewSonic PJD7720HD Home Theater Projector
  • Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) 16:9 3200 Lumens Home Theater Projector with a 22,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, Vertical Digital Keystoning, and a Screen Size from 101-Inches at 12-Feet; up to 277-Inches at 30-Feet
  • Packed with our most advanced color technology, this projector provides an incredibly immersive home cinema experience coupled with ViewSonic's industry-leading durability and dust-resistance
  • The PJD7720HD is the ideal projector for both high definition presentations, vibrant multimedia entertainment, and gaming
  • Convenient design with ViewSonic's exclusive HDMI-streaming PortAll dongle, with up to 10,000 lamp hours (Eco mode), built-in 10W speaker, optical focus and zoom, and a muted black finish
  • 1.49~1.64:1 throw ratio; 3.25 - 35.73 ft. throw distance; 3.5mm Audio In/ Out, RS-232, HDMI 1.4, HDMI MHL, and Mini USB; Product Dimensions: 12.44 x 8.98 x 4.08 inches

The ViewSonic LightStream PJD7720HD is a 16:9 Full HD projector that features 3200 Lumens in a 1920×1080 native resolution with a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 22,000:1. It has a throw ratio of 1.49 to 1.64:1 meter with a throw distance of 3.25 feet to 35.73 feet. With a short throw lens, this projector provides a projected image size ranging from 30 inches to 300 inches in a modest-sized room.

The SuperColor IPSMatch technology combines proprietary color wheel coatings, advanced optics-grade materials, and high-precision chromatic adjustments. With its advanced color technology, it provides a detailed image with vivid colors, giving you a cinema-like experience for up to 10,000 lamp hours in Eco-mode.

You can choose 5 unique view settings. Each of them has its own unique settings with a balanced color and brightness, giving you the best possible viewing experience.

This projector has a speaker with a power of 10W, providing you a clear and audible sound.  The SonicExpert is the ViewSonic’s proprietary sound enhancement technology that generates high volumes and enhanced bass for a more immersive viewing experience.

In the box

  1. PJD7720HD projector
  2. Power cable
  3. Remote control (batteries included)
  4. Quick Start Guide
  5. ViewSonic Wizard CD (with User Guide)

 

BenQ DLP W1070 – 3D Home Theater Projector

BenQ DLP W1070 - 3D Home Theater Projector
  • Full HD 3D 1080p image projection up to 200 inches. A 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness
  • Includes SmartEco technology for energy conservation and auto standby mode to save energy and prolong lamp life; lasts up to 6,000 hours
  • Watch Full HD 1080p movies, TV shows and sports, or play action packed video games on screens up to 200 inches in diagonal in any room of the house
  • Built-in speakers are plug-and-play ready, only the power cord and video source connection are needed to prepare the viewing experience

The BenQ W1070 is a single chip DLP projector with a 1080p Full-HD image projection of up to 200 inches. Projected images are bright and vivid with its color and white brightness of 2000 Lumens and a contrast ratio of 10:000:1.

When this projector is set to Smart Eco-mode, it automatically conserves the energy by scaling down the light output in which lamp life expectancy can last up to 6000 hours. As it minimizes the lamp power, it maximizes the power saving by delivering the picture elements with bright scenes more vivid and also dark scenes look richer in detail and depth. The color is extremely good, even in 3D

Moreover, this BenQ W1070 has built-in speakers that are plug-and-play ready. You only need the power cord and the video source connection.

 

TYPES OF PROJECTOR’S DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY

 

DLP – Digital Light Processing
DLP technology uses a chip that is composed of up to 2 million tiny mirrors, no wider than ⅕ the width of your hair. Each of the chips in the mirror adjusts independently and moves either toward or away from the light source to create a light or dark pixel.

This kind of projector requires less maintenance. It has a filter-free sealed chip design in which dust cannot settle on the chip. When this chip is surrounded by dust, there will be a formation of the spot in the image. Hence, this DLP projector is immune to color decay, but avoid having a DLP projector with slower color wheels. For this slow color, wheels will give off a rainbow effect.

The chip is the only one that is being sealed, other components are not. In line with that, dust can settle on the color wheel that affects the image quality. Most DLP projectors are suitable for a smaller environment because of the compatibility issue with zoom lenses or lens shift functions.

LCD – Liquid Crystal Display
LCD projector uses a liquid crystal that creates an image. Most LCD projectors use 3 LCD technology in which the image is created in a multistep process that begins with the light source providing a beam of white light.

The pixels in this LCD projector can burn out and dust particles can distort the quality of the image. LCD projectors are compatible with zoom lenses and lens shifts, making it more suitable for larger rooms or any room with high ambient light.

LED – Light Emitting Diode
LED projectors use a process called electroluminescence to produce light. Instead of using a bulb, these projectors have arrays of red, green and blue LEDs. These three mixed together to generate an accurate color of white light.

There will be a reduction in maintenance and operating costs since the LEDs used in a LED projector needs no warm-up or cool-down. Hence, it is energy-efficient compared to the other traditional light sources and also much quieter.

LCoS – Liquid Crystal on Silicon
LCoS is the hybrid version of LCD and DLP in which it uses liquid crystal chips with a mirrored backing. In other words, LCoS projectors are reflective just like DLP projectors and use an LCD panel where the light passes through from each of the pixels.

These LCoS projectors produce a very smooth and accurate image without suffering from screen-door effect or rainbow effect.  Also, it offers an accurate color reproduction. With the combination of the two display technologies, this LCoS projector is quite expensive and a bit heavy.

 

Display Technology

Commonly used:
DLP Best for art galleries, museums, restaurants, and schools.
LCD – Best for any room with high ambient light such as churches, large boardroom, auditoriums.
LED – Best for areas with controlled lighting.
LCoS – Best for auditoriums, museums, and medical education.

 

GUIDELINES

A home theater projector will be called the right one if its features and specifications meet the guidelines that will be mentioned. And after knowing these guidelines, you must be able to assess and question yourself in order for you to acquire the best.

Contrast Ratio
Contrast Ratio is the difference between the lightness and the darkness of a screen which is expressed through numbers. For home theater, contrast is the most important aspect because it is responsible for giving you cinematic content. When dark prevails, the whites would be much brighter next to those darks. Thus, a high contrast ratio means that you will be able to see a sharp and crystal clear detail in the projected image.

Light Output
The Light output or brightness refers to your perception, such that it means how bright the image looks. The wide range of brightness of projectors is measured in Lumens. This brightness is divided into two. When looking for a projector, you must be able to look for two Lumens specifications: the color brightness and the white brightness. If there will only be one Lumen rating stated, it is only referring to the white brightness of the projector.

White Brightness – indicates the total amount of white light emitted by the projector.
Color Brightness – measures how bright the projected primary colors will be that is the Red, Blue, and Yellow.

 

Lumens Range

Recommendation:
Under 1000 Lumens
-This low light output projector must be used in a dark room.
-They are better on small screens.
-Not expensive

1000 to 2000 Lumens
-Needs to be in dimly lit rooms.
-Suitable for small to the average-sized screen.

2000 to 3000 Lumens
-More flexible with lighting.
-Can be placed in a room with an ambient lighting.
-Suitable for any screen sizes.

Above 3000 Lumens
-Most expensive and very bright.
-Suitable for rooms with adequate lighting.
-Recommended for large rooms or halls.
-When used in dark rooms, the screen is too bright to look at.

Moreover, the reflected image should be bright enough to be sharp and clear. Having a more light output projector does not necessarily mean that it is a good thing. You must also consider the place where you are going to use the projector. As you can see in the table above, it tells the amount of lighting needed and the size of the room and screen in every Lumen range. Below are some reminders if ever you happen not fully visualize or understand the table above.

Reminders:

–  For home theater where there is a minimum ambient light, you will need a minimum of 1500 Lumens.

–  For classrooms and conference rooms, 2500 Lumens are recommended.

–  For large areas like an auditorium or lecture halls, you will need more Lumens.

 

Resolution

The resolution is the total number of pixels projected. It is measured from side to side and top to bottom. This will determine how much detailed and crisper the images will appear.

Home Theater Formats

Aspect Ratio

Recommendations:
Standard
4:3
For classic films or DVD-based television series

Widescreen
16:9
For HDTV, widescreen DVD and Blu-ray formats

Cinemascope
2.25:1
2.4:1
For a theater-like experience.

 

Resolution

1280 x 720 – Provides good DVD and Blu-ray video quality.

1280 x 768 – Works well with 16:9 aspect ratio video.

1920 x 1080 – The best resolution for high definition formats.

 

Wired or Wireless

A wired projector uses a cable or wire to be connected to your computer so that images will be projected after such connections. On the other hand, a wireless projector allows you to project images without using a cable.

Connections
Projector alone can’t give you the cinema-like atmosphere. You need to connect it to your computer or your smart tv. There are many types of projector connections and each of them varies if they are cross or backward compatible using an adapter.

1.   USB Plug in Play – projects images in seconds.

2.   HDMI – stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It allows digital audio through the same cable.

 

Throw Distance and Positioning

The throw distance of a projector is the distance between the projector and the image on the screen projected or thrown by the projector. Throw distance must be considered so that there will be adjustments and flexibility in the positioning and the image’s size.

Ultra-Short Throw: This kind of throw result is seen from projectors installed nearer to the wall like using a table.

Short Throw: It provides large images in which it is the throw result of a projector installed on the wall or on the ceiling closer to the wall.

Long Throw: It provides very large images. It is the throw result of a projector installed in the center of the ceiling in a large room.

 

Image Position and Adjustment

A projector should have a vertical and horizontal image correction. This will allow you to adjust and align the skewed image being projected so that it will display flat on the screen or wall.

Price

Home theater projectors are quite expensive. With that, you should be able to figure out your budget and how much higher you might go.

 

CONCLUSION

Now that you already know the key features that the best home theater should possess, you must be able to answer these important questions: Which aspect ratio I really want? How bright should it be? How much contrast do I need? What resolution is best for me? How much is it? How far would I adjust my budget range?

Getting rid the confusion is a bit hard but if you answer the questions stated above, then you will know what are the specifications you needed the most to acquire a cinematic-like home theater. Since we only gave you the five best home theater projector in the market, it will be easy for you to identify the best and the right projector for your home theater.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

Below are some of the recommendations that are categorized accordingly.

BEST PORTABLE PROJECTOR

ViewSonic PJD7720HD 3200 Lumens 1080p HDMI Home Theater Projector

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ViewSonic PJD7720HD Home Theater Projector
  • Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) 16:9 3200 Lumens Home Theater Projector with a 22,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, Vertical Digital Keystoning, and a Screen Size from 101-Inches at 12-Feet; up to 277-Inches at 30-Feet
  • Packed with our most advanced color technology, this projector provides an incredibly immersive home cinema experience coupled with ViewSonic's industry-leading durability and dust-resistance
  • The PJD7720HD is the ideal projector for both high definition presentations, vibrant multimedia entertainment, and gaming
  • Convenient design with ViewSonic's exclusive HDMI-streaming PortAll dongle, with up to 10,000 lamp hours (Eco mode), built-in 10W speaker, optical focus and zoom, and a muted black finish
  • 1.49~1.64:1 throw ratio; 3.25 - 35.73 ft. throw distance; 3.5mm Audio In/ Out, RS-232, HDMI 1.4, HDMI MHL, and Mini USB; Product Dimensions: 12.44 x 8.98 x 4.08 inches

Among the five mentioned home theater projectors, the ViewSonic PJD7720HD is the most lightweight. It only weighs 5.29 pounds, which are equivalent to 2.4 kilograms. It also measures 12.44 inches by 8.98 inches by 4.08 inches. Considering the weight and dimension, you could see that it is not too heavy to carry along.

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Optoma HD142X 1080p 3000 Lumens 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

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Optoma HD142X 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
  • Screen Size Range: 66-inches from 8 feet; 107-inches from 12 feet
  • Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 23,000:1; Keystone Correction: Yes, Lens Shift: No
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Parts and Labor, 90-Days on Lamp
  • 2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v1.2, Audio Out 3.5mm, 12V trigger, 3D-Sync, USB service Display Technology:Single 0.65" 1080p DC3 DMD chip DLP® Technology by Texas Instruments

The Optoma HD142X weighs 5.5 pounds or 2.5 kilos. When it comes to dimension, it is more compact than the ViewSonic PJD7720HD since it measures 11.73 inches by 9 inches by 3.7 inches.

 

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

BenQ DLP W1070 – 3D Home Theater Projector

BenQ DLP W1070 - 3D Home Theater Projector
  • Full HD 3D 1080p image projection up to 200 inches. A 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness
  • Includes SmartEco technology for energy conservation and auto standby mode to save energy and prolong lamp life; lasts up to 6,000 hours
  • Watch Full HD 1080p movies, TV shows and sports, or play action packed video games on screens up to 200 inches in diagonal in any room of the house
  • Built-in speakers are plug-and-play ready, only the power cord and video source connection are needed to prepare the viewing experience

This BenQ DLP W1070 balances the price and performance. The color and white brightness are equal to 2000 Lumens. Although the contrast ratio is a bit smaller, 10,000:1, this W1070 delivers the picture elements that could par with most of the high price projector. It also offers an excellent 3D performance given that it will cost you less than $700.

 

BEST IN LOW BUDGET CUT

Optoma HD142X 1080p 3000 Lumens 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

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Optoma HD142X 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
  • Screen Size Range: 66-inches from 8 feet; 107-inches from 12 feet
  • Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 23,000:1; Keystone Correction: Yes, Lens Shift: No
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Parts and Labor, 90-Days on Lamp
  • 2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v1.2, Audio Out 3.5mm, 12V trigger, 3D-Sync, USB service Display Technology:Single 0.65" 1080p DC3 DMD chip DLP® Technology by Texas Instruments

If you happen to be on a very tight budget or you’ve already extended your budget range to its extent, then you might want to consider this Optoma HD142X. It offers 3000 Lumens of the light output and 23,000:1 contrast ratio with a resolution of 1920×1080. In line with that, it features a reference display mode and sRGB enable 99% accuracy to REC. 709 color spectrum. It has an impressive lamp life that can last up to 8,000 hours. You can also connect your Smartphone or tablet with a single cable using MHL to play games or watch videos. Hence, this Optoma HD142x will only cost you less than $600.

 

THE BEST HOME THEATER PROJECTOR

Epson Home Cinema 5040UBe WirelessHD 3LCD Home Theater Projector

Epson Home Cinema 5040UBe WirelessHD 3LCD Home Theater Projector
  • The World's First WirelessHD Projector with 4K Content Support - revolutionary 4K Enhancement Technology accepts 4K input and supports HDCP 2.2.
  • HDR compatible - enjoy HDR content, with an extremely wide range of brightness levels for images bursting with real-life color. Lens Type : Powered focus/optical zoom/lens position
  • Bright - ideal for a variety of lighting conditions, the projector has: Color Brightness: 2,500 lumens and White Brightness: 2,500 lumens.
  • Expansive color gamut - get brilliant, color-rich performance that displays the entire sRGB color space, plus DCI in Digital Cinema Mode.
  • Dramatic Ultra Black levels - an improved iris design delivers up to a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

The Epson Home Cinema 5040UBe features a display technology of 3LCD optical engine. As mentioned, the LCD is known to be best in larger rooms with high ambient light. Moreover, it features 2500 Lumens of color and white brightness with an excellent contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 for more detailed color quality and black levels. It has a self-adjusting auto iris and it also uses Fujinon lens. When used in gaming, it will not give you an image lag and it also excels in 3D reproduction.

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Sony VPLHW45ES 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater/Gaming Projector (2016 Model)

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Sony VPLHW45ES 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater/Gaming Projector
  • SCREEN SIZE: 40" to 300" (1,016 mm to 7,624 mm)
  • Resolution: Full HD (1920 X 1080)
  • White Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Color Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Calibrated Brightness (cinema 1 mode): 1315 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: NA; Lens Shift: Vertical +/- 71%; Horizontal +/- 25%
  • Warranty: 3 Year Limited

If you only have a maximum budget range of $2000, then you can go with Sony VPLHW45ES. It is equipped with SXRD, a type of LCoS projector that is known for delivering a very smooth and accurate image without suffering from screen-door effect and rainbow effect. It is lightweight compared to Epson 5040UBe and has a longer lamp life that lasts up to 6000 hours. Moreover, it features a light output of 1800 Lumens and a contrast ratio of 60,000:1.