If you have the space for it, nothing beats watching films on your own home theater — especially now that things still aren’t back to normal and conventional cinemas remain closed. Indeed, major film studio projects like Mulan, Wonder Woman 1984, and The Witches are all being released on premium video-on-demand since it’s still not safe to enjoy films at a local theater.
What’s great about creating your own home cinema is that it won’t set you back to much money compared to maybe a few years ago. Additionally, today’s projectors almost have the same picture quality as flagship TVs. With that being said, let’s discuss the top five projectors to use to complement your home cinema system.
Starting with an affordable model, the BenQ HT2050A is a great 1080p projector that retails for less than $1,000. This projector uses an RGBRGB color wheel which allows you to achieve a more vibrant and richer color that you won’t find on other budget DLP projectors. The BenQ HT2050A’s flexible lens allows you to zoom in on the picture and shift it vertically. Furthermore, the 1.3x zoom gives you more freedom when it comes to how far you can place the unit. However, the speakers that come on the BenQ HT2050A are a little underwhelming. You can find the BenQ HT2050A on sale for around $700 to $750 on online retailers.
LG CineBeam HU85LA
If you’re looking for a high performance projector for your home cinema, you’ll absolutely love the LG CineBeam HU85LA. The 4k quality produced by the LG CineBeam HU85LA is made possible thanks to its three-laser light engine and DLP 4K XPR projection technology. The resulting image made by the LG CineBeam HU85LA is clear and crisp, even when at its maximum image size of 120 inches. What’s great about the HQ performance of the LG CineBeam HU85LA is that it doesn’t make the device overheat. This is because the power delivery design of modern PCBs allows projectors to run for longer without overheating. If you want to get the LG CineBeam HU85La for yourself, it retails for about $2,400.
The Optoma UHD50X is a versatile projector that provides an unbeatable home cinema experience. Aside from having a superb image quality and being relatively easy to set up, the Optoma UHD50x has a significantly low input lag. This means that if you plug a gaming computer with a good video card, you can comfortably play almost all competitive games thanks to its high refresh rate of 240-Hz. Additionally, the high refresh rate allows you to enjoy action-packed movies and sports scenes without that weird lag that most projectors have. The Optoma UHD50X currently retails for approximately $1,600 at all leading retailers.
For bigger home cinemas, only heavyweight projectors like the Epson 5050UB will do. This mammoth projector has a cinema-quality lens, great colors, and incredible black levels — making it the perfect choice for bigger rooms. The Epson 5050UB is easy to set up as it also comes with a wireless HDMI transmitter. If you’re worried that the wireless setup might ruin the picture quality and cause delays, Epson guarantees that you can still get 4K picture quality and 30 fps content despite not using a cable. You can get your own Epson 5050UB online for $3,300.
Vava 4K Laser Projector
While indoor home cinemas are great, you can take your home theater experience up a notch by bringing the party outside. With the Vava 4k Laser projector, you can have a UHD outdoor cinema without having to fuss around with cables and speakers. The Vava 4k laser projector can easily project a 100-inch UHD image, a mere 7.2 inches away from a surface or screen. It also comes with a built-in Harman Kardon soundbar, so you wouldn’t have to think about setting up a separate audio device for your outdoor cinema. The Vava 4K Laser Projector retails for about $2,800 on e-commerce websites like Amazon.