The 5 Top Full HD Home Theater Projectors Under $1,000

Looking for an entry-level home theater projector? You’re in luck. Just a short time ago, the budget-friendly projectors sacrificed image quality, for price. If you didn’t have the budget to pay more than $1,000 for a projector, you could expect sub-par image quality and construction.
The good news is that has changed. Today, there is a range of sub-$1,000 options that provide impressive image quality and that will completely enhance your home theater. So which budget-friendly projector should you choose? Really, it depends on what you’re looking for, but here are 5 projectors under $1,000 that provide excellent picture quality, solid construction, configuration flexibility, and competitive brightness.

  1. BenQ HT1075 – For years, BenQ manufactured one of the most popular sub-$1,000 home theater projectors – the W1070. Finally, they released an update last year, the HT1075. For the price, the 1075 is tough to beat, especially in terms of picture quality. The HT1075 provides crisp, detailed images with a vibrant color array and strong contrast. Plus, the HT1075 incorporates vertical and horizontal lens shift, which is a useful feature during installation. The W1070, on the other hand, remains a solid option for your home theater, as well.
    Benq HT1075
    Benq HT1075

Features:

  • Native Full HD Resolution
  • 2,200 Lumens
  • 3D Ready, Available Wireless Connectivity
  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Price: $799

 

  1. Optoma HD26 – Optoma is a market leader in budget-friendly projectors, and the HD26 is hands-down the best option they offer that’s less than $1,000. As far as a home theater projector, the HD26 does reasonably well, providing a bright picture even in modestly lit living rooms. Plus, the HD26 has a built-in speaker – a 10-watt mono – which makes this a great, affordable “out-of-the-box” system for your home theater. The Optoma HD141X, which is a bit more affordable than the HD26, shares many of the same features, and is another great option from Optoma.
    Optoma HD26
    Optoma HD26

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Native Full HD Resolution
  • 3,200 Lumens
  • 3D Ready, HDMI Connections
  • 25,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Price: $699

 

  1. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 – Compared to the two previously mentioned projectors, the Epson 2030 is a LCD-based projector. So you won’t see any rainbow artifacts with the 2030 – which is one advantage. Plus, the Home Cinema 2030 is built for home entertainment – it can be used in your home theater, for gaming, or as a replacement for your TV. The biggest disadvantage: The 2030 doesn’t have lens shift, which limits your configuration options.
    Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 2030
    Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 2030

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Built-in Audio
  • 2,000 Lumens
  • 3D Ready, HDMI Connections
  • Native 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Price: $799

 

  1. Acer H6510BD – When it was introduced in 2013, the Acer H6510BD was one of the most affordable 3D-ready projectors on the market. Now, the space is a bit more crowded, and prices on a few better performing models have dropped. Overall, the Acer performs reasonably well. The picture quality is vibrant in rooms with ambient light, but in theaters, the Acer is prone to showing rainbow artifacts.
    Acer H6510BD
    Acer H6510BD

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Full HD, 3D Ready
  • 3,000 Lumens
  • HDMI Connections
  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Price: $699

 
5. LG PF85U – The LG PF85U might be the best replacement for your TV. LG bills this as a LED Smart Projector, which means it has a built-in smart TV. The LG PF85U can connect easily to web-based viewing sites like Hulu or Netflix. Also, the projector has a reasonably loud stereo sound system built-in. Where the LG falls short is in image quality. Overall, in dimly lit rooms, the LG performs well, but when more light is present, you’re likely to experience washed-out colors and less detailed images. Also, the LG isn’t 3D ready and there aren’t zoom capabilities, which are two other disadvantages.

LG PF85U
LG PF85U

Features:                                                                                                      

  • Built-in Audio
  • 1,000 Lumens
  • HDMI Connections
  • Extended-life LED lamp
  • Price: $999

 
If you’re planning a home theater on the cheap, you have options available to you that will enhance your home theater. Is there a clear winner? The BenQ HT1075 is one of our favorites, but depending on the features you’re looking for, all five of these projectors offer something a little different. Plus, they’re all affordable and perform well.

What’s the Best Short-Throw Projector for the Home Theater?

When it comes to buying a projector, a short-throw lens makes a lot of sense for home theater enthusiasts. Short-throw projectors are ideal for small spaces, like a game room or home theater, and their short throw ratios mean that they can be placed much closer to the screen than their long-throw siblings. But yet, only a few short-throw projectors are capable of displaying quality 1080p video.
 
So which ones are the best? There are a range of options, from the recently introduced native 4K ultra short-throw projectors, to more budget-friendly options. But the key is finding a short-throw projector that provides stunning image quality, image brightness and that will last you for years. Some of the super portable short-throw projectors aren’t designed to last or provide stunning images. Fortunately, there are some great options for your home theater that won’t break the bank.
 

BenQ W1085ST

BenQ is a leader when it comes to budget-friendly short-throw projectors, and last year they released the W1085ST. It was released last year to replace the ever-popular W1080ST – another great short-throw option for the home theater. For the price – ranging from about $850 to $1,000 – the W1085ST is a great piece of hardware for home theaters.

Benq W1085ST
Benq W1085ST

The 1085 has a brightness rating of 2,200 lumens, ideal for dark rooms or those with modest amounts of ambient light. Plus, it’s a native 1920x1080p and can cast a large screen, up to 300 inches. At just 1.5 meters from the screen, the 1085 creates a gargantuan 100-inch screen. Additional features like wireless connectivity, horizontal and vertical lens ship, 3D capabilities and an impressive color profile make this a wonderful option for home theaters – and at around $850 to $1,000, the price is right.
 

Optoma GT1080

Although it’s positioned as the projector for gamers, the Optoma GT1080 does double-duty as a home theater projector. In fact, it’s a more-than-capable home theater projector, competing brilliantly with other options in the price range. Plus, the price is nearly unbeatable, coming in at right around $750.

Optoma GT1080
Optoma GT1080

A few specs about the projector: This Optoma is fairly bright, rated at 2,800 lumens, and delivers impressive color quality with a 25,000:1 contrast ratio. The colors are saturated, and with video or gaming, rainbow artifacts are nearly non-existent. Additionally, the Optoma has a minimal lag, which makes this great for gaming. So is this really a home theater projector? For the most part yes. In Cinema mode, the 1080 works like a charm, and it provides Full HD 3D video. You won’t find many better options for the price; this is an ideal starter projector.
So which one is the best? It depends. If you’re not much of a gamer, opt for the BenQ 1085ST or the 1080. Both of these projectors provide impressive image quality, and they compete fiercely in the price range, even against long-throw projectors. On the other hand, if you’re a gamer – the clear winner is the Optoma 1080.

Are Laser Projectors Here to Stay?

Laser projectors: Are they a fad or the future of home theater projectors? That’s a good question. Today, commercial laser projectors and laser projectors for home theaters are making their way slowly to market.

Insight Laser 4K
Insight Laser 4K

In fact, at CEDIA this year, many of the best-selling projector brands, including Sony and Epson, rolled out new projectors that feature cutting-edge laser and hybrid LED technology.  Commercial movie houses, including IMAX, are embracing laser technology, too. There are even companies working on retrofitting kits to update bulb-based projectors.
But is this just a fad? Or will your xenon-bulb projector be obsolete in a year or two?
First, you don’t have to worry. Bulb projectors are here to stay, at least for a while. The home theater projectors that we use today are powerful and many provide stunning image quality. Eventually, though, they may give way to hybrid and laser technology. The reason? 3-D movies and 4K content are becoming more and more common, and that means our projectors need to be more powerful and brighter. In that respect, laser projectors might be the wave of the future.
 

How Laser Projectors Are Changing Movies?

Many directors loathe digital projection. When Director Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” hit theaters, he said he preferred the movie to be shown at theaters with traditional 35mm print projectors. Director Quinten Tarantino went as far as to call the shift to digital the death of cinema as he knew it. Their reason is that today’s digital projectors can’t match 35mm film print.
The images are dimmer. The detail isn’t as crisp. The colors aren’t as vibrant and the contrast is weaker. For 3-D movies, these problems are even more pronounced, because of the way these movies are displayed. Movie theaters use passive 3-D projection, which shows each eye a dimmer, less resolute picture. Thus, with traditional digital bulb projectors, viewers see a very dim picture in 3-D, and a lot of the detail is lost.
But that’s the virtue of laser projection.
Commercial laser projectors can effectively double the brightness output of xenon-bulb projectors, 60,000 lumens compared to top-end digital projectors at 30,000. That brightness means greatly improved contrast, color saturation (they produce more perceivable color than today’s digital projectors) and they’re able to display content with higher frame rates. Plus, laser projectors have much longer bulb lives, up to 20,000 hours or more. Effectively, laser projectors compete much better with 35mm film stock, and that’s why movie houses are so interested in making the transition.
 

Laser Home Theater Projectors

Lately, there’s been a shift to lasers in home theater as well. First, there was a move to hybrid LED/laser projectors that boost both brightness and bulb life. In fact, there are several hybrid options on the market, and many are reasonably priced. Lately, though, the push for 100% laser home theater projectors has been taking place.
For instance, at CEDIA, Christie Digital Systems – which showed the first commercial laser-projected movie in 2012 – entered the home market for the first time. The company introduced the DDS555-GS, a single-chip laser/phosphor projector with a brightness rating of 5,000 lumens. The price: $14,000. Plus, Digital Projection unveiled the Insight 4K Laser projector. The specs are truly impressive: The Insight has a brightness rating of 12,000 lumens and projects in UltraHD 4K.  The cost: more than $100,000.
Plus, Sony and Epson introduced laser 4K projectors as well, that embrace the new technology. Of course, for most movie cinema enthusiasts, a laser doesn’t make sense. They’re impressive, sure, but as there just isn’t that much 4K content available yet. Plus, there are many bulb projectors available that can display 3-D and HD content well.
 

Price Is Very Limiting

Like any new technology, the price of laser projectors is astronomical right now. Commercial laser projectors can cost half a million dollars, compared to $60,000 for commercial xenon-bulb projectors. And early home theater projectors like Sony’s new Ultra Short Throw start at $50,000. They’re exponentially more than today’s standard digital projectors.
That means a shift to laser projection will take some time. Also, early iterations of laser projectors have had some issues like speckle phenomena. But as the technology evolves and improves, 4K and 3-D content continues to grow in popularity and the costs come down, it’s seems very likely that laser projectors won’t be just a fad.

Projector Lamp Life: How Many Times Can You Watch Your Favorite Movies?

Your home theater projector relies on a very powerful bulb to project light onto the screen. Unfortunately, these bulbs are like any lamp; they’re only capable of projecting light for a certain amount of time before dimming and ultimately burning out.
With projectors, that means the bulb dims over time, and the number of hours a bulb can be in operation before only projecting half of its original brightness is known as projector lamp life. Many of the UHP projectors produced today have lamp lives of 4,000-5,000 hours, up from an average of about 2,000 hours in years past.  For instance, if you own an Acer H6510BD projector, you can expect the lamp life to be 4000 hours.
But that number is hard to quantify. How many movies can you watch in 4,000 hours? We thought it would be interesting to show you just how long 4,000 hours can be. For instance, did you know you could watch The Godfather – a nearly 3-hour movie – 1,374 times on the average UHP projector? What about a crazy-long movie marathons? You could watch all four Pirates of the Caribbean movies 410 times back-to-back-to-back on the average projector.
What about some others? Here are how many times you could watch the highest-grossing movie franchises back-to-back on the average projector:

Harry Potter

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

Everyone’s favorite wizard, Harry Potter, had a heyday at the box office, breaking just about every record imaginable. The 8 Potter films grossed roughly $7.7 billion, with the final film in the series raking in more than $1.1 billion. On the average projector, you could run the entire 1,173-minute loop 204 times.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel franchise was launched in the early 2000s, but already, it’s become the second highest grossing franchise of all-time. The 10-film series includes fan favorites like Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers, with each taking home about $715 million in ticket sales. On the average projector, you could watch the 20+ hours of Marvel movies 192 times.

James Bond

James Bond
James Bond

There isn’t a more storied movie franchise than the James Bond series. In total, there are 24 films spanning multiple decades and an array stars like Sean Connery, Roger Moore and now Daniel Craig. In its history, the Bond franchise has achieved $6.1 billion in ticket sales, with the latest Skyfall earning the most at $1.18 billion. All 24 movies total 2,896 minutes, just more than two full days. On the average projector, you could watch the loop 82 times.

Lord of the Rings

The entire Lord of the Rings series includes the original trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, and the 1978 feature The Lord of the Rings. To date, the franchise has raked in $5.6 billion in ticket sales. Of course, Peter Jackson’s films aren’t short; the seven films played back-to-back run for 1,176 minutes, or about 3 hours per film. On the average projector, you could watch them all 204 times.

Star Wars


There’s seven films in the Star Wars franchise, including the original trilogy, the prequels and the animated feature The Clone Wars. That will change soon, with the highly anticipated return coming at the end of the year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In December, before the new films come out, you can prep with a 14.91-hour marathon. On the average projector, that would mean you could watch the franchise 268 times.

Spider-Man

The Spider-Man franchise has some super fans, and that has led to more than $3.9 billion in ticket sales in less than a decade. Overall, a back-to-back Spider-Man marathon would take 665 minutes, or a little more than 11 hours. On the average projector, you could watch all five movies once a day for nearly an entire year, or360 times.

Batman

From the Tim Burton films of the early 1990s to the recent Christopher Nolan reboot, the Batman franchise has been a powerhouse at the box office, and it’s a long been a fan favorite. The first film premiered in 1966. Today, there are 10 Batman films in total, ranging 1135 minutes, or about 19 hours. On the average projector, you could watch all five movies 211 times.

Best Home Theater Projectors of 2014

Last year, A/V enthusiasts had a lot to be excited about. Many of the biggest players in the projector game released updated versions of many of their best-selling models, like the BenQ HT1075, which replaced the ever-popular W1070. Plus, more and more 4K projectors are being released, and the prices, while still expensive, continue a slow march downward. We looked at some HD projectors that were released in 2014 (and one at the end of 2013) and picked 5 of my favorites, based on image quality, available features and more. These are a few of the best home theater projectors:
 

Epson Home Cinema 5030UB

 
Technically, the Epson 5030UB was released at the tail-end of 2013, but it made the most waves in 2014. The 5030UB is a higher-end projector from Epson, starting at $2299, but it’s worth the price. Rated at 2400 lumens, the projector is more than bright enough for light-controlled rooms, and can even deliver in moderately lit rooms.
Plus, the image quality is spectacular. The contrast ratio has been doubled from previous versions, up to 600,000:1, while color accuracy and shadow detail are impressive. Specs include:

•Full HD 1080p

•1x Zoom Ratio

•Classic Black-and-White Cinema Mode

3D ready with two pairs of 3D glasses

 

BenQ HT1075

 

Benq HT1075
Benq HT1075

If you’ve shopped for a budget home theater projector, you’re probably aware of the HT1075’s predecessor, the W1070. That’s been one of the most popular projectors in recent memory. The updated HT1075 doesn’t pack in a variety of new features, but, true to the W1070, it’s one of the best budget projectors released in 2014. Specs include:

•Full HD with 3D

•2,200 Lumens

•10,000:1 Contrast Ratio

•New Mobile Hi-Definition Link (MHL) Support

•A Redesigned Menu

 

Sony VPL HW600ES

 
The Sony VPL HW600ES takes an exciting step forward; it’s a native 4K Ultra HD projector, taking image quality to all new heights. Although, the Sony VPL is expensive, starting at more than $14,000, it’s one of the more reasonably priced 4K projectors. The biggest difference, of course, is resolution; 4K projectors pack in four times the pixels in each image. For non-4K content, the pixel rate is upgraded to 3840×2160; so even non-4K content benefits. That translates to some of the most impressive detail available, even as you move further from the screen. Specs include:

•200,000:1 Contrast Ratio

1700 Lumens

•Ultra HD, Full HD 3D

•Automatic calibration

Lens shift and zoom

 

Optoma HD26

 

Optoma HD26
Optoma HD26

For a sub-$1,000 projector, the Optoma HD26 is one of the brightest. It’s rated at 3,200 lumens, providing bright, saturated colors, and really, for the price, it’s a contender for best image quality. There aren’t many projectors this affordable that are as bright. One point: There is a slight rainbow effect on black-and-white images. But for the price, the image quality is pretty impressive. Specs include:

•3,200 lumens

•Full HD 3D

•5,000-hour lamp life

•MHL support

 

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000

Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 3000
Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 3000

 
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000 is the long-awaited update to the Epson 8350, and for those who waited, there are new features to be excited about. This is an entry-level 3LCD projector, starting at roughly $1,200, and it offers advantages over less expensive projectors. For instance, Cinema Mode features a bright 1,700 lumen picture with impressive color accuracy and saturation. Specs include:

•Full HD 3D

•2 pairs of 3D glasses

•Vertical and horizontal lens shift

•3,500-hour lamp life

•60,000:1 contrast ratio

•2,300 lumens

Film Review: Birdman

Birdman or (The Importance of the Virtue of Ignorance)

 
Michael Keaton was once a mega-star; he was Batman and Beetlejuice. And his face was everywhere in the early 1990s. But can you name his last starring role? Probably not. In fact, before Birdman, his first starring role in six years, you were more likely to ask “whatever happened to Michael Keaton?”
The parallels between Keaton and his Birdman character Riggan Thompson are uncanny. In this film review, we follow Keaton’s comeback and what makes this film a contender for the Oscar’s.

Riggan is an aged, quasi-retired Hollywood actor, who famously played a superhero, Birdman, years before. Sound familiar? Now, Riggan is at a pivotal point. Seeking to revive his career, he goes all-in, financing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story. The backstage tension before opening night is thick; this is make-or-break time for Riggan. If the play fails, he will be financially and professionally ruined.
Unfortunately for Riggan, the play is on a fast-track to disaster. A cast member goes down days before the play is set to open for previews. His producer-lawyer, played by a surprisingly serious Zach Galifinakis, struggles to keep the production afloat financially. Thompson’s daughter Sam (Emma Stone), who’s just out of rehab, is fragile, emotionally unstable, and resents her once-absent father. And Riggan’s hilariously over-theatrical co-star Mike (Edward Norton) undermines Riggan’s direction at every turn. It’s a frenetic, desperate dash towards opening night and it’s darkly humorous to watch it unfold.
Not to mention, Riggan is continually ridiculed by the voice in the back of his head – the Birdman – who revels in bringing up the actor’s shortcomings. This Birdman-fueled subplot lays the groundwork for a disorienting character study of Riggan. As Birdman, Riggan is capable of telekinesis, levitation and flight, all imagined, we think. Either way, it’s safe to say Riggan is in the middle of an existential crisis.
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s films like Biutiful and Amores Perros have all explored the characters in crisis, and Birdman is a clever example. Inarritu masterfully uses the magical realism of Riggan-as-Birdman to disarm viewers and explore the themes of ego, obsession and longing for validation more thoroughly. It works in the film, and we’re left as unsure about Riggan as he appears to be about himself.
Where Birdman is truly inventive, though, is in its cinematic style. The entire film is a visual tour de force. It appears to be shot in one take, al la Alfred Hitchcock in Rope, with minimal cuts away.  Director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity) takes us backstage at the St. James Theatre in Times Square. His camera moves effortlessly through the backhalls and wings of the historic theater, into costume closets, dressing rooms and hallways, quickly following the action. It’s easy for viewers to get lost in that chaotic backstage energy of the last few rehearsals. Lubezki’s cinematography is the main reason the film flows so seamlessly – especially alongside Antonio Sanchez’ free-flowing jazz percussion score. It pulls you in, and you don’t want to look away.
It’s no surprise the experts at GoldDerby have made Lubezki a shoe-in for Best Cinematography at the Oscars. And while it may appear to be slotted into the genre of drama, this film should definitely be watched on the big screen. Or the next best thing; your home theater consisting of a projector with a considerable screen size to really feel the effect of the one shot take. I watched it on a Panasonic PT-DW6300 home theater projector in a screening room.
But Birdman doesn’t rely on the visual effects. It is a bold, inventive film that impresses with its how-did-they-do-that cinematography. And it’s an intellectual film too; you’ll have plenty of questions. Is it a satire of show business? A story about how our egos can drive us to the brink? Or maybe it’s simpler than that. Maybe Birdman is just an interesting dark comedy? Either way, this is a movie that will leave you thinking long after you see it.
 

How to Change a Projector Filter

Changing your filter is easy, but did you know that you don’t have to  purchase a new one? You can clean your existing filter. Watch this short video to get tips on filter maintenance and learn how easy it is to remove and replace the filter in your projector. For all your projector lamp needs, be sure to visit www.myprojectorlamps.com for the BEST prices found online.

TRANSCRIPT:
Hi Everyone. Thanks for tuning in to another MyProjectorLamps video.
Today we’re going to discuss Projector Filters and some useful filter maintenance tips.
(Roll the MPL Intro) 
Did you know your projector has a filter? Every single projector has one and it’s important to know how it works.
(Pull out filter from projector) 
The most common question we get from our customers is: Do I need to replace the filter when I replace the lamp? The answer is no!
Something that the manufactures of projectors don’t want you knowing is that, filters can be used, and re-used time and time again – as long as they are cleaned properly. In an ideal audio visual world, your filter should be cleaned out on a monthly basis. This would help keep both the projector and projector lamp running optimally. But because we are all busy, 1-2 times a year should suffice.
Filters come in all shapes and sizes.
(zoom in on the filters) 
Generally there are going to be two materials that your filter is comprised of – one is more paper-like and the other is more sponge-like. (Point right hand in one direction and left hand in the other, as paper will appear on one side and sponge will appear on the other).
If your filter is more paper-like, you can tap it on a table or use a compressed air duster to eliminate excess dust.
(tap on table)
(show air dusting) 
If the filter in your projector is sponge-like, you can actually wash it out using dish soap and water. Make sure to let it completely dry before putting it back into your projector. If you’d rather not deal with that process, you can also use a compressed air duster in this instance as well.
(Show clear glass bowl with dish detergent and water in it. Dip in sponge filter and wash by hand) 
As you can see, this isn’t rocket science, and there’s no use spending money unnecessarily on a new filter that you simply don’t need!
 
(Words appear on screen: “Cleaning your filter will prolong the life of filter, lamp, and projector!”) 
If you have any questions about this process, feel free to give our super-friendly customer service reps a call. We’ll be happy to talk to you about optimal filter maintenance.
 
Thanks for joining us for another MyProjectorLamps video.

What’s the Best Projector for Watching Sports?

Sports are more fun to watch on the big screen. The images are larger than life, your guests are entertained and you feel like you have a front-row seat to the action. But you don’t need to invest in an expensive 90-inch LCD TV to watch the big game.

Sports on a Projector
Sports on a Projector

Instead, your best bet is a high-quality home theater projector. There are a number of reasons why projectors are great for showing sporting events, whether at home or at a restaurant or bar. First, projectors are extremely versatile: They can achieve massive HD images, or they can be optimized for smaller screens. If it’s fight night or Super Bowl Sunday at your restaurant, a projector makes it possible to blow-up your screen so everyone can see.
Plus, projectors can be used in high-light or low-light environments, they’re more economical than giant flatscreen TVs, and after the game, you can use them to show movies, games or TV shows. These are all reasons why, if you run a bar or restaurant or want to watch sports at home, you can’t go wrong with a quality HD projector. But which projectors are best for sporting events? Here are a few factors to consider:
 

Projector Brightness

 
Projectors are designed for certain locations. Environments with high ambient light – a well-lit sports bar, for instance – require projectors that are brighter. While dark home theaters can achieve impressive image quality with dimmer projector bulbs. This is important to consider, because image quality can take a hit if your projector isn’t bright enough for the space.
So how bright does a projector need to be to display sporting events?
A projector’s brightness is measured in lumens, ranging anywhere from 1,000 to 6,000 lumens. High ambient environments require projectors that have an output of 4,000 or more lumens. Bright, full-light sports bars might require a projector that’s even brighter, while more dimly lit bars could get away with a brightness of 3,500 lumens. With dark theaters, 1,500 lumens can achieve an ideal image.
Another thing to consider about brightness: The larger a screen, the brighter your projector needs to be. So if you increase your screen size, chances are you’ll need to invest in a projector with a brighter bulb.

Sports Bar Projectors
Sports Bar Projectors

 

The Best Resolution for Sporting Events?

 
Many of today’s home theater projectors are Full HD (1920X1080), and this resolution will provide some of the clearest images for sporting events. But Full HD isn’t required, unless the event that you’re showing is being broadcast in HD.
In fact, with some sporting events, a slight decrease in resolution won’t always be noticeable, depending on the size of your screen. The rule of thumb is that the larger your screen is, the better the resolution needs to be. It’s just like brightness.
 

Projector Features That Are Ideal for Sporting Events

 
The best HD projectors for sporting events will have features that provide flexibility. Not every event is the same, and some events have special viewing requirements. Therefore, be sure to find a projector with:
A Short Throw Ratio: The shorter a projector’s throw ratio, the closer it can be placed near the screen while achieving a large picture. That’s great for sporting events, because people are more likely to be moving around, which can cause shadow-casting with longer throw projectors. An example of a short-throw projector is the Benq MW870UST.
Lens Shift: This feature enables you to move the image right or left without physically moving the projector. This is a must-have feature that will provide flexibility in display possibilities.
Lens Zoom: Zoom makes it easier to fit your image to the screen. With lens zoom, you can make the image smaller or larger, without moving the projector. This adds another layer of flexibility for operators.
So there you have it. To have a great sports viewing experience, you need to match your projector to the environment. If you do that, you can’t go wrong. Compared to LCD TVs, projectors are easier to set up, they’re more cost-effective than TVs, and the image quality is better. Now, start watching sports already!

6 Insanely Spectacular Lighted Projector Displays

The power of projector technology today is truly amazing. You’ll notice it every time you visit an I-MAX theater and catch a 3-D movie. But projectors aren’t just being used on the big screen and in home theaters and gaming rooms. In fact, projectors are now used in almost every industry to wow us visually. From 3-D billboards, to impressive lighting displays at Nine Inch Nails concerts, there’s no limit to images projectors can produce.
All of us at MyProjectorLamps team are obsessed with projector technology, and we’re always on the lookout for new examples of how far projector displays have come.  These are a few of my favorites that are pushing the boundaries.
It was a challenge to pick just a few though. First, there are just so many to choose from, and they just keep getting better. These aren’t cheesy Laser Dome, 1970s displays of yesteryear. They’re 3-D, HD and larger than life. Plus, the medium is so subjective; projectors are being used to create masterful works of art with light and artists are using them in impressive ways. Everyone’s tastes are different. Here are 6 that I found particularly impressive:

  1. Tupac’s Hologram at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival

When Tupac’s hologram was used on-stage at the 2012 Coachella Fest, it made headlines – everyone thought the future was here. But you might not know that the effect has been in use since the 1860s. Really. A similar analog effect was developed in 1862 called Pepper’s ghost.
Instead of using projectors, the technique requires precisely angled mirrors and two similar, adjacent rooms. One room is empty, while the other contains the “ghosts.” People who walk into the empty room can’t see the mirrors or the other room, and then, when ghosts enter the mirrored room, they’re projected into the empty room.
Today, with 3-D holograms, a similar effect is used that employs digital projectors. For instance, with Tupac’s hologram, an image was projected from above the stage. The image hit a mirrored surface on the floor of the stage, which reflected the image onto a transparent screen angled toward the audience. The screen isn’t visible to the audience, and thus, an animated 3-D picture appears to be there in the flesh.  Although this wasn’t the first time a 3-D hologram was used in a live performance – Disney World has been using Pepper’s ghost for years – it was the most buzzworthy. Now, we’re seeing this more and more; for example, Michael Jackson made an “appearance” at the 2014 Billboard Music Award and holograms.

  1. “Pixel” from French Dance Company Adrien M / Claire B

This is the ultimate merging of light and dance; in fact, light becomes a prop throughout the performance as it’s displayed on stage. The Adrien M / Claire B dancers are completely immersed in thousands of pixels, and the light moves fluidly with the dancers’ movements. It’s truly other-worldly, and a perfect example of just how far light projection has come.
One particularly impressive effect: The dancers have to wade through a rainstorm of rain drops of light that run down an opened umbrella. You have to see it for yourself to believe it.
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  1. A Glass-Shattering Display on the Nine Inch Nails Tour

Nine Inch Nails concerts have always pushed the lighting design envelop. But on the Live: With Teeth tour, the electronic band took it to another level. The band used DLP projectors to project images onto a screen at the front of the stage.
Before the show, images like static TV pictures would play, evolving into what appeared to be a pure glass sheet in front of the stage. Then, lead singer Trent Reznor would hoist his guitar and shatter the screen, and the digital “glass shards” would fall upwards as the screen was pulled upwards. The effect can be seen in the documentary Beside You In Time.

  1. 3-D Projection Mapping at H&M Amsterdam

3-D projection mapping has been used for a while now to turn buildings and other oddly shaped objects into projection screens. One of the first times the technology was used for entertainment was at Disney World’s Haunted Mansion in 1969. The technology enables nearly anything to become a screen including bridges, human faces and sculptures. Recently, though, the power of 3-D projection mapping has taken on a life of its own.
This example from 2010 H&M Amsterdam launch is particularly impressive, because the light show blends so well with the building’s historic Renaissance architecture. Plus, the roughly 3-minute display includes some very cool effects, like making it appear an entire wall is falling off onto the street below.

  1. ACDC vs Iron Man at the Rochester Castle

Here’s another 3-D mapping project. This one features an AC/DC song and video projected onto the front of Rochester Castle in England. There are many reasons this one’s so impressive. First, the display uses the age-old architecture of the castle brilliantly and incorporates a realistic-looking animated stone façade. It really appears to be a part of the castle. Plus, the video incorporates live AC/DC performance footage that’s crystal clear even though it’s more than 5-stories tall.

  1. Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Light/Music Blending

The current season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic features a first-time lighting display that’s powerful. The new in/SIGHT series from the orchestra features a light display designed to enhance the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s architecture, as well as enhance the musical performance. It’s an exciting digital update to the traditional orchestra performance experience, and highlights a new form of producing classical music.
 

Movie Review: HEAT

Hey readers, Joe again with another movie review. This time we’re gonna do Michael Mann’s crime saga, “Heat”. Here’s a rundown of the home theater in my dad’s house which I helped him set up.
Home Theater Setup:
Screen: InFocus Elite 120”
Projector: Fujitsu LPF4800
Blu-Ray Player: Samsung BD-H5100
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR838
Speakers: Canton Audio Movie 90 5.1 Surround System
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, veterans of so many great crime films, have by now spent more time playing cops and crooks than most actual cops and crooks have. Method actors like them are who real cops and crooks base themselves on at this point. They both carry these roles with absolute precision of effect here. In Michael Mann’s “Heat”, De Niro plays Neal McCauley, a criminal mastermind. Pacino plays LAPD Lt. Jack Hanna, the guy assigned to guess McCauley’s next move.

Los Angeles police detective, Jack Hanna (Al Pacino) is tracking a master thief named Neal McCauley (Robert De Niro). McCauley is “sharp” according to Hanna and he seems impossible to catch. The big on-screen showdown between these two legendary actors is on! In one scene, Hanna pulls over McCauley. Hanna approaches McCauley’s car and invites him to a cup of coffee. The two men sit across from each other at a diner: Middle-aged, hard-nosed, with too much experience in their respective occupations, they know exactly what they represent to each other, but for this moment of truce they drink their coffee in harmony. They are mortal enemies, but in a sense they are more involved with each other than with those who are supposed to be their friends like the ladies in their lives, for example.
McCauley’s own policy is never to get involved in anything that he can’t “walk away from in 30 seconds flat if he spots the heat around the corner”. One day in a restaurant he gets into a conversation with Edie, played by Amy Brenneman, who asks him a lot of questions. Hanna is on his third marriage because he’d “rather spend his time among the dead” according to his current drug-addled wife, Justice, played by Diane Venora. The men in his movie are addicted to their lives. There is a scene where the thieves essentially have all the money they need. They can retire. McCauley even has a place picked out in New Zealand. But another job presents itself, and they cannot resist it: “It’s the juice. It’s the action.” says fellow thief, Mike Cherrito played by Tom Sizemore. Other thieves on Neal’s crew are Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis, Danny Trejo as Trejo, Kevin Gage as the mysterious and hate-fueled Waingro, and Jon Voight as Nate, the guy who finds “jobs” for Neal and his crew.
The movie opens with a very complicated armored truck robbery involving stolen semis, an ambulance, and tow trucks. The action continues with a meticulously conceived bank robbery and a shootout in downtown Los Angeles (great for testing out your surround sound system). The cops keep Neal and his crew under 24-hour surveillance, and one day follow them to an isolated warehouse area, where the thieves stand in the middle of a vast space and McCauley outlines some plan to them. Later, the cops stand in the same place, trying to figure out what plan the thieves could possibly have had in mind. No target is anywhere in view. Suddenly Hanna gets it: “You know what they’re looking at? They’re looking at us – the LAPD. We just got made.” He is right. McCauley is now on a roof chuckling and looking at them through a lens, having outwitted the detectives.
In another very powerful scene, after the cops are onto Neal’s crew and stakes out each of their families to try to get them to come out of hiding. Chris (Val Kilmer) goes to see if his wife Charlene, played by Ashley Judd, can be saved from the closing dragnet. With one look, she tells him the heat is there and not to try to come up to see her. With the same look, she tells him that she loves him but they can no longer hold each other ever again. Michael Mann’s writing and direction elevate this scene to be a masterful display of emotionally charged acting.
Heat is not just an action movie, it isn’t just a crime story – it is a cinematic treasure. More than anything, the dialogue and characters are dynamically complex. This film is long, but it is an essential view for anyone who is a fan of the classic cops and robbers action, as well as anyone looking for a perfect case study on human emotion and interaction.