What to buy
- Optoma HD70 DMD Projection Display - $2399
- Infocus IN72 - $1399
There's a lot to like about the Optoma projector. It scored best overall and for picture quality, outperforming the more expensive models. It's the lightest and smallest projector in the test and has both vertical and horizontal keystone correction. It does have a relatively high heat output, however, so is probably best used in a well ventilated room.
The Infocus IN72 has been discontinued and replaced with the IN74. The IN72 but may still be available in stores, however, and at $1399, it's a good choice if you're on a budget. The resolution isn't as high as some of the other projectors in this test, but it can produce good colours and the lamp costs less to replace.
Home theatre enthusiasts would argue that the projector is only half the story - the screen is equally important. Projection screens use a blank surface, usually highly reflective fabric, to enhance the brightness of the projected image. A screen can cost thousands of dollars depending on the materials and the complexity of the setup. You may also need to consider installation costs. A specialised screen can certainly add to the cinema experience, but don't feel pressured to spend a fortune.
You can also buy special paint designed to create a video projection surface. And you can project images onto a plain white wall, although you'll probably lose some brightness and detail.