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Best Home Theater Projector for Under $1,000 or A Little More

We offer tips on finding the best home theater projector for entry-level budgets, because everyone deserves a big home cinema experience.

Grant Clauser • April 21, 2015  
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Home theater projectors, like cars, boats and college educations, range from entry-level (or cheap) to outrageous. You can find projectors from $500 to several hundred thousands of dollars. If you want a big cinema screen experience in your home (or backyard) but don’t want to risk your kids’ college funds on the project, there are several good budget projectors for you. I’ll help you pick the best home theater projector for a DIY budget.

The things you’ll want for a budget projector are pretty much the same things you’d want from a high-end projector: contrast, brightness, color accuracy, flexibility and such. When looking for a product in the $1,000 range, it’s actually easier to describe what you won’t (or probably won’t) get, and then you need to decide how you’re going to compensate.

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The first thing to know is that for a real big picture experience, you need a projector built for home theater, and that means full 1080p resolution and a high-power lamp. The small, often called pico, projectors that use low-light output LED lamps are for business or other lightweight purposes and not for home cinema. Some of those pico projectors may claim they can fill a 100-inch screen, but the image won’t nearly compare to a full-fledged projector. If you can fit it into the palm of your hand, it’s not a home theater product.

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