Your Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors That Are …

Tis the season – not just for the holidays, but for sports and movie viewing. What better way to upgrade your viewing experience than a new home theater projector or home entertainment projector, for you and your family?Above, from left to right taken with: Epson Home Cinema 2030, Optoma HD141X, and the Panasonic PT-AE8000U.Why are you watching movies, sports or even Blacklist, on some tiny 50” LCDTV?  Get a projector!  Enjoy 100” diagonal and larger.  Remember that 19” TV you replaced with a 42” a decade ago?  Why not enjoy another increase in size equal to that.Sure, a 32” TV is a good size for the powder room, while a 42” is nice for a kitchen.  But 100” or 120” diagonal is what you really want to get properly immersed in content.  Watching Cosmos on your phablet?  Really?  Frozen on a 37”?  So sad.  The Hobbit on a 50”?  That should be a crime!Home entertainment projectors start at about $600 for a nice entry level projector, but even those can provide far more viewing pleasure for many folks than $2000+ invested in an LCDTV.   By the time your investment in a home projector approaches $2000, in many ways you’ll enjoy a better viewing experience than your local Cineplex, and in the event of your having a family, it will save you what, perhaps $50 – $75 per visit, for a family of four, vs. one blu-ray disc for $20, and some microwave popcorn.  Payback is easy!Before I make our five recommendations spanning the price range from about $600 to $2000, let’s stop long enough to consider what it takes for you to add the complete experience to your home, and where you will use it.The vast majority of us home projector owners watch inside the house, but some will want to take a projector outside for that summer movie night – especially if you have small children.  Keep that in mind.  For general use though:You’ll need a projector.
You probably also need a sound system to go along with it. (unless you have one)
You need a screen or a white or near white wall to shine the projected image on.
Projectors come basically in two flavors, and two resolutions:Home Entertainment – designed for less than ideal rooms – you know – normal rooms, they are very bright!  Typically they have some sound (speakers built in) and tend to be less sophisticated, and produce a less “video phile” picture quality.  Still most of these will “knock your socks off” compared to normal 60” LCDTV viewing, not to mention offering a far larger, more immersive picture and experience.  LCDTV is so “old school.”  Many of today’s new home entertainment projectors are “smart” which we’ll discuss further down.
Home Theater Projectors – What separates these from home entertainment is in part the commitment to a superior picture quality.  In order to achieve that, these projectors are optimized for rooms with very good lighting control – the proverbial home theater or “cave”, but any room that can be darkened at night, and has walls and other surfaces that aren’t too white, is usually suitable.
Let’s start with the first of our five featured projectors worth considering.  They appear in no particular order:Epson Home Cinema 2030 and Home Cinema 2000Expect to spend $800 to $1000.  This two projectors are almost identical, but sold though different types of dealers.  What do they offer?  Built in sound, 3D, a zoom lens.  Bright image suitable for watching in your favorite bonus, family,or living room.  These Epson’s also offer very acceptable performance for those who like to game, and take their gaming seriously.You’ll find the slightly less expensive HC2000 online while the HC2030 is sold locally, at such places as Best Buy, small dealers, and others.   Both sell for less than $1000!Claims to fame:  Very bright, good 3D (both models come with 2 pair of 3D glasses), and really good color picture right out of the box.  Epson is the largest seller, by far, of home projectors in the US.  They provide a great two year warranty, that goes beyond the usual in support.  If there’s a warranty issue, they’ll simply replace the projector (via 2nd day shipping) and pay all the freight.  Even if your new Epson projector becomes your main TV and you watch it, say 40 hours a week, Epson’s long life, and affordable lamps would last you at least two years.  But ultimately, it’s about the picture, and good color and bright image are the primary strengths!Click Image to EnlargeYou should know, that in this day and age, many “home theater projectors” are bright enough to double as home entertainment projectors, but few home entertainment projectors can rival the picture quality or features of even lower cost home theater projectors which start around $1000 for entry level.  The sweet spot of home theater projectors tends to be from just under $2000 up to about $5000, although you can spend 10 times that much easily of course, if you are a top 1%er or a fanatic.After all, whatever you invest on your home system, will be a small fraction of say what you spend on a car.  If you’ve got a family of four and take them to the theater, buy popcorn and a drink, you’ll start appreciating how quickly you can pay to have your home system instead!Sound for Your Home Entertainment/Theater SystemOK, awesome picture, what about sound for your home entertainment/theater system?When it comes to audio, know this:  Many lower cost home entertainment projectors have built in sound.  Still one or two small speakers in a small projector won’t give you that shake the foundations of the world bass that you’ve come to expect from action and sci-fi flicks whether Transformers, Harry Potter, Train Your Dragon, or Bourne Legacy.  On the other hand, the sound’s probably just fine for watching 30 Rock reruns.Most of you will want some better external sound.  How much does that cost?  Figure anywhere from under $200.  If you are really into music, and want more than just loud and powerful, and demand some first class hi fidelity, you can spend up to $1000 for sound, but, if you are that into music, you probably already have that sound system!For most folks though, a $199-$399 HTIB (Home Theater in a Box) should do the trick.  That will usually get you surround sound speakers, subwoofer, a “receiver” and either a DVD or Blu-ray player.  Where to find such things – online, Walmart, Target, Best Buy…everywhere!  A nice surround sound system is to your home theater or home entertainment environment what a sound bar is to an LCDTV.  It elevates the experience – dramatically.Gamers Rejoice!Let’s say your passion is gaming, but you are on a really tight budget. I’m talking serious gaming that requires very fast response times, which could be anything from Call of Duty, to auto racing, to World of Warcraft.  Some projectors are just faster at responding than others.  While all of the five projectors recommended here are at least acceptable, our next choice, is an extremely affordable projector that’s very suitable for serious gamers, and for that matter, for its price, rather impressive for movie and TV viewing: the Optoma HD141X (next page).Next PageYour Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors That Are Less than $2000 – Part Two

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Bose announces VideoWave II home theatre system | Expert Reviews

High-end audiovisual specialist Bose has unveiled the successor to its VideoWave system, called – imaginatively enough – the VideoWave II.Based on the same general principle as the VideoWave, the second-generation home theatre product is available in 46in and 55in variants – compared the a single 46in model for its predecessor – and has a 1080p Full HD LED-backlit display running at 120Hz.While the picture is impressive, it’s the audio that Bose is most proud of: despite a complete lack of visible speakers, the company claims the system can provide a full surround-sound experience through a seven-element speaker array and six high-performance woofers which operate through an acoustic waveguide. Dubbed PhaseGuide, Bose claims it offers a similar performance to separate speaker systems – but without the clutter.The VideoWave II also includes the Bose media console, a small box which provides connectivity for up to six sources – including set-top boxes, consoles, and Blu-ray players in full high definition – and a dock suitable for use with the iPhone and iPod, but not the iPad.The system also comes with Bose’s Click Pad Remote, a device with surprisingly few buttons. Using an on-screen display which frames the image, full control over both the TV and compatible connected devices is provided.The final features of the Bose VideoWave II are the Unify Intelligent Integration System, a step-by-step setup wizard which configures the system for the buyer’s individual inputs and programs the Click Pad Remote to control connected devices, and the ADAPTiQi audio calibration system to analyse the room and adjust the PhaseGuide speaker system for maximum quality.The 55in VideoWave II is priced at £4,700 and the 55in version at £5,500, with both available to order from Bose authorised dealers now.

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Many home theater systems outshine commercial cinemas.Home …

For many people, going to the movies is a favorite past time.  It means getting to see a movie on a massive screen with ear-shattering sound, all while downing an over-sized soda a large bag of buttery popcorn.  However, sometimes there are people near you talking, or someone in front of you constantly text messaging their friends, both of which work to decrease your overall experience.  For many people, this is the reason they consider installing home theater systems.  While this may be a very valid reason to consider doing such, one of the reasons people should be considering installing a home theater system has nothing to do with people with poor manners at movie theaters.  Often, home theater systems actually provide a better movie-watching experience than going to the commercial cinema.First, your home theater system can actually be outfitted with a higher quality screen than you could ever hope for at a commercial cinema.  This means that rather than getting that grainy image you often get at commercial theaters, your home theater can display a crisp image of the film you are watching.  Second, the audio in your home theater system can actually be of higher quality than the audio systems at movie theaters.  This may be hard to believe, since when you go to the movies the sound is always so loud, but higher quality speakers are available for home audio systems.  Argenta is one company that installs home audio systems and home theater systems that understands this. They realize that home theater systems can easily outshine commercial cinemas.  However, they realize this is only possible if the system is installed and calibrated correctly.  Achieving a home theater system that easily outshines commercial cinemas takes more than simply purchasing the highest quality products available.  It also takes installing those components properly, and calibrating them to meet your demands.  However, once all of that is done, you will have a home theater system that makes watching movies at home much better than watching them at the cinema.The final area in which your home theater system can outshine and outperform commercial cinemas relates to the seating.  Often, the seats at commercial cinemas can be uncomfortable, forcing you to bend over and stretch out during the course of the movie to stay comfortable.  Also, they often don’t provide the kind of back and neck support you need, so you leave the theater feeling tight and sore.  Home theater seating can resolve all of these issues.  In regards to home theater seating, it is important to find chairs and seats that offer both comfort and ergonomic support.  This means you need to find theater seating that is specifically designed for watching movies.  With the right seating, you will feel completely comfortable, making it easy to relax and focus all of your attention on the particular movie you are watching.  For these reasons, home theater systems outshine commercial cinemas.  They can increase the quality of the video and the audio of the movie, and they can make the overall viewing experience more comfortable..

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HDTV Magazine – HDTV and Home Theater Podcast – Podcast #656 …

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