10 Best Hd Home Theater Projectors
for November 2022

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Looking for the best home theater projector? We researched 10 models before purchasing 6 for exhaustive side-by-side testing. Our team assembled and tested each projector, analyzing image quality, installation, and focus. We recorded total projected brightness and measured contrast ratio to determine how well each projector is able to display colors. We assessed how long the projectors survived on a full battery charge and considered their ease of use. Our evaluations inform our expert recommendations, and this in-depth review will help you pick out the best home theater projector for your preferences and budget.

Whether you want to watch the latest movies in the largest format or watch the game from home, the right projector can make all the difference. With high-resolution LCD the current standard for picture settings, and legendary brands like Sony, Samsung, and LG leading the way in innovation, you can find the right projector to meet your needs and budget.

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Optoma HD39HDR High Brightness HDR Home Theater Projector | 120Hz Refresh Rate | 4000 lumens | Fast 8.4ms Response time with 120Hz | Easy Setup with 1.3X Zoom | 4K Input | Quiet Operation 26dB

Optoma HD39HDR High Brightness Home HDR Theater Projector

by OPTOMA TECHNOLOGY

VERSATILE PROJECTOR: The HD39HDR is ideal in a variety of environments including family rooms, theater rooms and game rooms, as well as outdoor spaces such as backyards, camping, tailgating and more

The Optoma HD39HDR is one of the least expensive 4K home theater projectors we've tested, and it's still one of the best. The HD39HDR's 4,000 lumens of brightness and 120Hz refresh rate are tough to beat, and its 4K resolution and 50,000:1 contrast ratio render sharp and detailed images, especially from high-definition content without downscaling or compression. The HD39HDR's 6-segment color wheel (RYGCWB) produces accurate color with sRGB & REC.709 color profile, and it supports 10-bit color depth for a wider range of colors. The HD39HDR's 1.3X zoom enables flexible placement in any environment, and the vertical keystone correction ensures images are centered and straight.

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Optoma HZ39HDR Laser Home Theater Projector with HDR | 4K Input | 4000 lumens | Lamp-Free Reliable Operation 30,000 hours | Easy Setup with 1.3X Zoom | Quiet Operation 32dB | Crestron Compatible,White

Optoma HZ39HDR Laser Home Projector Theater with HDR

by OPTOMA TECHNOLOGY

FULL 3D: The HZ39HDR displays true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray Disc players, 3D broadcasting, and the latest-generation game consoles. Support for 120Hz rapid-refresh rate provides ultra-smooth flicker-free images; 3D glasses required, sold separately

The Optoma HZ39HDR is the most capable laser projector we've tested, delivering picture quality that's as good as or better than the vast majority of LCD projectors on the market. Its 4K resolution, HDR10 compatibility, and 300,000:1 contrast ratio allow it to display 4K content at 60 frames per second, and it's the only projector we tested that can accept a 4K HDMI dongle. You can also connect a Blu-ray player, game console, or media player to display HD content from these devices. If you're looking to watch 4K films or play games, this projector is a great choice. However, the HZ39HDR's image quality isn't ideal for all applications. Its color brightness (the amount of light each color produces) and color gamut (the range of colors it can produce) are both limited. As a result, this projector is best for viewing 4K videos and playing games in a bright room. It's also best suited for viewing 4K content in a dark room, because it doesn't accept 3D or have any advanced features for handling dark rooms. This projector has a few drawbacks, too. Its 200-watt speaker system is adequate for a small room, but it's noticeably tinny, and it can't match the performance of a sound system with dedicated speakers. In addition, its 4K resolution is limited to 19200 by 1080, so it can't display 4K Blu-rays at 60 frames per second. All of these limitations make the HZ39HDR best suited for watching movies and playing games in a dark room, but for some users, the picture quality it offers is outstanding.

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Epson Home Cinema 880 3-chip 3LCD 1080p Projector, 3300 lumens Color and White Brightness, Streaming and Home Theater, Built-in Speaker, Auto Picture Skew, 16,000:1 Contrast, HDMI 2.0, White

Epson Home Cinema 880 3LCD 3-chip 1080p Projector

by Epson

Best-in-Class Color Brightness (1) advanced 3LCD technology displays 100% of the RGB color signal for every frame. This allows for outstanding color accuracy while maintaining excellent color brightness, without any distracting rainbowing or color brightness issues seen with other projection technologies

The Epson Home Cinema 880 3-chip 3LCD projector offers a bright, crisp picture with an equally impressive sound. Its image quality is superb, whether its in a bright room or in a dark one. Its native resolution is 1080p, which is relatively low for projectors, but better than the native resolution of most LCD projectors. Its 3300 lumens of color and white brightness are very bright, and its 16,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio ensures rich detail in dark scenes. The Home Cinema 880's color modes are easy to set up, and you can adjust them on the fly. Its black level performance is also very good, and its 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for watching movies and gaming. The Home Cinema 880's image quality is exceptional, but its picture is slightly less sharp when projecting onto a flat surface than when projecting onto a curved surface. This projector is best for people who will be projecting onto a flat surface, such as a wall or screen.

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The LG PF50KA 100” Portable Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED Smart TV Home Theater CineBeam Projector with Built-in Battery (2.5 Hours) - White is a surprisingly capable device that, when configured properly, produces bright, colorful images with fine details. The projector's native HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 is a good match for its 100" screen, which delivers unusually sharp images. It also produces a sharp, bright image outdoors, although it's not as bright as the Optoma HD142X, and it's considerably dimmer than the DLP-based BenQ RP860U. The PF50KA's images are also noticeably softer than the other two projectors we tested, although this softness actually makes the projector's images more closely resemble those of a traditional TV. The projector's controls are somewhat difficult to use. The remote is small, difficult to navigate, and feels cheap. The projector's menu system is also difficult to navigate, and there's no dedicated remote or app for controlling it. We spent more time trying to control the projector via the smartphone app than we did actually using it. The PB49KA's light output is also somewhat limited, and it can't produce enough light for a really dark room.

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YABER V10 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector 9500L Full HD Native 1080P Projector [Carrying Bag Included] Support 4K, 4-Point Keystone&Zoom, Home Theater&Outdoor Video Projector for iOS/Android/PC/PPT/PS5

YABER V10 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector 9500L Full Native HD 1080P Projector [Carrying Bag Included] Support 4K

by YABER

[Advanced Cooling System & Presentation via USB] The first LCD projector equipped with sturdy anti-oxidation bimetallic brackets, which not only increases the height of the projector, but also expands the ventilation area. 3-sideds ventilation design ensures that the heat dissipation efficiency of the projector is increased by 40%. Excel/Word/PDF can be easily displayed on the projector via your USB stick. Say bye to complicated connections and make small conferences more efficient.

The YABER V10 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector delivers bright, colorful images, with 4K and 1080p resolution. With a 9500L brightness rating, the V10 is brighter than nearly all other consumer projectors, and it's bright enough to see in even the brightest rooms. Its image is also sharp and detailed, and it's one of the best projectors we tested for text legibility, which is always an important feature for projectors. The V10's 4K resolution looks wonderful on a big screen, and it's even capable of projecting 4K at 60 frames per second, which is important for smooth frame rate-dependent video. The 1080p resolution is suitable for any movie or TV show, and optional 120 Hz support produces much smoother motion than traditional 60 Hz projectors. The projector has a steep learning curve, however. Its control scheme is confusing and not fully intuitive, and it lacks some features found on other projectors, such as 3D support and built-in speakers. There's also a small manual included in the box, but it's far from comprehensive. The remote isn't particularly user-friendly, either, and it's missing some functions, such as the ability to switch between 4K and 1080p and to adjust the volume. An audio-out port would be nice, too.

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YABER Y30 Native 1080P Projector 9500L Brightness Full HD Video Projector 1920 x 1080, ±50° 4D Keystone Correction Support 4k & Zoom,LCD LED Home Theater Projector Compatible with Phone,PC,TV Box,PS4

YABER Y30 Native 1080P Projector 9500L Brightness HD Full Video Projector 1920 x 1080

by YABER

[1080P Native Resolution (1920*1080), Support 4K Video] The projector with a real native resolution of 1920*1080, remarkable 9500L bright and high dynamic contrast ratio of 10000:1, provides sharp and detailed images from HD content without downscaling or compression, which is four times higher than 720p. Combining an innovative high-refraction 5 layers glassed lens, ensuring the best video experience.

The YABER Y30 native 1080p projector is our best pick for best cheap projector. It offers bright, crisp images, and it's well built and reliable, with fast image processing and a sharp, vivid picture. It delivers excellent clarity and color, and it's well-balanced, with bright, saturated colors. The projector also throws a bright, crisp image, and it's bright and colorful enough to use in bright rooms. Its auto keystone correction feature is convenient, and it provides good contrast and resolution. We also like its wide range of connectivity options, which includes an HDMI and an AV input. Like most projectors, the Y30 is best for viewing at close range, but it offers several shortcut buttons on the projector's remote control that control the projector's zoom and keystone functions, so you can adjust the image without running to the projector itself. The Y30's projector lamp is bright and can last for a long time, and the projector's remote control is powerful and easy to use. Overall, the Y30 is a great value, and it's our top pick for best cheap projector.

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YABER Y31 9000L Native 1920x1080P Projector, 2021 Upgraded Full HD Video Projector, ±50° 4D Keystone Correction Support 4K, Home Theater Projector Compatible with Phone,PC,TV Box,PS5

YABER Y31 9000L 1920x1080P Native Projector

by YABER

[Three-year & Lifetime Professional Support] This 1080P projector is very suitable for home movie entertainment, backyard, games and party fun. YABER provides 6-month back and 3-year repair, lifetime professional technical support. NOTICE: Jerky or lag when playing videos is not a quality problem and can be solved by Firmware Upgrade. Any problems, please let us know anytime.

The Yaber Y31 9000L ($599.99) is an impressive 4K projector, with more brightness, contrast, and accuracy than the other 4K projectors we tested. It also delivers better color accuracy than the other projectors we tested, with noticeably less blue gain. (The Y31 also has the most color gamut, with 92% of DCI-P3.) And its color temperature is cooler than most of the other projectors we tested, so images look more natural. The Y31's brightness is almost 20% higher than that of the Optoma UHD65, and it has more than twice the contrast ratio. The Y31's native resolution is 1080p, which is higher than the 2K projectors we tested. The native resolution is high enough that it's suitable for most HD content without upscaling or compression. The Y31 also has 4K video support, so it's a good choice for anyone looking for a home theater projector. For movies, the Y31 has great black levels and good motion resolution. For gaming, the Y31 has vibrant colors and nice motion clarity, but it's less impressive at displaying fine details. The Y31 has a 1.5x zoom, so it's compatible with a wider range of screen sizes than most of the other projectors we tested. And the Y31's manual focus system makes it easy to focus the image, especially when you're projecting onto a large screen. It also has a 100,000-hour lamp life, so you won't have to worry about it going out after 10 years of use. The Y31 has some minor drawbacks, including 2.5 hours of battery life and a short maximum projection distance. And it's heavier and thicker than the other 4K projectors we tested, so it's less portable. These drawbacks are minor, and most of them are simply a result of having larger screens. The Y31 also doesn't offer a 3D or 4K-resolution model. But its overall bang for the buck makes it our top choice.

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Epson Home Cinema 1080 3-chip 3LCD 1080p Projector, 3400 lumens Color and White Brightness, Streaming/Gaming/Home Theater, Built-in Speaker, Auto Picture Skew, 16,000:1 Contrast, Dual HDMI, White

Epson Home Cinema 1080 3LCD 3-chip 1080p Projector

by Epson

Versatile connectivity features two HDMI ports, so you can connect your cable/satellite box, Blu-ray Disc player, gaming console or streaming device

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 3-chip 3LCD 1080p Projector is bright, colorful and easy to set up. The projector has 3,400 lumens of color and white brightness, which is very bright for a 3-chip projector. The projector also has an ultra bright mode for brighter images, and it provides a wider color gamut than projectors with 4-chip technology. The Home Cinema 1080 has 16,000:1 contrast ratio, which is high for a 3-chip projector, and its lens shift and zoom functions allow you to adjust the projector to position the image where you want it. The projector has built-in speakers, which produce sound that is loud enough to fill a room, especially if it is being used in a theater mode. The Home Cinema 1080 has 2 HDMI inputs, and it has a USB port for connecting the projector to a computer for video input. The projector also has a wireless HDMI transmitter that can be used to mirror content from a mobile device or Fire TV stick. The projector has 3 color modes: Dynamic, Bright Cinema and Cinema. The Dynamic and color modes are for standard definition or standard-definition content, and the Bright Cinema and Cinema modes are for high-definition content. The projector also has a Game mode for gaming. The projector has an auto picture skew sensor, which automatically analyzes the picture and instantly corrects the keystone for a square image. The projector also has a 3D mode, and an HDMI-to-USB adapter is included. The Home Cinema 1080 is easy to set up. The projector has an auto focus and lens shift function, which means that there is no need to computer to adjust the projector's focus settings. The projector has power, color, volume and focus adjustments, and it has a 1.5-meter long power cable. The projector is lightweight and comes with a carry case, and it has a 3-year warranty. The Home Cinema 1080 has a 3,400 lumens color and white brightness, and it displays 100% of the RGB color signal for every frame. The projector also has 16,000:1 contrast ratio. The projector has 2 HDMI inputs, a USB port, and a wireless HDMI transmitter. The projector also has a 3-mode color wheel, an auto picture skew sensor, and a built-in speaker. The projector has 3 color modes: Dynamic, Bright Cinema and Cinema.

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Optoma HD28HDR 1080p Home Theater Projector for Gaming and Movies | Support for 4K Input | HDR Compatible | 120Hz refresh rate | Enhanced Gaming Mode, 8.4ms Response Time | High-Bright 3600 lumens

Optoma HD28HDR 1080p Home Theater for Projector Gaming and Movies

by OPTOMA TECHNOLOGY

FULL 3D: The HD28HDR displays true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray Disc players, 3D broadcasting, and the latest-generation game consoles. Support for 120Hz rapid-refresh rate provides ultra-smooth flicker-free images; 3D glasses required.

The Optoma HD28HDR is a bright, colorful, and detailed 1080p home theater projector with support for 4K video. The projector's native resolution is 1920 by 1080, which is equivalent to 4K resolution, and it supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

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BenQ TK800M 4K UHD Home Theater Projector with HDR and HLG | 3000 Lumens for Ambient Lighting | 96% Rec. 709 for Accurate Colors | Keystone for Easy Setup | Stream Netflix and Prime Video

BenQ TK800M 4K UHD Home Theater with Projector HDR and HLG

by BenQ

DLP BETTER BY DESIGN - DLP Technology provides a better image resolution and quality without the "jaggier" and more pixelated compared to other technologies

The BenQ TK800M is an impressive home theater projector, but its high price and relatively poor image quality made us think twice before recommending it. The BenQ TK800M's 3000 lumens are bright, and its 4K resolution and HDR support make it an excellent choice for watching movies and playing games. However, its color accuracy and brightness contrast are poor, and this projector only supports Rec. 709, not Rec. 2020, which means that colors will look noticeably darker than they would on a projector that supports the higher resolution. The TK800M's 3,000-lumen brightness is brighter than the 2,500- and 2,700-lumen brightnesses of our other top picks, and its 4K resolution and HDR support make it an excellent choice for watching movies and playing games. However, this projector's brightness contrast is very poor, and it lacks a brightness slider to adjust brightness. The TK800M's 4K resolution and HDR support make it an excellent choice for watching movies and playing games, but color accuracy and brightness contrast are poor.

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