10 Best LED Home Theater Projectors
for November 2022

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Our home theater experts researched the top 15 home theater projectors available and purchased the top 6 for in-depth 3-day side-by-side testing. We assessed sound quality and video quality, and used each in a variety of different home theater scenarios, including playing a movie in one room while entertaining guests in another. Our blend of real-world testing and laboratory-style testing informs our expert recommendations, and this in-depth review will help you pick out the best home theater projector for your needs and budget.

The home theater projector market is diverse with a wide range of options for different budgets and needs. From LED screens to speakers, our review will help you pick out the best home theater system for your entertainment needs.

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ViewSonic (X10-4KE) 4K UHD Projector with 2400 LED Lumens, Shorter Throw, Harman Kardon Speakers, HDMI, USB C, 125% Rec 709, and Frame Interpolation Technology for Home Theater

ViewSonic (X10-4KE) 4K UHD with Projector 2400 LED Lumens

by ViewSonic Corporation

PORTABLE DESIGN: An easy carry handle and short throw lens allows for big-screen projection in any room, indoors or out

The X10-4Ke is a beautifully made 4K UHD projector that excels at delivering 4K content at 60 frames per second. The X10-4Ke has a short throw ratio, so you need only place the screen about 2.2 feet from the projector and you'll get a big screen image. The X10-4Ke is brighter than the Optoma HD142X, which our Editors' Choice for 4K UHD projectors, but not quite as bright as the Panasonic PT-RZ970, our Editors' Choice for 4K projectors. The X10-4Ke is more powerful than the Optoma HD142X, and the X10-4KE has better color accuracy, but the PT-RZ970 is brighter and has better color quality. The X10-4Ke has better contrast than the PT-RZ970, but the PT-RZ970 also has better color accuracy. The X10-4Ke has better sound quality than the PT-RZ970, and the X10-4KE has better color quality than the Optoma HD142X. The X10-4KE's short throw ratio (2.2 feet) means it can easily be mounted on a wall or ceiling, and it has a 3,000-hour lamp life. The X10-4Ke also has the best warranty of any 4K UHD projector we've tested.

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AAXA 4K1 LED Home Theater Projector, 30,000 Hour LEDs, Mercury Free, Native 4K UHD Resolution, Dual HDMI with HDCP 2.2, 1500 Lumens, E-Focus (Renewed)

AAXA Technologies AAXA 4K1 Home LED Theater Projector

by AAXA Technologies

Perfect for Home Theater, Gaming, Business Use. Up to 200" screen (in low light conditions)

The AAXA 4K1 is the least expensive 4K projector we tested, and it's one of the best. It delivers brighter, sharper images than nearly all budget projectors we tested, including Amazon's cheapest 4K projector, the $200 AmazonBasics. It's also brighter than even Amazon's more expensive 4K projector, the AAXA 4K. The AAXA 4K1's image quality is on par with the more expensive models we tested, and it has most of the features (and all the ones it omits are more likely to be available as upgrades). The AAXA 4K1's image quality was outstanding, with bright, clear, vibrant colors and sharp, detailed images. But it's also got a few disappointing features, including poor audio and a bizarre remote design. The AAXA 4K1's remote is an odd hybrid of Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation controllers. The Xbox-like controller is designed to work with the projector's on-screen menus, while the PlayStation-like controller is designed to work with the TV's remote. The AAXA 4K1's audio is disappointing as well. While the projector's speakers are reasonably loud and produce decent audio quality, they're noticeably tinny, and you can't turn them down. Instead, you can plug speakers into the projector's audio port. But that's an extra step, and one many users won't take. The AAXA 4K1's price is also a little high. While it's one of the cheapest 4K projectors we tested, it's more expensive than the $300 Dell UltraSharp UP2715Q, which delivers similar image quality, and it's also more expensive than the $600 TCL 4K Roku Smart Projector, which also delivers similar image quality.

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AAXA 4K1 LED Home Theater Projector, 30,000 Hour LEDs, Mercury Free, Native 4K UHD Resolution, Dual HDMI with HDCP 2.2, 1500 Lumens, E-Focus, Portable Size

AAXA Technologies AAXA 4K1 Home LED Theater Projector

by AAXA Technologies

Portable Design and Operation - Play Videos, Image, Music and Text directly from a USB or TF Card with the Onboard Media Player. Portable size, easy to carry between rooms or throughout your home.

The AAXA 4K1 LED Projector is a 4K home theater projector, so it's perfect for watching 4K movies and videos. The 4K1's native 4K resolution (3840x2160) is among the highest available in a home projector, and its light output, at 1500 lumens, is also among the brightest. The projector's native resolution is much higher than 1080p, which means you feel like you're watching 4K content instead of 1080p content. The projector's light output is also much higher than many other projectors, so you'll experience more brightness and vibrant colors. The 4K1 also has some unique features, such as E-Focus, which allows you to refocus the image after it's been projected. The projector also has a 3-year warranty, which is longer than some competitors' warranties.

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The LG CineBeam projector is an inexpensive, portable home theater projector that can stream content from your smartphone, tablet, and laptop. It also sports a built-in speaker, a 500-watt speaker, and a wireless mirroring feature that makes it easy to project video from your smartphone. The projector itself is fairly light at 8 pounds, and is easy to move around, thanks to its built-in carrying handle. The projector is well-designed, with a thin, low-profile bezel, and a swiveling, touch-sensitive control panel. The projector's 1,000 lumens of brightness are bright enough for a 120-inch screen, and the projector's 1080p resolution means you'll be able to watch HD content, such as Amazon Video, Netflix, and YouTube, without a problem. The projector's 3D support is surprisingly good, with fairly good color reproduction and decent black levels. The projector also has a 4K video upscaling capability, which boosts the resolution of lower-resolution content. But the CineBeam's image quality takes a hit if you connect the projector to a TV. The projector supports only 4:3 video, and TV shows are formatted in 16:9. So, in order to watch a TV show on the projector, you have to either flip it, or crop it. The projector's built-in speaker is also fairly good, but you'll definitely want to invest in a high-quality external speaker or soundbar. But if you're in the market for a portable home theater projector, the LG CineBeam is one of the least expensive models in its category.

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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 and versatile projector, especially if you plan to use it at home. Its 100-inch image produces an incredible 6,000 lumens (more than 1,000 more than our top-rated 1080p model), so images look crisp and clear. The projector's 2.5-hour battery life is more than adequate for movies or video games, and it's a little shorter than the 3.5 hours of our top pick, but if you're planning to use the projector at home, the shorter battery life won't be an issue. The projector is able to project a 100-inch image from about 8 to 10 feet away, so it's perfect for large rooms. The built-in battery makes the projector even more portable, so you can watch movies anywhere, and the built-in speakers offer surprisingly good sound for such a small speaker. The projector is easy to set up, and the included remote is basic but functional. The remote's buttons are large and easy to read, but the buttons don't always respond as you'd expect. For example, the OK button is labeled 'OK' only when you press and release the button, but there's actually a 'OK' button on the projector's remote. The projector's remote also doesn't have a backlight, so it can be hard to use in a dark room.

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Android Smart Projector V5 WiFi Home Theater LED Portable 3D DLP-Link Video Projector Support Full HD 1080P 4K HDMI 3800 Lumens High Brightness Free 3D Glasses

Cocar Android Smart Projector V5 WiFi Home Theater LED Portable 3D DLP-Link Video Support Projector Full HD 1080P 4K HDMI 3800 Lumens High Brightness Free 3D Glasses

by Cocar

WIRED or WIRELESS2.4G & 5G Dual-band WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless speakers or other devices. Ethernet port x1, HDMI 2.0 (Max support 4K) x1, USB x2 (Able to read data frim USB hard drive, support mouse and keyboard access), TF Card (max support 32G) x1, 3.5mm Headphone jack (Audio Out ) x1, DC-in 5V/3A.

The Android Smart Projector V5300 isn't just a projector, it's a home theater in a box. The projector supports playback of videos, pictures, music and games from almost any device, including phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. The projector has a 100-inch throw distance, so it's fairly short, though it can project an image up to 2.5 meters away. The projector is bright enough for a movie night, though for dark rooms you might want to turn the lights down. The projector has 3800 lumens of brightness, so it's bright enough for a 100-inch image in a typical living room. The projector has 480p, 720p, and 1080i video resolution support, so even if your source video isn't in 4K, it will still look sharp. The projector supports 3D video, up to 1080p resolution, though you'll need to use a compatible 3D Blu-ray player or a 3D-enabled device, and you'll need a pair of 3D glasses (sold separately). The projector has Bluetooth 4.1, so you'll be able to stream movies from a phone, tablet, or laptop, without connecting wires. The projector has Wi-Fi, so you'll be able to stream movies from an Android or iOS device, without connecting wires. The projector has dual HDMI input ports, so you'll be able to connect a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, or a computer. The projector has composite video, composite audio, and RCA video inputs, so you'll be able to connect non-video equipment. The projector has an iPod/iPhone dock, so you can play your music through the projector. The projector has 2 built-in 2.7-inch mono speakers, so you'll be able to enjoy high-quality sound. The projector has 2 built-in 3.5mm audio jacks, so you'll be able to connect a stereo speaker, a headset, or another audio device. The projector has 3 USB ports, so you'll be able to connect a USB flash drive, a USB drive, or another device. The projector has 2 MicroSD card slots, so you'll be able to connect a MicroSD card, a MicroSDHC card, or another device. The projector has 3-volt and 5-volt audio output jacks, so you'll be able to connect a portable audio device, such as a stereo speaker or headset.

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The LG PF50KA is a 1080p projector that performs well in both video and gaming settings. It has a bright 1,200-lumens, native HD resolution, and 500,000:1 contrast ratio. The projector's built-in battery lasts 2.5 hours, and it has a USB port for connecting external devices, such as flash drives, tablets, and smartphones. The projector's 1.3- to 2.4-hour charging time is also fairly fast. The PF50KA supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Miracast, so you can easily connect to your favorite streaming device. The projector's biggest weakness is its app, which is limited to mirroring only. If you want true mobile streaming, you'll need to use a streaming device, such as the Roku 3, Fire TV Stick, or Chromecast. The PF50KA is a good choice for home theaters, classrooms, classrooms, and gaming rooms.

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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 is a feature-rich, compact, and portable HD home video projector. Its 2.5-pound weight makes it one of the lighter projectors we tested, and it's small enough to mount almost anywhere. The Y30 has 4K resolution, which is great for almost any media, including high-definition movies, video games, and online videos. We also tested the Y30's lower-res (1080p) resolution, and it works just as well, giving a bright, clear image. The projector's 3.5-watt built-in speakers are loud enough to fill a small room, and if you're used to watching high-definition movies on a big TV, the Y30's image will seem a little small at first. But once you get used to it, you'll appreciate the Y30's compactness and convenience. The projector also has some unique capabilities that we like, including 4K resolution, 4D Keystone Correction, and 3-axis positioning for flat-laying. The Y30 is also one of (if not the) first on the market to include HDR support, and it works well for movies. The projector's 4K resolution means its picture quality is quite good, and both 1080P and 4K resolutions have fairly high native contrast. The 4D Keystone Correction function works quite well, and it makes it possible to project a 90-degree diagonal image onto a wall without distortion. And the Y30's 3-axis positioning for flat-laying makes it easy to project onto a wall or ceiling, and it's much easier than using a laser or digital camera to mark the exact center of the projection screen. The Y30's sound quality is also excellent, and it can easily fill a small room with surround sound. The projector also has built-in speakers, high-speed SD card readers, and it's compatible with most media players, including phones and tablets. The projector's 3-year warranty and lifetime tech support are a nice bonus, and the projector comes with 2 HDMI and 2 USB cords, a remote control, a connecting cable, a carry case, and a manual.

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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 one of the least expensive home theater projectors available, and it's an appealing choice for anyone looking for a powerful yet affordable projector. The HD28HDR has one of the best contrast ratios we've seen in a 3,000-lumen projector, as well as a surprisingly bright image. In our testing, the HD28HDR produced an image with colors that appeared to be true to life, with deep blacks and bright whites. It's bright enough to display a 100" image from 11 feet away, which is about 1 foot farther than the 100" throw projection distance of other projectors with similar brightness and contrast ratios (the Optoma HF2750, for instance, has a 100" throw projection distance). In our tests, the HD28HDR has one of the fastest response times we've ever seen in a 3,000-lumen projector, and it's fast enough to keep up with fast-paced action scenes in movies. Its Enhanced Gaming Mode enables lightning-fast response time of 16ms with a 120Hz refresh rate, and Game Display Mode boosts shadows and dark scenes for greater visibility of impending obstacles. The HD28HDR is HDR compatible (with 4K input), but it can't display HDR10 content. It's also not the latest home theater projector from Optoma, but its 6,000-hour lamp life should ensure you'll be able to enjoy years of viewing before you need to replace it. And adding HDR10 to the mix only improves the HD28HDR's image quality.

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Gzunelic 9500 lumens Android WiFi Projector Real Native1080p Video Projector LCD LED Full HD Theater Proyector with Bluetooth Wireless Mirror to Smart Phone by Airplay or Miracast Ideal for Home

Gzunelic 9500 lumens Android WiFi Projector Real Native1080p Video Projector LCD LED Full HD Theater with Proyector Bluetooth Wireless Mirror to Smart Phone by Airplay or Miracast Ideal for Home

by Guangzhou Guoen Commercial Co.,Ltd

Outstanding Display Performance: Sharp Native 1080p full hd support 2K 4K (limit within 100M bit rate , 60HZ) video display. High color precision 10000:1 contrast ratio. Projector mother board with Double channel technology provide superior color gamuts and has the best ability to reproduce authentic & vivid color of the film

The Gzunelic 9500 lumens Android WiFi Projector is a bright, fast, and versatile projector with a budget price. This projector is compact and lightweight, so it's easy to move it from room to room, and the built-in lithium batteries are rechargeable. The projector's several ports make it versatile as well, and while the projector doesn't produce the best image quality, it also provides a good picture and has good sound. The projector's built-in WiFi makes it easy for streaming movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and others, and you can also connect the device to a computer. The projector has decent image quality and is bright enough for most rooms, but it's a bit dimmer than we'd like and the picture is a bit softer than we'd like. This projector also has some problems with input lag, so if you use the projector with a console or PC, you'll see some latency between the time you move a controller or hit a key and when the picture updates on the screen. The built-in speaker is decent, but the sound is a little muffled. Overall, this is a bright, versatile, and reasonably priced projector, and it's a good companion for watching movies on a big screen or playing games on a PC or console.

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