Choosing a Projector for Your Home Entertainment System [Part 1]


One of the most important decisions you will be faced with when creating your own personal home entertainment system is whether to choose a projector or a large television. While a large, flatscreen TV might be the more common choice, a projector has its own unique set of benefits for your home entertainment system. Here is a quick rundown of things to look for when shopping for a projector for your home entertainment system.

Aspect Ratio: A projector’s aspect ratio determines the length and width that the picture will display. As an example, a standard television aspect ratio is 4:3 while a wide screen TV utilizes a 16:9 aspect ratio. These days, a 16:9 ratio projector tends to be the most common, although fans of classic Hollywood may lean towards the vintage 4:3 format.

Resolution: Resolution refers to the number of pixels a projector can display and when it comes to picture quality, a projector’s resolution is more important than its aspect ratio. As a general rule, higher resolution results in a higher quality picture, which is a critical attribute for your home entertainment system as a whole.

Brightness: A projector’s brightness is measured in Lumens, but the actual brightness of the projected image depends on the projector as well as the screens. Choose a projector with a higher Lumens count only if your viewing area blocks out a minimal amount of light. If your room blocks out the majority of the ambient light, a projector with a higher Lumens count may result in the screen that is too bright.

These are just the first few characteristics you should be looking at when shopping for projectors for your home entertainment system. Be sure to be on the lookout for the second part of our series about shopping for projectors. Our team at Premier Home Entertainment are audio visual experts and would love to help you set-up your ideal home theater system. If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call at (702) 877-0222.