Choosing a Projector for Your Home Entertainment System [Part 2]


Welcome back to the second part on our guide to shopping for your home entertainment system’s projector. After deciding on a projector over a television as the video component of your home entertainment system, the next step is selecting what kind of projector. Here is the second part of our guide, but be sure to read the first part of our guide to choosing a projector if you haven’t done so already.

Contrast: This refers to the measured difference between the darkest and lightest parts of the screen. As a general rule, go for the highest contrast ratio you can afford as it will result in the optimal viewing experience for your home entertainment system.

DLP: Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors tend to be the most popular projectors on the market today for home entertainment systems. They tend to be smaller and more portable than their LCD counterparts and also appear less pixilated at lower price ranges. The main concern with DLP projectors is what is known as the rainbow effect. DLP’s utilize a spinning color wheel that alternate between different colors that cycle too quickly for most users to notice. However, there is a small percentage of sensitive viewers who will see rainbow flashes while watching.

LCD: Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) projectors, on the other hand, have better color saturation, causing the colors to appear richer. LCD projectors also offer slightly sharper images, however only the keenest eyed viewers will notice the difference. The main advantage of LCD projectors is that they are more energy efficient than DLP projectors. More energy efficient is great for the environment, but also a lot easier on your monthly electric bill as well.

Selecting your projector is only the first part of setting up your home entertainment system. 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.