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What to Consider When Finding the Perfect Home Theater Projector

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Today’s Projectors Offer Brilliant, Lifelike Images

Are you thinking about upgrading or building your first home cinema in Henrico, VA? There's a lot to consider, from seating to speakers, acoustic paneling, lighting, and the image that takes you to another place in time. 

With larger flat-panel QLED and OLED TVs entering the market, some may consider projection systems near extinct. Add MicroLED TVs, also known as “walls,” and the fate of projectors may seem imminent. Home theater projectors, however, have made their own mark in the continual advancements in home entertainment. Today, you have numerous options, and many offer incredible lifelike images and brilliant colors. 

Let’s explore some of the options and which might be right for your unique needs in Henrico, VA.

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The Immersive Cinematic Experience

Are you looking for an immersive home theater experience where the sense of realism transports you to the image on the screen? The combination of today's personalized home movie screens and the latest 4K laser projectors can take you there. Creating an environment where the content is so real that you can suspend your disbelief requires an image that occupies your field of vision, otherwise known as the big-screen experience. 

While growing in size, today’s QLED TVs rarely top 100 inches, and the most immersive viewing experience is found with displays that exceed this size. The latest home theater projection screens often start at 120 inches and get much larger. They’re also designed with your specific environment in mind, such as ambient light-rejecting screens for brighter rooms. 

Combined with the latest 4K HDR laser projectors, you experience breathtaking colors, textures, and high contrast. However, not all 4K projectors are created equal. While some produce true 4K resolution, others use techniques to improve an HD resolution display, otherwise known as a pixel-shifting projector. 

These projectors use an HD chipset and clever image processing to create a 4K image. While these images are vivid, a native 4K projector produces stunningly clear and crisp pictures and comes with a higher price tag. In addition, some projectors also feature IMAX Enhanced technology, allowing you to view IMAX Enhanced content for a brighter, sharper, and more immersive picture. 

The Ultra-Short-Throw Projectors

If you're considering the growing trend known as a media room or even a smaller home theater, ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors can be a perfect fit. Some UST projectors can display images up to 150 inches while sitting only about 4 inches to 4 feet from the screen. 

The Home Theater Experts You Can Trust

With more 4K-native video content becoming available through streaming services, Blu-ray discs, and movie servers like Kaleidescape, now is a good time to elevate your home theater experience. At Sound + Image, our audio-video experts can guide you to the best solution that fits your needs. 

As three-time winners of the NARI CotY Home Theater / Home Audio Grand Prize (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Contractor of the Year awards), you can be confident in our expert abilities as home cinema designers and installers. To learn more about the latest home theater projectors or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Sound + Image today.   

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