7 Affordable 4K Projectors That Complement Home Theaters and Media Rooms
Getting into a 4K projection system doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are seven 4K-compatible projectors that are priced to install into a range of homes.
Robert Archer · July 10, 2019
Consumers often think that getting into home theater is an expensive endeavor. Despite the rapid adoption to 4K video, consumers are also mistaken that getting into UltraHD 4K is even more expensive.
The reality is that home theater and 4K technologies are more affordable than ever.
These products provide options that include HDR (high dynamic range) compatibility, brightness levels that allow these products to reside in rooms that contain ambient light and basic lens-shift capabilities.
What many of these products omit to keep their prices down include features such as motorized lenses, lens memory options, multi-element glass lenses, anamorphic processing, and low-maintenance, wide-color gamut capabilities, and color-friendly laser light engine technologies.
Sizing up the Entry Level/Mid-Level 4K Projector Market
The HDR options on these products are also typically limited to HDR10, which is the basic HDR technology required by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to maintain compliance with today’s UltraHD 4K standards.
Explaining the benefit of HDR simply: HDR is used in imaging technologies to enhance an image's dynamics or it can be explained as something that enhances the differences between the deepest black levels and whitest white levels of an image.
HDR10 is a static format that operates at a constant value throughout a movie or television program. It does not deliver the same level of picture quality as a dynamic HDR format, which adapts to content as it changes. The most widely known dynamic HDR format is Dolby Vision.
Having some level of HDR compatibility is important with content providers, including Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, which are increasingly adopting these formats.
From a performance perspective, any of these products offer homeowners a reasonable way to upgrade their home theaters, media rooms and general-purpose rooms without having to make a significant investment.
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at email@example.com
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