Best Projectors For Your Home Theater Setup 2024

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Flat-panel TVs are getting larger and less expensive with each new generation, which is great. But if you want a truly cinematic home theater experience with an image that dwarfs virtually all TVs, you need a projector. Casting an image that measures from 100 inches up to 150 or even 200 inches diagonally, a home theater projector immerses you in the world of your favorite movies, TV shows, sporting events, and video games like no TV ever could. Even better, home theater projectors can do all that for far less than a comparably sized TV—if you could even find one!

In addition to the projector itself, you also need a screen on the wall. When many people hear that, they naturally ask, why not just use a blank wall? You could do that, of course, but the image quality, contrast ratio, and color accuracy (and more) would suffer greatly. For one thing, the wall is probably painted in a color other than perfectly neutral white or gray, so it will distort the color of the image. Also, the reflective properties of the wall are not well controlled, so you might have noticeable hot spots and dull areas. Finally, if you want to watch with the lights on, the picture will look totally washed out. Given all that, we highly recommend getting a good screen to go with your new home theater projector. Need a suggestion? Check out our picks for the best projector screens below.

Here's a list of our favorite projectors available today. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1.866.961.7781 or email us here. We love to talk about this stuff, so we look forward to hearing from you!

Here are the Best Projectors of 2024:

  1. The Best 4K Laser Projector: Epson Home Cinema LS11000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector
  2. The Best Projector for Living Rooms: Sony VPL-XW6000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector with Wide Dynamic Range Optics, 95% DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut, and 2,500 Lumen Brightness (White)
  3. The Best Home Theater Projector for Detail and Color: Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector
  4. The Best Gaming Projector: JVC DLA-NZ7 D-ILA Laser 8K Home Theater and Gaming Projector
  5. The Best High-End Gaming Projector: JVC DLA-NZ9 D-ILA Premiere Laser 8K Home Theater and Gaming Projector
  6. The Best Gaming Projector Under $2,000: Epson Home Cinema 2350 4K PRO-UHD 3-Chip 3LCD Smart Gaming Projector
  7. The Best Projector for Gaming Under $7,000:

The Best 4K Laser Projector

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Epson Home Cinema LS11000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector

Regular price $3,999.99
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  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 20.5" x 7.625" x 17.75"
  • Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: 3-chip LCD
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Light Source: Laser
  • Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2500 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: N/A
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: Fixed
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: No
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This is a lot of projector for the money. A very bright picture with stunning color saturation makes for a very favorable first impression — the kind of things that makes you cross the showroom floor to get a closer look. From this standpoint alone, the LS11000 rivals projectors that cost much more.

What did Epson do to make this possible? An array of three laser light sources is the first step. With 2500 lumens, there is plenty of power to make a dazzling picture. A three-LCD system provides one panel each for blue, red, and green, so it helps the LS 11000 achieve its eye-popping brightness. It also gives it very accurate color performance that avoids visual artifacts that can occur with some projection technologies, especially with Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors.

Another one of Epson’s ground-breaking proprietary projection technologies is Pixel Shift, which the LS 11000 has the latest version of, called 4K PRO-UHD. This means that pixel positions get shifted in four different phases, which gives you super clear Ultra HD detail. Epson’s picture processor technology completes the heavy lifting by doing real-time enhancement of color, contrast, HDR, resolution, and frame interpolation. There’s a lot going on in this affordable projector, which is why we’re including it in our guide to the best projectors of 2023.

The Best Projector for Living Rooms

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Sony VPL-XW6000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector with Wide Dynamic Range Optics, 95% DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut, and 2,500 Lumen Brightness (White)

Regular price $11,998.00
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  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 18.125" x 8.375" x 20.375"
  • Weight: 31 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: SXRD
  • Resolution: 3840×2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Laser
  • Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2500 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: N/A
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: Fixed
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: No
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Sony’s current line of projectors deliver picture quality that makes most viewers do a double-take: Is it an LED TV, or is it projection? Truly lifelike colors, tonal balance, skin tones, and detail even in the brightest areas of a scene set all of Sony’s projectors apart from competing projection systems. So, what does the VPL-XW6000ES give you that its lower-priced sibling does not? It turns out that bumping up the lumens to 2500 makes quite a difference. The picture of the VPL-XW6000X has a breathtaking dynamic range, from nearly a true black to blinding highlights that don’t blow out or clip. That long-lasting laser bulb offers more than just a treat for your eyes — it’s also part of Sony’s environmentally-friendly design and production, which means your projector contains no mercury, and the casing utilizes a percentage of recycled plastics. It’s a small step, but these things add up!

A huge part of the amazing picture quality on the VPL-XW6000ES is Sony’s advanced image processing, handled by the X1 Ultimate processor. This video engine has an incredible capacity for data processing, allowing it to enhance each on-screen object on each frame in real time. Two image improvement databases contribute to virtually eliminate on-screen noise, and upscale resolution makes all your shows seem like they were shot in native 4K. HDR content looks even better than you thought it could, with a combination of additional proprietary processing, including the Dynamic HDR Enhancer, the Object-based HDR Remaster process, and the new Triluminos Pro algorithm. These processes give you individual frames that are optimized for contrast, color, and texture. Another area where Sony’s projectors excel is in controlling motion blur with 4K Motionflow processing: Even the fastest-paced sports action, panning, and chase scenes appear smooth and jag-free. Motorized lens shift and lens memories give the VPL-XW6000ES a premium level of control, and with smart home system compatibility with Control4, Crestron, Savant, and AMX, this projector can integrate into your home ecosystem easily. The result is an astonishingly clear and balanced image, which is why we include this particular unit among our most highly-recommended projectors.

The Best Home Theater Projector for Detail and Color

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Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector

Regular price $4,999.00
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  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 20.5" x 17.6" x 7.6"
  • Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: Laser Diode Array
  • Resolution: 4096 x 2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Light Source: Laser
  • Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2700 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: Yes
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1-2.1
  • Lens Memories: Yes
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Epson’s top-of-the-line home theater projector features a new lens and new processing technology and aims to reproduce content that is true to the intent and vision of the directors, artists, and producers. Its specs certainly support this goal: Very bright multi-array laser diodes power the 3LCD Projector Engine and give exceptional black contrast and color accuracy. True 4K rendering of HDR content, including HLG and HDR10+, makes this surprisingly affordable projector a true powerhouse. Two HDMI 2.1 ports enable you to stream the latest content as well as the shows that are coming down the pike; one HDMI port is eARC/ARC compatible, so your sonic connection with your video source is sure to be flawless.

A new processor enables frame-by-frame analysis and rendering of color, contrast, HDR, frame interpolation, and resolution enhancement. The multi-LCD chip system displays 100% of the RGB color signal for every frame, yielding an outstanding color gamut while maintaining excellent brightness. Epson has been in the high-quality projection business for many years, so it’s not surprising that their leading home theater projector gives such an exceptional viewing experience. What’s really surprising is how much you get for the price!

The Best Gaming Projector

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JVC DLA-NZ7 D-ILA Laser 8K Home Theater and Gaming Projector

Regular price $8,999.95
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  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 19-3/4" x 9-1/4" x 21-5/8"
  • Weight: 49.6 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: D-ILA
  • Resolution: 4096 x 2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Light Source: Laser
  • Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2200 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: Auto tone mapping
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: Fixed
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: N/A
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What makes a projector good for gaming? For one thing, size really matters; your multiplayer game world is so much more immersive at 200" wide than it is even on a 49" wraparound monitor. But another critical aspect is lag: Any perceptible delay in the response of the action to anything you touch on your controller is a total dealbreaker. Some projectors have features to combat this problem, and in the case of the DLA-NZ7, the solution is very effective. Two HDMI 2.1 inputs accept 8K/60p and 4K/120p signals, and both inputs are HDCP 2.3 compatible. The upshot of these cryptic numbers and acronyms is this: The DLA-NZ7’s picture has exceptionally smooth and responsive gameplay, and with true 8K performance, you’re ready for the coming generation of games. Plus, the DLA-NZ7 is 3D-capable, though you’ll need extra gear such as JVC’s PK-EM2 3D Synchro Emitter and PK-AG3 active RF 3D glasses.

If you’re a non-gamer, is this projector for you? Um, yeah. This is a full 8K machine ready for the future of high dynamic range HDR10+ content, with one of the clearest, brightest, and high-contrast pictures available today. Its three Digital Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier chips and BLU-Escent laser phosphor light source produce exceptional black levels and contrast. The motorized lens is identical to the top projector in the line, which costs over twice as much. For serious home theater installations, the DLA-NZ7 is a very cost-effective but powerful choice.

The Best High-End Gaming Projector

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JVC DLA-NZ9 D-ILA Premiere Laser 8K Home Theater and Gaming Projector

Regular price $20,999.95
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  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 19-11/16" x 9-7/32" x 20-13/16"
  • Weight: 55.7 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: Three 0.69" D-ILA panels
  • Resolution: 8192 x 4320
  • HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Light Source: BLU-Escent laser
  • Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 3000 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: Yes
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: 2X powered zoom
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: No
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Cinephiles, take note. This high-end laser projector has a unique lens design and innovative processing that give it one of the most stunning pictures on the market — and it’s bright enough to handle screens of up to 300 inches. With HMDI 2.1 inputs that can handle 4k/120Hz content and a special Low Latency mode, the DLA-NZ9 is great for gaming. But it’s also ready for 8k content, and with JVC’s highly effective upscaling processor, you can watch 4k content in 8k resolution. Superb contrast is another characteristic of the DLA-NZ9, thanks to its three-chip Digital Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier system — one red, one blue, and one green — combined with its BLU-Escent laser phosphor light source. The 100mm lens is made up of 18 precision-ground, all-glass elements, which ensures a perfectly focused picture in every corner and along each edge of the image, with a minimum of color irregularities.

The future of cinema is with HDR content, and the DLA-NZ9 is way ahead of the curve with HDR10 and HDR10+ support, and automatic mode switching when a corresponding HDR signal is detected. The Frame Adapt feature dynamically tone-maps HDR10 content for optimal brightness, color, and detail, on each individual frame. Theater Optimizer mode applies HDR settings based on your current settings, so you’ll have consistent results from movie to movie. Got a custom home theater installation in your near future? Put this projector on your list.

The Best Gaming Projector Under $2,000

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Epson Home Cinema 2350 4K PRO-UHD 3-Chip 3LCD Smart Gaming Projector

Regular price $1,299.99
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  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 13.1" x 10.8" x 4.8"
  • Weight: 9 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: 3 LCD
  • Resolution: 4K PRO-UHD1 3840 x 2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Lifespan: 4,500 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2800 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 35,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1:1.62, manual
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (transmits audio only)
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It’s easy to appreciate the value in an Epson projector like the 2350. A quick glance and the price (under $2K) and the specs (4K Ultra High Definition, 2800 Lumens) gives a great impression. But what the specs don’t show you is how the projector stacks up against models that are in higher price categories — and in the case of the 2350, it really exceeds expectations.

The 2350’s picture quality is fantastic. With 2800 lumens of brightness, the 3-chip 3LCD imaging engine displays 100% of the RGB color signal, giving you outstanding color accuracy with excellent color brightness. Combine that with Epson’s advanced 4K UHD processing, you’ll experience an extraordinary range of color, sharpness, and detail in both bright and dark scenes.

You really can install the 2350 anywhere. It’s lightweight and compact, and with a 60% lens shift and 1:1.62 zoom ratio, this projector will deliver a great image from anyplace in a room. It also features an unusually powerful speaker system, so you can start viewing right away — or you can hook it up to any Bluetooth speaker.

Its Wi-Fi ability lets you connect with Android TV and use Google Assistant to access just about all your favorite streaming services. Where the 2350 really shines is in its superb gaming features. HDR10 and smooth 1080p at a 120Hz refresh rate with input lag times under 20ms — this gives a room-filling, blazingly fast, completely immersive game experience. These low-latency game specs combined with the 2350’s portability and huge range of screen sizes make this an easy choice for our Best Gaming Projector Under $2,000 recommendation. Who wouldn’t want to be able to turn any room in their house into a game immersion gallery?

Pros: Super low-latency mode with under 20mx lag for great game response. Lightweight and small; fits anywhere. Great value.

Cons: Manual focus and lens shift controls can take time to get adjustments dialed in.

The Best Projector for Gaming Under $7,000

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