Best Projectors For Your Home Theater Setup 2022

Best Projectors For Your Home Theater Setup 2022

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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 2022:

  1. The Best 4K Projector Under $2,000:
    LG HU70LAB 4K UHD LED Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector
  2. The Best Projector Under $3,000:
    LG HU810P 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector
  3. The Best Projector Under $4,000:
    LG AU810PB 4K UHD Smart Dual Laser CineBeam Projector
  4. The Best 4K Projector Under $5,000:
    LG GRU510N 4K UHD Laser ProBeam Projector
  5. The Best 4K Laser Projector:
    LG HU85LA 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector
  6. The Best 4K Laser TV:
    Hisense L9G TriChroma Laser TV
  7. The Best Projector for Daytime Viewing:
    Sony VPLXW5000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector
  8. The Best Ultra Short Throw Projector Under $3,000:
    LG HU715QW CineBeam 4K UHD Laser UST Projector
  9. The Best Ultra Short Throw Projector Under $4,000:
    Samsung 120" The Premiere LSP7T 4K Smart Laser UHD Projector
  10. The Best 4K Projector for a Large Room:
    LG HU710PW CineBeam 4K UHD Hybrid Home Cinema Projector
  11. The Best Projector for Living Rooms:
    Sony VPL-XW6000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector
  12. The Best Projector for Bright Rooms:
    Sony VPL-XW7000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector
  13. The Best High-End Gaming Projector:
    JVC DLA-NZ9 D-ILA Premiere Laser 8K Home Theater and Gaming Projector
  14. The Best Projector for Gaming Under $7,000:
    JVC DLA-NP5 D-ILA 4K Home Theater Projector
  15. The Best Gaming Projector:
    JVC DLA-NZ7 D-ILA Laser 8K Home Theater and Gaming Projector
  16. The Best Home Theater Projector for Detail and Color:
    Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector
  17. The Best Projector for Presentations:
    Epson Home Cinema LS11000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector

Need a projector screen? Check out our picks for the Best Projectors Screens of 2022.


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$1,396.99

Regular Price: $1,799.99

Save: $403.00 (22%)

You might think that projectors are only for the well-heeled, but the LG HU70LA home theater projector disproves that notion. For less than $1800, you get a DLP projector with an effective resolution of 3840x2160. The light source consists of red, green, blue, and dynamic-green LEDs that pump out up to 1500 lumens and last for an astounding 30,000 hours.

The dynamic image contrast is specified to be up to 150,000:1, and the projector can reproduce high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 format. Even better, Dynamic Tone Mapping greatly improves the image quality from one scene to the next.

The HU70LA can be mounted on the ceiling, and it offers Remote Focus and zoom so you can easily fit the image to your screen using the remote. It provides an over-the-air TV tuner as well as smart-TV apps like Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Amazon, and others. You can also wirelessly share content from iOS and Android devices and control the projector with voice commands via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Not bad for under two grand!

Also check out our full LG HU70LA projector review.

HU70LAB 4K UHD LED Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector (Black)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 12.4" x 3.7" x 8.3"
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10
  • Light Source: Red/Green/Blue/Dynamic Green LED
  • Light Source Lifespan: 30,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 1,500 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 150,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): No/No
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.25x
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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$2,996.99

The LG HU810P is nearly identical to the AU810PB. It uses DLP imaging with an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen. It also uses a dual-laser light engine to achieve a peak brightness of up to 2700 lumens and a dynamic image contrast of 2,000,000:1. That's more than enough for high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 and HLG formats. Also, the lasers will last up to 20,000 hours, which is equivalent to about 6000 movies!

LG is one of the few companies that include full "smart-TV" functionality in its home theater projectors—in this case, including apps for Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and others. You can also share content from other devices via Miracast , Apple AirPlay, and DLNA. If you're into voice control, the AU810PB has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in.

So why is the HU810P $1000 less than the AU810PB? For one thing, the AU810PB comes with a 2-year warranty, while the HU810P offers a 1-year warranty. Also, the AU810PB supports WiSA (Wireless Speaker Association), a high-quality wireless-audio system that sends audio signals wirelessly to external speakers. both models support Bluetooth, which does the same thing, but with lower audio quality. Check out our full review of the AU810 and HU810 to read more.

HU810P 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector (White)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 13.3" x 5.7" x 16.1"
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Blue/Red Laser, Green Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,700 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (Manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.6x
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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$3,996.99

In addition to some of the best flat-panel TVs available today, LG makes quite a few superb home theater projectors, including the AU810PB. Like most of LG's models, this one uses DLP imaging with an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen.

It also uses a dual-laser light engine to achieve a peak brightness of up to 2700 lumens and a dynamic image contrast of 2,000,000:1. That's more than enough for high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 and HLG formats. Also, the lasers will last up to 20,000 hours, which is equivalent to about 6000 movies!

LG is one of the few companies that include full "smart-TV" functionality in its projectors—in this case, including apps for Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and others. You can also share content from other devices via Miracast , Apple AirPlay, and DLNA. If you're into voice control, the AU810PB has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in.

The AU810PB is nearly identical to the HU810P, except that the AU810PB is black and includes a 2-year warranty, while the HU810P is white and offers a 1-year warranty. Also, the AU810PB supports WiSA (Wireless Speaker Association), a high-quality wireless-audio system that sends audio signals wirelessly to external speakers. Both models support Bluetooth, which does the same thing, but with lower audio quality. Check out our full review of the AU810 and HU810 to read more.

AU810PB 4K UHD Smart Dual Laser CineBeam Projector with CI Controls (Black)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 13.3" x 5.7" x 16.1"
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Blue/Red Laser, Green Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,700 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (Manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.6x
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiSA
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4. The Best 4K Projector Under $5,000:

LG GRU510N 4K UHD Laser ProBeam Projector

$3,996.99

The light output of most projectors on this list is less than 3000 lumens, which is fine in a darkened room or if you use them with a special type of screen, called an ambient light-rejecting (ALR) screen, in a brighter room. But the LG GRU510N outputs way more light—up to 5000 lumens—which makes it ideal for brightly lit rooms, including boardrooms and classrooms.

All that light is provided by the super-bright laser light engine, which will last up to 20,000 hours. And thanks to a dynamic iris and modulation of the laser, the dynamic image contrast ratio is rated to be 3,000,000:1. That means the GRU510N can easily reproduce high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 format.

Using single-chip DLP imaging technology, the effective resolution on the screen is 3840x2160, aka 4K UHD. Setup is made simple with horizontal and vertical lens shift and a zoom lens, all of which are manually controlled, so there are no memories to instantly recall different settings for different types of content. Still, these controls, along with the projector's relatively small size and light weight, make it easy to move from one place to another, from the boardroom to the living room to the back yard for movie night under the stars.

Also check out our LG GRU510N projector review.

GRU510N 4K UHD Laser ProBeam Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD w/out lens): 14.6" x 6.1" x 11.4"
  • Dimensions (WxHxD w/lens): 14.6" x 6.1" x 12.8"
  • Weight: 21.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10
  • Light Source: Blue Laser, Yellow Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 5,000 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 3,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.6x (manual)
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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$4,996.99

Regular Price: $5,999.99

Save: $1,003.00 (17%)

If you want to replace a large-screen TV with an even larger-screen TV, the best solution is an ultra-short-throw (UST) projector, such as the LG HU85LA. Instead of being across the room, a UST projector sits mere inches from the wall and shoots its light up onto that wall, creating an image at least 100 inches diagonally. There's no danger of anyone walking through the light beam, and the picture is usually bright enough to stand up to room lights, especially if you use a special UST screen.

The HU85LA uses DLP imaging with an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen. It also utilizes a laser light source with a 20,000-hour lifespan and a maximum brightness of 2700 lumens, which is plenty bright enough for almost any environment. The dynamic image contrast is specified to be 2,000,000:1, which is perfect for displaying high-dynamic-range content in the HDR10 format.

Unlike most projectors, the HU85LA includes a complete "smart-TV" suite of apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and others as well as an over-the-air tuner, making it more like a flat-panel TV than just about any long-throw model. It also provides a pair of speakers on the front of the cabinet that offer better sound than most TVs can manage.

HU85LA Ultra Short Throw 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector (White)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 26.8" x 5.0" x 13.7"
  • Weight: 26.9 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10
  • Light Source: Blue/Red Laser, Green Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,700 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): N/A
  • Zoom Ratio: N/A
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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6. The Best 4K Laser TV:

Hisense L9G TriChroma Laser TV

$3,997.99

Regular Price: $5,999.99

Save: $2,002.00 (33%)

Pricing shown for 100" model with 100" ALR Projector Screen.

Screen Sizes Available: 100”120”

The new Hisense L9G has been opening eyes among fans of ultra-short throw (UST) projectors, with its amazing image quality, excellent smart TV integration, and its pairing with two sizes of proprietary screens. Hisense is one of the pioneers of UST projectors, and their long experience is paying off in this ingenious new product.

Of its many selling points, the L9G’s 3-laser system is its strongest. Very few laser projectors on the market use true independent red, green, and blue lasers, and the L9G’s RGB laser system allows it to display a wider color gamut than you’ll ever get with a regular TV. It’s also one of the brightest projectors on the market at 3000 nits. With internal processing that can render dynamic HDR content of all the current formats, the L9G’s image quality is remarkably smooth, with unbelievable detail and color accuracy.

Pair this image quality with one of Hisense’s two new and improved ALR screen options (100" or 120" — go on, start measuring your wall space, we’ll wait), and you get a market-leading viewing experience. Much darker blacks, 90 percent rejection of overhead light, a very wide viewing angle, and easy adjustment controls to match screen and image orientation all combine to make the Hisense screen options an astonishingly cost-effective way to create a truly cinematic experience in your own home theater.

Check out our full review of the L9G here.

L9G TriChroma 100" Laser TV with 100" ALR Projector Screen

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 24" x 6.1" x 13.6"
  • Weight: 24.7 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: 3-laser RGB
  • Resolution: 4096x2160 (4K)
  • HDR: HDR10, HDR 10+, Dynamic HDR, HLG
  • Light Source: Red + Green + Blue Laser
  • Light Source Lifespan: 25,000+ hours
  • Peak Brightness: 3000 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: Dynamic HDR Enhancer
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): N/A
  • Zoom Ratio: N/A
  • Lens Memories: N/A
  • Wireless: Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth
Screen Sizes Available:

100”  |  120” 

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7. The Best Projector for Daytime Viewing:

Sony VPLXW5000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector

$5,498.00

Regular Price: $5,999.99

Save: $501.99 (8%)

Savings include $500 instant rebate. Offer ends 12/4/2022.

Sony has led the projector market with its breakthrough 4K picture and recently reengineered X1 processor system, a combination that provides superb rendering of HDR content, as well as fantastic upscaling of HD content. This projector builds on that innovative technology and adds object-based processing that detects and enhances individual objects on screen, and references two image databases to arrive at the optimal image quality. The HDR enhancer feature preserves the detail in bright images, and projects precisely controlled tone mapping.

What that means is the VPL-XW5000ES is going to let you see shadow detail and colors so accurate that you may never have noticed them before in your favorite movies and shows. Every frame is an image of astonishing clarity with the ideal color balance. And it does so in a remarkably compact footprint: compared to previous Sony projectors in this line, the VPL-XW5000ES is noticeably lighter and smaller. Don’t let the smaller size make you think you’re going to get reduced picture size or quality, however: The new Wide Dynamic Range Optics and re-engineered SXRD panels produce a very clear picture from edge to edge on screens up to 300 inches.

It’s Sony’s imaging technology behind the excellent picture quality that puts this projector on our list of highest recommendations. Action and speed are sometimes a challenge for even high-end projectors, and Sony’s MotionFlow technology is one of the best blur reduction systems on any projector at any price. The VPL-XW5000ES projects a consistently smooth and clear picture during action scenes, even with extreme motion. If you’re a gamer, you’ll love the very low lag time of the VPLX W5000ES, even when you’re watching in 4K.

VPLXW5000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 18.125" x 7.875" x 18.625"
  • Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: XSRD
  • Resolution: 3840×2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Laser
  • Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2000 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: N/A
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: Fixed
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: No
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8. The Best Ultra Short Throw Projector Under $3000:

LG HU715QW CineBeam 4K UHD Laser UST Projector

$2,996.99

LG was a pioneer in the ultra short throw (UST) projector market, coming out with one of the first UST projectors way back in 2019. The HU715QW keeps the best features and high performance of the original, but at a groundbreaking price. As soon as you plug this projector in and position it in front of your screen, you’re going to get good picture quality. LG’s extensive multi-point image correction process, built-in test pattern, white balance and color management controls, and motorized focus make it a breeze to get the perfect picture. The 2500 lumen laser light and ultra-fast new DLP chip virtually eliminate color artifacts and gives you remarkable shadow detail.

Multiple game modes let gamers eliminate lag time and partial frame rendering, with screens 100 to 120 inches wide, that’s one immersive game experience. Streaming is easy with LG’s webOS providing preloaded channels and Apple TV. The built-in 40W sound system includes low-end woofers so you get clear, transparent sound with a great bottom-end punch. Wireless connection makes it easy to add surround speakers, and the backlit remote lets you keep control, even in the dark. If you’re tight on space, you owe it to yourself to check out this remarkable UST projector.

HU715QW CineBeam 4K UHD Laser UST Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 21" x 12.4" x 6"
  • Weight: 26.4 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • 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 (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: Fixed
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay2
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9. The Best Ultra Short Throw Projector (under $4,000):

Samsung 120" The Premiere LSP7T 4K Smart Laser UHD Projector

$3,497.99

The LSP7WHT is one of two new ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors from Samsung that use DLP imaging technology to achieve an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen. Unlike conventional projectors, this one is designed to be placed mere inches from the screen wall, making it far more convenient without the hassle of setting up a more traditional projector across the room.

Its laser light engine churns out up to 2200 lumens, which is ideal for screens measuring up to 120 inches diagonally. And the laser offers a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours, which means you could run this projector eight hours per day for seven years!

The LSP7T is one of the only projectors to support the HDR10+ high-dynamic-range format as well as HDR10 and HLG. HDR10+ adapts the picture parameters for each scene, which greatly improves HDR performance.

Yet another advantage of UST projectors is their ability to house decent speakers in the front of the cabinet, giving you an integrated soundbar in the deal. The LSP7T includes a 2.2 speaker system powered by a total of 30 watts, and it certainly sounds way better than any TV audio.

If you want even more performance, you can step up to the LSP9T, which utilizes separate red, green, and blue lasers rather than a blue laser with yellow phosphor wheel. The result is a peak brightness of 2800 lumens that can fill a screen up to 130 inches diagonally. In addition, it offers a 4.2 audio system powered by 40 watts, and Samsung's Acoustic Beam technology is quite effective at creating a surround soundfield.

120" The Premiere LSP7T 4K Smart Laser UHD Projector (White)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 20.9" x 5.2" x 13.4"
  • Weight: 20.1 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Blue Laser, Yellow Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,200 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): N/A
  • Zoom Ratio: N/A
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth
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10. The Best 4K Projector for a Large Room:

LG HU710PW CineBeam 4K UHD Hybrid Home Cinema Projector

$1,799.99

Regular Price: $2,499.99

Save: $700.00 (28%)

Looking for a projector that can cover a large screen with a clear picture? The HU710PW can cover long distances and wide screens with aplomb. With the hybrid laser and LED DLP projection source, the picture is remarkably bright and accurate, even from the initial setup. At 2000 lumens, this projector can tolerate having a few lights on in your home theater and still show a great picture, so you don’t always have to watch in a completely darkened cave. LG’s webOS provides the connection to all the top streaming apps, and the Magic Mouse mode on the remote makes it easy to scroll and select content — and scrub back to watch a favorite scene again — just by pointing the remote at the screen.

There’s more to like if you appreciate tactile controls. The HU710PW offers 4, 9, and 15-point warping, so you can straighten out your picture by manually adjusting each point. Zoom and focus are controlled manually using rings, which is way more accurate and satisfying than you might think. Another nice touch for those who appreciate finger control: A joystick to select software settings during setup, or when you’re in the back with the projector, and someone up front is hogging the remote. Gamers might be disappointed that the three HDMI inputs lack 4k/120Hz input, but there are in fact many nice options to help make gaming a lot of fun with this projector, such as auto low latency mode (ALLM) and a game optimizer overlay. Just imagine your game world at 300 inches wide.

HU710PW CineBeam 4K UHD Hybrid Home Cinema Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 10.2" x 4.8" x 15.3"
  • Weight: 14.3 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840×2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Laser/LCD hybrid
  • Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2000 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: Dynamic tone mapping
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: Fixed
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay2
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11. The Best Projector for Living Rooms:

Sony VPL-XW6000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector

$11,998.00

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.

VPL-XW6000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector

  • 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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12. The Best Projector for Bright Rooms:

Sony VPL-XW7000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector

$27,998.00

With a true 4K picture that rivals the clarity and brightness of LED and OLED TVs, the Sony VPL-XW7000ES delivers a truly theatrical experience. This projector has a long-lasting laser bulb that delivers 3200 lumens, giving you a picture of unparalleled dynamic range and brightness, in a package that’s substantially smaller than its predecessors. Smaller, yes, but much more powerful, thanks to the new smaller SXRD panels and compact Wide Dynamic Range Optics.

The full potential of that mind-blowing light source and observatory-quality optics is realized with powerful processing from Sony’s X1 Ultimate video engine chipset. The VPL-XW7000ES delivers an HDR image that absolutely rivals what you’ll see on TVs, with detailed tone mapping, brightness that doesn’t blow out, shadows with excellent detail, and an overall dynamic range that gives you everything from true black to astonishing highlights. Frame-by-frame analysis and processing gives every individual object perfect contrast, color balance, dynamic range, and texture. With live color enhancer processing, colors seem astonishingly lifelike and realistic, even skin tones.

With easy installation and setup, and compatibility with all the current home network systems, you’ll find it a breeze to integrate the VPL-XW7000ES into your home system. Powered zoom and lens shift as well as Picture Position Memory makes it easy to adjust the image, and to watch movies in their ideal aspect ratios. The VPL-XW7000ES really does give you a night out at the movies in your own home.

VPL-XW7000ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector (Black)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 18.125" x 8.375" x 20.375"
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: SXRD
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Laser
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 3200 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: N/A
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: Fixed
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: No
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$25,999.95

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.

Also check out our full JVC DLA-NZ9 projector review.

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

  • 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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14. The Best Projector for Gaming Under $7,000:

JVC DLA-NP5 D-ILA 4K Home Theater Projector

$6,999.95

For their 2022 home theater projector line, JVC is clearly demonstrating that its years of engineering experience in this space are paying off. This 4K projector has one of the clearest pictures available at this price, supported by some seriously smart processing power. Compatible with the latest HDR10+ content, the DLA-NP5 reveals shadow detail and color you probably never realized were part of your favorite movies, enhanced by JVC’s Multiple Pixel Control image processor, Clear Motion Drive frame interpolation, and a color management system with 6-axis matrix. The DLA-NP5 achieves a truly excellent contrast ratio using their layered Liquid Crystal on Silicon system, which contains three D-ILA chips that reduce light scatter.

The DLA-NP5’s all-glass lens is nearly identical to that on their high-end DLA-NZ9, which gives this projector a superbly clear picture that can cover a 200-inch screen. Control the zoom, focus, and lens shift from your armchair with the motorized lens and 10-preset lens position and picture settings — this makes it a snap to dial in the perfect picture for the blockbuster, film noir, and action content on your evening’s playlist. This modestly priced projector performs well above its price point; it’s worth your attention.

DLA-NP5 D-ILA 4K Home Theater Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 19.75" x 9.25" x 19.5"
  • Weight: 42.3 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: D-ILA
  • Resolution: 4096 x 2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Lifespan: 4500 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 1900 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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$10,999.95

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.

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

  • 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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16. The Best Home Theater Projector for Detail and Color:

Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector

$4,999.00

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!

Pro Cinema LS12000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector

  • 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
  • Wireless: N/A
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17. The Best Projector for Presentations:

Epson Home Cinema LS11000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector

$3,999.99

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 2022.

Home Cinema LS11000 4K PRO-UHD Laser Projector

  • 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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#Our picks for the Best Projector Screens

We highly recommend getting a good screen to go with your new projector. Here are our picks for the best projector screens.


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