Home-based movie theater and how to make it for yourself

The COVID-19 pandemic that began in the spring of 2020 has significantly affected the lives of all people in the world. With the introduction of quarantine measures and self-isolation, many establishments and industries have closed, and companies have transferred their employees to work remotely from home. Because of this, many inhabitants of the Earth were literally locked in the walls of their apartments and houses, which changed their way of life as much as possible.

Nevertheless, many continued to work, as well as to do their workouts  - for the latter, it was enough to have a simple willpower. But with entertainment, everything has become much more complicated. It would not have been possible to get out normally, for example, to the cinema with family or friends, with all the desire, and there were practically no films released. This made the home theater concept popular, with projectors being the most popular because they were less expensive than TVs in terms of price, picture quality and screen size.


Is it worth it to buy a projector for home?

If you want to arrange a full-fledged home theater with a large screen and a high-quality picture in your living room, there is no better option than to buy a projector and install a screen for it. It's cheaper than buying a huge screen size TV, even if you are purchasing a native 4K projector. This is due to the fact that the price per inch of the screen for TVs grows literally in arithmetic progression, while for a projector everything depends on its initial characteristics. And a lot of them are capable of reproducing a high-definition picture even with a screen diagonal of 3 meters or more.

How to choose a projector for your living room?

Of course, you can always buy yourself a projector that’s considered the best of the best in its class. You can find some of such projectors, for example, at ProjectorExpo - at the site there are a lot of articles with top-notch projectors lists and reviews. But you really want a projector that’s not only the best one but also the best-fitting one.


The first question to ask yourself when choosing a projector for your home concerns the conditions of its use. It’s literally about what screen size should you get and how far from the screen can you place it. The answer to this question will help a parameter called the projection ratio, that is, the ratio of the distance from the projector to the screen to the width of the screen.

There are several types of projectors with different optics and focal lengths. For example, an ultra-short throw projector can be placed just 30 centimeters from the screen and get a picture with a diagonal of about 2.5 meters. Long throw  models, which are the most common, are usually hung from the ceiling or placed on a rack - such projectors will give the same picture diagonal, but from a distance of 2.5 meters.

Based on the amount of light in the room, you also need to pay attention to the brightness - it is measured in lumens (Lm) and displays the power of the luminous flux. Since we are talking about a well-lit living room, the more light in the room, the more brightness you need. In this case, devices with a brightness of at least 3000-4000 lm are best suited. Also, when choosing a projector, you must take the screen size into account, since this value is proportionally dependent on the brightness of the projector.

As you might guess, the higher the resolution, the clearer small details are displayed, and for dynamic content, the projector must support a native resolution of at least FullHD or 1920x1080. And for more modern and even better content, you can purchase a device with support for 4K resolution - 4096x2160 or 3840x2160. But it will definitely not be the cheapest device.

What else do you need for a home theater?

Home theater projectors can be mounted on a wall, ceiling, in front of a screen, or behind a screen. Most models can be placed in all of these locations, but there are exceptions. Ceiling and wall mounted projectors will certainly take up less space, but if there is no remote control, other options may be more appropriate to make setup a breeze. For good movie viewing, it's equally important to focus on audio - if you have good speakers at home, you can connect them to a projector. Sound may also come from a computer, TV, or the projector itself, but the sound quality may not be as good.


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