Televisions have gotten so big and have become such a huge part of our daily lives that they’ve become the focal point of just about every living room in America. While modern HDTV’s are much more sleek and less bulky than tubes of the past, they still tend to dominate whatever room they’re in.
If you don’t want a giant black rectangle taking up a big chunk of your living room space all the time, there’s another way. Wouldn’t it be nice if your TV was only there when you needed it? It can be with a 3D projector.
3D projectors aren’t just for 3D movies. 3D projectors are just as at home displaying 2D images. A 3D projector can do anything a TV can do and sometimes more. You can use it for movies, video games, slideshows, and much more.
While huge, bulky projector TV’s have been out of style for a while, you can still get a traditional projector for your home theater. You might be surprised by what new TV projectors can do.
Here is a list of 2018's top rated and reviewed 3D projectors to help you choose the best products for your home theater.
Best 3D Projectors | Top 6
Who is This Review For?
This review is for anyone who wants a cleaner looking living room. It’s for anyone who wants to simplify their furniture and decor. Maybe you just don’t like having a big entertainment center hogging so much living room space. Having a projector can turn any room in your house into a theater and even allows you to watch movies outside.
It’s also for anyone who wants an amazing television experience. There’s a common misconception that you have to sacrifice some picture quality if you use a projector rather than a screen, but that’s simply not the case. You can get a 1080p full high definition experience and even 3D with modestly priced home theater projectors.
Best 3D Projectors | What to Look For
The key differences in the best 3D projectors is in the display type. Let’s go over the different types of displays so you can figure out which one you prefer.
- LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) - This is similar to the technology in very popular LCD televisions. Most LCD projectors have three panels. As red, blue, and green light goes through those panels, it turns into the image you see projected. LCD projectors are popular for their color definition and brightness. It’s also easy to fit into a compact package that would be good for traveling.
- DLP (Digital Light Processing) - There are two types of DLP projectors, single chip and three-chip. The DLP projectors on our list are single chip because three-chip projectors are extremely expensive and are typically just for commercial use. DLP technology was developed by Texas Instruments. It uses a chip called a Digital Mirror Device (DMD) which has thousands of mirrors, one for each pixel. The mirrors tilt according to the light source to create an image. An advantage is they have rich, deep blacks and high contrast, but they generally aren’t as bright as LCD. The small chip allows them to easily fit in compact packages.
- LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) - LCoS is still a rather new technology. It’s sort of the best of both worlds - LCD and DLP. It’s basically an LCD panel on a mirror. It projects a very high pixel density which means a very high resolution and excellent picture quality. This display type is especially good for moving images and has been described as the most “film-like.” If you want your home theater to be as close as you can get to a real movie theater, LCoS is a great option.