GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR SYSTEM REQUIRES THE RIGHT HOME THEATER PROJECTOR

Acoustic Frontiers Has The Expertise To Help You Select The Best Projector For Your Home Theater.

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Home Theater Projectors

FUNCTIONS OF A HOME THEATER PROJECTOR

Home theater projectors create the moving images that are displayed on projection screens.

 These days, all home theater projectors are digital and use an imaging chip to modulate the beam from a light source. While there are many different varieties of imaging technology, most home theater projectors use a variant of liquid crystal display (LCD), whereby three chips, one per primary color (i.e., red, green, blue), modulate the white light generated by an ultra-high pressure (UHP) mercury lamp light source. Common variants of LCD are LCOS (JVC) and SXRD (Sony), which incorporate a reflective layer. The leading alternative imaging technology is DLP, or Digital Light Projection, which in general do not offer the contrast performance of LCD.

 Alternate light sources - particularly laser - are becoming standard for high-end projectors and offer better image quality, higher energy efficiency, and drastically increased lifespan.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A HOME THEATER PROJECTOR

  • Sufficient output to light up the projection screen to optimal luminance targets. These targets vary depending on the amount of ambient light and whether there is projector light output reduction. Taking our most common installation - an ambient light-controlled home theater using a 140" wide 2.4 acoustically transparent screen - 2000 lumens after calibration is a good target for the best display of standard and high dynamic range content.
  • Lens motorization, including zoom, shift, focus, and lens memories to allow easy projector setup and use with Cinemascope style 2.4:1 aspect ratio screens.
  • Sufficient lens shift and throw range to deal with most installation situations. For typical front projection, this means vertical shift >80% and horizontal >10%. 
  • Projector, post-calibration, meets standard dynamic range (SDR) targets for white point, greyscale, gamma, and color accuracy. 
  • Dynamic tone mapping to enable the best display of high dynamic range (HDR) content. 

WE HAVE

  • Extensive knowledge of the home theater projector options on the market.
  • Knowledge of the post-calibration brightness, color, and dynamic tone mapping performance of the projectors we sell.

WE KNOW

  • How to select a projector to meet the standard and high dynamic range image brightness targets.
  • How to calibrate a projector to industry standards so that your projector looks the best it can be.

Our Home Theater Projector Recommendations

SONY VPL-VW915ES

For most home theaters, our recommendation is the Sony VPL-VW915ES at $20,000.

This 2000 lumen laser projector has enough light output to adequately illuminate large acoustically transparent screens together with lens motorization to support 2.4 aspect ratio projection screens. Black levels meet our standards thanks to a combination of laser dimming and a dynamic iris, resulting in blacks which equal the class-leading JVCs. In addition, motion performance, image stability, and intra-scene contrast are superior, which is why this projector gets our recommendation.

SONY VPL-5000ES

For screens wider than 150", with excellent HDR performance, you need more light output than our recommendation above.The 5000 lumen Sony VPL-5000ES, at $60,000, is our choice for most reference class home theaters. It's laser-illuminated, has Sony's top ARC-F lens, meets DCI-P3 color gamut, and is liquid-cooled. Lens quality makes a big difference in image quality, and unfortunately, an awesome lens is only something you get at higher price points.

Creating A System You Love Shouldn't Be Difficult

With Acoustic Frontiers, all it takes is 4 simple steps.

1

CONSULTATION

We'll take the time to understand your unique needs and goals to customize our approach to designing the best audio experience for you.

2

SYSTEM DESIGN

This is where the magic happens and what really makes Acoustic Frontiers stand out. Every room is different, and we’ll account for all the elements that impact audio performance in your space to ensure you get the best performing system for your budget.

3

ACOUSTIC TREATMENT INSTALLATION & CALIBRATION 

We’ll make the installation process as painless as possible and carefully calibrate your system to optimize performance.

4

ENJOY YOUR AUDIO EXPERIENCE

You deserve the best, and now you’ve got it. Put on your favorite movie or album, or create your next track because the system you wanted is yours to enjoy.

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What Do Our Clients Think?

“Thank you, Acoustic Frontiers! My system is no longer there. I can close my eyes, and the music just flows from another dimension!”

Mr. Lowe, Dallas, TX.

“I’m enjoying the system you did for me so much. It’s just incredible. It’s like listening to my music for the first time!”

Mr. Hart, Carmel Highlands, CA.

“The Raw Audio/Video is off the charts fantastic, I could not imagine any improvement at all.”

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Nyal Mellor, Founder, Acoustic Frontiers

  • (415) 524-8741
  • Serving USA & Canada
  • Fairfax, Northern California, USA

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