Projector Expert Questions & AnswersQ:
Projectors are new to me. I need one to replace my family room's 65" rear-projection television. I want a high-quality picture, good colors and good blacks. I also need to be sure the projector is bright enough to watch TV on during the daytime hours. My living room's window has blinds, but it still lets in a lot of light. What do you recommend for me?
~ Big ScreenA:
Dear Big Screen,
You're in luck. Most projectors can give you a much larger display than your 65" TV. There are only a few specs you need to pay attention to to get the best image.
In a room with some ambient light, we recommend at least 1500 lumens. There are many bright, affordable HD projectors out there. Depending on how much light your windows let in, you may want to consider a brighter model.
Rich colors and deep blacks
To experience the most true to life image, look for a projector with a high contrast ratio, at least 1,000:1. Also, an HD (1920 x 1080) or WXGA (1280 x 800) projector connected to its source with an HDMI cable will give you the best overall colors and image.