4K Projectors

Best Home Theatre Projectors To Buy in 2017

Home theater projectors are fast replacing TVs and other entertainment units for obvious reasons. The mammoth screen size and eventually a cinematic experience provides for a luxury that can drain all your stress gathered at work and life (spouses) in general. The thrill of a game night or gaming night can be quadrupled if enjoyed on a projector screen.
With time, the affordability of this technology has increased like all others. Now projectors, that used to be huge in size, can fit in your pocket and still leave space for a smartphone!
There is such wide variety of home theater projectors available in the market that it becomes difficult for the first time buyer to make the optimal choice. So here we are with a guide to some of the best in class and price bracket. This contains best home theater projectors, each commendable in their own accord.

  1. Epson 5040UBE 4K

    This is best of all worlds. With 4K HD resolution, it stands at the top of the pyramid. It offers color brightness 2500 lumens which are quite decent, more than decent actually considering the price bracket. It is a WirelessHD projector. The excellence lies in the 1,000,000:1 aspect ratio, which is awe worthy.
    With 3D effects being an integral part of the modern entertainment, this projector without a doubt offers it.
    It is by far the best and most affordable home entertainment projector system.
    Amazon has priced this wonder at $2,799.00. Similar pricing can be found on projectorpeople.com.

  2. Sony VPL-VW1100ES Native 4K-3D (SXRD)

    Sony, the name says it all for a lot of people. This is one of the costliest in the list at $27,998 (amazon). It offers 4k HD resolution with 3D rendering capabilities. This offers a color brightness of 2000lumens at an astounding aspect ratio of 1,000,000:1. It can project up to 172inches screen size. Lamp life of approximately 2500 hours can be achieved.

  3. LG PF1500W

    The most advanced feature-rich model in the list is a 2017 LG make. It supports LG SmartTv WebOS 3.0.
    A smart projector, if you will, is a fairly new concept. It can stream data wirelessly from an android or iOS device as well. With 1400 lumens, it offers fairly good color reproduction. Bluetooth sound out is an added advantage. It offers screen size up to 120 inches. With an arduous 30,000 hours of lamp life. With full HD resolution, it lags slightly behind the other two. It is priced around $1000 which justifies.

  4. Optoma ZU510T-B

    This is a 3D FullHD projector, from optoma. With 5300 lumens, it delivers best in class color brightness. Lamp life of 20,000 hours, it is one of the ideal projectors for today’s audience. With a more than a decent aspect ratio of 300,000:1, Optoma make provides a great color contrast. It is priced at $5299 according to projectorcentral.com.

  5. BenQ DLP HD 1080 HT2050.

    At $791.78 it is quite affordable and value for money home theater projector. This make offers a 1080p resolution which is quite comparable to others in the list. With 15,000:1 aspect ratio, it still stands at a respectable position. It uses DLP technology to render the data on the screen. BenQ make is a quiet projector’. A lightweight model at 10.58lbs is an ideal fit for budget users.

  6. Optoma GT1080 3D DLP Gaming Projector

    A gaming projector had to make this list for obvious reasons. The thrill of gaming on a 166-inch screen with 3D effects, ah! The thrill! The enjoyment and rush of adrenaline when your car crashes with the one next to yours, or when your sword crushes through the stage level boss, is almost palpable. This projector offers minimal latency of barely 13 mili-seconds. This projector offers 2800 lumens which are more than decent for $674.26. The contrast ratio of about 25,000:1 gives acceptable color contrasts. As an added benefit it uses quite less wattage as well.

Others that deserve a mention are:

  • Sony VPLHW45ES 1080 3D: Priced at $1,998, it offers 60,000:1 contrast ratio, with 1800 lumen of brightness. It gives 6000hrs of lamp life.
  • Optoma HD142X 1080 DLP: Quite affordable at $549.99 with 23,000:1 contrast ratio providing illumination of 3000 lumens and 8000 hours of lamp life. It can be the prime choice is money is your constraint.
  • Espon 3000 1080 3LCD: A price tag of $899.99 ensures it does not bankrupt you while giving you an excellent entertainment value. With 60,000:1 contrast ratio and seven color modes with the illumination of about 2300 lumens, this 14.9lbs machine gives you enough reasons to take it home.

After all, this if you feel like you need a portable Projector which can alternatively be used for home entertainment, Moto Z/ Moto Z play offer a projector modular part which could fit your pocket and not break your bank.

DVD Review: La Maison de La Radio


This documentary by Nicolas Philibert purports to be a single day in the life of French national public radio broadcaster Radio France, starting with breakfast news and ending with the follow day starting anew. It is apparently stitched together from six months of footage.

Broadly the equivalent of the BBC, Radio France consists of several stations. France Inter, France Info, France Culture, France Musique, and France Bleu all broadcast from the French version of the BBC radio horseshoe which is Broadcasting House. Radio France is a true concrete doughnut in Paris; a giant circular building within sight of the Eiffel Tower. The documentary takes all those stations in, featuring news gathering, meetings, interviews, sports, gameshows, music and drama.

It is sporadically fascinating. Unfortunately that’s the trouble; it’s only sporadic.

We see abstract musicians recording weird noises, interview subjects recorded as they peel and talk about potatoes, a dramatic work being made take after relentless take, music being recorded, music being rehearsed, game shows being recorded, a request show, interviews with novelists set to music, journalists laughing about murder victims’ bodies being cut up. It is, well, odd.

The most interesting things in the movie are the many characters who have been working for the stations their entire lives. One of them in particular, a music presenter in an office completely surrounded and apparently trapped by walls of CDs, is unique in the film as he is allowed to talk directly to the camera – elsewhere the people working behind the scenes beaver away with varying degrees of self-consciousness trying not to notice they are being watched.

The film is resolutely broad in its subject matter, as of course it would have been if it was made about the BBC. And that’s the problem. In attempting to be an all-encompassing- day-in-the-life it is completely unfocussed. It’s unfair to say it is chosen and organised in nothing but time order, because clearly this material has been carefully selected from an enormous amount of footage. It just seems utterly directionless.

Without any context that lack of structure is strongly underlined; the film becomes a loose connection of scraps – the narrative eye is conspicuous by its absence.

It is entertaining in parts, but fitfully and frustratingly uneven. Without a narrator, or clear outside voice, time does quickly begin to drag. The snippets appear to have been thrown at the screen challenging you to find them all equally enthralling. And they really aren’t.

Also, there is something which will strike you as disconcerting – all the faces on show are middle class and white. As the headquarters of the National broadcaster, it’s something you’d think a documentary maker would at least comment on.