Do you remember when the first 4k TV hit the market a few years ago? It was June 26, 2013 when Sharp announced the release of the LC-70UD1U, a 70 in (180cm) 4k Ultra HD TV. Ever since this release, home theater fanatics have been patiently awaiting the release of an affordable projector, which can offer the same level of image quality. While the TVs can no doubt provide us with a great viewing experience, nothing can match the movie theater feeling, so I understand the desperate desire for the upgrade. I get a lot of questions from my clients on 4k products, and I hope this article helps explain the current state of play and also gives you some tips on what to look for and what to stay away from!
What are 4K projectors?
When you’re shopping for a projector, one of the key specs that buyers often look for is resolution. Resolution refers to the number of pixels that compose the picture. A 4k image projected on a movie screen consists of 4096 x 2160 pixels, which is actually four times the variety of pixels of the standard 1080p projector (hence 4k). In other words, these images provide an unbelievable quality of detail and an exceptionally high contrast ratio. The image is so crisp and defined that there is virtually no issue with pixelation. If you are sitting in the front row, you won't be able to see a single pixel. Simply put, 4k is the next generation of HD.
Is a 4K projector worth it?
The first thing I want to note is that 4k projectors have been around for a few years now, so competition has no doubt increased, and the price has come down. When the Sharp product launched in 2013, it retailed for close to $10,000. Now you can pick one up for just a few thousand.
The second point is that the shift from complete HD to 4k is no small jump—it’s huge. The quality is noticeably different, and to put it in relative terms, it’s the same type of resolution you will get in the majority of advanced movie theaters. If you need to justify the cost of a few extra thousand of dollars to own a 4k projector, just think of all the trips you will save from visiting the movie theater!
What are the best 4k projectors on the market today?
As many of you know, I’ve been in this business for over 15 years, and it’s an understatement to say that I have seen it all! The reality is that 4k is definitely a buzzword right now. Projectors claim they are 4k, but what they really mean is that they can accept 4k signal; only some of these may be able to actually project the higher quality image.
In the True4k Projector market (those that accept and project 4k images), there are two clear stand outs; however, they have nuances, which may be important depending on your needs. We are happy to help you navigate the maze of options out there, so contact us today for a no obligation free consultation and let us help make your home a destination.
Chad from New Age Home Theater