Projectors + Screens for a Simple Home Theater Experience

Projectors + Screens for a Simple Home Theater Experience

Julienne Lin
Sep 23, 2011

Sometimes after work we head over to the office conference room, hook up a laptop to the projector, and stay an hour or two to enjoy a movie. This new movie-watching habit has renewed our love for outdoor movie screenings and simple home entertainment. If you want to recreate a movie-watching experience at home without breaking the bank, here are some projector and screen pairings to consider.

Let's start with the most affordable options and work our way up to a more expensive solution, but one that will definitely mimic a good home theater experience.

Option 1:
Ultra Manual 100'' Projection Screen ($80) + Optoma LED Gaming Projector ($180): The Ultra projection screen is one of the best deals we've seen so far. It has a good look and feel and we like the clean look of the white case. Although it is a manual pull-down screen, the price makes it a better option if you're looking for something simple and affordable. The Optoma LED Gaming Projector pairs nicely with the Ultra projection screen. It is lightweight and has a low power requirement, making it a good choice for entry-level users.

Option 2:
FAVI HD-100 120'' Electric Projector Screen ($98) + ViewSonic DLP Projector 120Hz/3D Ready ($330): If you're looking for a larger screen and more set up options, we recommend looking into the FAVI HD 120'' projector screen. There are end cap brackets for easy wall mounting and steel mounting rings for more options to fit your needs. Pair this screen with ViewSonic's DLP Projector, still reasonably priced but with a better performance level than the Optoma Projector. The ViewSonic is a multifunctional option that works well at home, in the office or at school and still looks good in a lit room. However, don't get your hopes for a good 3D experience, which still has a lot of room for improvement.

Option 3:
Elite Screens EzFrame Fixed Projection Screen ($405) + Epson PowerLite Home Cinema Projector ($1,249): Still a good price for what it is, Elite Screens is a good fixed screen option with an easy set up. The full tension uniformity gives the Elite Screens better picture quality and comes in a thick black aluminum frame with velour surfacing. Pair this with an Epson PowerLite projector, one of the highest rated projectors on Amazon for sharper picture quality, even with the lights on.

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