If you want epic entertainment, adding the right projector is key. While there are endless options out there, most of the time no matter what you are buying, you get what you pay for. Here are some things you need to know about home theater projectors:
Projector brightness is measured in lumens; the higher the lumens, the brighter the projector will be at a given distance. This means the brighter your projector, the earlier you can start your movie night. To put things into perspective, an average projector lumens range from 500 to 2500 while JVC reference series projectors offer up to 3,000 lumens. One thing to make note of, if you’ll be using the projector in an urban area with a lot of light pollution, you’ll want a projector that offers at least 3,000.
Choosing contrast ratio is heavily dependent on the lighting conditions of your outdoor environment (light sources out of your control such as street lights). Contrast ratio is the intrinsic ability of the projector to show the complete range of image contrast simultaneously. So, a projector with a high contrast ratio will allow you to see clearly defined shadow detail and deeper black levels (adding a sense of depth and dimension to the picture).
The throw ratio tells you how wide your image will be when you place the projector at a certain distance (from the screen). Calculating the throw ratio is especially important if you plan on mounting your projector permanently. Use caution here, if you cannot place the projector far enough away from the screen due to being limited on space, you may need a short throw projector and screen.