August 03, 2010 by Lisa Montgomery
Video projectors are a staple of any dedicated home theater. Many times, though, you don’t even know they’re in the room, because the custom electronics pro has tucked the machine into a wall, the ceiling or a custom-made soffit.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing that, but keeping the unit out in the open has its advantages, too, says Alberto Fabiano, vice president of marketing and communications for projector manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia.
“The obvious benefit,” he says, is that it precludes the need for a special ventilation system. The unit (all projectors generate heat then they’re operating) can cool itself without any extra help as long as it’s not encased inside something.
Another advantage is that the projector can be more easily accessed for maintenance and upgrades. Bulbs, wiring and other components can be easily added, upgraded and tweaked.
Last but not least, a projector that’s left in the open is much easier and quicker to install that one that’s being fitted inside the ceiling, wall or soffit. This means you’ll spend less money on labor.
We’ve compiled some of the sleekest, most attractive projectors around for your consideration. With looks like these, there’s no way you’ll want to hide them. Instead, make them a statement piece of your media room. Click here to view 5 Super-Sleek Video Projectors.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.
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