Five Easy Home Theater Upgrades
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December 31, 2012 by Grant Clauser

2. High output 3D projector

Like the first suggestion, you can improve your lights-on experience by upgrading your old projector with a new, high-brightness one. Just five years ago projectors with light outputs of 800 ANSI lumens were the norm. Now reasonably priced projectors from companies like Epson, Panasonic and Mitsubishi put out light cannon images in the 2,400 lumen range, and that’s for $3,000 or less. What does that light do for you? Aside from making the picture bright enough to see with moderate room lighting, it also can help make the image considerably more vibrant.

And don’t worry about all that extra light producing an overly pale image. New projectors have dramatically improved in black level as well as overall image processing.


Panasonic’s PTAE8000 LCD projector is rated at 2,400 lumens.

Here’s one more reason you need a brighter projector—3D. Producing a good 3D image requires more light output (because the glasses cut back on some of the light). Usually the brighter the projector, the better the 3D picture.

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

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