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  • Top 5 Best Home Cinema and 4K Projectors for 2019

    Home Cinema and 4K

    Home Cinema projectors have increased in popularity with the rise of 4k content, box set binging and streaming apps to create a personalised big screen experience from the comfort of your sofa. So here are the top 5 best performing projectors that can bring Cineworld to your living room...

    From only £498 you can get a full HD 3000 lumen viewing experience with the Acer H6517ST, ideal for gaming, movies and big screen sports.

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    The BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw projector is fantastic for easily setting up the cinema experience in your home. With the Ultra Short Throw capability you can project large images to your wall from just inches away. Perfect for when you don't have the space for a traditional set up.

    BenQ W1600

    The Acer P8800 is the ultimate home cinema projector. The 5000 Ansi lumens projector combines Ti XPR technology, projecting more than 8.3 million pixels with UHD 4K to bring you crisp, rich and vivid images taking you closer to the onscreen action!

    Acer P8800

    The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k projector choice, with near silent projection and deep rich colours you'll get that authentic cinema feeling without leaving the house.

    Acer M550

    The Acer V7850 is the 4k home cinema projector to choose if you want truly life-like immersion. The fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning even at giant proportions, so you can finally reclaim that big screen cinema experience whenever and however you like.

    Acer v7850

    Feature AcerH6517ST BenQ W1600  Acer P8800  Acer M550  Acer V7850
    Price (inc vat) £498 £1199.99 £5500 £1199.99 £1908
    ANSI Lumens 3000 3300 5000 2900 2200
    Resolution 1080p 1080p 4k UHD 4k 4k
    Lens shift (adjustable image size ) vertical vertical vertical,horizontal vertical vertical and manual zoom
    Connectivity HDMI, VGA, USB, composite HDMI x2, USB, composite, USB HDMI, MHL, VGA, USB HDMI, HDMI 2.0, MHL, USB, Component, VGA HDMI 2.0,  VGA, USB,Network (RJ-45)
    Lens offset (for ceiling install) no no  Yes Yes Yes
    Feature AcuMotion for gaming Ultra Short Throw More than 8.3 million pixels near silent Projection award winning image
    Speakers 2w 10w x2 No 10w 10w

    We have also got handy buyer's guides for the Top 5 Best Portable projectors of 2019 and the Top 5 Best Business Projectors for 2019 so all your projector needs are covered.

  • Acer VL7860 vs Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

    A Home Cinema Projector to rival your local Cineworld is now well within reach for many, thanks to host of 4k projectors, but if you want to maximise your viewing time without maintenance then 4k laser projectors offer an ideal solution. The Acer VL7860 and the New Optoma UHZ65 both offer indulgent and rich 4K viewing at sizes traditional TVs just can't handle, but which is better?

    Why laser?

    By using a laser light source instead of traditional lamp-based technology both projectors offer a 20,000 hour life span, the Acer VL7860 projector can extend this to 30,000 hours with it's eco-mode. That kind of life span is enough to watch the entire marvel movie cinematic universe (with added TV episodes) 125 times continuously!  Having an eco mode is also especially important to consider when using the 4k UHD projector for long periods, meaning a lower cost of ownership in the long term.

    Brightness and Image Quality

    Both the 4K Home Cinema Projectors deliver 3000 Ansi Lumens of brightness, in real terms that is enough to create a sharp image at all hours of the day. If you're finding the lumens ratings a bit tricky to handle check out this lumens guide. As the Optoma UHZ65 is also designed for business and education sectors it also offers a staggering 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for crystal clear details even at massive signage sizes, ideal for exhibitions or museums.

    A common misconception when dealing with projectors comes from their perceived inability to handle high frame rates and heavy action scenes. Both of these 4K UHD Projectors have their own ways to project at the movie standard of 24 frames per second, with PureMotion/AccuMotion technology built in to handle fast moving scenes or gaming.

    Laser technology provides accurate, true to life colour reproduction with the Optoma UHZ65 delivering 80% of DCI-P3 coverage- basically meaning it can produce a wide and diverse range of Ultra HD colours.

    Installation and creating your own 4K Home Cinema.

    Both Projectors offer a vertical lens shift of 15% so you can ceiling mount them without fear of losing that cinema feeling with a skewed image. Despite this handy feature, 4k home cinema is more than just a projector. If you do want to create your own 4K Home Cinema you'll need more pieces than just the projector, read our 4k home cinema set up guide.

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    Affordability

    Here comes the clincher, the Optoma UHZ65 may be delivering a marginally sharper image but priced at £4999.99 can it really compete with the Acer VL7860's  price point of £3499.99?

    The Optoma UHZ65 may have a sharper image but at over £1000 more that's what you would expect.  Offering a lower cost of ownership and a lower initial cost the Acer VL7680 has affordability covered in this high-end category.

    So what's the verdict?

    If you're looking for a truly mesmerising 4k UHD Projector experience and have the extra cash to spend the Optoma UHZ65 seems to fit the bill. For those looking for a comparable, hassle free, immersive experience without the price tag the Acer VL7860 is ideal.

    For an alternative to the Optoma UHZ65 also see the ultra high end Acer V9800

  • HDMI 2.1 and 4K Home Cinema HDMI Guide

    Most people don't consider their cables when upgrading their home cinema projector, but with advances in 4K you'll need to think carefully about your setup. If you're looking to upgrade your home cinema projector but are still stuck with an old HDMI cable this guide can show you how your cable will perform.

    How to setup my 4k projector

    There is debate over whether HDMI cables should be listed as their 'version' number or just as 'standard' or 'high speed' but essentially version 2.0 and above is high speed. A 4K Home Cinema projector like the Acer V7850 has a HDMI 2.0 input specifically for 4K so you will need a HDMI 2.0 cable to get the full 4K experience.

    HDMI 1.4 only supports up to 4k 30hz,  whereas HDMI 2.0 can support 4k 60hz, ideal for 4k home cinema viewing. Connecting your HDMI 1.4 to a 4K projector will give you an up-scaled 1080p image, not quite the 4K clarity available.

    Any High-speed HDMI cable will do for your home cinema, they are now relatively cheap, and 'high speed' is just the name for HDMI 2.0 cables which are now the most commonly available since 2013.

    What is HDMI 2.1?

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    Essentially, HDMI 2.1 has the capability to double-down on what HDMI 2.0 can manage. 2.1-standard cables will be able to easily outstrip the 4K limit, future proofing your set up with a maximum sending a maximum of 10K content at 120fps down the cable. HDMI 2.1 can even handle dyanmic HDR and variable refresh, adjusting pixels on-the-fly for crystal clear depth and focus.

    Will I need anything else for my 4K Home Cinema?

    You also need to consider the source of the 4K content, whether it's a Blu-ray player, games console or a AV receiver you'll need something that can send a 4K signal.

    The Bottom Line

    Getting 4K into your home is far more involved than just buying a 4K home cinema projector. You need the right pieces of the puzzle for it to work, otherwise you're just watching up-scaled 1080i/1080p, which isn't bad, but it's not 4K.

  • Acer 4k Home Cinema Range Review

    Acer 4k Home Cinema Range Review

    Acer now has a full range of 4K Projectors offering a comprehensive range of 4k options, so now it’s time to see how they perform. We have broken down the key features of each projector for this Acer 4K Home Cinema review, with an at-a-glance table and all the latest 4k terms explained.

    At-a-glance comparison table of Acer 4k Projectors:

    Acer M550 Acer H7850 Acer V7850 Acer V9800
    RP £1,999.99 £2,299.99 £2,699.99 £3,950.99
    Rank Entry Mid High Pro
    Key Feature 1 2900lms 3000lms 2200lms 2000lms
    Key Feature 2 Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible
    Key Feature 3 Rec. 709 Compatible Rec. 709 Compatible
    Key Feature 4 HDR Compatible HDR Compatible HDR Compatible HDR Compatible
    Key Feature 5 Vertical lens shift Vertical lens shift Vertical lens shift Horizontal / Vertical lens shift
    Colour wheel Standard Standard RGBRGB RGBRGB

     

    Key Comparisons

    The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k choice, only 100 lumens behind its mid range cousin the Acer H7850 which also offers an affordable cinematic experience. Both offer vertical lens shift for improved adjustability.

    The Acer V7850 is what many consider the colour purist model due to its RGBRGB colour wheel. If you want life-like immersion, the fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning. The V7850 has won awards in the press with Home Cinema Choice and T3, proving itself a market leader in the 4k projector high end range.

    At the Pro level the Acer V9800 produces similarly stunning visuals to the H7850 but has more image positioning options, allowing for more precisely adjusted home cinema. Uniquely this model also is one of the projectors to offer the rare horizontal lens shift as well as vertical lens shift so you can place the projector on the ceiling or in the corner of the room with little or no skewing of the image horizontally or vertically.

    Some key technologies explained:

    4K UHD

    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) definition of 4K Ultra HD (UHD, 3,840 x 2,160) states the display resolution must have at least 8 million active pixels. Acer4K Ultra HD resolution with TI XPR technology serves more than 8.3 million on-screen pixels —four times more of a Full HD. All details come alive.

    HDR compatible

    HDR (High dynamic range) is a technique to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity. It preserves details in the darkest & brightest areas, and presents a similar range of luminance that the colour is close to how we see in real life. The expanded contrast & wider range of brightness produces true-to-life colour. Image comes to life with HDR compatible.

     Rec. 2020 compatible

    Rec. 2020, also known as BT. 2020, is the recommendation for UHDTV defined by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). With Rec. 2020 compatible, projector is able to read and translate rec. 2020 language into rec. 709 for superior colour reproduction.

    Rec. 709

    Rec. 709 is a standard of HDTV. It is also the colour standard that movie direct or adopted for post-production. Thanks to the inclusion of Rec 709, Acer’s projector is able to reproduce faithfully the original colours and tones to give viewers an authentic movie-watching experience. Recreate colours exactly as they’ve been imagined by the director.

    HDCP 2.2

    HDCP 2.2 is the specification required for HDMI ports to play full 4K video. If your HDMI port is older than V2 then you will need to check how well 4K video displays depending on your HDMI version. All the Acer projectors above have one HDMI 2.0 port which is HDCP 2.2 enabled for your 4K content.

    The Verdict

    There is now something for everyone in the Acer 4k home cinema range whether you are on a budget or looking for the best contrast ratio/features money can buy.

    The award winning V7850 is also a great high end choice at a good price whilst the entry level Acer M550 and the H7850 models offer amazing value for a 4k projector.

  • Should you buy a 4k TV or a 4k projector? Where is the best 4k TV content?

    One of the questions we are asked more and more at Personal Projector these days is should you buy a 4k TV or a 4k projector?

    The lines are now blurring between the 4k TV and the 4k projectors with 4k projector prices now rivalling 4k TVs. Projector brightness levels are also improving and most importantly 4k content is also becoming more easily available.

    What are the main differences between 4K TV versus 4k Projectors: Price, Screen Size, Brightness

    According to a recent article by T3 4th August 2017, "this year, some 230 million televisions will be sold worldwide (pub quizzers take note, of which 50 million will be 50-inch plus UHD models. On a high-street near you, the fastest-growing 4K screen size is now roughly 43 inches. As we strive for larger, cinema style screens the option to upgrade to a 4K projector has never looked better."

    Both the Acer H7850 and the Optoma UHDX550 4k projectors can project a 4K screen of up to 120-inches and beyond instead of 43", with built in sound systems to deliver an accessible cinema experience in your living room. Although we would still recommend they are connected up to an external home cinema audio system if you want the best 4k audio visual experience.

    Some 4k projectors are also now cheaper than the 4k TV equivalents at only £1899 inc vat which is half the price they were 12 months ago.

    Projector brightness has now also improved to around 3000 lumens on a 4k projector too meaning its perfect for viewing in normal light conditions without the curtains being drawn so you get the brightness and the cinema sized images in one package.

    How easy is it access 4K TV/Cinema Content ?

    There’s actually a huge difference between the various 4k paid TV content packages when it comes to the depth of their UHD catalogue. Here is a summary below of 4k content from the main providers in the UK via Sky, BT, Virgin, Amazon and Netflix.

    In addition you can also obtain free UHD 4k content via YouTube.

    How to find 4K content at a glance:

    4K Content SKY Q BT YouView + UHD Virgin V6 Amazon Fire Box Netflix
    Sports Sky Sports F1, Test Cricket, Premier League Football Champions + Europa League Football, Boxing, Rugby Stream through apps Stream through apps N/A
    Movies Sky Cinema In Development Stream through apps Stream through apps Stream through app
    TV and Box Sets Selected Box Sets On Demand Stream through apps Stream through apps Stream through app
    Events Selected Festivals no no no no

    UPDATE: 24th Oct 2018 Sky Q partners with Netflix means greater choice of HD and 4K content so nows the perfect time to invest in that ultimate home cinema such as the Benq W1600 UST.
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    T3 tech magazine believe, "with 4k Cinema and 4k box sets on offer you can bingewatch shows in UHD, including The Blacklist, Fortitude and Riviera. If you’re watching live sports, 4K viewers will receive a prompt to switch to a UHD broadcast if it’s available. Sky offers the entire Formula 1 season in 4K plus Test Cricket and Premier League Football.

    Currently, the headline attraction from BT is 4K football (Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and EUFA Europa League), but it also screens regular UHD boxing and Aviva Premiership Rugby in 4K (with Dolby Atmos audio, which makes a not inconsiderable bonus).

    The latest set top box from cable giant Virgin TV, the ultra-compact V6, is 4K capable, too. Unfortunately, unlike Sky, Virgin TV currently does not offer any UHD content beyond Netflix and YouTube in 4K.

    If you’re hoping to stream 4K Netflix or Amazon Video content from a separate mediaplayer, the best value is Amazon’s Fire TV box, priced at £80. This hooks up via HDMI and supports 2160p streams. Only the bigger Amazon Fire box offers 4K, the little Amazon Fire stick is HD only.

    It’s also important to note that HDR from Netflix and Amazon is only available from apps integrated within a 4K HDR TV itself. It’s not (yet) available from outboard devices, like media players and Blu-ray decks."

    Two Popular 4k Projectors: Acer H7850 and Optoma UHD550X 

    The main advantage of course in viewing 4k content on a 4k projector as opposed to a 4k TV is the supersized ultra lifelike, immersive images blown up to a huge cinema size as it was intended to be and these 2 models below do a great job at very reasonable prices.

    The Acer H7850 4k projector delivers 4K resolutions with AcuMotion Frame Rate Enhancement to deliver sharper images during shaky or unstable moments in whatever you’re watching. Along this technology the brightness of 3000 lumens and built in speakers combine to provide a full cinema experience all in one box. This home cinema is available for £2,278.80 (Inc Vat).

    http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/acer-h7850-4k-uhd-projector.html

    The Optoma UHD550X 4k projector goes one stage further than the Acer and provides a uniqe feature of vertical lens shift allowing you to bring the projector further or closer from the wall electronically ie without the need to move it which can be an advantage if you are restricted on where you need to place the projector.

    The various adjustments on offer means this projector is also incredibly accessible, easy to install and connect. It even has a built-in gaming-mode, optimising your projector for lightning response times, maximum contrast and vivid colours to capture every detail. This versatile projector is available at £1899.99 which is less than some 4K TVs.

    http://www.personalprojector.co.uk/optoma-uhd550x-ultra-hd-4k-projector-2800-ansi-lumens.html

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