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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's New Affordable 4K Projectors Have Arrived: H6810 & V6810

    A 4K Home cinema projector is often seen as a decadent piece of kit but now with large 4K TVs routinely costing over £1500 for all the trimmings, why not get a larger image for less with a One Box Cinema Solution?

    The Acer V6810 and H6810 are Acer's answer to affordable 4K home cinema, starting around £1000 for glorious lifelike visuals and HDR clarity. So what else can you expect from this new range?

    Brightness and Usability

    Both Acer 4K projectors have over 2000 ANSI lumens (what are they?) which is enough to deal with any indoor lighting conditions. Having this level of brightness means the projectors can both be used in a more commercial setting, ideal for pubs and just in time for the world cup! You can watch your 4K content at any time of day in any conditions, just like a TV, and with the 4K enabled port on both projectors you can connect a 4k device directly for plug and play Ultra HD Cinema.

    Enabling the Silent Mode will introduce you to a immersive cinema feeling that you wouldn't normally get without heading out to Cineworld. With cinema size visuals, near-silent operation and the great value price these Acer 4K projectors offer that cinema feeling from the comfort of your sofa.

    Image Quality

    Acer's Dynamic Black technology brings those dark areas into sharp relief, giving depth to the shadows for a true-to-life visual experience.  The V6810 4k DLP projector also has the Acer ColorPurity features which enables it to enhance not just the blacks but the whole spectrum of rich RGB colours whilst reducing any rainbow effects.

    Installation

    Both 4K UHD Projectors offer 40 degree vertical keystone correction which is ideal for ceiling mounted projects. The installation of new lamps is also super simple thanks to the top loading feature, and with the various eco modes you can comfortably get 10,000 hours out of one lamp, adding to the great value.

    Conclusion

    Both the Acer V6810 and the H6810 represent some of the most affordable home cinema projectors on the market right now. Whether you're looking  for your very own cinema or just want a high quality, future-proof investment for your venue the Acer 6810 range would be ideal for you.

  • The latest 4K Projector and Home Cinema News from Personal Projector

    Your very own 4K Home cinema is no longer a dream; thanks to the latest developments in the projector industry you can beat Cineworld at their own game, all from your sofa!

    With 4K content on the rise more and more people are starting to realise that HD is outdated and if you're reading this you're already ahead of the curve. A projector can give you the cinema visuals you want, or simply couldn't afford in an enormous 4K TV, all without breaking the bank.

    Projectors have come a long way from the clunky boxes we knew from school, the 4K home cinema models produce eye-popping visuals and are easier than ever to install. If you're interested in what it takes to build your own 4k home cinema then follow the link to our guide.

    Latest Offers and News:

    Throw open a window into the world of 4k with the Acer M550 4k projector, get these incredible visuals at cinema size all without leaving your sofa! Gorgeous visuals and near-silent operation from only £1489.99

    Why not treat yourself to the 4k Home Cinema of your dreams, without a nightmare price tag... We've got price reductions across the 4K projector range:

    The BenQ W1700 4K DLP CineHome projector is now available! Breathe new life into your viewing experience with native 4K HDR and over 1 billion colours...

  • A Native 4K Home Cinema Projector is here and it costs less than you'd think...

    BenQ W1700 native 4K Home Cinema Projector

    Plenty of 4K projectors boast about their eye popping picture quality but there is often debate over how well ultra HD images are digitally upscaled to 4k compared to a native 4k projector. The BenQ W1700 DLP CineHome Projector stands above the noise and proudly declares it's native 4k chip, offering an affordable true 4k option for consumers. This home cinema projector creates hyper-realistic cinematic experiences in native 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution at 2200 ansi lumens of brightness .

    Such power in a projector that only weighs 4kg is certainly impressive but installation is made even easier with a 1.2 x optical zoom, vertical keystone correction and picture offset.

    The Big Picture: HDR optimised for true-to-life visuals

    Hyper-Realistic Video Quality is achieved with BenQ exclusive Auto HDR Color Rendition and Cinema-Optimised technology to balance colour saturation and rich colour scale, preserving dark details in total clarity.

    The W1700 Projector's High Dynamic Range performance offers greater brightness, contrast range, and image optimisation in a single step. Meaning he 4k projector is continually working to produce the best picture, frame by frame. This feature on a native 4k home cinema  projector would usually incur a large price tag but with the W1700 4k projector You can bring that Cineworld experience home for less.

    The BenQ W1700 4K HDR Cinehome Projector is available from Personal Projector with UK Plug, Manual and Warranty.

  • 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.
    https://bit.ly/2Aqi0Nv

    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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  • NEW: World's First DLP 4K Projector, Acer V9800

    4K has been threatening to become the next big thing in the consumer AV world for some time now, however 4K projectors have always been too big, too complex and most of all too expensive to make much of an impact in the world of consumer electronics.

    Thanks to Acer, that is thankfully no longer the case! In creating the first DLP 4K projector, the V9800, the electronics giant has made an effort to bring 4K projection down to an affordable price. With the V9800 being under £4,000 on Personal Projector, it's a fraction of the cost of other 4K projectors on the market which can easily set you back an eye-watering £45,000. That's a quite remarkable difference in price, but how does the performance measure up?

    In a word: great! The Acer V9800 makes use of a single DLP chip, which, for the videophiles out there, means there won't be any issues regarding misaligned panels which can affect the image quality. This means you'll get "ruthless clarity" and "blade-like detail" (Home Cinema Choice Magazine, May 2017 issue) in every frame. What's more, it's HDR10 compatible, offering high image clarity with "HDR performance that is genuinely surprising for a projector" (HCC Magazine).

    Make no mistake, the Acer V9800 is a big unit that requires a proper install, but once that's done you'll be able to witness the full power of 4K projection, complete with vibrant colours, deep blacks and unparalleled detail. If you've been looking to set up the ultimate home cinema system, look no further than the Acer V9800!

     

    "This 4K DLP debutant delivers a sometimes stunning UHD HDR performance, aided by clarity and luminance★★★★ - Home Cinema Choice magazine

    "The V9800 is a game-changer in home cinema projection." - 9/10 Trusted Reviews

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