Understanding the technology options in home theater projectors

The beauty of being an integrator and moving into a new home is that I get to do whatever I want for AV and electronics. The curse, however, is I’m always trying different solutions on myself because I’d rather be the guinea pig than my clients. I’m currently in the process of finishing off my home’s unfinished basement and creating my dream theater room. Recently, I had Jeff Schneider from Digital Projection come to visit and demo a few projectors for use in the room. (I’ll probably end up installing both so I can demo them to clients, but that’s another story.)

While speaking with Jeff, I also had one of my Home Theater Rebuild colleagues in the room because he hasn’t had as much experience with two-piece projection. He felt very comfortable asking questions of both Jeff and me, as it was a pretty casual situation. I realized that a lot of things that I take for granted are things that confuse people who have not been living and breathing two-piece projection for years. And that led me to think that maybe a lot of integrators don’t sell two-piece because they lack the confidence that comes with deep knowledge. It isn’t really something you can get your way through a few times and then you’re an expert. Since it’s such an important decision for the client, and something they are focusing on, you really have to know what you are doing from the beginning or you won’t have the confidence. And without confidence, you can’t sell. I wanted to dedicate a lot of space this week for talking about some of the technical aspects of two-piece and answering several of the questions you may get from customers.

So today I got the opportunity to demo two projectors side-by-side from Digital Projection. One was the HIGHlite Cine 1080p-3D-HC and the other was the M-Vision Cine LED 1000. The HIGHlite is a 3,000-lumen, 3-chip DLP lamp-based projector and the M-Vision Cine LED is a 1,000-lumen LED projector. This gave me a great opportunity to compare not just different price points but also different lighting technologies. All DP projectors use DLP Technology, either single chip or 3-chip. Other manufacturers also offer LCD technology.