Beamers and projectors: The five recommendations: A projector is not the ideal solution for everyone and for every room, especially because of the placement, preconditions and price. But a beamer can provide you with an impressively large picture, both at short and long distances. In recent months we have put various models to the test and in this article we list five recommendations from our editors. A warning in advance: these top-performing models are not cheap!
Buy a projector
Buying a projector or beamer is a completely different sport than buying a television. That is why we have written various tips and backgrounds in recent years with which you can go well prepared and optimally place and connect a beamer or projector after purchase. In the points below, we briefly summarize what you should pay attention to when buying and installing a projector.
Beamers and projectors: The five recommendations of our editors
Recently we have tested a number of projectors, but by no means all projectors that are for sale. Based on our own experiences, developments in the market and experiences we have gained during trade fairs and demonstrations, we have listed five recommendations from our editors. We focus on the performance of the devices, so don’t be alarmed by the prices! After all, with projectors it often still applies: you have to dig deep into your pockets for the best quality.
Epson would like to replace your TV with this Ultra Short Throw projector with laser light source. The EH-LS500W has a high light output of 4,000 ANSI lumens, 4K display, a contrast of 2,500,000: 1 and HDR10 and HLG support. In addition, this model comes with built-in speakers and three HDMI ports. The suggested retail price of 2,799 euros makes it one of the ‘cheaper’ models in this overview. We recently tested the EH-LS500W and you can read the results below.
Beamers and projectors: The five recommendations – Optoma UHZ65UST
A step higher we see the Optoma UHZ65UST again. This model is also an Ultra Short Throw projector with 4K display, a laser light source, a brightness of 3,500 ANSI lumens, HDR support and three HDMI ports. The uniqueness of this model, however, is the built-in soundbar. This allows you to immediately provide excellent audio reproduction. With a suggested retail price of 3,499 euros, the Optoma UHZ65UST is a relatively affordable model from our overview. We recently tested the UHZ65UST and you can read the results below.
Epson released the PRO-UHD projectors last year, including the EH-TW9400. These are normal projectors that must be placed at a distance from the screen. The EH-TW9400 features a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 1,200,000: 1, 4K enhancement technology, 3LCD technology and HDR support.
The EH-TW9400 and EH-TW9400W are suitable for all 4K input devices and thus can also display the 4K resolution. With the EH-TW9400W you can also watch wirelessly. For example, you can stream 4K content to the projector from smartphones, game consoles, Blu-ray players and more by connecting the HDMI connection to the 4K WiHD transmitter. The Epson EH-TW9400 is for sale for a price of around 2,700 euros.
A big step higher we arrive at the JVC DLA-N5. This is a projector for those who don’t settle for pixel shifting and want native 4K resolution. The projector equipped with the latest 0.69 inch 4K “D-ILA” module which is known for its high-quality display of high-resolution images. Especially the deep black levels and the large color range are praised.
The DLA-N5 offers a high contrast (dynamic up to 400,000: 1), a brightness of 1,800 ANSI lumens and a low input lag for gamers. With the glass 65mm lens you are also assured that the image is extremely sharp from corner to corner. In addition, the DLA-N5 supports the latest HDR formats including HDR10 and HLG. Since JVC is one of the best brands in the field of projection, you also pay for it. The DLA-N5 can be bought for prices around 6,000 euros.
If you have a little more to spend and want to go for the absolute top, the Sony VW-590ES is a model that should certainly be on your wish list. Just like the JVC, this is a native 4K projector that shows the full 4K resolution on your screen. The projector comes with a brightness of 1,800 ANSI lumens, a 350,000: 1 contrast and two HDMI inputs.
The projector uses BRAVIA TV video processing technology and optimizes it for projection. The X1 processor combines image analysis technologies, with features such as Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Super Resolution for high quality images. The advanced SXRD panel technology provides rich, inky blacks and clear, smooth images. High heat and light resistance also ensures high and stable brightness.
The Sony VW-590ES is especially praised for its excellent 4K detail, the dynamic and clear HDR reproduction, the very good motion processing and the high contrast. The projector has a price of around 8,000 euros.