Whats the difference ?

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  1. Bob Sisson

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    What is the difference between "Home theater" projectors and "Multi-Media" projectors?

    If I line up my desired Specs... (minimums)

    16:9 Native
    2500 Lumens
    HDMI Interface
    2000:1 contrast
    2000 Hour bulb

    And I try to compare "home Theater" vs "Office Multi-Media" the Home Theater projectors are ALWAYS (much) more money, and I don't see for what.

    I can get 720 (1024 x 768) or 1080 (1920 x 1080) resolutions in either type. Both have the interfaces... I don't get it.

    Can someone tell me what I am missing?

    Bob
     
  2. Ed Moxley

    Ed Moxley Cinematographer

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    I'm not positive, but I think the only difference is the way they're marketed. As long as the specs are what you want, it shouldn't matter.

    Staples sells multimedia projectors from about $700 up to about $1200. Home theater stores sells projectors from about $700, up to about $20,000. Staples doesn't sell the higher end stuff, because who's gonna spend $20,000 for a projector, to do a presentation in some office? [​IMG]
     
  3. GeorgeAB

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    Business projectors typically are configured primarily for Power Point presentations and go for brightness and portability over color fidelity, etc. The optics aren't as high quality, they don't process motion as well or have as sophisticated scaling engines, fan noise is usually greater, inputs may not be as elaborate, black level and shadow detail are not a priority, they're just not designed fully for home theater requirements. That's why they are typically cheaper. Some manufacturers may even use the same case and somewhat similar parts/specs. Optics alone can account for hundreds of dollars in cost difference.

    Best regards and beautiful pictures,
    G. Alan Brown, President
    CinemaQuest, Inc.

    "Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"
     
  4. Ed Moxley

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    That makes sense.
    I've learned something today.......... [​IMG]
     
  5. Robert_J

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    My wife's office spent $14,000 on a Pansonic projector. I read the reviews on it and they described it as a "light cannon". It gives a great picture in full light.

    -Robert
     

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