I’ve been getting quite a few people emailing me asking about church projectors so I thought I’d write up this review with a few of my top picks. I tried to combine a few different things together to get this article – price, power, lumens (brightness) and overall quality.
I’ve installed quite a few of these units myself and I’d definitely recommend them for anyone who is looking to get a projector for their church or community center.
1. Epson PowerLite 1965 3L1CD XGA
The Epson PowerLite 1965 will surely excite users for its high lumen count. This means that this projector can be used, with varying success, outside of buildings like in backyards. This also means that the PowerLite 1965 is more than enough to project inside buildings like churches. Continue reading below to find out the pros and cons of this product.
Below is a test of the EH-TW5300 which has an almost identical system to the Epson Powerlite. The only difference is contrast ratio which for church shouldn’t matter anyways.
- The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA’s brightness and color output are both rated at 5,000 lumens
- The contrast is 3,000:1
- The Aspect Ratio is 4:3 or XGA, as the name of the product implies
- Resolution is rated at 1024 by 768
- The following video modes are compatible with this projector
- The max power in this unit is rated at 311 watts while the voltage is rated from 100V up to 200V
- The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA weighs around 3.9 kilograms
- A lone UHE-type lamp is included
- The lamp can last for 2,500 hours
- Said lamp life can be extended up to 4,000 hours in eco-mode
- The lamp wattage is rated at 245 Watts
- The display type is of the 3LCD variant, as the product name implies
- The zoom function of the lens are operated manually
- This product can project images from 1.4 meters up to 8.4 meters
- The image size that can be projected can vary between 78 centimeters to 759 centimeters
- The projector will produce 37 decibels worth of background noise
- The background noise will be reduced down to 29 decibels if the projector is in eco-mode
- The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA has closed captioning and Creston RoomView
- A lone 10 W Mono speaker is included
- Added features include Pulldown 2:2 and 2:3 and also DICOM
Bright and Crisp Display
As stated above, the brightness input of Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA is humongously bright. At 5,000 lumens, the Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA is noticeably brighter than the Epson PowerLite 2017. The max brightness can be activated using the Dynamic Mode, one of the available modes in this projector. The high lumen rating is also coupled with the excellent XGA display.
The aforementioned qualities creates an ultra-crisp display even when used in outside environments with varying success. Of course, an excellent and crisp display cannot be fully utilized if the projection screen is found wanting. Having an excellent projection screen is important. Although projectors are usually used inside rooms, the Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA will surely thrive even outside the usual comfort zones of the projectors.
Readability can also be a concern, especially if the display type is of the XGA variant. The guys behind Epson made asure that this will not be a problem because the text projected by Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA is quite readable.
The auto-iris included in this product assures that the black color being projected is excellent in quality. Black colors are very important as they tend to be the boundaries of color and without which (or at least if it is of bad quality) the colors will come of as blurry.
The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA can display two screen at a time. This is very important for serial multi-taskers who want to watch two displays at the same time.
The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA allows for two sets of displays to be projected by using two different sources. Subsumed into the ability to project two images is the ability to utilize to different sources side by side.
The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA also has the Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine Mode or DICOM for short. This is a niche feature and will not be appreciated by most users, However, medical students will be more than happy to have this mode as this can greatly help in their studies. DICOM usually helps in projecting medical presentations that are the staples for medical students.
The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA has wireless capabilities. This means that this device can connect with laptops within the 802 frequency. This means that one can project images or slides using nothing but wireless connection as the medium between the computer and the projector. However, video streaming through this wireless connection is still impossible. Wired connection is still needed in this endeavor.
Epson has graciously included a 2 year warranty in the package for the Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA. It also has a 90 day warranty for the lamp.
- Super bright display means that the Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA can perform even in adverse light conditions
- The Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA also posses a crisp display, complementing the high brightness setting
- The two year warranty ensures that this product will be serviced if defects arise
- Wireless connection
- DICOM is useful for medical students
– The wireless function cannot stream videos
2. Optoma HD131 XE
Optoma HD131 XE is primarily designed for home use. Still, the Optoma HD131 XE can and will perform well in business or school use. Such is the versatility that is being espoused in Optoma products. Continue reading to know more about the product and its corresponding pros and cons.
- The Optoma HD 131 XE’s display is rated at 2,500 lumens in the brightness scale
- – The resolution if this projector is rated at 1920 by 1080
- – A contrast of 18,000 is observable
- – The native aspect ratio of the HD 131 XE is 16 by 9 (HD)
- – The following video modes are compatible with the Optoma HD 131
- – 720p
- – 10801
- – 1080p/24
- – 480p
- – 480i
- – Full HD 3D is compatible with this device
- – The voltage is rated between 100V to 200V
- – The max power of the Optoma HD 131 is rated at 262 Watts
- – This projector weighs around 2.9 kilograms
- – A 10 W mono speaker is included in the package
- – The lamp is estimated to last for 3,500 hours
- – Said lamp life can be stretched up to 6,000 hours if the eco-mode is activated
- – The Optoma HD 131 can project images ranging from 103 centimeters to 767 centimeters
- – This projector can project from 1.6 meters up to 10 meters
- – The background noise from this product will amount to 26 decibels if the eco-mode is activated
- – Laser Pointer is included
The Optoma HD131 XE is what you call as a value DLP projector. It may not have the mind-blowing specs that the Optoma 4k UHD60 has but it does not need them to fulfill its duty as a multi-purpose home-based projector. As such, visual connoisseurs must look elsewhere because this Optoma projector does not cater to the intricate visual needs but it caters to the needs of average users.
The Optoma HD131 XE itself is colored in black. This causes the device to have the vibes of classicism. The Optoma HD131 XE is truly a beautiful device to behold. It is coated with a shiny finish so expect it to be a finger-print magnet. The device is still quite boxy in terms of design which is the norm for projectors. However, hints of curvature are present in the design. Time will tell if this deviation on the norm of design will sit well with the average customer remains to be seen.
However, do not let the value DLP projector label full you because the Optoma HD131 still packs a punch in the realm of visuals. Optoma’s Dynamic Black is the feature that greatly enhances the visual experience. The production of the color black is very important in any display system because the color black serves as the demarcating color for the other colors produced. A poor projection of the color black will result into fuzzy results. Optoma’s Dynamic Black beats more expensive projectors that are available in the market.
The shadows produced by the Optoma HD131 XE are quite good. Although it can never defeat the more expensive projectors, the Optoma HD131 XE can compete with them because of the Dynamic Black feature. Overall, the picture quality of the Optoma HD131 XE is adequate for the average user. It is neither lacking nor is it overbearing.
Optoma saw fit to put 3D compatibility with the Optoma HD131 XE. This is timely because blockbuster movies in the big screen are usually in 3D. Naturally, movie watchers would demand for devices with 3D capabilities to enjoy movies with such effect in the comforts of their homes. Optoma HD131 XE’s 3D function is well rounded and will generally satisfy the average user. Bear in mind that activating the 3D mode will result into a dimmer display. Two modes of 3D links are present in this device.
- DLP Link Solution
- RF Link Solution
The latter of which is more advanced.
At 2,500 lumens, the Optoma HD131 XE is quite bright. As such, this projector will have no problem in performing inside buildings even when light is present. The sharpness of the screen remains impeccable even when subjected to ambient light.
The Optoma HD131 XE is rather excellent in projecting sports games. The fast motion of the games is adequately projected. As such, sports lovers will really love this projector as no fuzzy motions or even tearings can be observed. The two mentioned consequences usually happen when the video being streamed is full of fast-paced motion.
The Optoma HD131 XE does not exhibit that problem. Replays and saved content from sports games can also be projected with no problem but the actual game itself may have some lags in projecting, as is the norm in the world of projectors.
- Excellent Dynamic Black feature ensures the clarity of the display
- The Optoma HD131 XE is compatible with 3D effects
- The Optoma HD131 XE is also fairly bright
- Its adequacy for projecting Sports games will be a boon for sports enthusiasts
- The display may be wanting in some instances
3. Acer H6510BD 3D
The Acer H6510Bd 3D is another multi-purpose for-home use projector. It has both 2D and 3D capabilities which are relatively adequate. Basically, the Acer H6510BD 3D is a bang-for-the-buck kind of projector. Read on to know its abilities and its pros and cons.
- The lamp included will last for 4,000 hours
- Said lamp life can be raised up to 7,000 hours if in eco-mode
- The lamp is of the Osram variant
- Lamp wattage is rated at 210 watts
- The Acer H6510BD 3D’s display can emit up to 3,000 lumens
- The brightness measurement is toned down to 2,400 lumens when the eco-mode is activated
- The native resolution is 1920 by 1080
- The aspect ratio of the Acer H6510BD 3D is 16 by 9 or HD
- The contrast is rated at 10,000 by 1
- The display type is DLP
- The following video modes are compatible with the Acer H6510BD 3D
- Full HD 3D is supported
- The Acer H6510BD 3D has a rating of 270 watts while the voltage will fluctuate between 100V till 200V
- The Acer H6510BD 3D weighs around 2.2 kilograms
- The focusing of the lens need manual operation
- The image size that can be projected by Acer H6510BD 3D will range from 117 centimeters up to 760 centimeters
- This projector can display images from a distance of 1.5 meters up to 7.6 meters
- A 2.0 W Mono speaker is included in this package
- The Acer H6510BD 3D has the capability to convert from 2D to 3D in terms of the display
The Long Lamp Life
As stated in the specifications, the Acer H6510BD 3D’s lamp will last around for 4,000 hours. That is extended up to 7,000 hours (estimated) if the eco-mode is turned on. The estimated life of this projector is significantly longer than related competing models. This assures the user that he/she will have no problems with the lamp provided for the foreseeable future. Of course, length of lamp life is immaterial if the lamp (and by extension the totality of the projector) is not taken good care of.
The Acer H6510BD 3D is compatible with 3D effects. Although the capability is not extraordinary compared with more expensive models, the Acer H6510BD 3D’s 3D capability is more than enough for the average user which is its target market. The inclusion of said functionality means that the user will have more options on how to use said product and more options is always good news for the users.
- Adequate projection of the color black
- Excellent Lamp Life
- 3D Capability
– The speaker is not that powerful
4. Optoma GT1080Darbee
- Brightness is rated at 3,000 lumens
- Lamp life is estimated at 5,000 hours, 10,000 hours if eco-mode is activated
- One lamp is included
- The native resolution is 1920 by 1080
- The Optoma GT1080Darbee can project images from half a meter up to 3.4 meters
- The image size that can be projected will range from 115 centimeters up to 769 centimeters
- The following video modes are available in the Optoma GT1080Darbee
- Full 3D HD
- The max power is rated 262 Watts while the voltage is rated at 100V to 200V
- The Optoma GT1080Darbee weighs around 2,5 kilograms
Enhanced Game Mode
Arguably one of the most important features in this product is the Enhanced Game Mode. This unique mode enables the lag between the device where the content comes from and the projector itself is reduced down to 16ms. The color reproduction is also greatly enhanced. As such gamers will be elated because the Optoma GT1080Darbee is a projector for gamers.
Virtual Presence Processing
The Virtual Presence Processing is another key feature found in the Optoma GT1080Darbee. Optoma states that this feature stems from neuro-biologic algorithms that allows said device to produce better skin tones and other textures that may be found in the objects that are projected by the Optoma GT1080Darbee. This means that the overall quality of the images displayed by the Optoma GT1080Darbee will be of great quality.
- The Enhanced Game Mode is a boon for gamers
- The Virtual Presence Processing enhances the overall image being displayed
- The lamp life can reach up to 10,000 hours
- The Optoma GT1080Darbee is relatively lightweight, only weighing 2.5 kilograms
- The Optoma GT1080Darbee’s exterior design is elegant
- The Optoma GT1080Darbee lacks optical zoom which may be detrimental to some