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Choosing A Home Theater Projector that Suits Your Needs

By XGIMI Tech - 2023-12

Introducing New Projector Technology

Lasers and LEDs have become the most popular light sources for home theater projectors because of their many perks. However, while both light sources are exceptional, they have their shortcomings. The most notable problem with using either, which has remained a problem for projector manufacturers, is that they cannot balance image quality with viewing comfort.

XGIMI always tries to bring innovations to the projector industry to offer you the best solution to your home theater needs. The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra solves this age-long problem with its latest technology advancements, the Dual Light technology. XGIMI HORIZON Ultra combines Laser and LED to provide exceptional image quality and comfortable viewing simultaneously. This article delves into home theater projectors and discusses the outstanding features of the HORIZON Ultra.

Laser Home Theater Projector vs. LED Home Theater Projector

Laser home theater projectors don’t use a light bulb to project like other traditional projectors. Instead, it uses laser beams to project images onto a screen or surface. On the other hand, LED home theater projectors are portable projectors that use LED lamps as a light source to project images to a surface. While the main difference lies in their definitions, there are other differences between laser and LED projectors. They include:

FeaturesLaser Projector
LED Projector
Color PerformanceConsistent and accurate color performance over timeAccurate colors but can decrease over time

High brightness, suitable for use in bright rooms or outdoor settingsLower brightness levels, less ideal for use in bright rooms or outdoor settings

Longer lifespan than traditional lampsLonger lifespan than traditional lamps
Contrast Ratio

Better contrast and deeper blacksLower contrast ratio

PriceGenerally more expensiveGenerally less expensive

What Should I Look Out for When Buying Home Cinema Projector?

Your home cinema has to be appropriately planned for, which includes looking for the best home movie theater projector. Just any projector won't do. If you want to have that cinematic experience, this is what you should consider:

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1. Brightness

All projectors come with light sources to illuminate the picture displayed, and it's essential to know how bright a projector is before buying. Brightness directly influences image quality, as low brightness will make the picture appear dim.

However, the right brightness level will display sharp and stunning images. Projector brightness is measured in lumens; the higher the lumen, the brighter the projector. You must consider the screen size and ambient light to find the appropriate lumen for your home cinema. A large screen needs more lumens, while a smaller screen size will require less. Also, ambient light affects brightness, so you will need more lumens for a lit room or when watching during the day than watching at night or in a dark room.

2. Image Quality

Several factors determine image quality, including contrast ratio, brightness, and color accuracy. But the primary one you should look out for is the image resolution. Resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed per inch of an image, horizontally and vertically. These pixels are the smallest unit of an image.

So, typically, the more pixels a projector can display, the higher the resolution, which determines how crisp, clear, and detailed an image will be. The best resolution for home cinema is full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), true 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels), or 8K resolution (7680 x 4320 pixels). Depending on your budget, you can opt for a full HD or a 4K home theater projector.

3. 3D Compatibility

3D-compatible projectors use specialized technology to reproduce three-dimensional impressions on a two-dimensional surface without distortion. They project two different images for each eye, creating an illusion of depth. The best home cinema projector for an extraordinary cinematic moment is 3D-compatible. With amazing 3D technology, every viewing moment becomes magical as the quality of your content doubles and deepens with the 3D effect.

4. Connectivity

Another crucial factor to consider is the available input or connection options. These connectivity options enable you to connect other devices to your projector to transfer files. A good home cinema projector should offer several options so you can have a wide variety to choose from. This must include wired options like HDMI, USB, DVI, and VGA and wireless ones like Bluetooth and WiFi. Before buying, always check if the projector is compatible with your device connection option.

5. Audio

You need great speakers for an immersive cinema experience in the comfort of your home, so finding a home theater projector with powerful speakers that produce clear sounds is vital. The built-in speakers should be able to match the quality of an external speaker, delivering loud and clear audio that accentuates your cinematic experience.

Home Theater Projector Recommendation

If you are looking for the best home entertainment projector for immersive cinematic moments, you need not look further than XGIMI’s product list. With a dedication to offering nothing but the best, XGIMI has designed a world-class long-throw projector to meet your home theater needs:


The new XGIMI HORIZON Ultra is a premier long throw 4K home cinema projector that combines LED and laser light sources to bring you the best. With stellar features like Dolby Vision, the HORIZON Ultra is a top choice for high-quality home entertainment. Below are the exceptional features it offers:

●Dolby Vision

The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra is the world’s first Dolby vision-enabled long-throw home projector. Dolby Vision enhances the quality of the images projected by the HORIZON Ultra, brightening highlights up to 40 times and enhancing dark shades up to 10 times. Thanks to Dolby Vision, you can enjoy breathtaking views and detailed and clear images that beat the regular pictures.

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●Dual Light Technology

The dual light technology is one of XGIMI HORIZON Ultra’s most remarkable features. XGIMI found a way to combine LED with a laser light source, enhancing your projector's benefit for a more comfortable and immersive viewing experience. Both light sources complement each other and compensate for their shortcomings: Laser provides an ultra-wide color gamut and ultra-high brightness, while LED enables you to watch the natural spectrum for a long time without tiring. This synergic combination balances image quality and viewing comfort and offers a continuous spectrum that eliminates flash spots and color edges for more comfort.

●2300 ISO Lumens

If your projector is not bright enough, the images produced will appear dull and washed out, significantly affecting the image quality and color accuracy. This is why the brightness is essential. XGIMI Ultra has an outstanding 2300 ISO lumens. With such a high lumen, you can view images even over long distances and in a lit room without the picture appearing dull.

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●Up to 200’’ image size

The cinema experience is incomplete without the big screen, so the XGIMI HORIZON Ultra comes with an adjustable screen size, enabling you to choose a suitable size for your theater room. This long-throw projector allows you to increase your screen size to 200 inches without compromising image quality, so you can enjoy quality viewing without leaving the comfort of your home. Set up your cinema at home and watch movies on a large screen for a whole new cinematic experience with the HORIZON Ultra.

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●3D Compatibility

HORIZON Ultra takes you into another realm of entertainment with its stunning 3D display when you put on the XGIMI 3D glasses. This full HD 3D projector invites you to the mesmerizing world of 3D projection, where three-dimensional images are displayed on a two-dimensional surface. Full HD 3D projectors offer better resolution and image quality. Hence, you don't just get depth, but you are offered an unmatched quality experience. You get more than you ask for with the XGIMI HORIZON Ultra.

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●Harman Kardon Sound

Enjoy clear audio with the impressive 12W dual Harman Kardon speakers built in the HORIZON Ultra. There’s no need for external speakers. With the built-in Harman Kardon speakers, augmented with Dolby Audio, you can experience quality audio like never before. The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra promises low distortion and crystal-clear sound, combined with high-quality images to give you an unforgettable theater experience, making it the best projector for home theater.


The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra has various input and connection options, including wired and wireless. It supports WiFi and the latest Bluetooth version, 5.2. These wireless technologies allow you to connect the projector to other WiFi-supported and Bluetooth-enabled devices seamlessly. It also features wired ports. This includes DC, LAN, USB, and HDMI as input ports and headphones and OPTICAL as output ports. With the HORIZON Ultra, you have many connection choices for optimal use.

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HORIZON Ultra, the world's first 4K long-throw home projector with Dolby Vision. 2300 ISO lumens, Dual Light Technology, Dual 12W Harman Kardon Speakers.



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  • Dual Light Technology
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  • Dual 12W Harman Kardon Speakers
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