Home Cinema Projector Guide

Setting up your own home cinema has never been as easy as it is today, but there are a few things you need to take into account in order to get exactly what you’re looking for.

This guide will discuss a few important things you need to consider when making your choice…

Resolution

The most common resolution for home cinema projectors is currently 1080p, however there are now 4K ultra HD projectors which have a much higher resolution. 4K delivers the best results for home cinemas since on most screen sizes you won’t see the individual pixels, meaning it produces a smooth, high quality image.

However, don’t forget that your source material will make a big difference to the quality of your projected image. High quality sources are best viewed on projectors that do justice to high definition source material. Therefore, if you’re investing in 4K content such as Blu-Ray, then you might want to consider investing in a 4K home cinema projector to get the most out of what you’re paying for. 

Contrast Ratio 

This is the ratio between the white and black areas in an image. The larger the contrast ratio of a projector, the greater the difference between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks a projector can deliver. In practice, higher contrast ratios mean a better image because there is a higher level of projected brightness, which means your image appears less faded.

Brightness

Projector brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. Home theatre projectors generally start out at about 1000 lumens and range upwards to 2500 lumens and more. The number of lumens your projector needs depends on your viewing environment. It is better to have the room dark with as little ambient light as possible since this will not require as much brightness. 

Throw Ratio

Throw is the distance between the projector and the projection surface. Throw ratio is the relationship between that distance and the width of the projected image. For example, if a projector has a 2:1 throw ratio, then for every  2 feet increase in distance, the projected image will widen by 1 foot.

Therefore, depending on how far away your projector will be, you should make sure the throw ratio is sufficient to fill the surface you’ll be projecting onto.

Lamp Life 

Finally, don’t forget to consider the ongoing maintenance and cost requirements of your new home cinema system. Most home cinema projectors typically have a lamp life of between 2,000 and 5,000 hours, but this refers to the "half-life" of the lamp which is the point at which the lamp is half as bright as it was when it was new. Longer lamp life means lower maintenance costs as you won’t need to replace the projector lamp as frequently. 

However, if you want to avoid maintenance costs, laser projectors are an increasingly popular alternative championed for their cost efficiency and high quality images.

How Voice Control is Starting to Impact the Workplace

The average boardroom meeting starts 10 minutes late due to technology-related challenges. 

Whether it’s a memory stick not working or failing to get clear audio on a videoconference, everyone has experienced a meeting room horror story that completely destroys any hope for a productive meeting. However, gone are the days where employees just accept this as an inevitability of work. Employees, and to that end employers are now demanding easy-to-use technology in office spaces of all sizes and functions.

A shift in power over the past decade has meant  also meant workplaces must now listen to what employees want, and as a result workplaces have had to become more flexible in how, when and where employees do their jobs. This has meant that tools that aid in real-time collaboration are becoming a necessity, not a luxury, in maintaining productivity levels. 

By bringing the home to the office employers are now starting to use technology such as Alexa to provide the convenience of voice control in an office setting, without having to provide any training etc, as this is technology many are already comfortable with using. For instance, employees can now start a meeting simply by saying, “Alexa, start my meeting.” From launching a web conference to pulling up on-screen presentation materials, Alexa and other voice controlled technologies can help ensure meetings are timely, productive and free from the “technological fumbling” that usually plagues meetings. 

Voice control is no doubt transforming the way that we live and work, as one of the first personal—and, now, professional—forms of artificial intelligence to play a key role our daily lives. 

However the demand isn’t just in traditional homes or offices, but rather,in every space in which we live and work, whether this be in the hospitality or corporate sector…

As voice controlled systems become smarter and possess a greater number of skills and capabilities, we will soon be able to offer a nearly touch-less living and working experience. Soon enough, the idea of having a virtual personal assistant in any environment, trudging through our emails and organizing our everyday schedule, or just adjusting room settings to our liking, will no longer be a fantastical dream but, rather, a lived, and very real reality.