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Best home theater projectors

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Are none of the other TV sizes listed quite big enough for you? Or maybe you have a dedicated, light-controlled room and just want the biggest picture for your buck. In either case, the answer is a home theater projector.

Rear-projection TV is dead, but front projectors are still going strong, and their picture quality and value are better than ever. These light cannons work best in darker rooms with specialized screens, although newer, brighter technologies make them versatile enough to take to new frontiers -- think backyard cinema, bowl game party walls, and big-screen gaming nirvana.

If you're new to projectors, check out "Projectors vs. TVs: Giant-screen pros and cons," and if you're considering a giant television instead, you might want to read "Don't buy a jumbo LCD TV, buy a projector" for some perspective.

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Epson Home Cinema 5030UB

The Epson 5030UB projector is better then ever, with excellent picture quality for the money and class-leading light output, making it shine in both dark and moderately lit rooms.

Price: $2,469.00 - $2,499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

BenQ W1070

If you want a huge, good-looking image for a little money, few come close to the BenQ W1070 projector.

Price: $749.00 - $1,647.55 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

JVC DLA-X700R

If you can afford the JVC DLA-X700R -- and the dedicated room, high-quality screen, and professional calibration required to make it shine -- its spectacular picture quality is worth the steep investment.

Price: $7,999.98 - $7,999.98 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

BenQ W1080ST

The BenQ W1080ST short-throw DLP projector offers very good performance and extra placement flexibility, but the long-throw W1070 is a better deal.

Price: $878.99 - $1,327.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

The Epson PowerLite 3020 projector series offers up a decent deal with a sophisticated picture and a couple of unique features.

Price: $1,399.00 - $2,932.83 Check prices

3 stars Good

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 offers a decent image and a good mix of features at a low price, but is still bettered by rivals.

Price: $849.00 - $899.00 Check prices

3 stars Good
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