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Contrast ratio of a projector is essentially the difference between the darkest blacks and the brightest whites your projector can display. So, if this ratio is higher you get a whole lot more detail in the picture.

However, the thing about contrast ratios is that even the difference between 400:1 and 4000:1 is hardly noticeable in bright rooms. Ambient light generally washes away the effect of contrast, so high contrast ratios are generally recommended for home cinema where the setup is in a dark room and detailed viewing is desired

Contrast ratios of projectors are measured using two standards: Full on/Full off and ANSI and the one can't be compared with the other.

ANSI contrast ratio is the more recommended of the two since it represents a more operative value. It is calculated using a checkerboard of 8 black and 8 white rectangles. The contrast is the average light output of all the white checks against the black ones. ANSI contrast ratio makes way for some ambient light that would be present in a realistic setting. of the two averages obtained. The Full on/ Full off measurement is a more idealistic ratio which is not very applicable to our rooms. It yields very high values like 400000:1 and could be misleading.

The 4000:1 ratio you're looking for is an ANSI value and is great for presentations in offices and schools too.

Our selection of the best projectors is narrowed down to the top rated projectors which have a contrast ratio of 4000:1.

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ViewSonic Pro9000

ViewSonic Pro9000 Projector


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ViewSonic Pro9000
Acer S1210
Sony VPL-BW120S
ViewSonic Pro8300
Optoma D 339
ViewSonic Pro9000 Projector
Acer S1210 3D Projector
Sony VPL-BW120S Projector
ViewSonic Pro8300 Projector
Optoma DS339 3D Projector
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Release Date
Aug 2012
Sep 2012
Aug 2012
Jun 2012
May 2012
Contrast Ratio
4000:1
4000:1
4000:1
4000:1
4000:1
Display Technology
LED/Laser Hybrid
DLP
3LCD
DLP
DLP
Image Brightness
1600.0 ANSI lumens
2500.0 ANSI lumens
2600.0 ANSI lumens
3000.0 ANSI lumens
2600.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC, Mac
PC
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCD Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
Form Factor
Desktop
Stationary
  • Rating Unavailable

    This is a projector that will be more at home in a theater than a livingroom, based on lumens. Still, the Pro 9000 projector has enough brightness to work in more of a family room environment as long as you don't go too large on screen. Movies can certainly look good at night, and sports can work in the daytime with some ambient light.

    Today, thanks to 3D capable projectors needing extra brightness, most of those are simply a brighter proposition for a livingroom family room.

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    At its core, the Viewsonic Pro9000 is a promising concept - a home theater projector built around a hybrid light source. Its LED/laser engine boasts a lifespan of 20,000 hours, making lamp replacements a thing of the past. As one of the first LED/laser projectors to be specifically built for home theater, many people will find themselves salivating at the prospect of a maintenance-free projector. Gamers in particular will appreciate the projector's one-frame input lag and low-heat exhaust.


  • The ViewSonic Pro9000 home theater projector offers enough to justify its price, but lacks features you might expect, including 3D support, frame interpolation, and conveniences like lens shift.


  • Connectivity is limited, but this projector's value for money is anything but.


  • A bright lamp and colourful DLP technology make the S1210's image vibrant and the short throw ratio is useful, but you need to position the projector accurately and it's expensive.

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    The Viewsonic PRO8300 does not dazzle with features, but instead targets a specific market quite well. Most high resolution multimedia projectors also come with a fairly high price, well above that of the PRO8300's sub-$1000 street price. While the PRO8300 is 1080p (1920x1080) and the others are WUXGA (1920x1200), that difference in vertical resolution is not going to be visible in most circumstances.


  • The ViewSonic Pro8300 is unusual for a 1080p projector in that it's geared to data presentations rather than video.


  • If you're thinking about buying a Pro8300 as a cheap movie projector for watching mostly in a darkened room, you should think again. Fast. It's simply not up to the job.

    What the Pro8300 does do quite well, though, is serve up sports footage and even at a push animated films with so much brightness and colour richness that you can genuinely enjoy them in daylight conditions. Even if you're just projecting onto a wall or zero-gain screen.