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Contrast ratio is the difference between the darkest black and the brightest white your projector displays so larger ratios give better picture detail.

However, we recommend you to make this a less important criteria for comparing two projectors since manufacturers use various methods in their calculation, which are as good as comparing apples to oranges. So if you see a 500:1 on projector A and 5000: 1 on projector B, it doesn't necessarily mean B has greater contrast than A.

Currently, there's two very different standards used to calculate projector contrast ratios:Full on/Full off and ANSI contrast ratios. ANSI ratios are calculated with a checkerboard with 16 rectangles, 8 of which are black and 8 of which are white. The average light output of the 8 white checks against the average light output of the 8 black ones gives you the ANSI contrast ratio. This is much more reliable than any other standard since it also takes into account the ambient light which would be present in a realistic environment.

Another thing about contrast ratios is that even the difference between 500:1 and 5000:1 is not discernible in brightly lit rooms, so higher contrast ratios are only recommended if you want home cinema and are able to shut out all ambient light during the screening. Otherwise you're just spending a whole lot more for nothing.

This selection of the best projectors is narrowed down to the top rated models which have contrast ratios of 5000:1. A contrast ratio this high is great for home cinema and movie lovers who care to shut out any ambient light in the room and experience the effect superior picture quality and excellent picture detail.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD
Epson PowerLite W16
Epson POWERLITE W16SK
Optoma HD23
Optoma D 339
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD 3LCD Projector
Epson PowerLite W16 3D WXGA 3LCD Projector
Epson POWERLITE W16SK 3D Dual Projection System
Optoma HD23 Projector
Optoma DW339 3D Projector
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Release Date
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jul 2012
May 2012
Contrast Ratio
5000:1
5000:1
5000:1
5000:1
5000:1
Display Technology
3LCD
3LCD
3LCD
DLP
DLP
Image Brightness
3000.0 ANSI lumens
3000.0 ANSI lumens
6000.0 ANSI lumens
2500.0 ANSI lumens
2600.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
Type
LCD Projectors, 3D
LCD Projectors, 3D
LCD Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors

  • The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD is an interesting proposition. While some users will be quick to write it off as a low-resolution alternative to the entry-level 1080p projectors in the marketplace, it distinguishes itself in several ways. It offers the best color available at its price point, it has full 3D capability, and it has more light output than either of its main competitors. This makes it a force to be reckoned with in the living room.


  • The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD offers only 720p native resolution, but it also delivers guaranteed rainbow-free images in 2D and 3D, and it comes with one pair of 3D glasses.


  • The Epson PowerLite W16 3D WXGA 3LCD Projector offers 3D in an LCD data projector, making it of particular interest to anyone who wants 3D with no chance of rainbow artifacts.

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    We congratulate Epson on their W16SK Dual Projector concept. It may not be the only passive solution possible, but it is well executed. The W16SK serves up exceptionally bright 2D and 3D performance combined with the strong value proposition, earns the W16SK a Hot Product Award. There's more! In this year's Education Projector report, the W16SK wins our Best In Classroom: 3D Projector award.

    And you should consider that the award means not only great 3D from the W16SK, but that the projector is also deserving for its 2D performance.


  • The Epson PowerLite W16SK 3D 3LCD Dual Projection System is a complete 3D data projector solution that's designed for easy setup and uses inexpensive, passive 3D glasses.

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    Educators wanting to infuse their lessons with high-quality 3D should consider this passive dual-projection system.

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    The Optoma HD23 comes across as a solid, well built, entry level home entertainment projector. We really like it, especially the great color. The result of our appreciation is demonstrated by awarded Optoma's HD23 with a Special Interest award. We would have liked to see better black performance, even at this price point, but that is our only noteworthy complaint in terms of performance Even without better blacks, though, we consider the HD23 very worthy. It should prove to be a great family room projector for most families, and gamers too.


  • The image quality doesn't look that spectacular at default settings, either. But from here on, the Optoma's class begins to shine through. It's the only projector here that works best using a cinema or movie oriented preset mode and it makes the HD23 very easy to set up. Just stick it in cinema mode and let it rip.


  • There's nothing in the Optoma HD23's appearance or specification to suggest it's comfortably the most affordable projector in its class.


Top 5 projector with contrast ratio 5000:1:

  1. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD 3LCD Projector
  2. Epson PowerLite W16 3D WXGA 3LCD Projector
  3. Epson POWERLITE W16SK 3D Dual Projection System
  4. Optoma HD23 Projector
  5. Optoma DW339 3D Projector