2017 Top Picks Of the Year Front Projectors & Screens

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Front Projectors & Screens

JVC DLA-RS4500 4K D-ILA Projector
(May) JVC added this native-4K statement piece last year while continuing to hone its more affordable 1080p pixel-shifters that approximate 4K resolution. A laser-driven light engine with razor-sharp, top-line optics combine here with 4K D-ILA LCOS chips that have been handpicked for the highest contrast. An outstanding flagship in every sense of the word. $35,000, jvc.com

JVC DLA-X790R D-ILA Projector
(December soundandvision.com / April 2018) The middle-tier model from JVC’s new lineup of UHD-friendly, 1080p pixel-shifters makes a good case for skipping native 4K. This model is also available as the DLA-RS540. $6,000, jvc.com

Sony VPL-VW285 LCOS Projector
(February/March 2018) Facing new competition from affordable DLP-driven projectors that use pixel-shifting to achieve their 4K resolu- tion, Sony introduced a new low price point for a true native 4K model in the well-performing, and only slightly stripped-down, VPL-VW285ES. $5,000, sony.com

Epson Home Cinema 4000 LCD Projector
(January 2018) At $2,200, the Home Cinema 4000 is the least expensive 1080p pixel-shifter on the market (by almost half), allowing more consumers to enjoy a UHD-compliant projector with near-4K resolution and the significant benefits of HDR and wide color gamut. $2,200, epson.com

BenQ HT1070 DLP Projector (See "Value")

Epson Home Cinema 3700 LCD Projector (See "Value")

Elite Screens AeonCLR Series Ultra Short Throw Screen (See "Value")

COMMENTS
Traveler's picture

I bought a Sony Bravia X900E 55" and a Roku Ultra box and am very satisfied, it perfectly fills the field of view at 8' and the sound is just fine. Was going to buy an matching player but Netflix doesn't seem to carry 4K disks so I'm sticking with my OPPO 105D.

brenro's picture

I've been using these guys.

German-Pete's picture

Sorry, but the combination of ELAC with Roon (Essentials) is not at all professional. Since November 2017 Mac-, IOS- and Android-Apps are buggy. Freeze or shutdown when selecting Settings/Storage or Services and according to the Roon forums I am not the only one. From German Elac Support: "Unfortunately, we have no control over the software / firmware provided by Roon….". That is the position of Roon (Mike Roon Labs): "First, I should note that Roon and Roon Essentials are different products, with support for Roon Essentials handled by ELAC." Haaha.

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