Though Sony released the first 4K home theater projector as early as 2012, projectors in native 4K resolution have become a big hit this past year. Several brands, such as Sony, JVC, and Epson, either expanded their commercial projector line to home theater products or developed their existing consumer-oriented projector portfolio. However, the 4K experience is not only about a display device – TV or projector. Thus, you should examine if you are ready for a 4K home theater before considering purchasing a 4K projector.
Do you have an abundant reach to 4K content?
Nowadays, you can obtain the access to 4K content by streaming online or buying a 4K Blu-ray player plus actual physical discs. Online streaming platforms, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc., have started offering 4K content years ago. However, most of these offerings are original series, like “The Crown” from Netflix and “Hand of God” from Amazon. It’s usually harder to find 4K content that is not produced by these streaming companies. On the other hand, you can choose to play discs with a 4K Blu-ray player since more and more 4K Blu-ray discs are available now and new movies in 4K on streaming services are relatively rare and more expensive.
Is your Internet speed enough?
If you decide to go with online streaming services to watch 4K movies and TV shows, you want to make sure that your Internet can do an outstanding job, particularly in the peak hours. The fantastic 4K visual joy is achieved by display devices presenting more pixels for a picture, generally four times the native Full HD resolution (1920×1080). Therefore, it usually needs the Internet to transmit four times more bytes than usual. No matter how excellent your 4K projector is or how much 4K content you purchase, an underperforming Internet will beat your high expectation.
How much does it cost to set up a 4K home theater?
With all above factors being considered, let’s now look at the cost. The least expensive model we have observed on the market is Optoma UHD60, priced at $1,999, although its native resolution (3840×2160) is not as high as Sony VPL’s, which is true 4K (4096×2160). Keep in mind that the price can go upwards of $60,000 but it is providing viewers an experience significantly close to a commercial movie theater. Moreover, regarding 4K content, Netflix requires members to subscribe to a higher tier that costs $11.99/month while Amazon requires $99/year Prime subscription and offers some titles for $19.99 and up. If you prefer physical players, a 4k Blu-ray player is priced somewhere around $200. On top of that, a usual 4K Blu-ray disc costs $15 and up, but it normally includes a standard 1080P Blu-ray and access to the digital copy.
If you are ready for everything mentioned here, congratulations! Sit tight and enjoy the explosive 4K experience.