In the past few months I’ve started exploring the world of DLP projectors and the blu-ray format and discovered that when combined, they make for the purest and undeniably best home theater experience one can have. Now before you scoff at the idea of buying a projector let me tell you there is no longer a need to fear the cost of owning one because they can now officially be considered affordable as well as blu-ray players and blu-ray movies.
The key is buying a used 720p projector and buying generic bulbs. Now before you dismiss this as old tech let me tell you that 720p DLP projectors look great. Sure 1080p is better but they aren’t quite that affordable yet. They ARE more affordable than HDTVs mind you, but you won’t believe how cheap you can find a used 720p DLP on ebay for. I recently bought a Mitsubishi HD1000U (which i highly recommend) for $199 with 800 hours of lamp life used. This means I have anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 hours left before the lamp will need to be replaced. I realize that there are a lot of folks out there who are scared away from projectors because of the lamp cost. Rest assured that as long as you are satisfied buying generic bulbs, using a projector to watch all your movies isn’t going to make you go bankrupt. MOST popular brand projectors such as Optoma, Sony, Mitsubishi and Epson have compatible generic bulbs for sale on ebay. The prices for these are generally $79-$119 so it’s really not costly at all if you only use 1 bulb per year. If you do the math, a 3,000 hour bulb will last you 300 days if you use your projector for 10 hours a day.
Now back to the topic at hand. If you’ve ever used an HD projector before, you know that when you’re viewing a 100"-120" picture on a screen or wall, standard definition just doesn’t cut it. DVDs are basically obsolete once you own a projector so it is imperative that you switch formats if you want to watch movies in film quality. One big advantage of 720p projectors is that many of them produce a film-like picture unlike 1080p which will often times make movies that were printed on film look way too digital. So if you’re mostly interested in watching older films, I suggest getting 720p over 1080p. It will cost you less money, and you’ll be happier with the way your older movies look. Now of course, this also depends on the quality of the blu-rays you will be watching. In this list, I will add movies that have been released on blu-ray that look especially good on an HD projector. I own most if not all of the films in this list, btw. If the blu-ray has to my knowledge, more than one region A release, I will list which one is in the list below this paragraph.
So what are you waiting for, go buy a projector and these blu-rays as soon as possible! I promise you, once you break your projector cherry you are changed for life and will never go back to watching movies on a TV again.Read less