POWERLITE HOME CINEMA 3700 $1,499

Not much to complain about this system

There’s nothing like the feeling when the lights go down and the movie starts. Especially at a home theater.

The term can mean different things, but at its heart, a home theater is a setup to duplicate the movie theater experience at home. Unfortunately, because this reviewer does not have enough room to set up a projector that would properly utilize the Powerlite Home Cinema 3700, the movie watching was done in the office conference room.

The 3700 is the mid-level projector of three models in the Home Cinema 3000 line. The main difference in the projectors is their contrast ratio and brightness (lumens). The 3700 has 3,000 lumens of colored light and 3,000 lumens of white light and a 70,000-1 contrast ratio.

The picture is bright and clear, good enough to view clearly in even a bright room, provided you are not too far away from the screen.

There are two 10-watt stereo speakers facing out the projector’s backside.

The 3700 can show 2-D or 3-D content, and it has a pretty extensive lens shift, which means you don’t have to place the projector directly in line with the screen. You can shift the image up to 60 percent vertically and 24 percent horizontally.

The 3700 can project a 110-inch image from just 10½ feet away from the screen.

There are two brightness modes, “eco” and “normal.” Eco is just fine for 2-D video. 3-D will look better in normal mode.

The 3700 can project from the front of the screen or behind the screen (image flipped) if you have a translucent screen.

There’s also a component video input (red, green, blue), composite video (red, white, yellow) and a 15-pin VGA cable to connect to a computer.

You can connect to your stereo through HDMI or an audio out port.

The USB can also take an optional Wi-Fi adapter to let you connect to the projector wirelessly.

The 3700 comes with a very handy remote control that works up to 32 feet from the projector. Each time the video source was changed, the 3700 immediately switched to the proper input and the video began almost immediately.

Despite it being a bit expensive and a bit loud in “normal” mode, there’s not much to complain about. There’s a great picture, and it’s easy to use.

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