4K Projector Setup
by R. Preston McAfee, July, 2020
When my projector died, I thought it was a pretty good time to switch to 4K. In the end, no one in the household notices or cares about 4K although they do notice the deeper blacks of this projector than the previous one, which is not related to the pixel density. Here is what I bought:
Intel NUC NUC8i7BEH Mini PC/HTPC, Quad-Core i7-8559U Up to 4.5GHz, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, WiFi, BT 5.0 Thunderbolt 3, 4k Support, Dual Monitor Capable
I use Linn speakers that I bought 25 years ago. In addition, I needed a ten foot HDMI cable to reach the ceiling. I also have a load-sensing power strip, which turns off the amplifier when the projector is turned off.
I had trouble with sound being synced to video, which was solved by running both the HDMI and the audio off the USB-C port. More here.
Overall this is a pretty nice system. The picture is vibrant and smooth, visible even with light leaking through the blinds, and the PC is quiet. Sound is excellent now that the audio sync problems are resolved. But as I said above, 4K just isn't enough better than 1080p, even for younger eyes than mine.