Do Projectors Have Speakers?

So you are thinking of buying a projector for that ultimate home theater experience.  We all know how easy it is to get a high-definition resolution on a massive 100-inch screen for much less than the cost of a new TV.

The question that you might be asking yourself though is Do Projectors Have Speakers?

Yes, the vast majority of modern projectors come with at least one in-built speaker.  Although the quality of the sound will vary from one projector to the next, you can buy projectors with fantastic sound quality that will fill your home theater with a rich sound.

This article will explore which projectors have their own set of speakers as well as a look to see how else you can complement your home theater projector with a set of external speakers too.

Projectors with inbuilt-speakers

We have put together a list of projectors available right now that come with their own speaker system.

EpsonV11H795020 PowerLite 1780W LCD Projector

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The Epson PowerLite 1780W is the ultimate all-rounder when it comes to delivering fantastic quality video.  It strikes the right balance between image quality, portability, ease of use, range of devices to connect to it along with countless other reasons, all at an affordable price.  

The picture is delivered over a 3000 lumens lamp at a native resolution of 1280 x 800.

Pros

  • Great all-round performance for an affordable price.
  • Good resolution.

Cons

  • Only 1x 1W speaker.  Pretty poor if you want to deliver a home theater experience but great for offices and presentations.

Epson PowerLite 1925W

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The Epson PowerLite 1780W packs a real punch with its ultra-bright image.  In terms of budget, this projector is at the absolute top end of what you would pay for a portable projector.  With this price though, you get an awful lot of features.  Also, as it is built by Epson, you know that you are going to be getting a superb projector.

The image is crystal clear in a 1280 x 800 native resolution delivered by a 4000-lumen lamp.

Pros

  • Fantastic image quality and extremely vivid at 4000 lumens.
  • Screen mirroring to wireless devices.
  • Powerful 10W mono speaker.

Cons

  • Expensive.

ViewSonic M1+

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ViewSonic M1+ is a good device, capable of delivering good video playback at 854×480 resolutions at 300 LED Lumens.  Its portability, range of connectivity options and superb internal speakers make this a compelling device to take with you on your great outdoor adventures.

Pros

  • Impressive dual 3W Harmon Kardon speakers.
  • Lightweight, small, and extremely portable.

Cons

  • Lower native resolution than some of the other projectors reviewed in this article.
  • Low amount of lumens.  Would be fine in a dark room but would suffer in environments with high amounts of ambient lighting.

Anker Nebula Mars II Pro

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The engineers at Anker have thought of everything when it comes to portable projection.  No corners have been cut here.  It has a solid 1280 x 720 HD native resolution with a 500 ANSI lumen lamp power.  The dual 10W speakers are incredible given that these are built into a projector.

Pros

  • Fantastic dual 10W speakers.
  • Ultra-portable projector.
  • Can be used as an external Bluetooth speaker

Cons

  • Lower native resolution than some of the other projectors reviewed in this article but excellent for a portable projector.
  • Low amount of lumens.  Would be fine in a dark room but would suffer in environments with high amounts of ambient lighting.

VANKYO Leisure 3W

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This definitely isn’t the most feature-rich and accomplished projector but that isn’t the point.  If all you want is something simple and affordable and are willing to forget about the device’s shortcomings then this might be the projector for you.  It only delivers an 800 x 480 native resolution however it does come with dual 2W speakers which sound really good given the price bracket of this projector.

Pros

  • Ultra-cheap.
  • Great sound given the size and price of the device.
  • Ultra-portable.
  • Screen mirroring to Android and iOS as well as YouTube streaming.

Cons

  • Lower native resolution than some of the other projectors reviewed in this article.
  • Low amount of lumens.  Would be fine in a dark room but would suffer in environments with high amounts of ambient lighting.

Apeman LC350

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This projector wasn’t designed to support business presentations or high-end home theater setups, and it shows.  There are many limitations to the Apeman LC350.  However, for the price of this portable projector, it’s amazing how much Apeman has packed into the device.  If you have an absolutely minimal budget and you need a portable projector to carry around with you on a business trip or around to a friend’s house to casually watch a movie then this projector might be for you!

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality from the dual speakers.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Ultra-portable.

Cons

  • Very low lumens.
  • Low 800 x 480 native resolution.
  • Colors aren’t the best and will suffer in an environment with ambient lighting.

How do you get sound from a projector to speakers?

Although HDMI cables do allow the transmission of an audio signal as well as a video signal, there are still some considerations to make regarding sound, especially if you are planning on using the internal speakers to a projector.

Let’s look at each of the three considerations.

Inbuilt projector speakers

As you are using HDMI cabling to connect your media player, laptop, Roku, etc to your projector, you also get the added benefit of this cable delivering sound to your projector.  By default, your projector will playback the sound signal to you via the internal speaker system.

This is by far the easiest and most straightforward speaker setup.

The downside to this is that as a general rule, inbuilt projector speakers are pretty poor.  They are often below somewhere between 2W and 8W in power.  The volume levels obtained through such a speaker are pretty poor however if you aren’t trying to fill a large living room with a deep, rich sound, this might be sufficient.

Some projectors do come with dual 10W stereo speakers which do improve the quality significantly.

Inbuilt speakers are also quite tinny in sound quality as they lack a subwoofer to give the unit some bass.

All things considered though, projector speakers are ok as long as you aren’t too fussy about sound quality.

Soundbar

Soundbars by their very nature are much more capable devices in delivering great sound quality for your media player of choice when compared to inbuilt projector speakers.  They come with a range of different speakers to deliver a rich, well-balanced sound to your living room or bedroom.

The only thing to note is to check what sound outputs you have available on the back of your projector.  Hopefully, you will find an HDMI Out port.

Perhaps the best options though would be to use an HDMI ARC or optical cable to and from both devices.  These deliver the highest quality sound.  Optical cable ports have been common for decades whereas HDMI ARC is a relatively new technology.

Although HDMI ARC ports look exactly the same as normal HDMI ports, they usually have the letters ARC next to the port to denote if it is indeed an HDMI ARC port.

External speakers

Another great way of delivering sound when playing a movie or TV show on your projector is by using an existing set of external speakers that are within your living room or bedroom.  Perhaps you already have a HiFi that has a spare optical port?

This would be a great solution for giving you high-quality sound at no additional expense. 

Simply, plug in the optical cable to the optical port on the back of the projector and then connect the other end to the HiFi, select the source, and away you go!

If your projector supports Bluetooth, you will be able to link your projector to an external speaker to extend the audio playback to those devices too.

Conclusion

As we can see, yes, projectors do have speakers built into their units.  The sound quality varies from model to model but some offer a fantastic level of quality that may suit your needs.  The range of projectors mentioned above all would be good choices if you needed a projector with speakers.