You are now finally ready for that home theater installation you have been planning for months. But now you are faced with the dilemma: should you go for that really big TV or get a projector and screen? While TVs are bigger, clearer, and brighter than ever thanks to 4K resolution with HDR, projectors have also gotten a lot brighter and more affordable over the past few years. Hopefully by the end of this article, we are able to help you make an informed decision regarding the matter.
- Set-up. For HDTVs, the most you have to worry about are wires and placement. With projectors, things are a bit more different. Projector installation requires a little more thought and effort. You need to choose the right screen, as well as place to mount it up. afterwards, you have to pay attention to adjusting, focusing, and optimizing your image. But don’t let this discourage you. There are professionals who can help you install your projector.
- Size. While there are large HDTVs in the market today, projectors are still the most cost-effective way to get that super-sized screen you are eyeing. You can get a decent projector with solid brightness, good color reproduction, and even 4K resolution for as low as $1,400. 85-inch TVs are still priced at around $4,000 these days.
- Brightness and Contrast. In a dark room, a projector’s lower light output makes it comfortable to watch. this is the reason why movie theater screens are easy on the eyes. However, the more ambient light there is in a room, the more brightness the projector needs in order for the image to not wash out. HDTVs provide bright and vibrant picture in any light, with little to no upkeep costs involved.
- Resolution. High-performance 4K HDR projectors are way expensive than premium 4K TVs. When it comes to resolution per dollar, TVs win in a landslide. While there are some decent 4K HDR projectors available for about $1,500-$2,000, they can not touch the performance of a comparably priced TV.
- Convenience. It is not questionable anymore how TV is the more convenient option. They are simpler to use, require less planning and effort to set up, not easily disrupted by ambient light or objects casting shadows on the screen, and will never go out of focus or dim over time. Still, some say that nothing can compare with the cinematic experience of a projector-based home theater.