When setting up a home theater system, one of the most important topics is what type of display to use. The two common options are a home theater projector or a high-definition television.
When comparing a projector versus an HDTV for a home theater, consider the following pros and cons to help you determine which would work best for you.
HDTVs Pros and Cons
- Brightness: TVs are not as affected by light as a projector is, allowing you to watch them in a bright room or with the blinds raised. Projectors require darkness for the best picture.
- Ease of Installation: TVs, despite being a bit heavy and hard to move around, are easy to install. Once in place, you simply hook up your equipment to the matching ports.
- Color Range: the technological improvements offered by 4K TVs allow them to display a richer variety of color then all but the most expensive projectors commonly used for a home theater.
- Smaller Image: TVs simply do not produce an image as large as a projector. Even with 1080p, the sharpness of the image can be hard to appreciate if you’re too far back.
- Not as Good in the Dark: one area where TVs clearly lose to projectors is in a darkened room. TVs can easily cause eye strain in a dark room while projectors are far less stressful for your eyes.
Projector Pros and Cons
- Display Size: with a projector you have a large viewing area that creates a true in-home movie theater experience. Projectors can produce a display larger in terms of sheer size then all but the largest and most expensive TVs. With HD output, this creates a notable level of detail.
- Easy on The Eyes: projectors have such a large viewing area that it greatly reduces the need for your eyes to strain to see a movie or television show. Plus, like a movie theater they work well in the dark.
- Can Save on Space: a projector is generally installed in the ceiling and are smaller than a TV. Plus, if your wall has a smooth finish you can use that as a screen. Even when a screen is needed, they are thin and easily retracted when not in use.
- Light Sensitivity: a drawback of projectors is that the display they create is very light sensitive. Any light in the room, be it artificial or natural, can wash out the image. This requires a room with a projector to have light controls and window treatments to keep out outside light.
- Regular Upkeep: projectors use bulbs or lamps that are commonly UHP or LED-based, with LED lamps lasting longer. No matter what the bulb type, they do burn out and require regular replacement which is an added expense and can be inconvenient.
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As the above information shows, projectors and HDTVs both have their benefits and drawbacks when used in a home theater system. Which is best for you depends on your individual needs, preferences, and overall home theater layout.
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