Whether you’re working with our design team to create the optimal in-home theater equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment or simply upgrading your living room in time for the big game, there is one big question at hand – TV or projector? It can be easy to get caught up in all the confusion of technical terms like LED, QD, 4K, 3D, lumens, gain, contrast ratio, and so on. There are also many misconceptions that come with either one, such as projectors aren’t as bright or big TVs are too expensive. So which big screen is ultimately best for you? That answer depends on your preferences, your budget, and your setup.
Creating the ultimate movie experience since its conception in the late 1800s, the projector has been making its way into both our homes and hearts, and with good reason. A single projector today can display an image up to 300 inches wide without faltering on clarity, and that can be expanded upon with additional projectors and a blended image. Thanks to technological advances in contrast ratios, even entry-level projectors have become stealthy competitors to HDTVs. Brighter lights and improved reflecting screens allow for darker blacks than ever before, providing crisp images even in ambient light. Projectors also provide the spectator with a more pleasant viewing experience by not causing the same strain on the eyes that televisions can create since light reflected from a screen is not as harsh as the direct light source. Projectors can also be kinder to your wallet, costing less than higher-end televisions and saving you money at the theater (because who needs the cinema when your house is the cinema?). Thanks to its lightweight nature and portability, the projector lets you turn family movie night into the ultimate backyard theater. Trying doing that with a 100-pound TV! (No, please don’t actually try it.)
Of course, there are a few things to consider before purchasing a projector. Since projectors work off a reflecting screen, ambient light will affect the image quality. When watching during the daytime, you’ll need an environment with little to no ambient light to avoid wash-out. Also, consider the additional cost of the bulb that will need replacing up to every 5,000 viewing hours which costs around $200 – $400. These bright bulbs also produce a lot of heat so projectors have an internal fan that can produce some extra noise. This noise will be far more noticeable if you don’t remember to purchase speakers because projectors don’t come with built-in ones. But honestly if you’re still relying on your television’s built-in speakers, you’re already missing out. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in that department too!
The main advantages TVs hold over projectors are their ease of usability and installation. Installing a TV doesn’t require much beyond opening a box and plugging in a power cord, whereas installing a projector requires the know-how along with extra accessories. TVs also don’t take as long to turn on and don’t require a dark room (so no need to fear the sun like a vampire). TV bulbs last up to 100,000 viewing hours so by the time you need to replace the bulb it’s high time to replace the TV. There are also new technologies that give TVs a better appeal, such as curved TVs which offer a more immersive viewing experience, wider field of view, and reduced reflection. There is also the latest quantum-dot technology which uses semiconductor particles only several nanometres in size to enhance the color. Due to their popularity and swift advancements, big screen televisions are more affordable than ever before with a variety of 60” screens coming in under $1,000. While you can get yourself a nice projector at an affordable price, its TV counterpart is likely to be even cheaper.
So which will you choose, a TV or a projector? It really depends on your answers to the above considerations. If you’re still having trouble choosing, talk to a Century Stereo consultant who will give you expert advice and guidance. Then, leave the installation and calibration to us while you make the popcorn and get ready to enjoy the show.