One of the common questions raised by customers during setting up a home theatre is, Should I buy a TV or a Projector ? Before you answer them with the differences between TVs and Projectors, firstly CONGRATULATE! them on setting up a home theatre. They are about to find out that they have more friends than they have realized.
Coming back to the question in the present scenario when you see around, most people own a TV, but then, cinemas exclusively use projectors so there must be something to them…
Right! It’s time to quickly explore the pros and cons of TVs vs Projectors.
Projectors: The pros and cons
- You just can't beat a projector for size and sociability. Epson HTPs can expand up to 300 inches - you could turn your entire wall into a TV, if you really wanted. And if you host movie or sports nights with all your mates, nobody will be left unable to see the screen. Imagine cheering on your favourite team with good mates and 300 inches of HD, vivid colour.
- Additionally, projectors are widely considered better on viewers' eyes because they aren't back-lit like TVs are. This decreases your chance of getting eye strain on those weekend movie binges, because the light is projected towards the wall, not into your eyes.
- And don't forget the cost, either. While there are projectors of all qualities in all price ranges, you can get stunningly high quality Epson 3LCD models at a very reasonable price. And because projectors are so compact, if you decide you don't want your unit out all the time, it can be easily stowed in a cupboard or drawer out of sight.
- However, ambient light can interfere with a projector's brightness. While 3LCD projectors are up to three times brighter than one-chip DLP models, ambient light can interfere with picture brightness and this is a deal-breaker for some.
- Finally, some people find in older projectors the lamps need to be replaced every couple years or so. That said, contemporary projectors like Epson’s HTP range are designed to last much longer and replacement lamps are low-priced.
TVs: The pros and cons
- One of the biggest points in favour of the humble TV is that it's easier to set up out of the box, and pops more vibrantly in daylight (although 3LCD technology is almost as good). As well as this, smart televisions are typically in-built with moderate-quality speakers, TV tuners and popular apps.
- The other bonus of a TV is the resolution versus price. At a similar price point, you'll typically be able to get a 4K TV (UHD), while a projector may only be 1080p (HD). That said, 4K content is still relatively scarce in the market, so you'll really only get the benefit if you watch Blu-rays, DVDs, most web videos and TV stations that offer HD.
- Conversely, TVs in India are only pushing the 55-65-inch mark. They also take up a lot of space: a 65-inch device is big and heavy, especially when also mounted on an entertainment unit. You could save space by buying a small TV for general viewing and news watching, and then covering it with a screen on demand for 300-inch movie watching.