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Projector vs. TV

More people prefer having their own home cinemas to going to cinemas. Home cinemas let you customize your entire experience, minus the noisiness and uncleanliness of actual cinemas.

Yet, there is an ongoing debate around home cinemas: do you get a projector or TV? We have gathered as many aspects as possible to look at to make your decision easier.

Projectors vs. TVs – Full Comparison

Sound Quality

There is no doubt that the ultimate best choice for good quality sound is to get a separate sound system. However, if you don’t get one, let’s see how projectors and TVs perform here.

Many projectors don’t have built-in speakers. The ones that do have speakers that are criminally tiny and weak for a home cinema. The worst part is, they are usually positioned behind or above the user.

TVs, on the other hand, always have built-in speakers. Even the most average TV has better speakers than the best projector. Investing in a high-quality TV will get you the best home cinema experience.

TV wins.

Brightness and Contrast

There is no bigger enemy to projectors than ambient light. 

Regardless of the projector’s quality or price, you still have to keep the curtains firmly shut. Even if you get a projector with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 that can produce 3000 Lumens, all of this can be compromised by a single beam of light.

Another downside to this is the projector’s lamp. The average life of a projector’s lamp is 1,500 hours; this is really short for a frequent user. Also, a projector’s lamps get dimmer with time; this means that the projector will almost never be as bright as you need it to be.

On the other hand, TVs can almost stay bright at all times, even with ambient light affecting them a little. For ambient light to wash out a TV, it as to be really bright, like having a TV out at noon. You are not planning on watching Tv out at noon, right?

TV wins.

Notes:

  1. Contrast ratio is the ratio between the whitest white and the darkest black that a display system can produce. Usually, the higher the contrast ratio a device has, the better.
  2. Lumen is a unit to measure the amount of light visible to the human eye from a light source.

Resolution

Although there are so many 4K projectors right now, there are many factors in the way of projectors being authentically 4K. There is even the issue of Faux-K in projectors that confuses most buyers.

TVs with high resolution, however, are expensive but worth every penny; for the same amount you pay in a high-resolution projector, you could get a much superior TV.

TV wins.

Screen Size

This aspect of projectors is pretty customizable. You adjust the size and the distance of the projector yourself, depending on your needs. Also, projector screens can reach 300 inches for a relatively low cost.

However, the screen size in TVs is fixed. An 80-inch TV is wonderful, but you don’t get more than this unless you get another TV. It is a no-brainer that these large TVs cost a fortune too.

Projector wins.

Maintenance

Projectors demand regular maintenance. The lamps they use have to be regularly replaced as they dim and eventually burn out; this can be costly. Also, their filters often have to be cleaned because of the dust that tends to get inside them.

TVs require little to no maintenance. They have an extraordinarily long life span. Any cleaning you have to do with a TV is mostly wiping off the screen every now and then. You don’t have to replace TV components either.

TV wins.

Installation

Setting up a projector is not simple because there is a lot to consider. Will your screen be a painted wall, portable screen, or a motorized one? What about the distance between the viewer and the screen and the distance between the projector and the screen?

Positioning the projector correctly to project the image of how you want it is time-consuming and exhausting. Many people resort to hiring a professional installer.

TVs are easy to set up. Plug it into the closest power outlet. Find a flat surface to place the TV on or mount it on the wall. Even if you need a professional installer, it will be a quick and cheap process.

TV wins.

Final Verdict

And the best man is…TV. Even if modern TVs for home cinemas can be expensive, you get every penny’s worth. TVs are simply superior in picture and sound quality, brightness, and comfort.

Even though projectors have evolved a lot through the years, they still have a long way to catch up with TVs

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