New technology has taken home theater design and function to an entirely new level than it once was. As a result, you’ll have a lot of choices to make as you go through the process of putting your theater together. One of your first and most important decisions? TV or projector.
Like most technologies, there are pros and cons to both options. The most suitable choice for your home theater is going to depend on the specifics of your space and the type of entertainment experience you’re looking to cultivate. Let’s take a look at how some of the major components of TVs and projectors compare.
Rather than the devices themselves, the size of the room you’re setting up in will actually be the biggest factor that determines whether a TV or a projector will provide a better-sized image. Projectors can produce larger images than TVs—and usually for a lower price. However, they need to have enough distance from the surface they’re projecting on to do so, so they might not work the way you want them to in smaller home theaters.
The quality of the image you see on your screen mostly depends on the brightness, resolution, and color capabilities of the device. The main issue that can affect the quality of a projected image is light. If there’s too much ambient light in the room, the displayed image will be washed out. If your home theater is windowless though, the contrast should be just fine and produce an image just as bright as a television. A TV will definitely be more consistent in contrast and brightness quality though. With enough distance, projectors and TVs are fairly equal in terms of resolution. TV colors do tend to be a little better with color accuracy, especially HDR models, but you can still get decent color quality in a projector for a better price.
Depending on the size and desired placement of your device, the installation can be easy or complicated for both projectors and TVs. Projectors are small and can be easily moved, but you may want to mount a screen (or the projector itself) to the ceiling or wall with brackets. A television can also be standalone or wall-mounted, but the mounting process is more involved than it is for a projector. For the best home theater experience, it is also recommended that you install a separate sound system for both devices.
Whether you decide a projector or a television is the best fit for your home theater, Shore Home Solutions can get you set up and ready to go in the entertainment space of your dreams! We can design and install your custom home theater using any devices or systems you’d like, as well as provide guidance for the best equipment and setup for your needs and vision.
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