When planning your home entertainment system there are few things that will be as important as the way you display video. The two main choices in this area are large screen televisions and home projectors. Both of these choices can be great in different situations, and figuring out which one is best for you can be difficult. Take a moment to learn about the different pros and cons of each so you can make the right decision for your home.
A home projector operates similarly to a projector at a movie theater. The projector itself is placed in the back of the room, away from the screen. When activated it will project the images onto the screen for people to view. Consider the following advantages of choosing a projector:
- Adjustable Size – You can adjust the size of the projection to fit any room or screen size which makes this a very flexible option.
- Mobile – It is typically going to be much easier to pack up and move your projector than it would be a television.
- Hidden Away – When not in use, you can take the projector and screen down and store it away.
Of course, as with anything, there are also some negative aspects to using a projector screen including the following:
- Bulb Replacement – When a projector bulb goes bad you need to replace it. Depending on the specific type of projector you have, this can cost hundreds of dollars.
- Ambient Lighting – Projectors require the room to be darker than a television to get a clear picture. If you can’t block out light from windows in the room, most projectors won’t have as good of a picture.
Large Screen Televisions
The other option is to purchase a large screen television for your home. There have been many advancements with televisions over the years and you can now get them in just about any size you can imagine. The following are some benefits to going with a TV over a projector:
- Standard – The vast majority of people today have TVs in their homes rather than projectors. This means more people will know how to work with them and there is less of a learning curve.
- Single Location – The television will be placed in one spot, typically with the components like a Blu-Ray player or other devices right near it. This allows you to keep everything in one easy spot.
There are some difficulties people with televisions face though, including these:
- Changing Technologies – Televisions are constantly changing with lots of options. LCD, LED, Plasma and more are out there with additional changes coming out regularly. If you pick the wrong option your TV might be out of date too quickly.
- Permanent Install – Most people today are installing their TVs on the wall, which requires mounting brackets being bolted into the wall. If you ever want to move the TV, it will require a significant amount of work.
Choosing Your TV
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing between a projector and a large screen TV. Each person will need to evaluate their own specific needs and make a decision based on that information.