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Dangbei · 14 Aug 2020

Projector or TV – Which is Best for Home Theater

TVs and video projectors are common in home theaters around the world, so depending on the requirements and desires, one choice can be preferred to the other. Let's point out some of the main items to remember that can assist in your decision.

Direct Viewing vs Reflected Viewing

The TVs produce light straight from the screen, and the pictures are displayed immediately, whilst the light reflecting the pictures from the projector is bounced from the screen before approaching the audience.

What this implies is that a TV is self-contained, whereas a projector needs two pieces to be employed, a projector and a surface to be projected onto, such as a screen, wall, or sheet.

Screen Size

The TVs vary in scale from 19 to 88-inch. The size of the TV you 're purchasing is the one you're sticking with unless you're getting another Set.

The picture scale of the video projector is customizable and will vary from 40 to 300 inches depending on your need. This helps you to adjust the scale of your projected picture in comparison to both the projector-to-screen and the seating-to-screen width.

Room Size

Since the TVs are self-contained, you may turn them in a space of any scale. And a wider range of screens may be put in a tiny room if you don't mind sitting next to the monitor.

Usually, video projectors need a space that offers ample distance to display pictures. The projector normally has to be mounted behind the spectator in order to display a picture of adequate size to have a wide-screen viewing experience.


Room Light

Space illumination is a crucial element for watching both TV and projectors.


While measures have been taken to improve the efficiency of the projector light, enabling certain projectors to have viewable images in rooms with ambient light, they work better in a darkened space.


While TVs may be used in darkened spaces, they are built to show good image quality under standard lighting conditions. LED / LCD TVs perform well under normal light, whereas OLED TVs perform better in a dimly lit space. However, both look fine in a standard-lit room, barring any reflections of the light from windows or lamps.


Most of the usable TVs have a 4 K resolution on native display. 4 K Ultra HD TVs come in price points from less than $500 to more than $4,000 with screen sizes varying from 40 to 85-inch.


However, the installation of 4 K resolution in a video projector is more costly than on a TV (most home theater display projectors are 1080p) and while certain 4 K projectors are priced as low as $1,500 (1080p projectors may be purchased as low as $600), take into consideration that you will need to buy a screen. However, with the advantage of project photos far larger than commonly accessible TVs, this is certainly an alternative.


Not all 4 K projectors show real 4 K resolution.


To make it more complex, certain low-cost video projectors might be compliant with 1080p or 4K input signals, but the projector's output size can be as low as 720p. This ensures the 1080p and 4 K output signals are downgraded to 720p for viewing on-screen. The message here is "buyer beware" for a $400 or less valued video projector that supports 1080p or 4 K "compatibility."


Brightness and HDR

TVs will create a lot more light than a video projector. As a consequence, TVs are generally clearer and HDR-enabled TVs will view HDR-encoded images even better than a video projector.


HDR extends the brightness and contrast spectrum of specially encoded material that results in the presentation of photographs that appear just like you might encounter in the real world. However, because HDR-enabled video projectors can not produce as much light as HDR-enabled TV, the effects are more muted.