Projectors vs Flat Screen Displays - Which is better for your Home Theatre?

Projectors vs Flat Screen Displays -  Which is better for your Home Theatre?

It becomes tricky when the choice is between a projector and a flat panel display. On one hand, projectors have gotten a lot brighter and more affordable over the last few years whereas flat panel displays/ TVs are now bigger, clearer, and brighter than ever. Thanks to 4K resolution with HDR.

Actually, there are many important factors that need to be addressed, such as price, screen size and image quality, but these are all product features. Did you ever think about the impact of the product on you or your family? It is no surprise that once the home entertainment system is on, the movie marathon starts! You need to go beyond these mainstream factors and start considering this one: Its impact on the EYES! Yes, you heard that right.

The impact of blue light on your eyes

LCD, LED and all the other TV varieties emit blue light, which has harmful effects on our health, especially at night. Long-term effects suggest that high levels of exposure to blue light can damage the eyes and lead to the destruction of the retina. One way to reduce the exposure to blue light is to cut back on your screen addiction. We know that the likelihood of this happening is slim.

An alternative to blue light-emitting flat panel displays/ TVs is projectors. Blue light is produced by projectors as well. But it doesn’t directly hit your eyes as it does in case of a flat panel display. Since you are not going to look straight at the light source while viewing, the blue light first hits the projection screen and then passes on to your eyes. The projection screen absorbs some of those damaging wavelengths, reducing the amount of blue light that actually reaches your eyes. This is what makes the projector a better alternative.


 Working of blue light in TVs and Projectors

 Working of blue light in TVs and Projectors 
Pic Courtesy: ViewSonic 

Projectors also seem to have an upper-hand when the conversation is about indirect lighting, adjustable screen size, and built-in safety features. However, there are specific scenarios where one would be a better pick over the other.

To help you decide which will work best in your own home theater, we’ve put together this guide comparing projectors and TVs — detailing how the two differ in terms of size, brightness, contrast, sound quality, resolution, installation and space.

TVs vs. Projectors: Size of the screen

Frankly, this is an easy win for projectors. Modern TVs tend to max out around 80 inches, although there are some that exceed 100 inches. While we expect the number to continue to rise, there is a practical limit to how large televisions can go, as somebody usually has to get the thing to your home and install it. Additionally, not to forget that jumbo-size TVs cost a fortune. This pill is usually gulped very easily by movie buffs!

TVs vs. Projectors: Brightness

Brightness matters. You might ask, “How exactly, in this context?” That’s because the dimmer a screen is, the darker the room needs to be for the picture to stay clear. Most projectors are known to require a dim room in order to produce a crisp picture—Wouldn’t you agree? Let us all agree with the fact that projectors just don’t put out enough light to compete with a bright, sunny, open living room. And if it does, it won’t be a part of the affordable category any longer.

TVs are known to easily put out plenty of brightness. But then they say, “Brighter isn’t always better”. For instance, if you’re watching in a dark room, the lower light of a projector might actually be easier on the eyes. But for general use, the convenience and multifunctionality offered by a TV is phenomenal. In the end, if you want a bright and vibrant picture in any light, with little to no upkeep costs involved, the TV would be a wiser option.

TVs vs. Projectors: Contrast

What exactly do we mean by contrast? A variation of black levels and brightness defines the contrast. While one can guess a projector’s brightness capabilities just by looking at its lumen rating, black levels can be determined by how dark the projection room gets. Certainly, a bunch of ambient light can wash a television out, too, but the differentiating factors are:

(i) TVs can battle with ambient light
(ii) TVs can heighten perceived contrast too. Most projectors are not feature-packed to do this.

TVs vs. Projectors: Installation

Long story short, TVs are easier to install. Large TVs may be heavy and a little fragile, but they’re simple to place in a home theater setup and easy to use. Plus, they act as a great unifier for your devices and equipment, since everything plugs directly into the TV itself and, in most cases, is even controlled via the TV’s remote. Unless you’re mounting the TV to a wall, installation is relatively painless. And even if you do opt for the wall-mounted setup, you’ll be able to complete the project on your own.

Projectors require more planning and effort to install in comparison to flat panel displays. The first thing to consider is your screen. Will you be painting a wall, setting up a free-standing screen, or opting for a motorized screen that will need to be attached to your ceiling or wall? Regardless of the method, firstly you’ll need to be sure you have the necessary space because we all know, these screens are pretty big. Secondly, you’ll need to make sure the projector is correctly positioned. Actually, it would be great to hire a professional installer to perform the activities.

If we talk about space broadly, having enough space means having enough distance from the screen to make viewing comfortable. If you try to fit an oversized screen into a room that’s too small, you’ll be forced to sit too close, making it hard to take in all the details of the content.

TVs vs. Projectors: Sound Quality

Almost every TV and projector these days come with built-in speakers—but you would want to ask, “Are they really good?” In order to truly get the home theatre experience, we would advise you to invest in a dedicated speaker system. Do not lose sight of the fact that projectors don’t always come with built-in speakers.

TVs vs. Projectors: Resolution

Premium 4K TVs, with their wide color gamut and high dynamic range, are expensive. You might ask, ”How about high-performance 4K HDR projectors?” Trust us, you’re better off paying for a good 4K HDR TV and supplementing with a sound system — or an Ultra HD Blu-ray player — than you are buying a high-end 4K HDR projector. Undoubtedly, when it comes to resolution per dollar, TVs stand on the winning end of the game.

All we can say is, in the end, the one that’s better for you really comes down to your personal preference and how you plan to use it. Should you need any more assistance in understanding the concepts of flat panel displays against projectors, we’re just a comment away. Ask away your queries in the comment box below. We’re waiting!

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