To watch movies, modern technology offers two device options: projectors and televisions. A variety of technical and operational parameters makes the choice between them very difficult, since each of these devices has its own advantages and disadvantages. When buying, you should take into account a huge number of different factors ranging from the broadcast content and ending with the shade of the walls in the hall.
A projector in homes has been used not so long ago, despite the fact that in itself a similar option for viewing videos appeared in the middle of the last century. Since that moment, the device has gone through a rather impressive evolutionary path, and today moviegoers increasingly prefer this setting instead of a standard TV. This choice is explained by a large number of advantages of this system:
- large screen;
- low eye strain;
- concise design;
- compact sizes;
- clarity and naturalness of shades;
- the ability to view 3D.
To output images in projectors, light beams reflected from small mirrors are used, thanks to this, the eyes almost do not feel fatigue while watching movies, which generally makes the picture realistic and largely reduces the visual load.
Speaking of design, the choice between a projector and a conventional TV is obvious. Despite all the efforts of companies producing television equipment, in the context of any interior, the projector looks much more harmonious. A working device creates a warm atmosphere of a home theater, brings cosiness and peace to it.
Home projectors are lightweight and small in size, this factor is of no small importance when moving. In addition, such equipment can always be taken with you to a country house or cottage.
However, the device has a number of significant disadvantages. These include:
- increased level of noise generation;
- the need for frequent dusting;
- rainbow effect;
- short lamp life combined with the high cost of replacing it;
- the presence of a reflective screen;
- the need for a thorough darkening of the room;
- the requirement of finishing the room in dark colors.
Projectors buzz heavily and collect dust particles. Even if the manufacturer claims that the device is completely dustproof, nevertheless it must still be cleaned regularly. Watching films is best done in the dark. If you plan to sit near the screen during the day, you will have to darken the windows and carefully prepare the room. So that the light flux emitted from the device is not scattered, and the picture is clear and saturated, it is best to install a projector in the living room, the walls of which are painted in dark gray, blue or black.
Lamps in projectors have a rather limited operational life — as a rule, it is 2 thousand hours, and to replace this element, you will have to pay up to 40-50% of the cost of the projector itself. It is this drawback that many users consider the main, refusing to buy such a device in favor of a traditional TV.
A necessary attribute for the use of projectors is a reflective screen, its arrangement also requires material costs. Usually it is made of PVC material, polyester or raincoat fabric.
Along with fans of cinematic art, as well as professionals who give unconditional preference to film projectors, there is a large group of fans of traditional TV equipment.
The usual television equipment for all, without a doubt, is convenient. But, like projectors, it has not only its advantages, but also disadvantages.
Modern TVs have one significant advantage - this is a high quality picture. Produced in recent years, the equipment provides natural color reproduction and exceptional contrast, so that watching movies, shows and TV shows becomes as comfortable as possible.
It is noteworthy that lighting does not affect the viewing comfort in any way: neither bright sunlight nor an artificial lamp can lead to a loss in the quality of the transmitted image.
The breadth of the assortment presented in stores also speaks in favor of television technology. Today the market offers a huge selection of different models, so each user can always choose the best option for themselves, depending on personal preferences and financial capabilities. While the choice of projectors is extremely scarce, and some price categories are completely represented by a couple of models.
Televisions are easy to use, users usually don’t have any difficulties with connecting and setting up equipment.
You can turn on and off the TV at any time, no preliminary preparation of the room is required. According to this parameter, the device is much more practical and functional than projectors - you just need to press the power button, and after a couple of seconds the screen will light up.
For comparison, to turn on the projector, you need to do many additional steps: close the curtains, open the screen, and then wait a few more minutes until the equipment lamp warms up to the desired state.
However, in order for the picture to be as true and correct as possible, it is worthwhile to dwell on the shortcomings of televisions.
The diagonal size of the TV directly affects its value: the larger the screen, the higher the price. In order to install a cinema at home, you will need equipment with a diagonal of about 2 meters, and this will cost a lot. If you buy a small TV, you are unlikely to be particularly pleased when watching widescreen films.
Continuous viewing of the TV affects the organs of vision in the most unfavorable way, since the eyes at this moment are always directed to the light source, and not its reflection, as is the case in movie theaters.
The working matrix of all modern liquid crystal and plasma screens is very vulnerable to any mechanical stress. Even a slight blow can cause damage and damage to the screen.
Recalling all the advantages and disadvantages of projectors and TV, you can draw some conclusions and establish which solution will be right.
If we mention the size, then in the past television equipment did not match the projector's capabilities in terms of the size of the screens . Nowadays, it’s quite realistic to buy a TV with a diagonal of 85 inches worth 3-4 thousand dollars. At the same time, a 120-inch projection screen will cost much less, while the projector itself will cost about 1.5 thousand dollars. If you plan to organize a real large home theater in your living room, then it is best to use a projector with a screen - such a solution will come out not so expensive.
Brightness - this parameter is especially relevant, since it affects the quality of the picture, which can vary depending on the characteristics of the lighting in the house. The brighter the living room, the brighter the source of the footage should be - the only way you can get a rich image.
A projector with a higher degree of brightness is much more expensive than a TV. So, the vast majority of models in the price segment of the order of 2 thousand dollars give a brightness flux with a parameter from 1.5 to 3 thousand lumens. If we talk about television equipment, then most modern devices achieve much more successful indicators.
At the same time, if you install the projector in a dark room, then even the weakest stream will provide a high-quality image, while your eyes from the projection screen will be much less tired than from TV.
Summarizing all of the above, you can make simple recommendations.
- If you prefer HD movies and appreciate cinematic special effects, which you can fully appreciate only in a movie theater on a large volume screen, then, without a doubt, you better choose a projector.
- If you are a fan of watching movies and analogue broadcasts, occasionally turn on sports and news broadcasts, then your needs will more than be adequately met by a plasma screen or LCD TV.
- However, both of these devices are aimed at solving a specifically delineated range of tasks. If the budget allows, it is better to buy a TV and a projector.
The following video will help determine the choice of a projector or TV for home.