Are Projectors Better Than TVs? The Correct Answer Is Here!

  • 09 Jan 2023 05:30
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Are Projectors Better Than TVs? The Correct Answer Is Here!

Are projectors better than TVs? When picking out components to upgrade or build your home theater system, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether to invest in a projector or a TV.

If this question had been raised a decade ago, when projector making was still in its infancy, the most likely answer would be TVs. 

Today, projectors have entered the world of 4K, giving users a cinema-like experience. So, this is a well-balanced battle.

Now, let’s scroll down to see more!

Are Projectors Better Than TVs? 

There’s no wrong answer. Each item has its own advantages, and you should consider many factors before making a final choice for your own needs. 

Brightness

Brightness is another big consideration to be considered with your choice. 

The brighter your room, the more brightness your chosen project needs to produce to ensure the picture doesn't wash out. 

The higher the brightness of the projector, the more expensive it is. Most projectors, which produce between 1,500 to 3,000 lumens, cost about $2,000.

Remember that projectors' actual brightness may be much lower once it hits your eyes as they bounce light off a screen.

The combination of projector and screen simply works to get near as bright as a budget LED TV. Also, projector bulbs may dim over time and ultimately burn out, leading to costly replacement.

The majority of $1,000 + LED TVs, and higher-end techs, like QLED or even QD-OLED, can efficiently produce a much higher brightness. 

Note that the brightness of TVs is measured in lumens instead of nits. If you can make your viewing room dark, the reflected light of a projector can be comfortable to watch.

Resolution and HDR

Many 4K TVs are under $500

Many 4K TVs are under $500

These days, home projectors have a similar place to HDTVs, with various models with high resolution and support for video standards like HDR. It puts projectors on equal standing with most standard TVs today.

4K resolution projectors with similar image features are typically significantly more expensive than comparable TVs. They're around $1,500 and more, while many 4K TVs are under $500. Hence, features may be similar, but you will have to pay much more to get them on home projectors.

Size

Projectors used to outperform TVs regarding size, but this gap is no longer significant these days. It is easy to buy an 85-inch TV for about $2,500.

However, projectors are still a budget-friendly option. You can buy a decent model that varies from 100 to 120 inches with good color reproduction, solid brightness, and even 4K resolution for significantly less.

Color accuracy

You do not have to spend much to get decent color from projectors. 

Depending on the type of projector (3-chip LCD, LCOS, or DLP), you can gain great color at a nice price.

On the flip side, TVs typically require better processing and more effort to deliver the best color, thus driving the price.

Most 4K TVs can deliver a wider color gamut than the majority of projectors, but projectors are also very close.

It is especially true for TVs armed with HDR (high dynamic range), though video projectors with HDR are also more common.

If you just look at price-to-performance, TVs are the winner. If the price does not matter, and you can buy a large sum into a light-controlled projector room, it is possible to get a much larger image with excellent quality. 

Sound Quality

TVs are the better choice here for a simple reason: TVs typically have decent speakers. Some projectors also have speakers, which are typically tiny and are often positioned above or behind viewers’ heads.

Installation

TVs are typically easier to install. Large TVs may be fragile and heavy, but they’re simple to place in a home theater setup and easy to use.

They can act as great unifiers for your equipment and devices, as everything can be plugged directly into your TV and controlled via the remote in most cases.

Except for mounting your chosen TV to a wall, installation is relatively painless. Even if you opt for a wall-mounted TV, you can complete the project yourself. If you get help from an installer, the job will be cheap and quick.

Projectors may be complicated, as they require more effort to install.  While the short throw projector makes it a much easier, albeit more expensive, option. 

The first issue involves the screen. You must prepare the necessary space as these screens are large. Also, you need to route HDMI cables to the projector or choose wireless transmitters that will add to the cost.

So we recommend hiring a professional installer or at least doing a serious study of the installation guide from the manufacturer.

Portability & Outdoor Use

Many projectors are designed to be moved around and taken outside

Many projectors are designed to be moved around and taken outside

Once your TV is installed, it will not move often. That is true for wall-mounted TVs and all home theater screens. 

On the other hand, projectors are compact enough to move, and if they aren’t ceiling-mounted, they can easily reposition elsewhere when needed.

There are many portable home projectors designed to be moved around and taken outside for movie nights.

Pros And Cons projectors and TVs 

Both the projector and TV have their own advantages

Both the projector and TV have their own advantages

Projectors 

Pros

  • Easy to move.
  • Deliver larger screen size.
  • Projectors are generally cheaper than comparable HD TVs.
  • Projectors can give a more comfortable viewing experience.

Cons

  • Difficult to install.
  • A projector’s performance is affected by ambient light.
  • Projectors require the cost of periodically having to replace their lamps.

TVs

Pros

  • Easy to install and set up.
  • Great sound quality.
  • The performance is excellent
  • Not affected by any ambient light

Cons

  • Costly.
  • Low mobility.

Conclusion

Are projectors better than TVs? There’s a lot to think about when deciding between a projector and a TV. Each has its own advantages, and the choice is yours. Consider all factors to choose the one that works best for you. 

Thank you for your interest in the article!


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Tim Powers By, Tim Powers

Tim Powers is an audio equipment & home theater gadget reviewer and the editor of TheAudioCritic.com. He has been involved in the home theater hobby since the late 1990s when he purchased his first AV receiver. Tim is also a writer, with articles appearing in various online and print publications.

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