There’s no doubting that a video home projector can give you a brilliant cinema-like experience at home, but will they replace your favourite large-screen TV? Projectors enable you to watch your favourite TV shows and films on the equivalent of a 100-inch screen and larger, and these days, they are more affordable than ever.
So, is a projector worth it or would be better off just having a large wall-mounted TV? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons…
Let’s start off with the positives. With a projector, you could be watching your favourite movies exactly how the director intended, LARGE! You can also hook up your PC and watch YouTube, or look at your holiday videos. Many users of projectors say that the viewing experience is much more comfortable, as the picture is more immersive, and the overall brightness is less than a TV.
How much do projectors cost?
Generally, projectors are cheaper than comparable HD TVs. Just check out how much a 100-inch TV would cost you for example! How many thousand pounds?? Yet you can get a good quality projector for less than £1000. But what are the cons?
Well, you’ll need to have it fixed to the ceiling of the room it’s going to situated in (although you CAN also just place it on a table or shelf), and you’ll need curtains drawn and lights off whenever you want to view anything. Any bits of light squeezing through gaps can be annoying and make your viewing experience less pleasurable. You might have to buy thicker curtains to block the light.
Every now and again you’ll have to pay out to replace your projector’s lamp or bulb, which is an additional cost to you. These can cost up to £200 and you may need one each year, so that’s a cost you need to factor in to your budget!
We know the picture from projectors these days is great, but what about the sound quality? Some have built-in speakers, but if you’re looking to create the cinema experience, you’ll probably want to invest in a decent audio system too.
You’ll need space to project
An important point to remember is that the room you’ll be using your projector in will need to be big enough so that you can position your projector at a good distance from the wall you’ll be projecting on.
Lumens? What are they? Well, basically, this is the amount of light projected and for a projector that will be used in a darkened room, between 1,300 and 1,500 lumens is plenty to give you a great viewing experience.
If you’re going to project on to a wall – which is obviously the cheapest method – you’ll need a smooth surface, ideally with a reflective paint, although standard white paint on your wall will still look great.
HDMI sockets on projectors are provided for high-definition video equipment, such as Blu-ray players, games consoles or a Sky box. It’s possible to show photos from memory sticks via the projector’s USB ports, or to hook up a PC or laptop using the VGA monitor sockets, so you can basically watch anything, and the good news is that it’s very easy to set up.
Projectors use fans
Fan noise can be a little noisy especially on cheaper models, so bear this in mind when selecting your projector. You’ll also need to position your projector where it has enough space around it so that it doesn’t overheat.
So, can they replace your TV?
Well, they definitely can if you have the motivation to make everything a cinema-like experience. Projectors are great but are not like TVs where you can just have them on in the background whilst you do other things.
They are much cheaper than buying giant TV, but there’s the yearly cost of new bulb. Projectors look great and you really can create a fabulous atmosphere to watch the latest movies on Netflix. Will you be comfortable always sitting in the dark to watch your screen? Perhaps you should have both, like many people do!
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