Have you recently moved into a new home and are wondering how to best create your movie room or living room entertainment? When examining a TV vs projector, you might ask which is best! Both options have their pros and cons. We explore the benefits and considerations for each application to help you best determine which one to select!
Best for Size: Projector
Projectors are the best choice if you want a very large movie screen. The most popular projection screen size is around 100-120 inches, and even larger options are available. Meanwhile, it is difficult to find a TV that is larger than 85 inches. A large screen allows for a more immersive movie room experience.
Large images, however, do require a bright projection source to be visible. When looking for a projector, make sure it has strong brightness and good color reproduction. Some projectors have 4K resolution, which will enable high resolution even on a large projection screen.
In short, projectors are an effective and relatively cost-efficient way to achieve a theater-like screen size.
Best for Easy Setup: TV
A TV is relatively simple to set up. It can be placed on a TV stand or mounted on the wall. Although setting up an enhanced audio system such as surround sound requires more work, a TV will include built-in speakers at a minimum.
Projectors, on the other hand, are rather complicated to set up. The projector’s location will dramatically affect the shape and size of the projected image. The room should be dark, and the projector must point at a blank, flat surface. While a light-colored wall may be sufficient, you will most likely want to purchase a projector screen for the best results. Improper projector setup will result in an image that is distorted or difficult to see.
Furthermore, a projector usually does not include built-in audio. In that case, you will need to purchase and connect an audio output, such as speakers or a home audio system.
Best for Portability: Projector
Unlike a TV, a projector is light, small, and extremely portable. After redecorating, you can move it within your house or take it outside for an outdoor movie night. If you move to a different residence, a projector is easy to pack and take with you.
On the other hand, a TV is heavy and designed to stay in one place. You can certainly still move a TV, but it will take more work. Most people do not move their TVs around regularly, so this is not necessarily a disadvantage.
Best for Cost: TV
Although a TV might be more expensive than a projector alone, cost does not factor in the advanced setup required for a projector. For a projector to create a good image and audio quality, you will likely need to purchase a projector screen and sound system. Meanwhile, an average smart TV will have built-in speakers and high resolution. If you are looking to keep your budget to a minimum, a TV is likely the safest option.
Best for Sound Quality: TV
Without a home audio system, TVs are the best choice simply because they include built-in speakers, whereas projectors usually do not. Even when projectors do have speakers, the sound quality usually is minimal.
That being said, both TVs and projectors can be connected to other audio sources. For an ideal home theater experience with surround sound, make sure to install a home audio system. This can include built-in speakers, external speakers, subwoofers, and soundbars. In other words, you can achieve excellent sound quality with either a TV or a projector if you invest in an advanced audio setup.
Best for Image Quality: It Depends!
Both TVs and projectors can have excellent image quality, but this will vary widely by individual models. In addition, the image quality of a projector will be highly dependent on proper setup.
Most new smart TVs have 4K resolution and high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging. Resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image: the more pixels, the better the image quality. HDR imaging produces higher contrast and more vivid colors.
Although it can be more difficult and expensive to find high-resolution projectors, there are projectors available in 4K and 1080p resolutions. In addition, the size of the projected image can be adjusted for better image quality and sharpness. A high-quality projector combined with a proper setup can yield excellent results.
In short, good image quality can be achieved by both TVs and projectors, but make sure to do your research to find a specific model with high image quality.
TV vs Projector: Final Takeaways
Ultimately, your personal goals will determine whether a TV vs projector is best.
For daily use in your living room, a TV is likely your best option. Smart TVs are available in high resolution and are easy to set up. A TV can still be connected to an audio system for surround-sound movie nights. Depending on the size and model you choose, a TV may be relatively affordable. In addition, you can play a TV in the background (such as streaming the news while you cook dinner) without dimming the lights as would be necessary for a projector.
On the other hand, if you want to create an at-home movie theater, a projector is likely the best choice. Projectors can broadcast huge images, and higher-end models have high resolution. With an advanced setup, you can achieve good image quality and connect the projector to an immersive audio system. An advanced home movie theater with a projector will wow your friends and family.
If you are still unsure whether a TV vs projector is best for you, reach out to our team! We are happy to discuss your goals and help you find the best option.
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