TV or Projector: Which is Better for Your Home Theater



Whether you’re trying to design a killer man cave or an epic home theater room, you might be trying to decide whether to purchase a TV or projector for your space. For a long time, projectors were the best option for a home theater. But now, flat-screen televisions are much larger and there are so many options.


It comes down to personal preference and what kind of experience you want. There are a ton of factors you’ll want to consider including your budget, the size of your room, and what kind of technology you want in your home theater. Let's break down the pros and cons of each.


Size

What we love most about going to a movie theater is the size of the screen and the immersive sound experience. So, if you are trying to create a theater-like experience in your home theater, a bigger screen will give you the closest match to a movie theater screen.


While there is an incredible selection of large flat-screen TVs, they still can’t compete with the size of a projector. Projectors can produce images that are 200 inches and more. This size just can’t be matched by even the biggest flat-screen TVs on the market.


If you're looking for a big screen, a projector is the way to go. You can find TVs with screens as big as 80 inches, but they are a lot more expensive and have limitations on size.


Picture Quality


Regarding picture and image quality, projectors can’t match what you can find in high-definition televisions. Today most smart TVs are 4k and many are also HDR. 4k projectors exist but finding one you can afford will be a challenge. How important the resolution really depends on how you plan to use your home theater.


If you’re only planning to watch movies in your home theater room, the picture quality may not matter as much. Most videos are still not available in 4k resolution yet anyway. However, if you plan to use your theater for gaming, you may find a 4k television is a better option for you.

Gaming systems are excelling in this department so if you’re into gaming, you may not get the best viewing experience with a projector.


It’s important to understand how your screen size and seating distance affect your viewing experience whether you choose a TV or a projector Although a higher resolution screen is better for picture quality if you’re seating is further away you may not be able to tell a huge difference when your watching movies on it.


Budget


Which is better for you will boil down to what you want in your home theater and how much you have to spend. If you’re looking for a really large screen to create a cinema experience, a projector is the most cost-effective option. Although you may not find an affordable projector with a 4k resolution, the sheer size of it will make up for that. If you have a smaller home theater room or plan to use your home theater for more than just watching movies, investing in a 4k television will be worth it. While you may end up sacrificing in the screen size, you’ll appreciate the picture quality.


The price of flat screen TVs has been dropping because of consumer demand. Home theater projectors have not been able to keep up with the demand for flat screens. As a result, the variety and prices are very limited in comparison. If you’re looking for the best picture quality and technology for your dollar, a 4K television may be your best bet.screen may be heavy, it’s pretty easy to set up and use. If you don’t need it mounted to a wall, setting it up is pretty simple. A projector, on the other hand, maybe more difficult to install if you’re not a professional. In either case, it’s best to hire a professional for your installation to get

Installation


Generally speaking, a television is much easier to install than a projector. While a large flat screen may be heavy, it’s pretty easy to set up and use. If you don’t need it mounted to a wall, setting it up is pretty simple. A projector, on the other hand, maybe more difficult to install if you’re not a professional. In either case, it’s best to hire a professional for your installation to get the best picture and to protect your investment.


For the best home theater experience, whether you decide on a TV or projector, contact us today at 505-903-6911. We are the experts on home theater TV and projector installation. We can help you to select the best TV or projector for your space and help you design a custom home theater for your needs and budget.