The most visible aspect of your Home Theatre is the mode of display. What you opt to use your Home Theatre for determines the display; if you plan to connect your DTH or watch regular television you could use Plasma or LED TVs, whereas if you opt to watch movies, you are better served using a projection system and a screen. In a dark setting of your theatre, a projector/screen is known to offer more immersive experience with the largest screen dimensions.
Size: The largest HDTVs/LED TVs are about 50-90” in dimensions, whereas the screen output for a regular projector can be 120-180”, an image almost 3 times as big as your HD television offers. Ultimately, you want the largest possible viewing image for your dream theatre, and a projector trumps all other options here.
Cost: For comparable dimensions, HDTVs are usually much more expensive than a projector/Screen combo. Since a projector can be moved to any room you want to view your content, it saves you the cost of purchasing multiple TVs for more than one room
Space & Aesthetics: A projector can be mounted on a small table, or from the ceiling where it can be retreated when required. The screen can also be fixed, curved or retractable (foldable) so you can opt to keep both these invisible when you want the room for other events. The Projector/Screen can also be shifted to other rooms/outside for special events or parties. A TV on the other hand is bulky, and not easily movable once installed in a room.
Clarity: Projectors offer big screen imaging, with excellent picture quality (measured in high resolution and high contrast ratios) which TVs cannot match at similar price points.
In the next articles, we will attempt to explain what you should look for while buying a projection system.
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