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Projector or TV for Home Theater

by Product Specialist
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When consumers wonder whether a projector or TV is best for their own home theater, it may help to evaluate the benefits of both options. Depending on the buyer's budget, viewing preferences, or home configuration, it may be easy to test out which choice is right for each shopper.

Consider the following pros of projectors and large-screen televisions before buying:

Resolution

One distinct difference between projectors and TVs lies in the image resolution and clarity. Projector screens are less-bright, and easier on the eyes. Light can impact the clarity and visibility of the screen under some conditions or in rooms with bright ambient lighting. Large-screen televisions can have a sharper picture and more clarity, particularly when buying high-resolution, HDTVs.

Size

The price of large-screen televisions is coming down, and it is not uncommon to find 50-inch and up widely in retail stores and venues now. A projector will adapt to the screen that it is used with, and these clever devices are typically used to produce over 100" images.

Sound

If you are looking for the most versatility and quality of sound, a high-end television is a good choice. Projectors rely on the other components for sound, such as the PC and external speakers. It may be challenging to find a projector that produces sound that is comparable to a television without purchasing sound equipment to augment the system.

Cost

In terms of price, projectors are affordable options that fit any budget. Televisions are coming down in price, but will still cost more than a projector in most retail venues.

Buyers looking for the most screen-size for the least cost may find a projector to be a great choice, however shoppers looking for crisp sound and resilient resolution in the home may opt to invest in a large-screen television. Each will make an integral component to the home theater and audio ensemble.