Home Theater Projector

Projector or TV

If you are looking to add the experience of going to the movies in your living room or family room. The question or argument you are probably having with yourself is, should I get a TV or a home theater projector and projection screen. On one hand, home theater projectors today are brighter, more affordable and no longer limited to resolution or dedicated rooms. On the other hand, TVs today are bigger, clearer, and brighter than ever. Indeed both options will have their pros and cons, but choosing between a home theater projector and a TV usually comes down to the environment and how you plan to use the room. That said, depending on your needs and desires, one option may be preferable over the other. With this in mind, we will run through some features and compare the two.

Home Theater Projector vs. TV: Resolution

Winner: Home Theater Projector

Both big screen TVs and home theater projectors can handle today’s 4K. But, there is more to resolution than just a number. In fact, with 4K, it can be hard to notice the difference it makes unless you watch it on a huge screen. Cramming that many pixels on a smaller screen like a TV versus a projector, makes them inherently small and hard to distinguish. On the other hand, home theater projectors really shine here! That’s because the screen is large enough to show the detail that comes with 4K content.

So, if you want to enjoy the all the details that 4K offers, you’ll probably want consider a home theater projector over a TV. And, as you already might know, the more pixels you can fit in, the crisper and more detailed the picture will be. The higher the resolution, the closer you can sit to the screen, and visa versa. For this reason, getting a home theater projector that offers 4K HDR will project an impressively sharp picture for all of your shows and movies!

Home Theater Projector vs. TV: Screen Size

Winner: Home Theater Projector

This is an obvious and easy win for home theater projectors. In fact, today’s TVs tend to max out around 85 inches. While that number will continue to rise, there is however a practical limit to how big TVs can be. Especially when you consider that someone has to get the TV into your home and mount it on the wall. Keep in mind, a home theater projector is only half of what you will need. That’s because you need a projection screen to capture and display the projection. With this in mind, we offer some insight on projector screens and things to consider.

Home Theater Projector Screen

Things To Consider

The projector screen is just as important as the home theater projector. After all, you watch the screen not the projector. The right high quality projector screen reproduces an image without losing quality. Since the screen reflects back light, it works together with your projector to make colors and images pop off the screen. Or put simply, it maximizes the light coming from the projector and in turn reflects the image on the screen so that everyone in the room can see it clearly. Every screen is rated according to its gain factor, or how efficiently it reflects light. And, the higher the gain, the brighter the image will be on the screen. Also, keep in mind the projector and projection screen need to match the size and purpose of your room.

Types of Projection Screens (each have a range of styles & fabrics): 

  • Manual Projection Screens: this type of movie screen is a pull down screen
  • Electric Projection Screens: this type of screen is has a motor that allows you to raise or lower your screen with a switch or remote control
  • Fixed Projection Screens: for those who need a screen to be available at all times, this is the best solution
  • Portable Projection Screens: this type of screen varies in size, and style ranging from table top to wall sized
  • Curved Screens: this type of screen have some distinct advantages like delivering a more uniformly illuminated image when seating is more centrally localized 

Knowing whether or not you need a manual, fixed, or electric screen is really a question of room environment.

San Diego Home Theater Installation

As a custom audio/video installer, Shultz Audio Video can design and build a home theater tailored to your unique needs and budget. Whether you want a media room or home theater filled with the latest technologies, 7.2-channel surround sound with chest-rattling bass or just a TV mounted above the fireplace in your living room, home automation elevates your movie viewing experience to an entirely different level.

Control4 home automation allows us to integrate the products and services you already use into one seamless, experience. For example, you could simply press the “Watch” button on your Control4 remote and grab your snacks. Your Control4 system can turn on all of your devices and set them to the correct inputs, automatically. It even has the ability to automatically dim the lights for you so you don’t have to get up to turn them off and stumble through a dark room on your way back to the couch.

And if you start to feel a draft, you can adjust your thermostat right from the couch. Now that is convenience! And, that is the magic of Control4. The seamless integration of a Control4 home automation system into your home theater will make you wonder how you’ve ever watched a movie without it. Contact us today and let us help you build your big screen experience (760) 505-7461.