If you are considering a projector or a large TV for your home there are two major concerns you need to figure out, cost and resolution. Although there are plenty of factors to considers, when you actually break down the Projector vs TV debate, there are only two main things to make the decision which is right for your home.
Why size isn’t as important as cost
When considering a projector over a TV you would assume size would surely be a major concern. While size is most likely one of the main reason you are even considering a projector, cost is much more important. Technology for TV has continued to grow at a rapid rate and size has as well. If size is more of a concern for you than cost then I would recommend just purchasing the largest TV you can find. For only $4,999.99 you can purchase an 85” LED 2160p 4K Smart Ultra HDTV. That is a massive TV with all the resolution perks you don’t get from a projector. If you don’t plan on spending the amount of money for a used car however, you can purchase a very good projector for a fraction of the price with a much larger screen. The Optoma GT 1080p 3D DLP Projector for instance cost $675.72 and has a screen size range of 111”-166”. Although you may not receive quite the resolution you would with the TV, the price difference is massive. With a comparable price to the projector, for $698 you could purchase a 60” VIZIO Smart LED TV. Although the picture may be better, the screen size would be less than half of the projector capabilities.
While a TV has a nearly endless life span, a projector relies on its internal lamp and every lamp has an expiration date. This date is usually determined by usage hours of the projector. The Optoma GT for instance has a lamp life of roughly 6500-hours. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you have to buy an entirely new projector after 6500 hours of use but rather replace the lamp. Depending on the projector the lamp price will vary but as a reference the replacement lamp for the Optoma GT is $57.97.
Another cost to consider is the addiction of a sound system. While TVs come equipped with build in speakers, projectors do not. For a good quality sound system which includes a 38” long sound bar and subwoofer, it will cost $139.99 and will only increase in price with quality. Although this is an additional cost, it is one that pays off in the end as you will enjoy a much better sound. Even with the nicest TV, I recommend the addition of a sound system to enhance your entertainment experience.
A projector cost that can sometimes scare aware potential customers is the screen cost. While simply projecting on the wall is always an option with a projector, I highly recommend using a screen for a better picture quality. Some projector screens can be quite costly but the truth is they shouldn’t be. On Amazon you can purchase a 120” indoor/outdoor screen for $34.88. Another great option is a DIY custom screen that you create yourself to fit your needs. So although this may be an addition cost, it also allows you to have a more customizable viewing experience.
As you can tell, cost is a very important factor when making this decision. If you chose to take all of my suggestions and purchase the projector setup I have listen above you would spend $908.56. That price would include the projector, sound system, screen, and even a replacement lamp to allow roughly 13,000-hours of usage. For roughly the same price at $896.99, you can purchase an LG 55” Super 4K HD TV. This is a very good TV at a very good price yet it is less than half of the size the projector can offer. As an example, here is a 55” TV in front of a 120” projector screen.
Although the projector can offer a much larger screen size, the TV will offer a much better picture quality. This is due to the image being projected from a distance to the screen. Due to this, for a projector to offer the best quality it is capable of there needs to be minimal light during use. If you are using a projector during the day, blinds need to be closed and if it is at night, overhead lights or lamps should be limited. This gives a definite advantage to using a TV as lighting doesn’t have as much of an effect on the viewing quality.
Making the decision between a projector and a TV is not always simple. If you are the type of person that is looking for a full entertainment experience and want to enjoy the feeling of a movie theater at home, I would recommend the projector. As long as you don’t mind having to monitor lighting, a projector will offer the premier viewing experience at a fraction of the cost of a TV. That being said, if you are the type of person that prefers the purest image possible, a TV is probably your best bet. A TV might be more expensive than a projector but you get what you are paying for; quality. There are great options for either a TV or a projector, you just need to decide which is right for you.