TV or Projector: Which is Better?
A projector in 2020? Why not! TVs and projectors are used in home theaters around the world. Over the last few years, projectors have evolved by providing more vivid and intuitive experiences—plus, we’re no longer limited to HD resolution. On the other hand, thanks to 4K (and now advancing 8K resolution) with HDR, TVs aren’t just becoming larger but are now getting bolder, more straightforward, and brighter than ever.
So if you’re still deciding which one to buy, let’s check out some of the key things to consider that may aid in your decision.
Portability & Installation
When it comes to portability, projectors can be used in any flat/plain surfaces. For a permanent installation, you can either mount them to a ceiling or place them on a table or shelf.
On the other hand, you might find it easier to get a perfect spot for a TV. You can move it around quickly, it can be wall-mounted, or placed on a TV rack.
Installing both of them needs to be handled with care. Still, projectors can be more complicated. You need to make sure the projector is close enough to your sources or, if required, implementing any long-distance connection options and focusing the image on it. Making sure the image conforms to the screen dimensions and more.
Projectors have been installed in spacious locations since the device projects a picture on a large screen. Additionally, a projector requires you to have a large room so that you can enjoy any film or show on safety distance because you certainly don’t want to hurt your neck while watching.
To get your projector working effectively, you will need to understand the optimum distance between it and the screen, known as the ‘throw distance’. It impacts the size of the screen you would need and where the projector can be placed. Many projectors have zoom in / out functionality to make minor adjustments to the image quality without changing the distance.
The TVs range in size from 19 to 88-inch. It is more convenient, and it is not going to eat a lot of space. You can never go wrong with TVs, choose the right size and the preferred size you want.
Brightness, resolution, and contrast play a key role in the process of watching films.
Ideally, for projectors, you want a space that’s as dark as possible to use a projector—just like movie theaters. Projectors have some problems when it comes to their brightness more than ordinary TVs. Well, you can still get high brightness rate projectors, but it is pretty expensive.
Moreover, you cannot purchase an ultra-resolution projector (8k) since such models and technologies are still on the stage of developing and testing. At the same time, 8K TVs are more real.
TVs show more quality pictures due to some technical specialties.
Generally, LED TVs use less energy than projector models, but there are several things to consider.
The principal factor affecting the power consumption of an LED TV is the screen size. For example, a 19-inch set consumes as little as 15 watts per hour, while a 54-inch LED TV uses more than four times as much: at least 66 watts per hour. So how much of a 90-inch model.
On the other hand, the key factor influencing the use of electricity for the projector TV is the wattage of the light. Although bulb wattage is not the only indicator of a projector’s brightness, it is both a factor in the quality and intensity of the TV image. The TV’s lumens production shows light. Projector electricity use ranges from 150 watts to 800 watts per hour; models commonly use about 300 watts per hour.
Smart TVs nowadays come with built-in intelligent features. It is directly connected to the internet and can access a vast range of internet streaming sites, including Netflix and YouTube.
Meanwhile, there are fewer video projectors available from companies such as LG and Hisense that have smart TV-type features, with the vast majority of models just providing inputs for external device connections.
Although media streaming sticks and boxes can be connected to any projector with an HDMI input, unless the projector has built-in audio or has an audio output that connects to an external audio system, you will not be able to hear your content. This means that you will have to route your media streamer through a home theater receiver before getting to the projector to access both picture and sound.
TVs have built-in sound, which is not that good because of limited space as manufacturers have focused on making them thin. You can make it better by installing a soundbar or installing a 5.1 surround sound system to enhance sound.
There are a select number of video projectors with built-in speakers (like TVs, don’t sound that great), so you have to connect a speaker to make it better.
Many brands sell us cool 4k or 8k televisions at medium to high prices. Often, they can even be very costly. Nevertheless, in contrast with projectors, we may tell they are rational.
For projectors, you will have to pay about Php 100,000 – 800,000 for a projector displaying up to 2500-3000 thousand lumens or the ones that are called Laser TV. With that cost, you can already buy a flagship TV or even a car.
TVs are much more practical and better in this regard. Best for daily viewing of all types of content, light output is relatively constant over time. Of course, it is brighter than video projectors, easy to set up, most TVs are smart TVs and lots of 4K TVs available.
But this isn’t to say that projectors are that bad because who doesn’t want to watch in a large image, right? It is best for movies and big events, and if you have your home theater and want to be extra, this is for you. Also, projectors are more convenient for large crowds.
So that’s it. Which do you think is better? TV or Projector? Let us know in the comments below.