There is some debate on whether one should use home theatre projectors or TV based screens when it comes to home sound systems. Some purists argue that home theatre projectors are the closest things to a movie theatre. Others say that when it comes to HDTV, TV based screens such as plasmas, LCDS, and LEDs have better resolution. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of home theatre projectors compared to LCDs, LEDs and Plasmas:
o Projectors are light and inexpensive. Projectors are portable and they can be easily placed in any part of the room. They are significantly cheaper than LCD's and the like. These days however, there are LCD's that start for less than 500 dollars and if the price differences between a projector and an LCD or LED start getting lower, there may be a shift to LEDs, LCDs and Plasma Television Screens
o Projectors are adjustable. The viewing size of your screen can also be adjusted with a projector. You can have a viewing room of a whole white wall with your projector. Some projectors have their guides on how to optimally use them
o Lifespan. Projectors use lamps and bulbs that do have a lifespan between 2000 to 8000 hours. Some more inexpensive projectors have a bulb lifespan between 1000 to 3000 hours. This is a major consideration especially if one is a frequent viewer
o Visibility. Some projectors need low ambient lighting levels when viewing. This means that during the day time, perhaps the viewing quality of a projector needs some adjustment in contrast as compared to LCDs, LEDs and Plasmas
Whatever the case may be, whether one chooses projectors or plasmas, there are other considerations in your home theatre system. After choosing your viewing vehicle, the next choice would be your sounds. This again involves the size of your viewing room. Some people prefer a 2.1 set up most especially if the sound system is perhaps in their bedroom or in a small private study room. Most opt for the 5.1 set up especially if it is a multi-utility area like the living room or the den.
There are lots of resources for you to check about which technology is suited to your needs. The Internet is full of information that can help you get started in your home theatre system.
You want the next big thing in home entertainment and you have decided to purchase a home theatre projector. This is a big decision and one in which you need to carefully consider your options before making a decision. After all, using a projector for the purpose of home entertainment is still fairly new and because of this, this type of technology is still pricy.
When deciding on a home theatre projector, you need to do your homework and you need to shop around for the best deal. One of the most important things you check when shopping around for a home theatre projector is the life of the lamp that makes the projector work. These lights do burn out. They can be costly to replace and they can be hard to find. You will want to be sure that the projector you are considering has a lamp that is a reasonable price and is readily available. Having said that, you must be completely prepared to pay a few hundred dollars for a replacement lamp.
This brings up the cost of the home theatre projector itself. The minimum price for this piece of electronic equipment is going to be around $1000 and can get as high as a few thousand dollars. You have to be sure that you can afford what is very obviously a luxury. Sometimes you can get a deal on the previous year's model or you can buy a used one and this will certainly bring the cost down, but you need to be certain that it is in good shape and that the lamp has lots of life left in it, especially if it is used.