One of the most significant advantages is the ability to produce a much larger high-definition display than what you are limited to with even today’s sizable flat-screen TVs. While you may only have a 40-to-60-inch television in your living or family room area, space permitting, you may be able to use a projector in your home theater room to display a movie spanning across an entire wall thereby creating an authentic theater atmosphere. This setup is also a great option for enjoying watching an action-packed football game or another sporting event with friends and family. Another often overlooked idea is to use your projector in conjunction with a video game system that offers a completely immersing experience while playing your favorite game.
Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors are a cost-effective solution to creating at-home movie theater quality. In fact, it is the same technology that is in place in most of today’s modern theaters. While you won’t be getting the same quality picture as the newer 4K TV flat screen options, you definitely won’t expect to pay as much either. However, Sony indicates plans to release a 4K projector in the near future, but as with any new technology, a hefty price tag can be expected if you wish to achieve the incredible 4K resolution in your own home theater. Fortunately, if other manufacturers follow suit, the competition will drive market prices to adjust and stabilize, and they will most likely with time reach more reasonable and attainable levels for the average consumer.
At this point, you may be wondering about the downside of projectors. Foremost, size matters. This is specifically in regard to the size of the room where your projector will reside. Because projectors, well, project, they are generally mounted on the ceiling or on a wall close to the ceiling to avoid possible shadow outlines of heads or other objects in the room as they project the image from the input source. Also, the distance from the projector to the wall on which the image is being projected is directly proportional to screen size. In other words, increasing the distance from the projector to the wall where the image is being projected increases the screen size. Additionally, projectors tend to look their best and brightest in a dark room (think about movie theaters – no windows, no bright lights). If the room you are planning to use has an abundance of windows, consider purchasing black-out blinds or drapes to block out any unwanted light.
Finally, one of the few maintenance concerns of a projector is bulb replacement. If you are only using your theater room occasionally, such as once or twice a week, this should not be a huge concern because generally projector bulbs are designed to last for several years. Nonetheless, if you intend to use your projector often, be aware that the bulbs can’t typically be purchased off the shelf at your local big-box store and will likely have to be ordered and shipped from elsewhere. Because of this, you may decide to invest in a spare bulb to keep on hand to avoid disappointment if yours inevitably burns out at an inopportune moment. Additionally, bear in mind projector bulbs is a specialty in nature and tend to be a costly expense with some selling for upwards of a few hundred dollars. However, the overall expenditure is generally accepted as being offset by their low energy consumption and considerable longevity.