Projector vs TV: A Guide to Help You Choose the Best for Your Home Theater

projector vs TV

When building a home theater system, one common dilemma that surfaces is whether to buy a large screen TV or go with projector and screen. While large screen TV now come with tempting 4K Ultra HD resolution, projectors have become more affordable. Both projector and TV have their pros and cons. And sometimes one option is better than other. So here is a small guide comparing the features of both TV and projector to help you choose the best solution for your home theater.

Display size and space

Televisions are no longer large space consuming boxes. They have got bigger, flatter, and better. Even 80-inch wide screen TVs have become more affordable. However, you can get home theater projector screens as wide as 120 inches. Also, mounting a home theater projector to ceiling saves floor space. If you choose to go with higher end screens, you can pick motorized retractable projector screens over the fixed screens. This  way you can pull down the screen only when you want to watch something and push it back when not in use. This option lets you have big screen along with saving space.


When you’re dealing with 4K TVs and projectors, resolution is the most discussed feature. 4K ultra HD TV with 3840 x 2160 pixels provide high resolution movie viewing experience. All 4K TV screens provide perfect high definition resolution. The era of 4K projectors is really just getting going.  At the moment there are true 4K projectors from Sony & optoma and a number of other ones that can accept and process 4K content. Pixel count of 4K projectors is 8.8 million pixels (4096 x 2160), which is the same standard used in commercial cinema 4K. Sony & Optoma are offering true 4K projectors for home, while Sony and Canon have models shipping for business/education.

Brightness, color and contrast

Evaluating and comparing brightness, color, and contrast between TV and a home theater projector is a tough task. While the ambient conditions don’t influence the brightness of TV display,  the projector brightness depends on various factors such as surface of the wall where the display is being projected, room brightness, and the colors in the display itself. Projector Lumen rating gives you an idea on display brightness. While most home theater projectors provide brightness between 1,500 – 3,000 lumens, a LED TV can produce much better brightness and contrast.


Both projectors and wide screen TVs are easy to mount on walls and need minimum setting up efforts. Configuring home theater to projectors or TV is almost painless as all devices readily plug into these devices.


A 40 to 42-inch LED TV from Samsung, Sony or LG will not cost anywhere less than Rs 40,000, whereas a home entertainment projector might cost less and will offer a bigger projection area.  You can now buy a projector for less than Rs 30,000 that are capable of projecting up to 100 inches while your TV screen size remains fixed.

Symphony 440 Digital consultants expertise in building home theaters and providing the best acoustical consulting in South India. If you’re looking for advice for building home theater or need any consultation for treating sound in your building, please feel free to reach out to us.  



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