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

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

When building a home theater system, one common discussion that surfaces is projector vs TV. While large screen TV now comes 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 the other. So here is a small guide comparing both TV and projector features 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 75-inch widescreen 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 the 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 a big screen along with saving space.  


When dealing with 4K TVs and projectors, resolution is the most discussed feature. 4K ultra HD TV with 3840 x 2160 pixels provide a high-resolution movie viewing experience.

All 4K TV screens provide perfect high definition resolution. The era of 4K projectors is just getting going.  At the moment, there are native 4K projectors from Sony & JVC and several 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.  Optoma & BenQ offer true 4K projectors for the home, while Sony and Canon have models shipping for business/education.  

Brightness, Colour, and Contrast:

Evaluating and comparing brightness, color, and contrast of projector vs TV is challenging.

While the ambient conditions don’t influence the brightness of the TV display, The projector brightness depends on various factors such as the surface of the wall where the display is being projected, room brightness, and the colours in the display itself.

Projector Lumen rating gives you an idea of display brightness. While most home theater projectors provide brightness between 1,500 – 3,000 lumens, a LED TV can produce slightly better brightness.  


Both projectors and widescreen TVs are easy to mount on walls and need minimum set-up. 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 any less than Rs 40,000, whereas a home entertainment projector might cost a bit more and will offer a more extensive projection area.  You can now buy a projector for less than Rs 70,000 capable of projecting up to 100 inches while your TV screen size remains fixed.

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

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