Projector or TV ?

max2

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Which would do you prefer and recommend please?

I mainly watch Netflix and Blu Rays.
 

priitv8

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Jan 13, 2011
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For me, projector would only come into consideration if I had a dedicated dark cinema room and wanted image larger than 75..85” in diagonal.
 

imaccooper

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May 29, 2014
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Definitely matters how large of space you are looking at. If you are 65in or less then tv, but if you can accommodate 100in then a projector makes some sense. But remember if you want a projector to work well all the time in various light conditions then you can't just get a $300 one and be done. You will need to look at your lighting situation and determine what a projector would cost with the appropriate brightness (lumens). You might find that a 100 projector and screen will be more expensive than a 75in tv and not be worth it to you.

It all depends on the room you have really.
 
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macpro2000

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Apr 20, 2005
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If you have the room and money..projector all the way. I use have a 4k Sony projector with a 130" 4k AT screen. Use it all the time. I also have over $75k in the room too but it's worth every penny.
 

Not-Sure

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TV. You would need a very expensive projector to get the same contrast ratio and it would be very noisy, no to mention when powering up it takes time to warm up and when shut down it takes time to cool.

Go to Costco and get the biggest 4K tv if you want, 70". But personally I would never go beyond 50", bigger than that is way too big and movies and tv shows are not created for such big screens so it looks weird. 42" or 46" would do.
 

mpainesyd

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Modern LED/laser projectors are great. They are efficient, start up quickly and don't get hot. We use one with a portable screen and so our loungeroom is not dominated by a giant TV screen. In fact we haven't had a real TV for years. Homerun HD network tuner and Channels app on an Apple TV work well with the projector ... for watching free-to-air TV.
 
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GrumpyCoder

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You’re asking the wrong question. Instead ask yourself if you’re willing to build a home theater room with everything required, including a projector, AT screen, proper audio setup, acoustic treatment and seating. No TV, no matter if 75”, 85” or 100” will come close to the movie experience with a good projection setup. So if you’re willing to go the extra mile and cost is not an issue, of course you’ll want a projector instead of a TV.

A few things to note from what’s been said above. Of course movies and today even TV series are made for the big screen. If it looks weird, something is wrong with your setup.

Heat and noise can still be an issue with projectors and depends on the model and installation. Anything from slightly warm to requiring dedicated air conditioning is possible.
 
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macpro2000

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You’re asking the wrong question. Instead ask yourself if you’re willing to build a home theater room with everything required, including a projector, AT screen, proper audio setup, acoustic treatment and seating. No TV, no matter if 75”, 85” or 100” will come close to the movie experience with a good projection setup. So if you’re willing to go the extra mile and cost is not an issue, of course you’ll want a projector instead of a TV.

A few things to note from what’s been said above. Of course movies and today even TV series are made for the big screen. If it looks weird, something is wrong with your setup.

Heat and noise can still be an issue with projectors and depends on the model and installation. Anything from slightly warm to requiring dedicated air conditioning is possible.

You said it much better than me.