A 4K TV is the best choice if you want to watch movies at the highest quality. But with a home projector you can get better results
The modern 4K screens are one of the favorite products by movie lovers. Cinema intended as cinematographic art, rather than as a projection room, because those who also love the latter as well as the first know that even the best 4K TVs cannot compete with cinema, above all for one reason: size. Today there are 4K TVs on the market even from 80 inches and above, but the price is still unattainable to most: for the most recent models, those that have a truly high quality in 4K resolution, prices easily exceed 20-30 thousand INR.
The alternative? There is and it is the best projector for home. It may seem strange, but it is, a good modern projector offers a very good quality and is a credible alternative to TV for watching movies in ” extra ” dimensions. Even 150-200 inches, at a price that is a fraction of that of a TV. The important thing, however, is to choose the right projector, with the best technology available. Today the choice is mainly between two technologies: 3LCD and DLP.
4K projectors: which technology to choose
The 3LCD technology applied to video projectors is very similar to the LCD technology applied to television screens. The light is divided into its three colors red, green and blue and the colors then pass through three liquid crystal screens that let it pass, or block it, according to the final color that you want to project.
DLP technology, on the other hand, uses a chip made up of an optical semiconductor and some microscopic mirrors that reflect light by passing it through a colored filter that rotates at about 5-6,000 revolutions per minute (more expensive models have three separate chips and do not need of the “wheel”). In this case, when you want to project a black pixel, the light is not blocked but reflected towards a surface that absorbs it.
The usually 3LCD projectors are a bit ‘more expensive, have colors more vivid and a brightness somewhat’ higher, a slightly lower contrast to the DLP which, however, may have the so-called “rainbow effect” due to the presence of the rotating filter and a slightly lower light output. The lower light output, however, is noticeable only when we use the projector in a lighted room: if we use it in the dark, it is not a big problem.
Projectors vs. TV
Projectors have some drawbacks and drawbacks compared to TVs. First of all, projectors reflect light onto a screen (usually a canvas or wall), while televisions emit it directly from their panel. The total brightness of a TV, for this reason, is usually greater than that of a projector and, in any case, it is fixed: it is expressed in Nits and is communicated by the manufacturer. The real brightness of a video projector, on the other hand, also depends on how well the wall or sheet reflects: if it is not perfectly white, for example, the loss of brightness will be visible.
For the same reasons, video projectors are very unsuitable for daytime use, in a well-lit room. Also, projectors take a while to warm up and shut down, so you cannot turn them on and use them right away. Another big difference is the audio: now almost all good 4K TVs have an integrated quality audio system, but the same cannot be said for video projectors.
Then there is to consider that the projector lamp is not eternal: it usually has a duration between 4,000 and 6,000 hours and when you have to change it you can also spend 2000 INR. Even the sheets on which to project the image cost, especially if they are motorized (from 1000 to 2000 INR).
But there are also advantages of projectors over televisions: first of all, the purchase price (with the same size of the visible area). Then the dimensions: they are very small compared to a TV and are easy to transport because even the sheets, once closed, are light and take up little space. But it is the size of the projected image that can be achieved that makes video projectors truly appealing: almost double the best 4K TV. And, by the way, to truly enjoy 4K resolution and technologies like HDR, size matters a lot.