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Does a Home Theater Projector Display a Sharp Picture?
By Swanni Follow @SwanniOnTV
Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2013)
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Q. I have been
thinking of building a Home Theater in my Man Cave, but I was
wondering if I should get a projector with a big wall screen or
just a big-screen TV. I hear a projector doesn't offer as
good a picture as a regular TV because the picture is not as
sharp. Is that true?-- Richie, Pittsburgh.
used a Sony 1080p projector in my Home Theater for five
years now and I am very happy with its performance. The picture
is just as sharp as my two Plasma TVs -- and nothing beats
watching your favorite movie or sports team on a 100-inch wall
However, there are few things to keep in mind when buying a
'Home Theater' projector.
One, you want to make sure the projector will be in a room that
is completely dark or very close to completely dark. You'll find
that the picture on most projectors will look washed out if
there's even moderate light in the room.
That doesn't mean the room can't have windows -- you can use
blackout curtains to keep the light out if necessary.
Two, the Home Theater projector comes with a lamp which can
last somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 hours of viewing. Once
the lamp goes out, you will have to replace it and that can cost
$200-400. (Don't panic -- 2,000 to 4,000 hours is more than you
think; I haven't had to replace my lamp yet.)
Also, once the lamp begins to reach its maximum number of hours,
you'll find that the brightness will start to decline a bit.
Other than two cautionary notes, I would highly recommend buying
a projector for your Home Theater. To see a list
of top-selling Home Theater projectors at Amazon.com, check out:
Home Theater Projectors