Sifting Through the Various Home Theater Projector Technologies
By Mark J. Donovan
||If you want a lower cost home theater system but can’t quite afford the cost of a plasma television then consider buying a home theater projector. Besides price savings a home theater projector offers a much better home entertainment experience compared to plasma televisions. With a home theater projector, for example, you can watch images that are up to 120 inches in width. Plasma televisions are only available in diagonal widths up to around 70 inches. Moreover the cost for very large plasma televisions is exorbitant.
You could pay several thousand dollars for these types of TVs. A high end home theater projector, on the hand, will set you back anywhere from only $600 to $1,500. A huge savings!
Today there are four common home theater projection technologies on the market, including LCD, DLP, LCOS and LED. Each has their unique pros and cons which I will summarize below.
LCD, or Liquid Crystal Display projectors, use LCD light gates to project images. LCD home theater projectors are simple in design and construction and thus are the most affordable of home theater projectors. However, they’ve had a history of pixilation that distorts the image projected at times. They also don’t have the greatest black levels and contrast ratios and are rather large.
They are also much smaller projectors than LCD and LCOS technology projectors, and thus are in higher demand because they are so portable.
So before going out and buying a plasma television explore home theater project technology options first. You might just find a projector system the better way to go for your ultimate home theater needs.
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