Should You Buy a Projector? – TV vs Projector

Should You Buy a Projector? – TV vs Projector


What’s up, guys? This is Chris Majestic here of Majestechs. Every time I have people over my house, and
they come down my basement, I get a bunch of questions about my projection set up for
my home theater. Today, I want to talk about projectors and why
you might want to consider one over a TV. So stay tuned. Now, a funny story. Actually, about two years ago, I posted a
video comparing two short throw projectors, and that video actually got enough views to
inspire me to start this YouTube channel a year later. Now, I’ve helped enough people set up projects
in their house that I figured it might be helpful to make a video about it. Now, it is important to consider that projectors
and TVs serve two different purposes, and there are pros and cons to both. Now, for some reason, people tend to think
that projectors are really expensive, but in most cases, a good budget projector is actually
going to cost you less than a large TV. Right now, the projector that I use in my
basement cost me just under 900 bucks when I bought it two years ago. Now, as you know, a projector is going to require
you to have some type of a screen or a surface for you to display an image. Now, there’s a bunch of different ways that
you can go about doing this, but what I ended up doing was building my own screen. I just took a bunch of wood, made a frame
out of it. I bought some Carl’s FlexiWhite Screen Material. I stretched it over the frame and stapled
it, and then I put felt tape around it. It was really simple to do. I’ll actually link some of those materials
that I bought in the description of this video so you can check them out if you’re interested. I’ve got a 140″ 16 x 9 screen that cost me
just over a hundred bucks to build. Now, there are a few different screen types. If you’re not handy, you can actually buy
a fixed frame screen if you want to. You’ve got pull-down screens, and then you
can actually just paint the wall. If you’ve got a blank wall in our basement,
drywall, you can paint that with some good paint, and you’ll be just fine with that as
well. Now, of those options, a fixed frame is pretty
much going to give you the best picture quality for the most part, but if you don’t have the
money, painting a wall does work really well. Now, considering that a projector is using
light from a bulb, it’s not going to be as bright as a TV, so they typically work better
in a basement or a dedicated theater room, somewhere where you can easily control the
light. Now, if you really do want to put it into
a bright room, there are ways that you can combat that. You can make the screen a little bit smaller
just because the bigger the screen is, the darker the picture’s going to be, so that’s
going to help you fight light when you make the picture a little smaller. You can also get different types of screen
material that’ll actually reject the light, or you can get different types of paints if
you’re putting it on a wall that’ll help it with that as well. Now, another thing that you need to consider
is throw distance, and throw is basically how far the projector is from the wall or
from the screen. The average projector needs to be several
feet away from your screen in order to project a large image. Let’s say, for instance, you want to do an
120″ screen. Most projectors are probably going to need
to be about 13 or 14 feet away in order to get that size picture. That is something you may want to consider
if you’re thinking about putting a projector in a small space. You definitely want to consider throw. Now, if you really don’t have the space, you
can buy what’s called the short throw projector, which is what I actually bought, and that
allows you to put the projector way closer to the screen. Some of them actually can be sit right in
front of the screen. Some of them you can sit a few feet away. In my case, I have 140″ screen, and it’s sitting
about 9.5 feet away. A short throw projector is going to allow
you to project a really large image from a shorter distance. Now, short throw projectors do cost a little
bit more, and the image quality does suffer a little bit comparing it to a non-short throw
projector, but it’s not really enough for most people to notice. Another thing I want to mention about projectors
is lamp or bulb life. I’ve always heard that the lamps burn out
and they’re really expensive to replace, which means it’s not worth getting a projector. That’s not really true anymore in the case
of budget projectors. First, we need to consider that you’re going
to get an average of about 4,000 hours out of the lamp, which is a considerable amount
of time for the projector to be on. Now, if you do go beyond that, and the lamp
does burn out, it’s only going to cost you around a hundred dollars to replace the bulb
on a budget projector. That’s not really bad at all. Now, TVs are great for just about any space,
but when you want something really large and you’re comparing them to a projector, it can
get really, really expensive. A really cheap 70″ TV is going to cost you
maybe around a thousand bucks. A good 70″ TV is going to cost you 1,800. Once you start to get into 80 or 85″ TVs,
you’re well on to four or five, $6,000 or more. Now, to be fair, TVs do have a lot of benefits
over projectors. The first thing is that they’re really, really
bright, so you really don’t have to worry about putting it in a bright room because
it’s bright enough that it’s going to overpower whatever light you have in the room. Another thing about TVs is that most of them
are smart now. They have smart features built in to them. That’s not something you’re normally going
to find in a projector. In order to get smart features on a projector,
you’d have to hook up something like a Roku, Chromecast, or a Fire TV or something like
that. Another thing to consider is 4K and HDR. Now, there are 4K HDR projectors out there,
but if you’re the average person and you’re really, really interested in 4K HDR, you might
want to consider a TV over a projector, unless you’re willing to pay at least $10,000. Now, after hearing that, I’m sure you’re probably
thinking, “Why would anybody buy a projector over a TV after hearing all the benefits of
a TV?” Well, there are two reasons you might want
to consider a projector. Reason number one is “wow” factor. There’s nothing like walking into a room and
seeing a huge screen with a nice picture on it. Now, let’s consider that the average movie
theater is going to use a 2K projector, which is very close to just a 1080p projector. Now, depending on where you’re sitting in
that movie theater, you could actually have a better experience at home sitting in front
of a 120″ screen 10 feet away. If you’re sitting way back in a movie theater,
then yes, that’s going to be a really sharp picture to you because you’re not right up,
and you can’t really see the pixels, but if you’re sitting on the first few rows, you’re
definitely going to notice a drastic difference in picture quality. This means you can take a 1080p projector,
put it in your basement, and you can actually get sharper images than you get at the movies. Long story short, most people would be more
impressed walking into a home theater with a huge screen in it and with a thousand dollar
projector than they would with an 80″ $8,000 TV. Reason number two is that it’s more immersive. Trust me when I tell you that having a huge
1080p screen versus having a smaller 4K screen can definitely be a much better experience. I mean, how would you feel if you walked into
a movie theater, and they had an 80″ screen on the wall instead of a 50′ screen? That’s the major difference between a projector
and a TV. Now, that’s not to say that you can’t get
a 4K projector. I mean, if you want to spend the money, you
definitely can get one, but the technology is moving so fast that I personally don’t
think it’s worth getting right now. We’ve just gone over a bunch of pros and cons
for TVs and projectors. Now, I’m not trying to tell you that projectors
are better TVs. I’m just laying out the facts. I actually just bought a 65″ HDR TV, and I
love it. If I’m watching certain things like sports
or if I wanted to just watch a quick movie upstairs, I have no problem doing that in
my living room, but if I want to really experience a movie, I’m going to go downstairs in my
basement and watch it on a 140″ screen. Now that we’ve talked all about video, we’re
definitely not going to stop there. Another thing I want you to consider is that
the visual experience is only half the battle. The other half is going to be audio. Once you get that projector up, the very first
thing you’re going to want to do is upgrade your audio if you don’t have a decent audio
set up because, trust me, once you set up that big screen, if you have small sound coming
out of it, it’s going to ruin your experience. Now, I have a 9.2 channel home theater set
up in my basement. You don’t necessarily have to do a 9.2 setup,
but definitely try to do at least a 5.1 if you can. If you want to get a sound bar, that’s fine. Just make sure that you have decent audio
because when you have a larger screen, if you have smaller sound, it’s going to make
the screen feel smaller than it actually is. If were interested in projectors, I’m really
hoping this video helped you, but I did want to clear up some questions and some common
misconceptions about projectors and just compare them to TVs to help you out if you’re thinking
about it. All right, well, that’s going to do it for
this video, guys. As always, if you like this video, mash that
like button for me. Go ahead and post your comments and your questions
in the comment sections. I’ll respond to your comments, and I’ll see
you guys in the next video.

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  1. It’s been 2 years. I am now in the market for either a TV or a Projector. Here’s my situation:
    TV:
    1. No need for a smart tv, already got a One X ((Nd I’m pretty basic. Netflix/YouTube is sufficient))
    2. Has to be 4K
    3. 65” mínimum
    4. Dont really watch TV
    5. It seems like the easiest way , but it might be more expensive if the “Lazy Way” is taken

    Projector:
    1. Barely considering buying one so lots of research to be done
    2. Up to the Challenge
    3. Might or not be convenient price wise…etc etc

    What says you my friend

  2. Great video. What do you suggest when the main viewing is having people over for NFL and sports games? Meaning lights will be on via hard hats.

  3. Thank you for ur review.. I think I need to try buy a projector for my mini cinema.. cuz I love watching movie at home..😊😊

  4. Can I still wacth my 4k videoes on the projector if it is only 1080p? I know that seems stupid but I really want to know. 4k projectors are just to expensive and I have a lot of 4k movies.

  5. Awesome video but you forgot to mention how much more convenient they are if you move around a lot. I wish I had seen this before I moved to China. My next contract I am going to buy a projector. I can't wait.

  6. What do you all think? If I'm dealing with lots of ambient light (living room) would you rule in the favor of a TV?

  7. Best review and comparison am getting on YouTube so far. You’ve helped me make a decision without reservation. I give you ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  8. and also the direct light from the tv wich is bad for the eyes compare to the video projector!? thanks great job.

  9. Thanks for this video.
    I picked up a gigantic motorized screen from the Federal Center in Denver for $30. It sells for $2000 online. Thanks government waste! I also picked up three short-throw LED projectors for $40 each, because they did such a crap job decomissioning and storing them, the cases are banged up. Thanks again, government waste. If you live near government offices, find out how they liquidate excess inventory.

  10. 4k isn't really 4k, it's 2160p. They measure horizontally to get the 4k number, it's just a gimmick to get everyone to buy a new tv or whatever.

  11. Poor advice when speaking about the screens. Also projectors with higher lumens with the correct screen and light isn't an issue. May wanna mention that viewing angle makes a difference as well in regards to your viewing experience. 30-35 degree angle is optimal. You should educate yourself more before passing out poor advice

  12. I just went online and found projectors for around $50. I’m expecting that these are gonna be cheap and nasty projectors. So I will lay off of these.

  13. One thing you didn't mention was 3D.

    3D done badly is horrible, a strain on the eyes and some of the big studios have produced real turkeys in this regard but here's the thing: IF, and I say IF, you get a really well produced, beautifully mastered 3D bluray and show it in a home cinema setup, it will be miles better than your local cinema. The local fleapit wouldn't have a hope in hell of matching the quality, nor the brightness. The reason is that cinemas have to use polaroids and if the picture is too bright, you get crosstalk between the two eyes (or in plain English, ghosting.)

    Home 3D projectors use active shutter glasses so the picture can be a lot brighter. I lost count of the number of people who have visited and told me that they had no idea 3D could be so good and "It's just murky at the cinema, not like this!"

    You haven't lived until you have seen the opening sequence of Hugo in 3D on a home cinema setup.

  14. Me and my dad bought old 7.2 AV receiver and DIY build big wooden speakers which actually shake everything in the apartment and we found out our 40 inch 1080p screen is to small for that audio, so we went out and bough 55 inch 4K LG Smart TV, i opted for 65 inch china TV but my dad wanted solid brand, good features and and amazing quality, now the home theater experience is at next level

  15. You should make an update video on this because for example, I found an identical or nearly identical 4K HDR Projector that even looks like this one @4:48 and it's not $10,000 only $3,900. https://www.ebay.com/p/Sony-VPL-VW295ES-4K-HDR-Home-Cinema-Projector/21030524284?iid=123732063656 I know this video is 2 years old but it still deserves an update because IMO (and I'm just an average poor boy consumer lol) I think $3,900 for a Projector of that Quality is pretty good. I was looking at 4K CURVED Smart TV"s though that are like 60 – 82 Inches and their prices aren't so bad either actually, they're around $2,000 to $3,000 so I think really really both of these things are pretty fair, it's just that PROJECTORS have the Edge of being much more portable and let's not forget the big one… (no pun intended) the screen can be much bigger than a TV. I have yet to see a TV (preferably OLED) that's 120+ inches at BEST BUY and that's also less than $4,000 Curved or NOT Curved lol. I will say though that if/when there ever is a 120 INCH, 4K, SMART, OLED TV that's under $4,000… Then Projectors for the Average Consumer won't even be something they'd probably consider getting UNLESS they're a movie/tv-fanatic *AND they travel a lot so they want a nice big screen to be able to be stuffed into a Travelling pack or something all the time or maybe they do events that require a projector. That'd probably a Decade or more away though so… Let me continue… The thing TV"s have over Projects is… You don't gotta worry about changing a Bulb once or twice a year… And they're usually SMART more often than a Projector.

    So…

    PROJECTORS IN 2019 PROS…
    1. Huge screens, going past 140 Inches… (TV's on the consumer level aren't there yet nor would they be under $4,000 even if they sold them at Best Buy)
    2. Portable
    3. Price to Size, Lumens, and overall Image Quality is great and is starting to be the case even with the 4K HDR one's…

    PROJECTORS IN 2019 CONS
    1. The need to change a Bulb as frequent as TWICE a YEAR to as Infrequent as ONCE every 2 Years.
    2. Some of them are not Smart and Require something like a ROKU Streaming BOX (This isn't even that much of a big deal IMO, those boxes are only like $30 to $80.)
    3. If the room it's going to be in has a lot of light, your viewing quality might not be the best so you'll almost be forced into needing to make sure you're using the right paint on the wall or the right kind of material for a screen so that light doesn't bleed into it as much. (Again, not too expensive or that big of a deal IMO as long as you don't have like 5 Windows in that one Room and even if you do, just get some Auto, App controlled blinds so you can have them all close at the same time with the tap of a button or a little voice command if you have Alexa or something.

    I won't make a list for the TV but basically the TV's Pros are the opposite of what the Projectors cons and and vice versa with it's CONS.

  16. I like your videos its informative. Can you make video about descent projectors in 2019 .Value for money goods will be appreciable.

  17. can you give and idea on which short throw projector should I buy? and by the way… great video thanks

  18. I have an Epson 2045. I've had it since February 2017. The lamp hours are already at 5,000 hours and it's already starting to dim a little. I looked up the lamp online and its only $69. And from watching someone change the lamp on YouTube I've discovered that its really not that difficult to change. Its only 3 screws. Projectors are definitely worth the money. Although the bulb is already slightly dimming I'd say it probably has about 3-6 months of life left in it

  19. I want to buy a projector for a small room cause I’m a single person hehe, use it for things like Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, etc, nothing big what would you recommend my set up to be? I figure it would be budget friendly because i don’t want a home theatre I’ve just always imagined my room with a projector

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  21. Wow so this was two years ago, I can only imagine how it is now. do you have any pictures or videos of you next to it, or something for scale reference, I'm thinking of doing this for an epic video game night, setting up a dedicated space, ect, have you played any video games on it??? any recommendations?

  22. EXCELLENT video! Love the clear and consise way that you've articulated the broad spectrum of important information one should have knowledge of when considering becoming a projector owner. I will be looking at your other videos for sure! Thank you.

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  24. i'm a possible first time buyer, for a projector based on just cost,
    i've got an LG plasma 42 inch 720P tv so every upgrade is superior.
    i've got room to have a 75 inch plus screen, but not the money and i don't need the smart stuff…
    my wall is almost 13 feet wide and 8.8 feet in height and viewing distance is 9 feet, only thing is i've got a huge amount of daylight… so i'm not sure yet…

  25. I prefer a projector because its easy to bring around, i can make a large image, has less strain on the eyes, and is cheaper in the long run esp for watching movies with friends. However, it develops problems that are expensive to fix. I think it develops "frozen pixels" as I call them and the repair seems harder to do. What do you think?

  26. I ceiling mounted a 3D BenQ W1080 back in 2013 paired with a 100" drop down screen in my living room. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !I have a 5.1 surround sound set up with a cheap Sony 520 amp that gets the job done with sound. I added 1080 DirecTV DVR and 3D Sony Blu-Ray player that can also access online content like Amazon and Netflix.   My wife, 3 sons, family and friends love coming over and watching everything we can throw at it!  I do have 2 new 4K TV's in other areas of my home but the projector is always our go to when it comes to TV time. I have replaced the light bulb 1 time and vacummed out all the dust a few times over the years. I spend about $2500 building my budget system. Everyone thinks I spent $1,000's more.

  27. The 80 dollar rca projector does great i got 10 ft screen and its in my living room does ok with light

  28. For home projection which is the best projector. ?
    Epson or BenQ?
    And which model would you recommend?

  29. I got a projector and all my friends who have big tv love watching movie at my home…..Projectors are always attractive

  30. projectors don,t reflect light like glass does that why the better. My wall is painted cloclate color this makes the blacks really black and white s cleaner and sharp. believe me it works. this is about white balance and pushing color. choclate is dark brown but there a white in there,

  31. 4K projectors are no longer $3,000+ you can get newer models for $1,300 now. I think the price range has fallen so much, it makes projectors even more compelling

  32. NICE! you should have more subscribers, I got everything I needed without repeating. Much respect on the time, effort and clarity you put in your videos.

  33. My 4K 42 inch just broke down, and I’m just going to buy a cheap $70 projector, until I get the money to buy a new tv, while using my broken one as a back drop for the projector.

  34. Love the video bro! My wife and I just bought a house with a lower level and are building a theater set up! Cant wait.

  35. All true, and lot´s of missing information. Only ShortThrow projector matter, because most people does not live in a castle. The projector is not about 2m screen as advertisement often shows. The good ratio is 1:1 what means that you watch from 4m a 4m screen. Even budget DLP projector for 1000 EUR with 6speed wheel RGBRGB is good enough to show you perfect real colors, not the nasty pastel colors as a TV. Forget you´ll buy a standard TV with real colors, nobody produce such a TV. Marketing dictates nonsence colors for a TV, you will not find any brand that does it differently. The big minus for projectors is the lamp that makes the light. Each year the picture will be more and more yellow because lamp getting older no matter a technology. You can try to fix it in OSD menu of projector what works but being sure without calibration sensor is hard. The lamp creates another big minus what is something what people never mention. It consumes a lot of energy to make it shine and this produces big amount of heat. Do not underastimate the heat you can use instead of heating in the winter, but in the summer it could make you roasted. Sadly there is no real technology progress about projectors. They´re just creating always higher resolution and put the nonsence price on it. Now they´re fighting how to put 4K details through the lens for ShortThrow and once they finish, they put it on market with nonsence price. It´s not the right time for 4K, because there is no 4K budget ShortThrow projector in the market. 3D document on projector is perfect, 3D movie is not, because there is missing technology for a smooth moves as TV had. The refresh rate also speaks for TV, the projector does only 60Hz. Make it faster would be costly devolopment and as I already wrote that´s what they do not do. So the cost is never fair, but the big picture is real.

  36. One projeter are make one Wall of your room into cinema hall Screen.
    Bigger than LED TV. 100" , 200"
    It's look like life size picture.
    Like Road, Garden, Tree , Cars , Street, and Bedroom scene.

  37. Switched from "huge" 80+ inch screen TV's to projectors some years ago and I haven't looked back since. Now that I've gotten a taste of 240 inch screen, TV's just feels small now.

  38. I have a cheapo projector which I like very much but fan is very noisy. I want to buy another type but nobody mentions the fan noise when showing you a demonstration. It's a shame because that is very important to me.

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