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If you’re looking to design a smart home entertainment room, you have to consider what device you are going to use as the centerpiece of the home theatre We seem to always get asked this question. Should I install a digital screen or a projector? We’ll lay out the pros and cons of each below so you can decide for yourself.


  • MUCH larger screen size – Want a regular TV with a 12-foot screen? Good luck to you. Larger screen sizes are the main advantage that projectors offer, and what most buyers are really after.
  • Less intrusive – Projector screens can be easily hidden or not needed at all and the units themselves can be hidden in walls or ceilings.
  • 4K availability – What’s the point of having a massive screen if the details on everything you watch are constantly blurry? This is were 4K options come into play. With 4K resolution, characters will not only be life size, but you’ll be able to see every detail (down to the stubble on their faces).
  • Easier on the eyes – Larger screens are actually easier on your eyes as your subject takes up a larger amount of your field of vision. This reduces eye stress and squinting in addition to making your viewing experience that much better.
  • Price – To get the highest-quality image, you’ll likely have to purchase a more expensive projector unit.
  • Light issues – If you’re not familiar with using a projector, you may not know that ambient light in the same room can wash out the entire image you’re projecting. This means that controlling your light sources—and deciding the right amount of lumens you need to optimal brightness—is something you’ll almost certainly have to do to fully enjoy a projector.
  • Lamp replacement – Most projector lights (or “lamps”) that create the image you see need to be replaced every year or so. New lamps cost a few hundred dollars so if you really enjoy the extra-large image, the cost may be worth it. TVs are, for the most part, maintenance-free.
  • Additional equipment – You’ll also need to purchase a receiver and speakers in order to get audio from your projector.

Large Screen TVs

  • Less maintenance – There are no “lamps” in large screen TVs to replace. So barring any unforeseen circumstances, your maintenance costs should be close to zero.
  • Brightness – TV screens are put out plenty of light so you’ll never have trouble seeing the screen, especially with newer LED screens now available.
  • Contrast – Contrast ratios on large screen TVs are much higher than projectors, so you won’t have to worry about your lighting environment affecting your image quality.
  • Price – Large screen TVs are generally more expensive than projectors.
  • Resolution – Even though both projectors and large screen TVs can easily handle 4K, you need a larger screen to really appreciate all the added detail, which you really get more of with a projector.
So there you have it, a breakdown of the pros and cons of projectors and large screen TVs. Your choice, as is often the case, will depend largely on your personal preferences.
If you’re looking for the lower cost option and want the largest screen size and image quality you can, then a projector is likely your better option. If you’d rather have a device that requires less installation, maintenance, and takes up less space, then a large screen TV is probably better for your smart home. Either way Control4 can handle the device and ensure your movie or videos or Netflix show is amazing to watch.
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