Home Theater Projectors Make a Comeback

Why modern home projection systems are suddenly giving flat-panel TVs a run for their money

Tickets and popcorn are overpriced, and ringing phones and crying babies can ruin your pleasant night out.

So why do we still stand in line to see movies in the theatre? For many, the answer is simple: some films are best experienced on the biggest screen possible.

Especially when you’re talking about watching an epic “blockbuster”, the movie viewing experience at home can’t compare to going to the theater, even if you own one a huge flat panel TV.

That is, until now.

Two-piece home projection systems fell out of fashion, but they’re making a comeback as home entertainment buffs rediscover their many advantages over the big screen flat panel TV.

For one thing, the details movie lovers treasure – like the carefully rendered textures in a Pixar film – are easier to appreciate on a projection system’s 100-inch display.

Watching a film with a big screen, front projection system recreates the drama and intimacy of the theater experience. A projection system’s 100-inch screen duplicates the feeling of being “immersed” in the movie.

And if you want to “go bigger,” you can purchase an even larger screen without having to replace your main projection system; there are 300-inch screens on the market today, and who knows how much larger they may get?

Modern versatility

Don’t be fooled by their sheer size, however; state of the art projection systems can be placed out of the way when not in use, and can weigh less than a typical flat-panel TV. With their smaller footprints, they’re easier than ever to place in a room, too. Projectors can be ceiling mounted, or even come up from the floor when you want them!

Movie buffs appreciate the ability of two-piece projection systems to show movies the way they were meant to be seen. Whereas most flat panel TVs use an 16:9 aspect ratio, a two-piece system lets you show CinemaScope classics in their original format, without resorting to annoying “letterboxing.”

If you still think projection systems require total darkness, think again. Modern systems can often adjust to and reduce the effects of any room’s ambient light.

The Bottom Line

The other big change regarding two-piece home projection systems is the price. Whereas systems used to be priced out of range for the average consumer, today a 120-inch screen and 1080p projector can be less expensive than a large flat panel TV.

And remember: a 120-inch projection system screen isn’t twice as large as a 60-inch flat panel – its surface area is actually four times bigger. That’s a lot more viewing area for a comparable price, plus your movie watching experience will look and feel closer to that of going out to a theater.

Plus you can save on popcorn! All in all, two-piece projection systems are looking like a better choice all the time.