To OLED or not to OLED, that is the question. Our answer is (drumroll, please)…
Well, not if you want both large and affordable.
Don’t act so surprised, you know we’re all about getting the beautiful, big screen experience using home theater projectors. With the advent of the affordable 4K UHD projectors that hit the market this year, you bet that they’re competitive with those stunning OLED TVs, achieving far larger image sizes than similarly priced TVs. For a 77” OLED TV, you’re looking at a median price of around $6K. For that amount, you can get yourself a nice true 4K projector and 100" or 110" or 120" screen, and call it a day. And with the 4K projector solution you'll be watching a picture that is anywhere from almost double to over 3x the size of that 77" TV. Can you say wow?
With some of these affordable 4K capable projectors, you can get up to 200” diagonal for under $2000. (Let's be practical, most home theaters are 100" to about 135" screen size. If you have a 200" screen, my guess is a huge house, and a way bigger budget than $2K for a projector! Still, that works out to twice the screen size for a fraction of the price. Now that’s a deal. There are entry level home entertainment projectors starting at below $500, and once you get up to around the $2K range, we’re talking about a seriously immersive experience that beats going out to the movies! My house is the place to go for movie watching, and my friends and family who have TVs are seriously disappointed to watch content on a measly 65”.
Hisense Laser TV. UST design, ALR screen, in our testing room, with significant ambient light from large picture window - shade is half open
Even if you’ve got a horrendously bright living room, there’s likely an already on the market projector for you. Bright room projectors are affordable and do not require you to have anywhere near the same level of control over ambient light, as you would need for a home theater projector that has low lumens. So don’t let your TV-lover friends try to sway you into thinking TVs are the best way for you to enjoy sports, movies, and your favorite TV shows. They may be well-meaning, but they haven’t got a clue until they’ve experience the glory that is having a giant screen and a projector that’s uniquely suited to your bright room. You’ll show them!
A projector can be a huge money-saver as well, for those of you with a frugal mind. For a family of four, going out to the movies can be a costly affair. If you figure around $50 for tickets, absurdly priced concessions ($5 for a soda that’ll cause you to miss the best parts of the film), and you’re looking at around $100 per visit. If you see just one movie a month, that’s $1200 per year! Congratulations, you could have bought your first 4K projector for that price. Bring the theater to your home, and you’ll save thousands over your kids’ lifetimes.
Oh, sure, you may still want to enjoy a night out at the movies, but you won’t have to leave the house to get the big screen experience. In general, your whole movie-watching experience will improve with a home theater projector, as you will have no noisy neighbors, or Texty Texterson next to you – unless you’ve got a teenager, in which case, their fingers are probably habitually fused to their phone. And, of course, the experience of a fun night in with friends and family is always worth far more than you’ll save money-wise.