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Is a Projector and Screen the right choice?

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Our front room TV just went out so my Husband just recently bought a projector, electronic screen and surround sound for the front room. I wasn't to sure at first but now am in love. And can't see watching movies/TV , and gaming without it now.
I'm going to write my pros and cons from my points of view / Guidelines all together.
Obviously these are just my thoughts, but I hope they help in your choice. 

The Pros Projector ( from my point of view )

1. Big Big Screen Watching movies and playing games have never been better!  Get a size according to your room and taste, We got an electric Screen 100inch but didn't have a wall to put it against, but made sure we could hang it from the ceiling, and it came with 2 wireless remotes and one wall remote to make it go up and down, it's perfect for the room and doesn't make the room look cluttered at all. And goes up and down with ease.

2. The Clarity is actually really amazing! I was surprised with how well it was, Get a High LUMENS projector and it's perfect even during the daytime!

3. The Price tag on everything for the projector, screen and surround sound and the setup was actually less than buying a new TV and for A LOT more bang. ( seemed to have GREAT prices )

4. Saves a TON on space,Our front room looks way more open now, And all the game systems and clutter that used to be all over is now compacted on one media center Shelving. I was so happy for this.

5. Great for me and my bad vision! =S

The Cons Projector ( FMPOV )

1. The set up, though I didn't have to do it hehe,  my husband and his friend were up all night hooking it up and hiding the speaker wires from sight making it look nice, They went up into the attic to secure screen from up there so we can rest easy that thing will never be coming down. Set up might take you a little bit. They had to splice the speaker wire to make it reach everywhere. Most speakers have a minimal length.

2. The research ( I know blech )  Luckily once again my Husband did it all (Thank goodness) He searched for a long time, Make sure to find the perfect everything for you and your house, What are you using it for? Movie watching? gaming? streaming from your computer?  Cable or satellite?  HD programming? Search projectors and read reviews, We got one with high LUMENS, Make sure to check about lighting are you facing it by windows?
 We got one good for GAMING my Husband and I both play, 
And a receiver for surround sound that can support HDMI and had a lot of HDMI inputs for all of our systems and what nots. And that was right for our budget. Make sure to measure and buy according to how much room you have.

3. Repairs, As with Tv's also there is the chance of it going out. replacing a bulb in a projector might run as much as $400.

I hope My post helps with any questions, and if you have any more leave a comment i'd be happy to try and help! 
What's your opinions on projectors? like them? dislike them?

Thanks for reading!

heyimdennise posted Apr 14, 2012

Looks like you are happy...and that is all that counts...enjoy.

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Apr 14, 2012


Projector bulbs are a consumable, so it's not a matter of if it will go out, but when. They get dimmer with age, and the stated lifetime is not when they are expected to burn out, but when they lose 50% of their brightness. Some people go through a bulb a year. If your projector is bright enough to use in broad daylight, that likely corresponds to a shorter bulb life. Projectors usually have an "eco mode" that lowers the brightness a bit, but can double the bulb life.

fluffy (rep: 2.2k) posted Apr 14, 2012


I am! You're right Encorez haha Thanks!

@fluffy It's true it's more "when" the bulb will go out than if it will, but even with TVS or any electronic for that matter is "When" will they go out.
There is plenty of Tips out there on how to "extend" the life of a bulb,
i.e. keep it 2 feet away from objects, use the projector for at least 20 hrs shortly after you get it, they say if the projector or bulb will go out early, it within the first 10-20 hours of use.
Don't move the projector until the bulb has cooled, and so on.
And when you go into buying a projector you expect to replace a bulb within its lifetime if you plan on using it for awhile.
Eco mode is a great way to extend the light bulb life, and save on electricity, we use that mode at night time viewing.

Thanks for the comments!

heyimdennise (rep: 7.9k) posted Apr 14, 2012


If you have a great projector, a screen that is made to capture and hold light, and a nice-sized room, it is probably just like going to the movies. Most people tend to buy an under-powered projector and the wrong kind of screen. Sounds like hubby did it right :)

erick99 (rep: 430k) posted Apr 14, 2012


He did a lot of research haha my geeky husband! :)

heyimdennise (rep: 7.9k) posted Apr 14, 2012


^ problem is he will always want to upgrade.......

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Apr 14, 2012


you're right encorez.. He owns every single iPhone.. He always wants to get upgrades.. I just hope he won't try to find an upgrade for me =S

heyimdennise (rep: 7.9k) posted Apr 14, 2012


Sounds good... but, some times the projector makes little noise and produces heat. Do you face these problems?

kumslee (rep: 5.1k) posted Apr 15, 2012


Kumslee: no, not at all I'm thinking it depends on the brand and quality of the projector.. So far so good! ;)

heyimdennise (rep: 7.9k) posted Apr 15, 2012


I had one for a while that we used just for movies. It was an older model that was state of the art at its time, but its time had long past. When it worked it was awesome. I projected it onto a solid white wall. The actors were some 3 feet tall. Buut it didn't often work.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Apr 16, 2012


Looks good. COngrats. Projectors do offer alot of bang for the buck but like someone already said there is no ifs about the bulb. You will definately be replacing it every 1-3 years.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Apr 20, 2012