Projector vs. Flat Screen

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Projector vs. Flat Panel Display

I recently replaced a projector with three 60” flat panel displays for a small church.  So, which is better, a projector or a flat panel display? The answer will depend on your building and application of course.

With the advent of cheaper flat panel displays, they have become an affordable option for small rooms.  The advantages are:

  1. Lower cost
  2. No bulb replacement/maintenance.
  3. Sharp picture.

However there are some things you will want to consider.

  1. Coverage. If you have a very wide and shallow room, you may need two or more screens for everyone to able to see.
  2. Glare. This can be a problem since most TV’s have a glossy screen surface. If you have a lot of windows in your space, you may want to consider this problem.
  3. Size. If your space is narrow and deep, your display needs to be large enough for people in the back to see what you are displaying.
  4. Easily damaged. Flat panel displays are easily broken with even a mild hit to the screen. This makes them a questionable option for multi-use facilities which involve sports.

For a medium to larger facility, projectors still make the most sense. The advantages are:

  1. Size for the dollar. This is where projectors shine (pun intended.)
  2. No glare.
  3. Good viewing angle (with appropriate screen type.)
  4. Less susceptible to breakage in multi-use facilities.

However, there are some downsides to consider.

  1. Maintenance. Most projectors need to have the bulbs replaced every 5,000 hours or so and need to have their filters cleaned more often than, although some newer models may not require bulbs or filters.
  2. Washout. If you have a very bright space, its easy for your picture to be overwhelmed by ambient light. Some of this can be mitigated by placement and lighting adjustment.

Proclaim AV can evaluate your video display needs and help you with a recommendation for your church or business.


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