TV vs. Projector: Which Is Best for Your Home Theater System?

TV vs. Projector: Which Is Best for Your Home Theater System?

Are you still watching your favorite films or shows on a small screen? While you may think what you have is “good enough,” you could be enjoying the immersive experience of a home theater system.

If you’re curious about adding a private cinema to your home, you may be wondering which screen is the superior option. It can be confusing to decide whether a TV or projector is best, so continue reading to learn which will suit your Lake Norman, NC home theater.

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Ultra HD TV Screens

With impressive size and clearer-than-ever images, the Sony MASTER Series screens are vast enough to feel like you’re enjoying a night at the movies. The ultra-flat televisions range up to 98” wide diagonally, and OLED technology illuminates each of its eight million pixels individually. Sony technology creates deeper blacks, brighter colors, and better gradient handling, making the manufacturer our choice for home theaters. Grandest of them all, theirZ9G screen is displayed in 8K definition and uses X-tended Dynamic Range to boost brightness in required areas from stored energy. The built-in speakers and subwoofer are a great place to start for home theater audio, too, so you can enjoy sound mixing as filmmakers intended it.  

Projector Screens

You may think the screen is the least important part of a home theater. After all, can’t you project an image onto a wall or sheet? Not exactly. Depending on the amount of light in your home theater room, your projector could benefit from specific screen materials or colors to absorb the most light.

Screen Innovations offers materials in pure white, gray, slate, and black, each beneficial depending on the room’s ambient light. SI screens retract, too, so if your home theater duals as a media room, you can hide the screen for a more casual atmosphere. Although the Sony MASTER Series displays are massive, they still cannot compare to an SI projector screen, which is built at minimum 80” diagonally and maximum 160”.

Your Verdict

In all, a TV screen may grant superior brightness and resolution when compared to a projector and screen. However, projector screens provide greater size. TVs usually outweigh projectors in audio, but for the best home viewing, we recommend building a surround-sound system. Ultimately, the decision between a projector or TV depends on the location of your theater and how large you would like your screen to be. A projector will benefit from naturally darker spaces, while a flat-screen is bright enough for any room. With help from a home theater expert, you can’t go wrong either way.


If you’re in the Lake Norman, NC area and want to upgrade your entertainment spaces, let us handle the heavy lifting by designing and installing the perfect home theater for you. Call The Integrated Home at (704) 412-4040, chat with a member of our team, or fill out our online form here!

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