Owning your very own home theater system means you get to experience being inside a movie theater without leaving the comfort of your own home. Most owners would be content with a large television set as it does serve its purpose, and it is big enough to support 4K viewing. However, some took it to the next level and learned how to setup a home theater system with projector inside their entertainment room.
Using a projector instead of a TV allows you the flexibility when it comes to screen size, as well as the media that you can play. Not all TVs are compatible with this and that device, and they would need adaptors and other attachments to make them work.
Projectors Vs. Television Sets
There has always been this comparison between the benefits of the two video output options and here are some pros and cons of each.
- Fewer Cables
A television would need fewer cables as compared to a projector, and it can be connected directly to the AV receiver without having to pass through another unit before going to the entertainment hub.
- Less Ambient Noise
Television sets generate very minimal noise as compared to a projector which can add to the interference while watching your favorite film or tv series.
Flat-screen TVs are all the rave, no matter the size and compared to a projector; they are still larger.
- Space Needed
A television set would need a considerable space allowance even if it’s all mounted.
- Limited Viewing Area
Television sets are improving as the years go by, but nothing beats being able to project directly on a wall. While multiple sets can be set up to display one large image, this takes considerable expertise in electronics, and you would need to replace all even if just one unit is broken.
Projectors have gotten smaller, sleeker and smarter over time. Some even measure less than the smallest TV there is on the market.
- Saves Space
A projector can be placed almost anywhere as long as it has a direct line of sight with the projector screen. Ceiling mounts are even available so you can mount it overhead.
- Easy on the Eyes
The glare and radiation coming off the screen are considerably less than that of the television which makes it easy on the eyes.
- Ambient Light
You would need to have a controlled lighting environment when using a projector since any ambient light can distort the image being projected. This goes the same for any wind source that can move the projector screen.
Depending on the placement of the projector and the projector screen, additional wiring may confuse maintenance, especially if they are not marked and coded well.
Main Components of a Projector
There are two main components of a projector: the projector and the screen. One projects the video source directly into the other.
Types of Projectors
Video projectors use three kinds of technology:
- Digital Light Processing or DLP
This technology uses microscopic mirrors that tilt away or towards the light source to create a light or dark pixel on the projector screen. DLP Projectors offer the sharpest imaging and are often used for 3D movies in cinemas. On the other hand, DLPs tend to have limited placement, meaning they can only be placed in an area that meets the manufacturer’s standards.
- Liquid Crystal Display or LCD
This technology shines light through a single LCD panel which then creates an image on the screen. LCD Projectors are brighter than DLPs and are good in handling motion but the dynamic iris of the unit can become noisy while in operation.
- Liquid Crystal on Silicon or LCoS
This technology uses the same technology as LCDs but instead of using a single panel, light is pushed through three individual panels which are then combined to reproduce an image transmitted from the source. Right now LCoS projectors are the best projectors with its dark blacks and high contrast ratio. The 3D output is a little fuzzy though and fast-motion scenes become blurry if not tuned properly.
Types of Projector Screens
While you can always project on one big part of your house’s wall, it’s always better to have a screen handy so you can modify the entertainment viewing options as needed. Most screens are made of PVC plastic and often come in the following types.
- Stand or Tripod Mounted
This is the usual projector screen that you would see in conferences and small meetings. These screens move a lot and are unreliable even in a controlled environment.
- Ceiling Mounted
This screen has mounting apparatus that are attached to the ceiling of the house, usually utilizing the rafters as support.
- Ceiling Recessed
One of the newer kinds of screens that roll down from the ceiling at the flick of a switch.
- Floor Rising
The reverse version of the ceiling recessed screens.
These projectors are mounted on four corners and do not move at all.
- Painted Screen
White paint is used to coat the main wall of the entertainment area. This makes the wall unusable for any other purpose.
How to Setup a Home Theater System With Projector
To help you get started and understand how to setup a home theater system with projector, we have enumerated below the eight easy steps.
- Determine where the projector screen will be.
- Lay out the placement of the screws, not just of the projector itself, but the front speakers as well. Take into consideration the center hub that needs to be at the center of the screen.
- Locate the best area for the projector and use a template to guide screws and other apparatuses needed.
- Connect the projector to the video source as well by plugging the video plug into the input ports.
- Connect the audio source to the AV receiver using the audio plugs.
- Power up all devices and calibrate the projector using a test image. Ideally, it should have the right “squareness” and should not feel stretched when viewed from the viewing area.
- Calibrate with the rest of the home theater system.
- Enjoy watching!
In all honesty, it only takes just a few steps to transform your dream home theater into a full-pledged home cinema. You just have to make sure to consider everything that you currently need, as well as things that you might need in an entertainment system and see how they would fit in your desired cinema layout. Again, you always have the last say on your home theater setup. Make the right choices.