Three Important Aspects to Consider While Installing Home Theaters


You can watch movies on a big screen at home with home cinema set up. Nothing beats this big screen experience for gaming or movies. Although installing a projector is a bit more demanding in comparison to a television proper mounting, distance, proper placement and stability are just a few aspects, which you need to mull over while setting up your home projector. Here we are going to discuss about three important aspects, which you should consider while installing home theaters.

DLP vs LCD Vs LED projectors 

These three are distinct technologies-DLP, LCD and LED. DLP makes use of a chip, which is made of tiny microscopic mirrors and spinning color wheel. It provides sharp images, has 3D output capacities with support for both active and passive projection and a better response time. A few people see color banding with Digital Light Processing.

LCD projectors make use of liquid crystal displays. There are no moving parts in the LCD projectors and are thus less expensive. They provide lower noise, better saturation and works better for bigger venues. But they have very little contrast and need filter maintenance.

LED projectors make use of tiny LEDs, which have a lifetime of more than 20,000 hours. They give better colors, have zero maintenance costs and lower power use. These projectors are smaller in comparison to DLP or LCD and have less brightness in comparison to the other two. So, don’t buy them if the room has got ample of ambient light.

Choosing the distance

Depending on the projector you have, you need to calculate the size of the image you will get for a specific distance. You can get the size of the image by dividing the distance by throw ratio of your projector. For example, if the projector is placed ten feet away from screen and it has a throw ratio of 1.8-2.22, you will get an image size, which will be between 54-66 inches. For avoiding image pixelation, ensure that the distance between you and the screen is twice the width of the image. Many online stores that sell projectors provide distance calculators on their sites so that you find an ideal placement spot before purchasing.

Walls Vs Screens

A screen is every time a better option for starters. It offers more even and higher reflectance. You can even conceal the screen and place it before other projects or move it around as you need. There are many people who are of the opinion that black borders, which are around the screen makes the image look better. So, if you are purchasing a screen, don’t buy the high gain models because they result in hotspots of bright light in center and poor image quality while viewing from sides. The elite ones provide a good balance between quality, size and affordability.  However, buying a decent screen is a costly affair and not all of us can spend so much for it. In that case using a wall is a good idea.

So, if you want to use walls instead of a screen, you can do so, but the projector will not perform at its best. For improved performance, make sure the wall is smooth and pure white in color. If you want, you can also coat it with a special acrylic reflective paint.


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