Comparing the pros and the cons of home theater display options


DTV-Installations-Official-Logo_1-e1435781009432 ADVERTORIAL  |  When it comes to the options for a home theater display, the options are as numerous as they are confusing. LCD, HD, projector, plasma, OLED — which one is best?

The DTV installations owner and professional installer John Lysy used his experience in the industry to come up with a list of pros and cons to consider when evaluating each of your custom home theater installation display options.

LED and LCD TVs  |  Light-emitting diode (LED) and liquid-crystal-display (LCD) TVs are the most popular TVs for custom home theater installation projects, but have their ups and downs:

• They have a thin profile, making them ideal for wall mounting.
• They work extremely well in brightly-lit rooms (well — all rooms really).
• Many offer great high-definition (HD) display and performance, including bright and crisp colors.
• In general, they are extremely energy efficient.  Displays come in resolutions up to 3840 2160 which is 4K TV, or, ultra high-definition.

• LCDs tend to be more expensive than LEDs.
• They have poorer viewing angles than others such as plasma.
• Often, they offer limited brightness capabilities.
• They can have limited black displays, with some black being displayed in shades of grey.

Plasma TVs  |  Plasma TVs are of course popular in today’s TV market and offer a number of phenomenal benefits — and drawbacks:

• They offer brightness levels higher than most, and brightness and colors display evenly across the screen.
• Resolutions can be between 720p and 1080p, so some are capable of high-definition viewing.
• Many have the connections available to act as a computer monitor, which makes them great for online gaming.
• Their screens have a wide viewing angle, far superior to LEDs and LCDs.

• They can be quite pricey.
• The screen can burn an image into it if left on one image for an extended period of time (although this can be deterred by calibrating the factory settings to a lower brightness).
• Plasma TVs tend to have a shorter lifespan compared to other home theatre display types.
• Many plasma screens still offer only 720p, which for the price point a similar LED or LCD could offer 1080p or more.
• They also don’t reproduce black as well as some display options.

installationtheaterOLED TVs  |  OLED TVs are the new “it” thing in home theatre displays:

• Their image quality is extremely good. They have one of the best contrast ratios on the market, offer 180-degree viewing angles, have a super-fast refresh rate, and an extremely sharp image quality.
• They are very eco-friendly.

• They can be very pricey, as their production costs are currently much higher than other options.
• They have a significantly shorter lifespan than other options — of only 15,000 hours as opposed to more than 50,000 for LED and LCD screens.

projectorProjector  | Projector TVs can be a super-cool addition to a home theater:

• Projector screens can be projected on nearly any wall and the nearly paper-thin screen takes up the least space of any of the screens listed above.
• The projector element is extremely portable.
• The screen size is absolutely enormous.
• Their resolution can be off the charts, and can leverage the resolutions that our eyes can distinguish the differences of on a smaller screen, like 4K.
• Your home is likely to become the clubhouse for sporting and gaming events.

• Your home is likely to become the clubhouse for sporting and gaming events.
• You need HD media to get the best picture quality, as standard cable feeds and DVDs won’t have the resolution when expanded to the large screen size of projectors.
• You’re pretty much going to have to watch TV in the dark, or a poorly-lit room.
• The lamps only last a few thousand hours and then need to be replaced — which can be pricey.
• You have to plan your room movements carefully — or you’ll be the “shadow star” of whatever you’re watching.
• Every other TV is going to look tiny.


So, home theatre displays — and systems in general — are a great addition, however, they take a lot of planning (you also need to think about audio and other connecting elements). They can also have difficult setup and installation processes.

For professional help from expert installers on the design and installation of dream home theater system advice with DTV today. They can help to select and install a phenomenal system for almost any budget and needs in NY, NJ, CT.

For more information or a free estimate, contact DTV Installations at (888) 428-3330 or visit www.dtv-installations.com.

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