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With the myriad of TV options from Netflix to cable to Blu-ray, more people are opting to stay home than go to the movies these days. The concept of home theater cinema is now more prevalent than ever. For cinephiles looking to take the home cinema experience to the next level, factors from the acoustics, the physical space and seats, down to lighting make a huge difference.

Key to the home theater experience is the quality and size of the viewing screen. The question begs – which is the best option for your home, TV or a home projector, and what are the factors to consider?

To get the maximum out of the huge variety of available programming, there are fundamentally two hardware choices — a flat screen TV or projector. Both options offer screen sizes that dwarf the typical flickering 27-inch CRT sets of the early TV age. A huge screen, accompanied by a sophisticated stereo sound system, fully justifies the name of “home theater.”

Key factors that will influence the choice include image quality, flexibility, ease of set-up and maintenance, and of course, the total cost of ownership.

The first consideration will be size. This will be mainly determined by the available space in the user’s home. This means taking into account the room configuration. Consider the throw distance and the projector features that offers placement flexibility. One can also consider how the set-up can make optimum use of otherwise dead space in the room.

Size matters

Homeowners looking to replicate a movie-going experience may be looking for a large screen size of close to 100 inches or even more. A projector can deliver the large screen cinematic experience at a fraction of the price of a flat screen TV. Compared to a similarly sized flat screen TV, projectors deliver the most cost-effective per inch of picture.

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