Saturday, November 03, 2007
DLP screens can also offer some serious value when it comes to screen size for the money. In general, you'll be able to get a bigger DLP screen per dollar spent than you could for either of the two major flat panel display technologies. This is especially true when you look at DLP projectors.
There are two types of DLP TV sets: projection screen TV's and actual projectors. With projection screen TV's the DLP chip, the light source, and the screen are all contained in a single unit. With projectors, the light source and the DLP chip are contained in a unit that projects the image across a room and onto a separate screen. Projectors are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to have a really massive screen and, while there are incredibly huge flat panel displays, DLP technology will provide screen sizes that are at least as big as the largest flat panel displays at a small fraction of the cost. The mainstream consumer level DLP projectors can provide screen sizes that are anywhere from seven to fifteen feet across for under ten thousand dollars (an as little as two thousand dollars). Considering that the biggest flat panel screens cost upwards of sixty thousand dollars, DLP projectors are an excellent value.
One of the major advantages of DLP projectors is that they're also extremely easy to conceal in the decor of a room. For example, the projector itself can be closed in a cabinet while the screen can disappear into the ceiling when they aren't in use. In many ways that's a lot better than having a flat panel TV sitting on a table. Plus, it doesn't have the pretense of the flat panel display that's placed in a picture frame and hidden behind a cheap print of some great masterpiece when it isn't in use.
The point is that when choosing an HDTV set, you shouldn't discount the technology that doesn't get as much hype. It may just be a better choice for you in the end.