Originally Posted by Anthony1
Honestly, I think you're probably better off with a big plasma or lcd display.
Here's my reasoning...
Have you ever made yourself lunch in the kitchen, and then you just want to throw on the TV for like 20 minutes, so you can eat your lunch while watching TV ? Then after that you have to leave and run a few errands ?
Well, turning on a projector, to only use it for a half hour, or an hour, or even two hours is a bad idea. Bulbs are rated at 3,000 hours or 4,000 hours or whatever, because most bulbs have about 1,000 strikes in their lifetime. Each time you turn your projector on, you're striking the bulb. Whether you use the projector for a half hour, or 9 hours, your projector doesn't really care.
If you used a projector to watch a 45 minute episode of Game of Thrones, well, to your bulb, that basically has the same effect as using your projector for 5 hours. But you're kinda wasting your projector if you use it like that.
Most people have a "normal" TV in another room in the house. The projector is more for when you're going to be watching stuff for a long period of time. If you're about to watch a 3 hour movie like the Hobbit, sure, fire up the projector. If you're about to watch two World Cup games back to back, sure, fire up the projector. If you're about to play Playstation 4 games for like 5 hours, sure fire up the projector.
But if you just want to turn on the TV and watch a quick episode of Dr. Oz, why fire up a projector for that ? So, whenever I see people talking about using the projector as their "primary" display, I get a bit nervous, because a lot of projector newbs just don't understand the difference. Plus, projectors also take like 2 minutes to fully warm up. Remember that scenario where you made lunch and you just want to watch TV while you're eating ? Well, for 2 minutes you're going to be staring at a very dim screen, because the projector hasn't fully warmed up yet.
When projectors were $3,500 and replacement bulbs were $500 and only lasted 2,000 hours I would agree with you but that's not the case anymore. The bulb in the W1070 is rated for 6,000 hours and costs around $200 to replace. I don't see how you're saving money by buying a $1500 flatscreen. For what the TV costs you could buy a W1070 +3 or 4 replacement bulbs. You get a much better viewing experience and it's less equipment cluttering up your living room.
If you're really worried about saving money you shouldn't get a projector, just get a $500 flatscreen and be done with it. If you want a better viewing experience get a $730 W1070 and forget about the flatscreen.
I think a lot of it is just conditioning. People aren't used to watching tv on a projector and believe that somehow it must not be practical. I have been using a W1070 as my tv for close to two years now and it's awesome. I'm never going back to tv's. Still on the original bulb and I use it probably 40+ hours a week. The warmup time is not 2 minutes, maybe a minute and that doesn't really bother me.
It's strange you would come into a projector thread and tell someone who wants a movie theater experience he should get an LCD. I don't really understand the reasoning.