Originally Posted by wags1970
ok, just when I was about to pull the trigger on a projector, someone who has directv tells me that football doesn't look as good on the projector resolution-wise as it does his TV. And it seems like he's got a pretty good projector there. So now I'm hesitant. Why would the resolution not be there? My main use for this projector is NFL, NASCAR, and a few other sports. I don't want to be disappointed with resolution. Geez, this decision is really much more difficult than I anticipated. Football season will be here before I get off the damn fence! Please keep the input coming, I don't see how much more confused I can become!
No worries - - you'll make the right decision before football season. We're still in TV "preseason" mode!
Here are your main considerations that you need to look at when considering a projector versus a panel TV:
1. Your viewing environment. Most projectors will need a completely darkened room. If you are comfortable ALWAYS watching TV in a darkened room, then o.k. If you have ambient light or you like to watch TV with some lights on, this is a consideration.
2. Resolution - - notwithstanding source issues (cable or satellite) - - when you increase screen size, the picture isn't as forgiving. The best analogy I can make is looking at a streaming movie on a projector, large screen versus a smaller screen. I know this isn't a perfect example, but in my case, I cannot watch ANY streaming movie on my 100" (16 X 9) screen. The compression really shows up the larger your picture is. It's acceptable on my 65" Samsung, but even then, I'm a stickler for having a razor sharp image - - which I get with satellite (versus cable, earlier - at least in my area) on my 65" screen.
I have a high speed internet connection (20 mbps downstream) but even then, I prefer Bluray to any streaming and consequently, I do not stream anything to my TV. And one AVS member was right on about compression and how they can differ between channels. CNN is absolutely brilliant. So is football on all channels. Razor sharp with incredible colors. (Darbee Darblet - a must have for a projector in my opinion. Also superb for any HDTV in your chain.)
DirecTv is not as clear and pristine on my projector versus my Samsung 65". That is my observation.
It is also why I went to a dual setup for movies. I didn't spend a tremendous amount of $$$ on a projector - BenQ W1080ST (short throw). If I knew the picture would turn out to be as good as it is, I would have invested in a better screen! Now, many members will have a better projector than I have - - so the visual acuity can be better. But - - the issue still remains about a darkened room for viewing.
When it's movie time, it's projector time - - Bluray quality and especially for letterbox movies. The room is totally dark - no windows. I always felt a little cheated for letterbox movies on my 65" screen. Many folks will not have that problem, but immersing yourself in a big screen for a movie is a very enjoyable experience. For sports and other viewing, I want as razor sharp image as I can to see what's going on. I mean reading the logos on the shirts of the fans in the stands.
So in summary - - I believe your main consideration is your viewing environment. If you like watching ALL TV in the dark and you can control your light sources, a projector may be the best choice for you. This will cost you more especially if you invest in a better screen. Say - at least $1K for a screen and $2K for a projector. That's the minimum investment IMHO. You can get a good picture for less, but higher end projectors with horizontal and vertical lens shift will cost more. I see the Sony VPL-HW40ES
is around $2K on Amazon today. And, you'll need to understand throw distance, mounting issues (weight of projector) and how to setup your screen. All doable, but more work and research on your part. (Actually, a very fun project!)
I found a dual setup gives me the best of both worlds - - and my screen was only $149.00! (FAVI) It's an electric projection screen with a remote that lowers over my 65" Samsung set. But I know that my setup is not the norm.
I hope this helps.