Agreed... for a lot of people, front projection is mistakenly considered either too complicated or too costly.
In practice, it's neither.
From the 'complexity' side, requiring a pitch-black, dedicated or especially-treated room is not even nearly a requirement anymore - and unless there's a ton of ambient light about, most modern home-orientated projectors have sufficient brightness to withstand moderate light considering that nearly 1700 lumens calibrated is now the norm (that's triple the average brightness in the home-segment from two or three years ago!). Sure, treating a room yields very good results: but it doesn't have to be done from the get-go; especially if the majority of viewing is at night.
And yes, the screen and image source are not in the same location as they are with a regular TV, but plug-and-play is still 100% feasible if you have a free reasonably-smooth wall (ideally painted a light-ish color) and somewhere suitable to place the projector.
From the sound side, many projectors in this range now even offer some basic audio options to get you started: and while I universally hate all built-in speakers, a stereo audio output from a projector to decent PC-type speakers does indeed go a long way to delaying the need for a dedicated receiver. Buyers already owning a receiver and speaker system can simply use those as-is.
So while it may be less plug-and-play than a TV, it's certainly still not high-complexity stuff we're dealing with.
From the 'costly' point-of-view, projector prices have plummeted and the number of popular models in this segment (take a look at the thread-view numbers for some of the under-$3000 projectors in this forum!) means there's a good option available for almost any budget. Heck, a middle-of-the-range sub-$1500 TV is now more expensive than some of the solid projection options around here: so projectors are now firmly in TV territory price-wise - and that's not even taking into account the screen-size advantage.
And those worried about lamp replacements? 6000 hour lamp-life ought to translate to at least 2 or even 3 years of TV-replacement type use. And in the case of particularly large screens or ambient-light-prone rooms, some projectors will deliver those 6000 hours using intelligent lamp-dimming (SmartEco-style) that allows for full perceived brightness for that 6000-hour duration.
And if that's still a concern, there're even some nice LED options available now as well.
So I guess I couldn't agree more: replacing a TV (or at least augmenting it) with a projector is almost a no-brainer in many cases: and there's never been a better time for the consumer to do so than now.
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