Projection TVs: Pros and cons
Most rear-projection TVs offer great bang for the buck -- providing more
screen size for less money than any other technology. However the tradeoffs
in picture quality along with other issues might not make them the best choice
for every buyer. For example, black levels, while good, don't quite measure
up to the best from other technologies, especially plasma. In addition, viewing
angles are generally very limited -- you need to be sitting directly in front
of your TV to see the best image quality. Although HD programming generally
looks very good, standard definition images -- not the best on any HD set
-- can appear worse when blown up to 82 or 92 inches.
Here are some other things to consider when shopping for a rear-projection
- The biggest HDTVs are rear-projection
models. If you want a TV bigger than 70 inches and don't want the hassles
of setting up a projector, screen and sound system, an RPTV is the way
- Watch out for the rainbow effect. A very small percentage of people can see this DLP artifact. If you
are among them, it can lessen the viewing experience at the minimum and
make your TV unwatchable in the extreme. If you are not sure whether you
are affected, spend some time with a DLP projector in a showroom before
need to replace the lamp about every two years. Conventional projection
TVs require lamp replacement at about $150 every couple of years, depending
on usage. Mitsubishi's LaserVue TV, however, doesn't need lamp replacement.
won't be able to hang it on a wall. Although rear-projection TVs are
thinner than they used to be, they can't be wall-mounted.
- Shop around for the best
price. In our research, we often found large price differences from
retailer to retailer, so it pays to look around. Note that the lowest prices
sometimes come from unauthorized dealers, which, depending on the manufacturer,
can cause problems if something goes wrong.