I also use my TV for casual watching...but since my theater was completed I am most of the time watching movies. I like the atmosphere of a dedicated HT. Casual watching rate has gone down!
Bob, you are not alone. I too have my projector (Sanyo PLV-Z5) set up in my living room with windows and an odd space to deal with. It is ture there would be nothing I would like more than a dedicated room but go without my 106" screen because of the lack of it? Never! There are few rooms that are impossible to get a projector to work in and the result in my opinion is worth the extra effort. But I am off topic. I originally posted this question a long time ago and I don't think anything has changed. Few people know about projectors and I think they are missing out big time.For myself, the lack of a dedicated room means several windows to deal with, plus the room doubles as a living room and in addition because of a supporting post, mounting a projector would be problematic at best. The short version, some of us aren't fortunate enough to have a suitable environment for them.
Good points, but I wouldn't rule out smaller rooms. My room is only 1500 cubic feet, and I have two rows of seatingLCD / PLASMA TV is the IN things now in my country and most family will buy one as the prices are down with keen competition! As for Home Theatre Projectors or data projectors the knowledge about them is still very low! Most people cannot tell the difference between the usage of home theatre from a data projector! As such, the dealers selling these equipments will readily push the LCD/Plasma TV as compared with the Projectors. Set up or installation for LCD/Plasma TV is much simple than the Projector as the latter required a certain distance from the screen known as Throw distance in order to determine the projection size of the image.Thus, one need a dedicated place to project the image as compared to the LCD/Plasma TV which does not need one.
Most home in the city does not have the privilege of a spacious room, thus to use a projection system is out of question.As such, projection system is still a secret to most people as not much people are using them as compared to LCD/ Plasma TV.
Well I have been away for a while but it's good to be "back on the shack". I agree with everything you have said Superchad. The thing is that I have tried to spread the word about pj's but to no avail. After viewing my home theater they are impressed and enjoy the experience but find one excuse after another why they would not do it themselves, even when I have valid explanations to their concerns. It makes me realise why the box stores don't sell pj's. If I can't convince a friend who is seeing it for themselves what chance do they have? Please understand that my comments were meant more as a inside joke than a philosophy. I have helped many people with their home theaters and quite enjoyed doing so.Boy thats a bit of a shame if you ask me, any true enthusiast would champion as many as he knows to do exactly what he has done and not enjoy looking down his nose at others who have not yet or dont have the ability to do something similar. Anyone who comes over gets a pitch on how cheaply it can be doone and my offer to help as much as I can even scouting good deals on the internet. Maybe if more would try to grow awareness then the numbers would come down and we would all benefit from more affordable superior technology.
Thats really hitting the nail on the head, In my opinion a "home theater" is not a real home theater if it does not have a projector. Once you have one it would be very hard to go back to a flat panel display.I have to chuckle every time I see this thread title. Projectors were the beginning of the whole Home Theater business.
If it makes you feel better Projectors are more work. Tape measures and good climbing skills are often required. I also service my own PJ which means I have to take it apart to fix it.You guys are killing me here! I just purchased the Pioneer 141FD and was convinced that I couldn't get a projector in my viewing area but after reading some of these posts, maybe I should have tried harder. Especially since my wife (as I'm in the process of getting the area ready for the new display) volunteers to take everything off the wall and move any furniture that was against the wall (essentially giving me the whole wall). Now I'm going crazy second guessing myself.
Not as much of a factor these days. Most bulbs last a long time with proper care. the Epsons usually come with spare bulbs and have a life around 4 -5 k hours. I watch TV all the time on my PJ.If you watch alot of TV a projector is not a good option as the bulb life is a factor most people dont count and in the end going to cost you more.