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Rear Projection TV Buying Guide

Owning a rear projection TV is like having your own little home theater and is quite the cinematic experience. Many opt to use this TV model specifically for special occasions or a family movie night. Due to the cost of the equipment involved and the sensitivity of that equipment, everyday wear and tear can be rough on a TV such as this.

Even a low-end rear projection setup will run you over $3500 and a high-end one up to $7,000. They have the best screen size options since they are made to be most like a movie theater screen. For an additional price, you can also get a screen that retracts to your ceiling where it will be out of view when its not in use. The actual screens are paper thin and have little weight at all, especially when compared to other TV model. It does however have its limitations to how much you can move it around, for instance if rearranging your room, once the setup process is complete.

As with an LCD TV, it has a slower speed at which the images move than other TV models, which leaves it more prone to "trailing". It also has a shorter life span than an LCD, but longer life span than a plasma TV. Its burn in avoidance is also better than a plasma TV, but again not as good as an LCD. Its contrast ratio is less than both a plasma and CRT.

There are two major disadvantages that plague a rear projection TV and for which they fall well below all other models. The first is its lack of viewing angles. The picture on a rear projection TV is compromised at most angles that are not centered. If you are using a rear projection in a theater type sitting, instead of in a family room, this may be less of a problem because you will most likely have all your chairs arranged in the center of the screen anyway.

The next disadvantage is that rear projection TVs have inferior picture brightness than a normal set. To make up for this you must do your viewing in a darkened room, as you would in an actual theater. This disadvantage is also easily overcome if you have a specific viewing room reserved for your rear projection TV.

Quick Glance Guide

Advantages of the Rear Projection TV
  • Thin screen
  • Low risk of images that "trail"
  • More advanced than lower-end TV models
  • Longer life span than a Plasma TV
  • Compared to having your own home theater for an enjoyable cinematic experience
Disadvantages of the Rear Projection TV
  • Diminished viewing quality from certain angles
  • Can be priced up to or above $7,000
  • Shorter life span than a LCD TV
  • Prone to burn-in damage
  • Affected by ambient light, must be viewed in a darkened room
  • No slim form factor.

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