Your type of Video Display Device is one of the most important Home Theater System decisions you will make. It is what you will be viewing your DVD movies or HDTV events on for years to come. DLP, LCD, SXRD and CRT video projectors and screens, rear-projection big-screen TVs, SED, SXRD, plasma and LCD flat panel video display varieties are covered in this section. More information can be found by following navigation below each device and system introduction.
Get the BIG Picture
For the biggest and arguably the best picture available I recommend a home theater video projector. What was once only available to the high-end user and was a large, heavy, bulky CRT unit –
DLP, LCD, SXRD and LCoS projector technology has evolved to be very affordable and the units themselves are now smaller, more lightweight and quite portable.
There are some very important considerations to think about before choosing which model video projector you will need as your video display. The first consideration is the size of your viewing room which will affect the available “throw distance” of your projector and therefore directly influences the available image size. Also you must consider Mumbai to Lonavala Taxi how well ambient lighting can be controlled in your room as some video projectors may need a “controlled lighting environment”. However newer technologies now enable projectors to have much brighter images that can be viewed even in rooms that have moderate amounts of ambient lighting.
Your Personal “Silver Screen”
You will also need a projector screen to get the best image from your video projector. Some folks start by merely aiming their new projector at a blank white or off-white wall. I did it myself with my first LCD projector and that is OK for starters but you will soon want to upgrade to an actual projection screen. They also come in many varieties – from do-it-yourself types of various construction methods to manufactured fixed, manual pull-down or electric models.
Rear Projection Television
The Sports Bar Regular
Another type of projection unit is the rear-projection big screen TV.
They have been around for years and are quite common in your local Sports Bar. Their major disadvantage is that their sheer size can limit their placement within your living room. Another negative is that due to their weight they may take two or three strong people to move. Rear Projection TVs – like their front projector kin also come in CRT, DLP, LCD, LcoS and new from Sony SXRD varieties. An added bonus is that the newer DLP, LCD and SXRD projectors are much lighter and less bulky than their CRT cousins.
Plasma and LCD Video Displays
“What’s in Your Wallet?”
Next on the list of displays come the relatively recent technology of Plasma screens and LCD panel HDTV screens.
They are relatively lightweight and can be hung on a wall much like a large picture frame or decorative mirror. Although dropping somewhat rapidly in price in the past few years – both plasmas and LCDs are still expensive. With the advent of 1080p panels their picture quality has improved dramatically.
My latest take on the Plasma vs LCD debate
I’ve updated and posted my latest views on Plasma TVs vs LCD TVs. A lot has happened over the last year or so to close the gap between the two cosmetically similar but technologically different types of HDTVs.
SED Video Display Technology
Apparently obsolete technology as well…
If they ever get clearance to build them that is … Toshiba and Canon had partnered to develop a new technology which could make current plasma, LCD, DLP and CRT TVs obsolete in very short order. The technology is called “Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display” – easier said as SED. A technological hybrid of sorts between a plasma display and a traditional CRT tube television – the image is said (or SED) to be second to none with astounding detail, color reproduction and contrast levels. Units were scheduled to be available later this year — however a lawsuit has put SED TV development on an indefinite hold.
Sony’s SXRD Technology
Retired Technology from Sony
Just when you thought you had seen ALL available video displays Sony developed a new hybrid technology dubbed “SXRD”. Basically an LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display device on steroids, SXRD displays have been developed by Sony and incorporated into high-end projectors and now rear-projection TVs that could be within budgetary reach of more home theater enthusiasts. At CES 2006 (THE annual consumer electronics display and convention) Sony unveiled the new TVs to compete with the increasingly popular DLP displays.
Direct View CRT TVs
The “BIG Boob Tube”
The traditional CRT direct-view tube television video display is still favored by some purists – however the size of the tube is limited to around 40 inches diagonal and the weight of the glass tube of the sets is quite formidable. A 40″ tube set can tip the scales at upwards of 250 pounds. The major advantage of a tube type video display is that of the superb image quality and the deep black levels (or darkness of the black portions of the image). The price tag for the larger tube sets also will take a larger bite out of your available home theater budget.