Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1485 (19:26)

Scott Wilkinson

With summer coming, it's a great time to think about having an outdoor cinema experience with a projector. Projectors give you that immersive, cinematic experience, but everything needs to be dark in order to enjoy it like you do at a movie. Nighttime screenings in the backyard are great for that. But indoors, that's where things get different. Ambient light can really affect projectors. Also, you need a "short throw" projector in most rooms in order to get a large enough image on the wall. A good ambient light rejecting screen is also important.

Projectors are also a more affordable option to 100"+ TVs, which can easily cost up to $50,000. Projectors are a tenth the cost. Dell, HiSense, and Optima are making short throw projectors that come with a screen. They call it a "laser TV" for around $5,000 to $6,000. Still expensive for most people, but it's a lot more affordable than a TV that size.