FPTV sharpness compared to RPTV

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  1. Joshua Wilcox

    Joshua Wilcox Auditioning

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    I know these questions may seem a little basic, but I'm the newest of newbies right now. My friend and I were in Walmart staring at a HDTV and marveling at how sharp the picture was. We got into a little disagreement about FPTV and RPTV. I was wondering whether or not you can gain the same (or better) sharpness and crispness of high definition programming and movies on a FPTV as you would on a RPTV. Assume that both setups are using the same equipment and are set to be the same screensize (say, both are 65"). Also, would using a good condition, freshly painted wall of a bedroom be a good enough "screen" to view movies and TV on? Thanks so much, guys... you always amaze me with your expertise!

    Josh
     
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    Joshua,
    That's really an open-ended question, but I'll try to tackle it for you. A properly set-up front-projection system can kick the crap out of any RPTV, but be prepared to spend big bucks (easily $8000-$10,000, or more) to get one. On the other hand, a great-looking 65" RPTV can be had for less than $3000.

    As a general rule, a RPTV will look better in most situations and for most people for one simple reason: a FPTV needs to be in a theater-dark room to realize proper contrast and brightness... most people don't have the proper room to put a FPTV in to make it look its best. A RPTV, although it does also benefit from a darker room, can be used in a brighter "everyday" room much more easily, and with a much more acceptable picture.

    At a 65" size, with both TVs in that super-dark room, you'd probably see a bit better image on a FPTV. Colors would be a bit more accurate, and detail a bit better, particularly if you're looking at a DLP projector or, even better, an $30,000 CRT projector. But unless you want to go 100" or more I think the better bet is a RPTV, unless you have money just falling out of your wallet.

    Finally, plenty of people use their wall as a surface to project their TV on, but a screen will be a big help in improving contrast and brightness levels, which again is an inherent problem to front projectors. The difference between a wall and a screen is huge... I'd consider using the wall as only a temporary measure as you save up to purchase a screen. Hope this helps!
     
  3. Joshua Wilcox

    Joshua Wilcox Auditioning

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    Thank you so much! I guess we both "won" our little argument! [​IMG]
     

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