Should I choose a LCD or DLP Projector?

We have both LCD and DLP projectors for hire but it’s a common question; which one is best?

The answer is it depends on the application. Here is a list of pros and cons of each system. This is not a definitive list and as technology progresses the pros become greater and the cons are being rectified all the time.
If you’re not sure which is best for you, please give us a call and we’ll help you decide.

Three chip DLP – Pros:
Perfect colour accuracy.
Good contrast; much greater than film theatres.
Good shadow detail.
Can provide high brightness compared to the limited brightness of single chip versions.
Overall image quality deemed as the best of any type of micro display technology.
Same technology as projectors installed in digital theatres.
Pure digital technology.

Three chip DLP – Cons:
Very expensive compared to the other technologies.
Lower contrast than single chip versions.
Generally larger and usually louder than single chip versions although modern machines upto 10000 Lumens are very quite.
Larger Xenon lamps usually don’t last as long.

Single chip DLP for home theatre – Pros:
Fantastic colour accuracy.
The best contrast ratios and shadow detail.
Generally very quiet.
Very little space between each pixel creates a very smooth image, even when using lower resolution projectors.
Very few, if any, dead pixels.
Light engine failures are very rare so repairs are less costly than other technologies.
Technology doesn’t degrade over time. With proper routine maintenance, DLP projectors consistently provide just-out-of-the-box performance. (DLP is the only technology that makes this claim).
Colour uniformity is the best of the technologies.

Single chip DLP for home theatre – Cons:
It is more expensive than LCD technologies given comparable projector resolution and brightness.
Home theatre DLP’s only reach a maximum of 2000 lumens of brightness.
On some DLP projectors, viewers can detect a colour breakup effect called the “rainbow” effect. This is getting much, much better these days and few people notice this on our singel chip machines.

Single chip DLP for business – Pros:
Provides higher brightness than home theatre DLP’s.
Excellent contrast and shadow detail.
Generally produces reduced noise levels.
Very little space between each pixel creates a very smooth image even when using lower resolution projectors.
Very few, if any, dead pixels.
Light engine failures are very rare so repairs are less costly than other technologies.
Technology doesn’t degrade over time. With proper routine maintenance, DLP projectors consistently provide just-out-of-the-box performance. (DLP is the only technology that makes this claim).
Colour uniformity is the best of the technologies.
Cheaper to purchase, based on resolution and brightness, than true home theatre DLPs.

Single chip DLP for business – Cons:
Colour saturation is not as good as LCD or home theatre DLP machines.
Colour separation effect, AKA “rainbow effect,” can be apparent on these projectors and can be distracting to watch, although most people don’t notice the effect.
Advanced menu screens for image adjustments are rare in business machines, although some manufacturers do offer them.
LCD – LCD or liquid crystal displays are the oldest type of micro display technology used in front projection. Since the only real differences between an LCD projector for home theater and one built for business are the resolution and menu options, we won’t differentiate between the two here.

LCD Projectors – Pros:
Can be very bright even in home theatre applications.
True high definition models are the least costly of any technologies.
Great colour saturation.
Home theater models are usually feature-rich.
1000 lumen and lower models will usually have long lasting lamps.

LCD Projector – Cons:
Dead pixels are common.
Contrast ratios are usually lower than those on DLP projectors although by using recent dynamic iris technology much greater contrast can be achieved.
Shadow detail and absolute black levels fall short of DLP powered projectors.
Panel convergence problems (where the three LCD panels don’t align properly producing a noticeable color halo around each pixel) are common in cheaper machines.
LCD panels are organic and lose image quality over time. The less the machine is used each day, the less of a problem this is. Projectors that are used for over eight (8) hours a day can exhibit problems fairly quickly.
Colour uniformity across the image is lower than that of DLP powered projectors.