DLP and LCD televisions are very different. Where one takes up relatively little space (LCD), the other can be quite a bit larger due to needing a big enough space to separate a single bulb from the screen itself. DLP televisions aren’t currently as prevalent as LCD, though the technology is widely used in digital projectors. So, which is better: DLP or LCD?
Digital Light Processing (DLP)
Developed by Texas Instruments, digital light processing is a technology that uses a single light source that passes light through a series of mirrors linked to a microprocessing chip. As the light passes through, the mirrors are directed at various colors to create the image. This image is then projected to a screen. In the cases of televisions, this screen is a part of the television itself.
One of the clear advantages to DLP technology in televisions is the longevity of the device. The image is created through use of a single bulb which can be replaced relatively easily. This means that once the bulb has expired, a replacement will restore the set to the same clear working order that it had the first day it arrived in the home.
DLP televisions don’t have as wide of a viewing angle as their LCD counterparts. Typically, you have to position your furniture directly in front of the television in order for everyone present to see a crisp, clear image.
A DLP projector (or television) will also maintain crisper colors and saturation levels long into its life cycle.
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
A liquid crystal display is thinner and lighter than its DLP counterparts. The screen itself can produce crisp, vibrant colors and uses less energy than DLP to do so. At its current state, LCD (and LED-LCD) technologies are currently seen as the predominantly used system for high-definition televisions.
One of the big advantages for LCD technology is the overall brightness and wider viewing angle of the screen. This allows LCD displays to be positioned in various different ways around the room without ruining the viewing experience. They can also be easily mounted on the walls due to their lighter weight and thinner overall frame.
An LCD projector or television also doesn’t have the rainbow effect, which creates the illusion of different colors of light shooting across the screen as viewers turn their heads to the side and back. This effect is caused by the spinning color wheel needed to add color to the light moving through the mirrors.
Over all, both technologies hold their own in the world of projectors. DLP allows for longer use with minimal loss of color or contrast over years while LCD gives a wider viewing angle and a smaller footprint. Which of these technologies is right for you?