LCD vs. DLP Projector: What's the Difference?

LCD and DLP are the types of DVP (Digital Video Projection) technologies used for displaying the computer screen over a large LCD screen or wall. The main difference between DLP and LCD projectors is that DLP works as a reflective technology while LCD is a transmissive method. Furthermore, DLP is more latest technology as compared to LCD.

  • Understanding the Difference: LCD Projector vs. DLP Projector


Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) projectors offer more contemporary options for showing video, still images, or digital files and data than their predecessors. The LCD projector channels light first through a metal-halide lamp and then through a prism or group of dichroic filters (the "liquid crystal") that divide the light into a trio of panels to handle the red, blue and green elements in the display. Polarized light moved through the panels and opened and closed pixels determine whether light goes through or is blocked. This series of open and closed pixels generates a rainbow effect of colors in the projector's output.

DLP, or digital light processing technology, came out in 1987. Today, DLP front projectors operate in a standalone manner, typically for education in classrooms and business settings. Comprised of chipsets, DLP relies on optical micro-electro-mechanical technology that involves a digital micromirror device, or a myriad of tiny mirrors. A DLP chip is vital in the capture and projection of your media files, and a spinning color wheel shines red, blue, and green light to create patterns that translate into the intended images being projected.

  • Choosing Between DLP or LCD Projectors


When weighing your DLP projector versus LCD projector options, it can be helpful to look at the device's available features, strength, and intended use. Considering these key points will help you in your projector buying decision, be sure to read our guide:

1. What is the intended use of this projector?
2. What is the budget range for this purchase?
3. What is an acceptable level of quality for this projector? Prices may go up as quality improves.
4. Do you need to use this projector while traveling or elsewhere?
5. Do you have any other special requirements for your projector, and how important are they?

    In the meantime, knowing these factors will help you choose between a DLP or LCD projector:

    DLP projectors provide clear, high-quality projection and also with the potential for 3D capabilities.
    DLP projectors tend to have more mirrors and therefore more pixels to project the images and videos you want with higher definition.
    LCD projectors tend to be less expensive. However, they also require more maintenance and upkeep, especially projectors with open-light machines. You will need to replace the filter regularly to prevent dust buildup. By the way, all zeemr projectors are built-in with enclosed optomechanics, therefore bringing a 30000 hours life span.

    Keep in mind that both projector types offer a range of good, bad, and mediocre performance. Knowing your intended use and most important requirements will help you find the one that suits your needs best.

    The above is ZEEMR's share of the differences between LCD and DLP projectors. To learn more about the home projector trivia, please subscribe to us for more news!

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