Using a projector for watching sports and why is it better than TV

A lot of people are watching sports - from visiting events in person to live translations and recorded events. Sports broadcasts are almost always watched at home or in sport bars. However, many people also prefer to watch sports at home, oftenly on widescreen TVs, gathering with friends.

At the same time, nowadays people are more and more often starting to use projectors, and that’s not surprising, especially given their rising popularity and lowering prices. You can look at a list of models of various projectors, for example, in an article by Jack Herer. And in our article we’ll talk about all pros and cons of using a projector for watching sports, and ways of choosing one for yourself.

Projector vs. TV at watching sports?

Of course, it’s no use for a projector if you’re watching sports alone. But if you’re gathering a party of sports fans, it’s better to have a proper room with a projector instead of a TV. Especially remembering that a projector and a screen for it are way cheaper than a widescreen TV panel.

There are two main advantages of projectors over TVs - image size and lower eye fatigue. The large screen will help you get closer to the realistic environment and get a sense of the reality of what is happening on the screen, and won’t let your eyes get tired even when watching in the dark.

And there’s also one interesting fact - semi-darkness makes people feel safe. This is more than enough to cheer for your favorites without hiding even the strongest emotions. Thus you should start by choosing the ideal option that would harmoniously fit the area of the room and allow you to follow the world of sports from any corner.

How to get yourself a good projector for watching sports?

So, first things first. The main spec of every projector is its brightness, measured in lumens. The higher this value is, the brighter will the image be, as well as the device will be more expensive. It is also worth considering the fact that large installations require additional space for cooling and productive air circulation around the lamp. If possible, place the screen with the projector away from the window, and leave the room twilight. Also, when purchasing a projector, consider the following guidelines for optimal projector brightness for a controlled light environment.

  • A 60-80 inches screen will require from 2500 to 3500 lumens.

  • A 80-120 inches screen will need 3500-4000 lumens.

  • A 120-inch screen or larger will require 4000 lumens or more.

If you don’t have the opportunity to have optimal lighting, and the place for the projector was found only in the zone of bright light, there’s a solution too. For an area with uncontrolled lighting, you should simply add a thousand more lumens compared to the screen size requirements.

Another main quality of a projector is its resolution. There are many resolution options, but some of the most popular at the moment are 1080p or Full HD. Recently, projectors with a resolution of 2160p, better known as 4K, have been gaining popularity. Yet those devices are still quite expensive, so not everyone can afford them.

And, of course, it’s important to remember about contrast ratio. This affects how detailed dark scenes and deep blacks are in movies. For home projectors, this is one of the most important parameters. Especially if we’re talking about semi-lit rooms.

How to choose the best sound system for your projector?

The speaker system is probably the most important part of a home theater system. Getting the effect of the viewer's presence and the grade of the immersion depends on it. So you should pick yourself the best one you can afford, especially if you’re planning to make yourself a home cinema or watch sports broadcasts via projector.

Unlike musical acoustics, sound systems for sports and movies require minimal distortion, no overshoot and high sound pressure. Therefore you shouldn’t use tube amplification and ensure a minimum number of room reflections. So speakers with a narrow diagram will be well-fit for it, and the best choice is a horn-type 5.1 speaker system with the so-called constant focus.

Naturally sound systems have their own standards of placement. The angle relative to the listening position must be adjusted in order to provide the most realistic sound. Speaking of 5.1 systems, there should be one front channel, two side channels, two rear ones and a subwoofer. The location of the latter isn’t vital, since it is believed that the human ear isn’t able to determine the position of the source of a sound with such low frequency.

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