Differences in Projectors: DLP Vs. LCD

Watching a ball game with friends or colleagues at home takes on a whole new meaning with projectors. A movie marathon planned with family or friends can be extremely enticing when you get to watch your favorite movies on a bigger screen. Projectors have the capacity to take your television-viewing experience to the next level, and to completely transform it!

Now before you start looking for a home theatre projector for yourself and change your television-viewing experience forever, you may want to educate yourself about the different kinds of home theatre projectors, and their strengths as well as weaknesses. The different types of projector have their respective advantages and limitations, and in order to make an informed choice about which projector to buy for your home theatre, knowledge of these pros and cons is important.

Digital Light Processing (DLP) Projectors

Projectors that utilize digital micromirror devices are known as Digital Light Processing projectors or in short DLP projectors. Projection is done with the help of extremely small-sized mirrors that are fixed on a chip. Light is focused on the mirrors and reflection from the mirrors pass through the lens of the projector to form the image on the screen. The pixels in the image correspond directly to the number of micromirrors used in the device.


  • One of the main benefits of DLP technology projectors is the accuracy of projection. Shadows are not an issue with this technology.
  • Impressive contrast ratios can be achieved with DLP projectors.
  • It produces high image quality and can give 35 mm films a run for their money.


  • Because pixels on the image are related to micromirrors in the chip, there’s a limit on pixels number.
  • It’s less bright as compared to LCD projectors.
  • Color flashes can be a problem with DLP technology.

DLP projectors are affordable and produce good quality images.

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Projectors

The technology behind Liquid Crystal Display projectors involves passing light through three panels of red, green, and blue LCD. Pixels in these panels can either be closed or open, which means that they allow the light through or don’t. It’s the combination of pixels that are closed and open that result in the projected image.


  • Its images are definitely brighter than those delivered by DLP technology.
  • It’s highly compact.
  • More vivid images in terms of color.


  • The quality of images deteriorates over time.
  • Images do not have the uniformity of colors that DLP technology provides.
  • They can have pixels that are dead.

The technology behind LCD projectors is a lot more advanced. That’s why they tend to be more expensive than DLP projectors.

You can either go with the affordability and dependability of DLP technology, or the bright as well as colorful visuals of LCD images; the choice is up to you.

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