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Is an ALR Screen and Projector Combo Better Than a TV?

Is an ALR Screen and Projector Combo Better Than a TV?

You’re probably aware that opting for an ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen over a traditional one can take your experience of an ultra-short throw (UST) projector to new heights. However, have you ever considered the fact that a UST and ALR combo is significantly better than any 4K UHD television on the market? 

An ambient light-rejecting screen blocks out unwanted light in a room to reflect only the light from the projector. This makes the display look better, with richer colors and darker tones, especially in rooms with lots of light from windows or overhead lights. But how does this make it better than a TV?

To paint a better picture and help you determine if the ALR screen combo really is a better choice for you than a big screen TV, let’s explore the two side-by-side.


The Thing That Sucks About Watching TV


Have you ever walked into the living room during the day and found the family hanging out in a nearly blacked out space? Or, you switch on the tele in the morning to find the volume turned all the way up from movie night the evening before. As stunning as the display provided by a TV is for everyday viewing, it’s not made for fully immersive viewing. 

In a bright environment, TVs are prone to screen glare from either the natural light coming from the windows, overhead room lighting, or reflections on pieces of furniture in the room. This is unfortunate because in most cases, TVs are utilized during the day. 


Photo credit: Paul Hibbert YouTube 

On the other hand, the sound system in most flat screen TVs is compromised by the amount of space available in the panel. To combat this problem, TechRadar suggests that users should invest in an external sound system to get the best results. 

With a projector and  ALR screen combo, these traditional hindrances can be considered a thing of the past.


Why Is an ALR Screen Combo Better? 


Let’s preface this by saying that ambient light rejecting screens aren’t just limited to use with UST projectors, there are different types of ALR  screens for different types of projectors. 

ALR screens for ultra-short throw projectors are built specifically to reject overhead lightning while simultaneously enhancing light coming from below, where the UST projector would sit. Obviously, this design is completely useless if you have a projector that’s mounted to the ceiling. The projector and ALR screen combo offers several compelling advantages that can transform your viewing experience.


Eliminates Screen Glare


One of the most common frustrations with TVs is screen glare, especially in rooms with abundant natural or artificial light, like the example above. However, with an ALR screen, ambient light is effectively rejected to ensure that your viewing experience remains crisp and clear even in brightly lit environments. Say goodbye drawing the curtains to eliminate distracting reflections, and hello to uninterrupted immersion of your favorite movies and shows.


Enhanced Contrast and Black Levels


ALR screens not only mitigate glare but also enhance contrast and black levels. In his review, Paul Hibbert explains that because the screen is already dark, the projector doesn’t have to work as hard to project dark colors. The result is a more realistic representation of the contrast ratio advertised on the projector.

By selectively reflecting some light sources while rejecting others, ALR screens ensure that dark scenes retain their depth and detail, creating a cinematic experience that rivals the traditional silver screen. 


Eliminates Screen Blur



Traditional TVs can suffer from motion blur, particularly during fast-paced action sequences or sports events. In contrast, high-end projectors like the Formovie THEATER boast Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation (MEMC)  features. This allows them to excel at delivering smooth, fluid motion, making them ideal for sports enthusiasts and playing video games. 

Paired with an ALR screen that enhances image clarity, you’ll enjoy every moment with unparalleled sharpness and precision.


The Added Bonus: Immersive Audio Experience


While TVs often require external speakers or soundbars for immersive audio, as suggested by TechRadar, many projectors come equipped with powerful built-in sound systems. These integrated speakers deliver room-filling sound that complements the cinematic visuals, creating a truly immersive audio-visual experience.

The Formovie THEATER is fitted with powerful Bowers and Wilkins speakers enhanced with Dolby ATMOS to deliver cinematic surround sound even when you’re watching regular TV.  Whether you’re watching a blockbuster movie or hosting a game night, the combination of stunning visuals and immersive sound will transport you to another world.


An ALR Screen Combo Is Cinematic Brilliance


When considering whether an ALR screen and projector combo is better than a TV, the answer becomes clear when we delve into the details. While TVs offer convenience and familiarity, they often fall short in delivering a truly immersive viewing experience, especially in bright environments. 

By eliminating screen glare, enhancing contrast and black levels, and minimizing screen blur, the ALR screen and projector combo offer unparalleled visual clarity and depth. Moreover, the added bonus of a powerful built-in sound system further elevates the viewing experience, creating a cinematic atmosphere right in the comfort of your own home.

So, if you’re looking to take your entertainment to the next level and immerse yourself fully in your favorite movies, shows, and games, it’s clear that an ALR screen and projector combo like the Formovie THEATER and Fresnel Ultra-thin ALR Projection 100-inch Screen for €3619 €4519 is the superior choice. 

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