The Disadvantages of Owning a Rear Projection TV

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      Rear projection TVs were once thought to be a great advancement in technology. The onset of newer technologies such as LCD and plasma has hurt the market for rear projection TVs. Although some rear projection TV manufacturers are doing their best to stay abreast of innovations in the marketplace, there are several clear disadvantages to owning a rear projection TV.


    • Rear projection TVs are generally much larger than their flat screen counterparts. They are big, heavy and can take up a lot of space, which is a disadvantage for someone with a small room. Some older rear projection TVs can be as large as 4 to 5 feet deep, taking up 10 square feet of floor space or more. The size of some rear projection TVs makes them difficult and awkward to move around as well.

    Bulb Replacement

    • One of the largest disadvantages of rear projection TVs are the bulbs that must be replaced every two to four years. The cost of these bulbs are often a few hundred dollars (as of February 2010). Older model CRT rear projection TVs have an additional disadvantage in that they have three separate colored bulbs and when one burns out, you must replace all three. Replacing these bulbs requires an additional expense because unless you are a television calibration expert, you likely will need to hire a technician to help recalibrate your optimal TV settings.


    • Plasma and LCD TVs have become the leaders, while rear projection TVs have begun to fizzle out. Some rear projection TVs feature LCD, DLP and LCOS technology, but there is simply not the consumer demand, and the technology has begun to fade in the rear projection market.


    • With the onset of thin, flat screen TVs, many rear projection TVs look outdated. As television manufacturers continue to cater to the demand for smaller, thinner TVs, larger rear projection are falling by the wayside.

    Viewing Angles

    • Viewing angles for rear projection TVs are not as good as flat screen TVs. For some rear projection TVs, the brightness, color and contrast levels may appear dim from certain viewing angles.

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