Technology

Video Projector—Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

There are often no indications that your projector is about to malfunction, therefore, a thoughtful plan for repair or replacement is a wise investment for today’s house of worship.

You’ve properly maintained it, cleaning the filters regularly, changing the lamps before they degrade to the point of exploding — or, perhaps not? Either way, at some point it’s worth considering replacing rather than maintaining that aging projector.


Jim Kumorek  ·  March 12, 2018

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SO, YOUR VIDEO PROJECTOR has been around for a while now.

You’ve properly maintained it, cleaning the filters regularly, changing the lamps before they degrade to the point of exploding — or, perhaps not?

Either way, at some point it’s worth considering replacing rather than maintaining that aging projector. How can you know when it’s time to consider replacement of that important piece of technology?

There are two reasons why you might want to replace your projector.

INDUSTRY EXPERT CORNER

Ryan Pitterle, project manager for Projectors, NEC Display Solutions

WFs:What challenges and/or needs have you experienced lately in the house of worship market in terms of projection?

Pitterle: House of worship often presents unique challenges from an installation perspective. Due to high ceilings, large unconventional rooms and an abundance of obstructions it can be difficult to find a place for the projector. Of course, projectors that support optional long and short throw lenses along with lens shift and HDBaseT capability will provide installers with ample options for installations.

WFs: Which projection technology do you find especially suitable for the house of worship environment and why?

Pitterle: More than LCD versus DLP or even lamp versus laser, high brightness is a primary consideration when choosing appropriate projection technology for a house of worship environment. Often times the high ambient light present in most churches requires an extremely bright projector in order to produce a vibrant image on the screen. For the greatest impact choosing a bright enough projector will prove most critical.

The first is when the projector has, or is about to die. “There generally isn’t an obvious sign that your projector is about to fail,” says John Linden, managing owner of Provision Audio Video Solutions in Wake Forest, North Carolina. “If it’s an LCD projector, you may start to get discoloring around the corners or edges, caused by the film starting to detach from the LCD panel. On a DLP projector — they might start to make a little bit of a noise before they go, but usually they just die.”

The second reason is more about functionality.

“The best question to ask is, is the device still letting you communicate what, and in the way, that you want to?” asks Linden. “Have people’s expectations changed? Has the environment in which your projector is used, changed?”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Kumorek
Jim Kumorek is the owner of Spreading Flames Media, providing video/media production and writing services to the A/V/L, technology, architectural and hospitality industries. He has led audio, video and lighting teams in churches as both staff and a volunteer for over 10 years.
Contact Jim Kumorek: james@spreadingflamesmedia.com ·  View More by Jim Kumorek


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