January 29, 2021
Going to the movie theater has always been one of the best ways to experience a movie. There’s just something thrilling about watching nail biting action on the big screen. Now, imagine if you could take the fun of going to the theater and replicate the experience in your backyard. Well, you don’t have to imagine too hard, because you can do exactly that and it’s not hard to do at all. Here’s how you can create an outdoor home theater in your own backyard.
Building your own outdoor home theater is easier than it sounds. It can also be done in a way that suits a variety of budgets, whether you want to go all out or just want something simple. Before you get started, however, there are a few things you may want to consider: obstructions to your view, where the sun rises and falls, where the nearest outlet is, and more. Figuring out the logistics of your set up can save you a lot of frustration in the future.
Let’s start with the centerpiece of your outdoor theater: the projector. While you could drag your TV outside, it won’t provide the same kind of movie going experience a projector can. The projector you use for your setup needs to be bright and able to display images in high resolutions, preferably 1080p and up. There are many options that fit these requirements, but our recommendation would be LG Electronics’ HU810PW 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector.
The CineBeam is the world’s first WiSA-ready 4K UHD Smart Projector, which means it easily connects to WiSA USB transmitters, allowing for seamless wireless audio and control of communication with any WiSA-certified speaker system. The wireless capabilities makes setup a breeze while the 4K resolution provides crisp and clear images.
If you’re using a projector, then it’s going to need something to project onto. A clean white sheet or the side of your house can get the job done, but you’re not going to get the best experience that way. Projectors work by throwing light at a surface and that light bounces back to your eyes. If the surface you’re using is uneven, some of the light will be bounced back in different directions, resulting in a dimmer and fussier picture.
You want something that provides a surface that reflects the light of the projector directly back at you. Projector screens are specially designed to maximize the amount of light directed toward your eyes. TaoTronics offers a movie screen that’s affordable, easy to set up, and comes in different screen sizes.
Arguably, the surround sound system is just as important as the projector. You can’t fully enjoy movie night without thundering speakers. To avoid having to look up how to connect outdoor speakers to a home theater, we recommend going with a wireless home theater solution. Wireless speakers allow you to eliminate those troublesome speaker wires that only serve to limit how you can set up your home audio.
One of the best surround sound options available on the market today is the CineHome II by Enclave. This WiSA-certified speaker allows you to instantly plug and play with no WiFi or passwords needed. This drastically cuts down setup time so you can be lounging with your family and watching your movie in no time.
A projector, movie screen, and audio solution are the three main components you need to create your own backyard movie theater. However, there are certain accessories that can enhance the experience. One such accessory is a media stick or dongle like the Google Chromecast or the Amazon Fire Stick. If your projector has a USB drive, simply plug the media streaming player in and you can access your favorite channels in addition to watching movies.
If you don’t have a streaming device, you can always go through a more traditional method by hooking your laptop, media device, or cable box to the projector. For this you’ll need an HDMI cable. These cables won’t run you much, just remember to get a long cable.
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