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post #1 of 12 Old 09-24-2008, 12:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok so.. I just moved into a new house (6 months ago), and i do not know any of my neighbors. I was thinking of buying a screen from BB to build a small outdoor theater so i can meet some of my neighbors. I do not have a speaker setup yet.. Does anyone know of a cheap set? I will hopefully upgrade next year, when i have more money..
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-24-2008, 09:24 PM
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That screen from bb is pathetically tiny for the price. Try this one for the same price- only its 4x larger!

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Like anything, cheap is in the eye of the beholder. What do you consider cheap? Go to BB and look at their selection. If you have any old bookshelf speakers lying around they work to start.

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Easiest, cheapest way to do outdoor sound (or indoor for that matter) is to pick up a cheap HTIB setup. Go with the biggest screen you can find room for. If I were shooting for something as tiny as 72", I'd probably just buy a big plasma/lcd in a few months when they are cheaper. When I started in front projection a couple years ago, a 40 inch plasma was close to three grand. I saw an ad for one on TV awhile ago at $799. You can get rear projection DLP at 60 plus inches for a little over a grand if you shop, not that I'm recommend same, but at 72" there is little motivation to go front projection IMHO.

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Get 2x Active PA speakers like Yamaha MSR 400s, run it straight out of the DVD/Blu-ray player. If you have a BDP-S550 or similar (with 7.1 pre-outs), you could eventually do a surround sound set up with 400w PA speakers.
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Powered pro audio speakers work great and are very durable!!
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I like a gray screen and we stretch a cheap 12X12 (sometimes a 15X15) tarp on the back wall of our house - you could buy one of those 12 ft. inflatable screens for around $200.00.

Sound - our experience is that typical and usually small indoor speakers struggle to deliver full sound and fidelity in outdoor setting.

I bought a decent but used power head with separate EQ and two used band PA columns at a pawn shop a few years ago - it's not audiophile fidelity but the PA setup delivers good base and punch delivering a movie soundtrack.

Take my word you will get to know your neighbors even if you've never spoken and didn't invite them to watch the movie!!! - LOL but it's true.

Our neighbors can see into our back yard unless they climb a tree due to 8 ft privacy fence but and of course we would never play a loud "R" rated film nor terribly late at night but outdoor sound travels and whatever we watch it heard by the neighbors - good thing we have a live and let live group.
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Why not take some tea and biscuits over to their home that's the proper approach and it's cheaper as well.

Just remember the decibel level outside others may not appreciate it plus you'll have background noise BIG TIME! Airplanes, lawnmowers, dogs braking, children playing, cars, motorbikes, and someone yelling at you, turn that bloody thing down!

Also atmosphere wind it would be ten times worse than cinema that has piss poor air conditioning system.
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Just remember the decibel level outside others may not appreciate it plus you'll have background noise BIG TIME! Airplanes, lawnmowers, dogs braking, children playing, cars, motorbikes, and someone yelling at you, turn that bloody thing down!

Where is the heck do you live that people are MOWING their LAWNS at 10:00PM at night !!! The idea is to watch the movie at NIGHT !
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If you are on a budget for sound I would just stick with some kind of "beefy" computer speakers that will get the job done. The problem with outdoors is that you have to keep in mind that whatever you have out there has a possibility of getting screwed up. Nothing better then sitting all cozy with a whole bunch of people watching a movie and having the sprinklers go off... lol.

Another thing to consider is a late night movie often can have alot of late night dew appear on all the equipment thats outside. Just things to think about.
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