It will be obvious soon enough, but let me start by saying I don't know much about this stuff so looking for any help I can get
I'm trying to figure out everything I'll need for an outdoor movie night setup. I asked about which projection would be best in the "Digital Projectors - Under $3,000" forum, linked HERE
, but from the first response, I realized I better start with the basic questions first and then decide on what products will work best for my space and setup.
First, here is a picture of the backyard 9with some dimensions listed):
This backyard is unique in that I have a large hill that will be used for viewing. most people will be sitting/laying on the hill to watch the movie. The hill starts about 15 back from where the screen will be, then 35 feet of hill, then a flat area again on top of about 15 feet. Most viewing will be from people sitting/laying on the hill, but I would also like people to be able to view from the top of the hill which would be about 50-60 feet away from the screen (doesn't need to be optimal viewing from here...just able to see it).
It's yard to tell from the picture, but the flat area at the top of the hill is about even with the balcony floor. If the top of the screen is about at the bottom of the balcony, the people at the top of the yard will be looking very slightly down at the screen, which I assume will be okay.Screen Size:
I was originally thinking of going with 2.35:1 aspect ratio in case I ever wanted to watch true movie theater aspect ratio. I figured even though I would be watching 16:9 almost all the time, it would work fine and just not use all the width of the screen. in the other thread, the reply I got was that this wouldn't be the way to go at all. So I am now back to a screen at 16:9.
1.) I'm thinking of going with 9 feet wide by 16 feet high. Would you suggest larger, smaller, or would this be a good size for this space?
2.) Will 9x16 be big enough for people sitting 50-60 feet away (again, doesn't need to be optimal, just watchable)Screen Material
I was looking at a couple products from Carl's Place
. The most common I've heard people in the DIY forums talk about is Black out Cloth
($195 for 9x16 with finished edges). The other one I was looking at was the FlexiWhite
($265 for 9x16 with finished edges).
3.) Would the FlexiWhite be noticeably better quality quality for an outdoor projector screen than the basic Black Out Cloth.
4.) Would one of these be better if we ever wanted to watch something during daylight hours, or at least start the movie just after sunset?Projector:
This is where I really don't know what I need. I'm looking for the most budget friendly projector that will work with my set up. I'm assuming the best place to place the projector will be even with the bottom of the screen. if this is the case, it will sit about 30 feet back from the screen (on the first landing area on the stairs). This will be used outdoors on a 9x16 foot screen ( (220 inches diagonal screen).
I've heard good things about both the the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350
(can get a refurbished one for $899!!) and the BenQ W1070
(On Amazon for $890).
4.) Would either of this projector work with my setup, or would I need to go with a higher quality projector?
5.) If you would suggest a different projector, which one would you go with?Sound:
I have two good quality outdoor speakers on my balcony (marked in the picture) that work fine for music playing outside, in the yard. Obviously this wouldn't produce movie theater sound, but might work okay enough. The only issue would be getting the audio to those speakers. I currently have them wired to a Denon A/V receiver upstairs and use an Apple TV to stream music to the speakers. I'm assuming I would need to run wire from the source of the movie all the way to the Denon receiver upstairs. I'm not sure if I should go that route or just get some separate speakers that would only be used when i setup movie night.
6.) Would the sound quality be much better buying basic speakers to use exclusively for movie night?
7.) What type of price range should I expect for basic speakers to use for this?Addition Equipment:
8.) What else will I need to play movies in the yard? An audio/video Receiver? Or can I somehow use the Denon AVR1910
I already have?
ANY input at all is appreciated!!!