Last weekend I decided I wanted to host an outdoor football party. Due to upcoming Christmas season limiting the wife approved budget,and a short window to get every thing I needed I had to make some quick decisions. I thought I might share the experience which was a great success that left all my guests asking for an encore.
Last nights Alabama vs LSU game was the party date and I needed a projector and a screen. I already had some extra audio equipment and my patio has outdoor speakers connected as zone 2 of my home setup.
First thought was the screen and after a trip to local Lowes I had decided to build my own screen, but later in the night I decided I would be better served by a more portable solution. I ended up with a CampChef 144 screen which I think turned out to be a great purchase.
For the projector I went cheap Epson VS220 mainly because of price and the 2700 lumens listed in the spec sheet. Another factor was it had a HDMI input and although not a HD projector it will output a 16:9 format picture. I ended up with an excellent picture using my Cisco 4640HDC cable box connected to a Yamaha RX-V671 AVR via HDMI and a 5.1 speaker set up that came with a Onkyo HTIB setup.
I purchased some $1.50 ea x 25 12" x 12" patio pavers to make a level pad for my equipment stand to sit on. $14.99 4 tier Rubbermaid shelf unit , a pad for my fire pit and one paver for each of my speakers to sit on. I also purchased some 1/2 inch PVC conduit and a back of sod clips for wire management.
We had a great night and for around $700 I now can host some great outdoor events.