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post #1 of 12 Old 10-03-2006, 11:10 AM - Thread Starter
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I saw the new forum, so I thought I would repost my "backyard theater".

I have a Crestron home automation system for control.

Here you can see the screen up... in a motorized enclosure above the bay window:



This picture shows the screen down. The screen is a 100% opaque white sunshade... made to withstand the weather.



The projector is a Sanyo high definition model. I needed a projector that was very bright (3000 lumens), had a good throw distance, and good keystoning (since the angle is about 35 degrees). I have been very impressed with the picture quality as well as the viewing angle. People on the upper deck and in the hot tub can see a very clear picture. The projector sits on top of a rolling metal shelf that was intended for kitchen use. I keep it in the basement control room when it's not in use.



This is how the projector is connected to the control system. The following video sources are available:
DVDs from an Escient DVD server - 800 disc capacity
High definition DirecTV and OTA locals from 1 of 2 HD DirecTivos
PC access using wireless keyboard/mouse (1776X1000 or 1152X648 resolution)
Modified XBOX - can play games using wireless controllers and also use it as a network connected media server with XBMC
Security camera display... If the doorbell rings, I get an audio alert through the outdoor speakers. I can switch to the front door camera to see who is at the door, and talk to them through an intercom.



There are 3 audio zones that can be used, independently or together, depending on where people are located. Each zone has a local volume control knob.
Zone 1 is the main zone which has 2 12" Rockustics planter speakers. The arrow is pointing to one of them. These can be moved anywhere on the lower deck.
Zone 2 is on the upper deck. It has 2 8" planter speakers.
Zone 3 is the hot tub zone. There is 1 Niles dual speaker mounted under the deck directly facing the hot tub.
In addition to the audio that goes with the above video sources, FM radio is available as well as CDs in the Escient server and mp3s on the network.
In this picture you can also see a natural gas firepit, locted to the right of the projector... for those chilly nights.



This shows the HD Tivo source from the firepit area:



Here is a DVD image from behind the pool:



This summer, we had quite a fun time. We had a couple neighborhood movie nights, showing Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. A popcorn machine from Costco was a big hit, as was the firepit marshmallow roast.

It has also been great for evening sports events.
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-03-2006, 08:39 PM
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Very nice...

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Looking good funky!
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Maybe I didn't see it.... How big is your screen?

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Excellent setup, Funky! I like!
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Nice setup. Very Funky indeed.

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Just out of curiosity - do your guests complain of neck injuries after watching the movie at that angle?

I noticed a pool there in the background - pretty cool. Invite the friends over, "bring your own raft" - and they must sit on it the entire movie while you show "Jaws", or "Open Water" !
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That would be a cool idea... Or that classic piranha movie!

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Just out of curiosity - do your guests complain of neck injuries after watching the movie at that angle?

No complaints yet!

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I noticed a pool there in the background - pretty cool. Invite the friends over, "bring your own raft" - and they must sit on it the entire movie while you show "Jaws", or "Open Water" !

Good idea... I'll have to do that this summer!
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Don't forget to invite all of your favorite friends here in the Outdoor Theatre Forum.
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That's an awesome idea, got to try it when the weather warms up a bit. Don't think my guests would enjoy watching movies in the snow!
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It's cold, but I watch movies from my hot tub. I designed the outdoor theater so that I can watch it from my hot tub, swimming pool, or deck depending on the weather.
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