Originally Posted by HopefulFred
No one would walk between through the image that way, and the screen could be lower - sounds like plusses. But can you get enough gain?
So if I put the screen in the center, the biggest issue is that it needs to be unobstructed behind, which it wouldn't be since we will be planting trees, and it is on a downward sloping hill after the pool. On the side, the distance behind won't be very large, and yeah, you'd have to run an HDMI extension.... I'm not sure there if there would be adequate throw behind since I have woods on the side there too, and then there is the gain aspect.
I'll be doing front projection, but I'm just not sure how I'm going to make it all work yet. I think I will have to put the screen on the side now that I am planning the space, so at least I have made that decision.
So here is my dilemma. (I used photos that showed locations best) Here is a picture of where my two current speakers are mounted. (Approx) They were intended to be my 2 rear speakers eventually, but thanks to banana plugs, they could technically be any speaker depending on situation with a minute of re-configuration! For now they are just for music.
Here is a top down of my "Concept" patio. Part of this is done. Ignore the trees and bushes they put everywhere and look at just the hard-scaping. Also ignore the "Green Space" and fence around the area, as they didn't really take the rest of the property into consideration when drawing this. My drainage field is a substantial downward sloping hill behind where the pool is (starting about 20' behind) and the woods border the very edge of the fire-pit on the side. Even if I do surround, I may do a "Phantom" center and not put in any center channel at all.
The yellow squares are where I propose to put my speakers. The Yellow Line is where I plan to put the screen. The little wall there is approx 15' wide. My prorposed screen is 16' wide, with a few additional inches for the frame. The screen frame will have to be removable and go into the ground, so it can't really move toward the fire-pit at all. Since it is right up to the edge there, I can't really put my front speakers right next to the screen on each side. Not unless I put them on stands like PA speakers. Though the firepit floor is itself going to be a foot or two lower than where the screen is, so if I did do that, they would need to be able to go quite high on the stands.
Then again, the easiest thing would be to just do "All Channel Stereo" for the movie, and not worry about surrounds at all, thus allowing dialogue to come from essentially all speakers. Would save me a lot of heartache, but technically in this configuration I wouldn't have to wire it any differently to do that.Edited by damelon - 6/10/13 at 9:08am