Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Southern California
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Evolution of a Backyard Theater
My backyard theater has evolved over the years and is now better than ever. I started with a cheapo projector we had laying around (don't even remember the name) and a sheet. The next year I added an 80" screen which made a big difference but the projector wasn't enough for the size and it had to be very dark. Last year I upgraded to an Epson 1040 which I'm very happy with. This year I upgraded the screen to an Elite Screens Yard Master 2 120". The sound has evolved as well. Originally I used a small bluetooth speaker plugged into a DVD player output. Now I use either a Logitech 2.1 computer speaker system I had laying around when it's just a few people or a Monoprice party speaker when I have a crowd. The Logitech actually sounds great. The source started with a DVD player and is now an Apple TV. I couldn't be happier with the setup. We have it out several times a week now.
The only thing the Elite Screen should have included is a tightener for the guy-ropes. I was tying knots but that takes extra time. I bought some figure 9 tighteners from REI (also available at Amazon) which make it very quick to tighten the ropes. Now the whole thing sets up and comes down very quickly. Putting the projector, Apple TV, power strip and speakers on a rolling cart also helps the setup takedown process.
This setup was fairly inexpensive and is easy to move around the yard for either dive in movies or to watch on the grass. When I bought the new screen my wife wasn't thrilled but the first night watching Jaws in the pool she said she was happy we upgraded.