Originally Posted by b curry
Yes, low voltage cable buried for speakers is OK. No doubt someone here will complain but it's OK. If you want to bury the Cat5/6, that's OK too. Just make sure to get the burial grade Cat5/6. Burial grade is gel filled to help keep the cable dry and prevent cross talk noise etc.
The Mitsubishi FL7000U sounds like a winner to me. I'd go for it at that price. It has enough horsepower to support a larger screen down the road if you want/need to. That Mitsubishi on a 144" Vapex ProjectoScreen should look like a 144" LED TV outside at night. I think you'll be very happy provided the projector is working properly. You might want to consider the Vapex Portable Projector Table Stand as well. Call Vapex direct and they will maybe give you a bundle price for the screen and stand together, they're good to work with.
FWIW, I downsized from a 200" screen to a Vapex 144" ProjectoScreen for the ease of setup of that screen and we're very happy with it. We're showing "The Eiger Sanction" with Clint Eastwood tomorrow night.
I feel bad I haven't taken the time to circle back on this so I wanted to provide you with an update now.
First off, huge thanks to b curry. Your advice was greatly appreciated and incredibly helpful.
So here is the setup I ended up with:
AVR in the basement with Chromecast. From the AVR I ran low voltage landscape lighting wire (for speakers) and HDMI over Cat 5/6 (with the Monoprice Blackbird extender
) out to the deck. At the deck I terminated the HDMI in a hinged NEMA box and the low voltage landscaping wire in a volume control (OVC300
) before heading out to the speakers. The deck terminations look like this:
As for the projector and screen, I ended up picking up a Panasonic PT-DZ570U on Ebay for a song (particularly given it included a Pelican case with it) and the 144" Vapex ProjectoScreen. By the way, I reached out to Vapex, per b curry's advice, and did in fact receive a bundle discount. I can't recommend Vapex enough, both for the outstanding customer service and quality, easy-to-use products.
Apologies for the low quality phones pics:
I couldn't be more pleased with how this turned out. A little bit of thought (and discussion on this forum) before building this out helped tremendously in producing a quality system that is easy to setup and use. I simply setup the projector screen, plug in the projector on my deck, and cast any movie or live tv (Youtube TV). It takes all of 15 minutes to setup and looks great. I think in the end all-in on materials (including speakers, AVR, screen, projector, cabling, etc.) the project set me back about $950. I'm happy to provide a more detailed breakdown of the cost and answer any other questions if folks stumble across this and are interested.