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Title: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Admin on July 18, 2005, 11:13:09 pm
Just for grins...


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: DigiMark on August 27, 2005, 04:03:11 pm
It was hard to choose between audio and picture quality -- I believe they are equally important. I also leave the party details (food, guest list, etc.) to the missus while I fiddle with the controls. -Gary


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: desert-dog on January 13, 2006, 12:06:53 pm
I feel like Gary does - very difficult choice - all the aspects of the experience are obviously important - but if pressed to choose only one -

I believe it's the picture in a close race - there's something about a giant 10' or bigger screen showing a movie - it fascinates even the sceptical and mildly interested (read: the wife)

---mike


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: cheftom on January 13, 2006, 04:20:06 pm
Picture is most important, but sound is right there also.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Harlock on January 29, 2006, 04:14:37 pm
Hi all,
I put picture quality since its the hardest to achieve,  especially for those of us, like me, who don't have humongous incomes and buying an hugely expensive projector would mean blowing the family fortune or selling the car.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: JoeMcGin on January 29, 2006, 09:25:50 pm
I also agree that it's video that's most important. But the good thing is impressive video can be much less expensive than impressive audio. My entire Video setup cost me less than $400. Thats for a used HD projector and a 7'x12' screen. I bet there are people here that did it for even less. Although I haven't spent anything on my outdoor HT audio cause I'm using old equipment I already had. So I guess I'm contradicting myself since I spent so much more for video than audio. But the audio is definitely not impressive in my current setup. Especially when compared to a 160" HD picture.

I think I need to upgrade my audio.

Joe


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: rrg on February 02, 2006, 10:37:06 pm
I would say video screen first from experience. I used PC 3.1 speakers one night and another night 5.1 house speakers and everyone only talks about the screen outside. Generally everyone can have speakers outside. It's the screen that makes it unique. Especially anything bigger than a bed sheet is bound to be different.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: fishwomin on June 01, 2006, 01:11:36 pm
I think the video is most important, followed by the sound.  My husband believes sound is most important, of course he is a fanatic about his home theater system sound qualities.  Party atmosphere is next,  you have to have the right theme to go with the movie.  I can't wait for this years movie season.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Ro-Man on June 25, 2006, 07:53:58 pm
I'm gonna have to go with the movie selection(s). Of course, this is before my first swarray, so we'll see how that changes in a couple of weeks.

For me though, a drive-in atmosphere ain't no fun without the drive-in quality movie...i.e.- B-movies, horror movies, sci-fi movies...stuff from the 50s-70s. I personally cannot stand that the only drive-ins that exist anymore only show family-friendly, first-run flicks. But, that's my tastes too. I just miss not ever being able to catch those low-budget, roadshow flicks that used to go around (such as David Friedman stuff, or William Castle pictures).

And no, I'm actually 30 years old...I just prefer the "vintage" stuff.

Ben


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Cherry Hills on June 25, 2006, 09:05:31 pm
Definitely, the picture. It has to be BIG and BRIGHT.

As for audio, I love having volume, good sound quality and a thumping subwoofer. But I saw dozens of films at the drive-in as a kid, listening to a crappy five-inch speaker hung on the car window, driven through a low-fidelity amp. The expectations have risen greatly, in general, so you probably couldn't get away with that, but it doesn't have to be golden ears audio to have a great time.

Personally, I wish I could afford 30 lawn chairs that are as comfortable as the seats in our Pontiac station wagon....


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: memphisdrivein on July 06, 2006, 06:43:25 am
Interesting results , since 90% of the improvements in theatrical presentation  has been in the audio due to our keen aural perception .

I still vote for both, all though I would sacrifice visual (to an extent) over sound. One of the reasons we use FM stereo, and 1200 speakers at our commercial theater.

Drive In Dave



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Biagio on July 14, 2006, 03:59:28 pm
As an Speech pathologist / Audiologist Id have to say food and ambience. Most people are blown away by a 143" screen in someones back yard and to some of you guys thats small. I could put my mcintosh set up outside but people seem to be satisfied and actually blown away by my older marantz. I prefer to have a theme, usually for me its mexican or caribean food and drinks, I put the old vendo-81 and my 50s candy machine outside with free pop and candy for the kids some coronas in the top of the vendo for us adults set up the soda fountain and just have a good time. I guess for me its more the atmosphere than really watching the movie, Oh Iam a newbie to the backyard thing but Iam freaking out about how cool this is going ot be. Ive done these parties but alwyas inside this year is going to kick ass.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Cherry Hills on July 14, 2006, 04:29:47 pm
You've got it. After a while, the big screen and the lawn chairs and the popcorn get to be part of the scenery. But if you put on a good show - choose and theme and do creative stuff with it - they'll rave every time.

I did this once just to see if anyone noticed and I got a lot of great comments. Actually, the last film we showed ("March of the Penguins") had its own theme cartoon included on the DVD (Bugs Bunny takes a penguin to the South Pole), so I didn't have to search for one. But afterwards, someone asked "how do you always find these great things that go together?" It was easy that time, but those comments make it worthwhile.

Next up: "Help!", with "Johnny Bagpipes" (a 20-minute short about a heavy metal bagpiper) and an ad from Epiphone guitars featuring a new Paul McCartney signature acoustic guitar. The ad features Paul playing "Jenny Wren". Should be a blast!

For our last film of the season, we're showing "Sky Captain", so the extras will be on the theme of retro sci-fi. I'm thinking that previews for "Steamboy" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" would be about right, along with a "Duck Dodgers" cartoon.

I know that's not what the question was originally, but maybe it should have been. Good call, Biagio.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Biagio on July 14, 2006, 05:41:14 pm
I need to check out this "help" short, Iam surprised I havent seen it on IFC and Iam lookingup Johnny Bagpipes right now, sounds very cool. Ill have to have greg gaffin over for that one.

Ive found my people its taken 34 years to find you all but your here. I got my taxes back this year and decided "its time for a ducati or guzzi maybe an agusta" but after thinking about it and being a new dad I figured, no a ducati is fun for one but a projector and a big screen is cheaper and can be fun for a whole fashizle load of people. Iam soo glad i found this site, I now feel a little more normal.
Bill

P.S. my neighbor just won a contest and has a Punk Band comming "out of options" they play the warpt tour nothing fancy, but Iam trying to figure out a good movie to show in the background. quadrophinia the wall ?


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Cherry Hills on July 14, 2006, 06:41:37 pm
OK, youngster, listen up.  ;)

"Help!" is a full-length movie starring "The Beatles", which was this band that had some hits in the 1960s. That's the feature film.

"Johnny Bagpipes" is the short film, which I saw at a film festival several years ago and ordered on DVD from (wait for it, now) http://johnnybagpipes.com/ (http://johnnybagpipes.com/). I don't find his web site particularly inspirational, but the film is freakin hilarious. Our exchange student from India fell off the couch laughing when he was talking about opening for Metallica, with some blue backlighting and a fog machine, with his kilt whipping in the wind (http://johnnybagpipes.com/clips.html). (Click on that link to see the preview.) Ignore the other junk on the web site and order the DVD and laugh 'til you hurt.

The projector is definitely a great choice compared to a bike. That's the right decision for a family man!


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Biagio on July 14, 2006, 07:02:07 pm
Oh My God, I didnt read that correctly, of course I know the movie "Help" I feel foolish now, I thought the movie short was called help about Johnny bagpipes. Please accept my appologies. Iam not that uncultured I swear. definatly will get the dvd.

sorry for sounding like a squid
Bill


Luthier Biagio Basses


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Cherry Hills on July 14, 2006, 08:58:36 pm
I'm just ragging you, Bill. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be the wise guy at your expense. Wish you could come see them!


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Biagio on July 14, 2006, 10:04:08 pm
I know, its the new guy hazing thats fine. now Iam stuck on this forum.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: rfisk on July 15, 2006, 11:04:39 am
...now Iam stuck on this forum.

It happens...

Welcome aboard Bill (Biagio). 

And a luthier to boot.  We'll have to remember when we have our first annual Backyard Theater GeekFest Convention and Extravaganzo, to schedule a jam session.  Sounds like there are a few musicians in here now.  I'm a drummer turned hack guitar player.

Glad you found us.  Have fun in here.  Wake the neighbors and tell your friends, and keep us posted on your setup. 

Randy



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Biagio on July 15, 2006, 01:53:13 pm
thanks for welcoming me. Iam a guitarist turned bassist, after hearing Les claypool in the 90s I switched over, started building them about 5 years ago. Ithaca has become a bit of a haven for instrument builders "hipshot guitar products" Vodoo Amps and a few well known punk bands which is cool, trying to get one of my basses on the warpt tour this year for a bit of publicity. anyhow Iam babbling and way off topic
Bill

Biagio <---- my great uncle the only other musician in the family, and a really cool name


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Danoplex II on July 29, 2006, 12:58:33 pm
I answered the poll with audio as most everyone comments to me how awesome my sounds is.  They are just amazed by the 5.1.  But, now that I have voted, I think quality of the image is up there too.  But you know what?  Asking those questions is making life for us difficult.  They are all important.  I just want people to come back and to talk about what a good time they had.  So far, everyone has.

Dano


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: JonesCinema on September 13, 2006, 12:48:58 pm
While it is hard for me to say which is most important I can say which ones have wrecked the event.  Once I was at an outdoor event with the speakers blown.  The sound was terrible.  I can't believe that anybody stayed.  So while I don't feel amazing audio is all that important, terrible audio can really wreck a show.

After that, poor movie choice will send people away faster than a wrinkled screen or washed out image.

So even though the image quality is the most important to me personally, it is not in my opinion the most important to the actual event.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: WarrenP on September 20, 2006, 01:30:44 pm
To me I think it is video followed very closely by audio (but I'd rather list them as tied for first place!). Then, the movie choice and atmosphere.

For most of the guests, I think the movie choice and atmosphere is most important, followed by picture and sound.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: dorsalfin on October 23, 2006, 05:47:02 pm
Hi all I need to get some pic's for you all still....

The sun has just went down and the people are stering around.
Over to the left of me I can smell the charcoal mixed with popcorn.
 
I have just let every one know that the movie is about to start.
I can here the coke tops popping and the kids stakeing out there place to sit.

The sound is all around,5.1 the picture is cinama size 12x20.
The popcorn is fresh the hot dogs and coke  are free.
The cartoons start the kids smiles are as big as there hole face.

Every one is shushing each other the adult kids have that so cool grin.
Mis Deb has that glow, I like to see.
The late comers are scuttleing in and asking are we to late.

The catoon ends and the movie starts and you can here the ruffle of the popcorn bags.

I can not tell you which is better the glow on mis Deb face the enormous smiles on the kids.

The amazement on the faces of the adults ,of how great the picture is and the sound all around them out side can sound so good.
The backyard cinema experience for the first time has know real words.
Just sies and smiles and giggles..Owe and lets not forget the milk duds mmm heaven in ones mouth.

But if I must I will say friends and family first picture second and sound thired.
And the rest is just great memories ;)

 ;DYour backyard cinama lover ::) Dorsalfin :-*


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: KMac on November 24, 2006, 05:13:12 am
Hey everyone! I think picture quality is first, followed by sound. I think the two are tied. But to be honest, I love creating an Atmosphere of a simpler time, just to remind me of my youth going to the drive-in with my family.  I think that's what my audience enjoys the most. That's what I try to recreate with my guests, and that's what they remember the most.  Oh, and the infatable screen gets there attention too. 8)


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: BlackAdder72 on May 03, 2007, 10:49:14 pm
I'm going to have to say picture. Its what my guests have always paid attention to. I run the sound through an FM transmitter, so the sound quality is up to whatever my guests brings with to listen on.  The reason I do this is so the volume can be kept loud enough to hear, but low enough that the neighbors don't complain. It works out fine.

A bad movie can throw the wheels off in hurry too. Will Farrell movies have been banned from my yard.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: LivinInMichigan on May 28, 2007, 10:33:23 pm
WOW! Tough choice...sound is important as is the quality of the picture.  Then the movie selection needs to be appealing to everyone.  Guess as long as the beer is cold and the food is tasty everything else will fall into place!!! 

Heather


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: hazember on May 31, 2007, 04:29:41 pm
For me it the atmosphere.  Everyone was in awe of my 12 x 15 painters tarp with old speakers.  But the popcorn, drinks & laughter of the kids is what makes it fun & memorable


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Giotto on June 07, 2007, 01:39:05 pm
I have to go with movie selection or food.  Im new and not talking from any real experience.  But as long as you have a good picture and everyone can hear it your ok.   Movie selelction matters depending on whos coming and food/getting together.  I love picture and audio more then other 2 selections but if Im hosting the other 2 seem more important once you get passed a baisc set up.  


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Barley27 on June 22, 2007, 08:32:35 am
As memebers of this forum, we've obviously all into the audio and the video aspects of this hobby, but when you get right down to it, I bet most of us do it for the social aspect of movie night.  So the quality of the party is the most important.

By the way...
I am new to this forum, but I'm already really impressed.

My backyard set up here is Indianapolis is a used 12'x12' Da-Lite Easy Fold screen, old stereo amplifier and big box speakers, a frequently-borrowed work projector, my daugter's "tupeeter" (that's a portable DVD player to the rest of us), and a large popcorn machine and cart.
I hope to post pictures some day.



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: abell19 on July 22, 2007, 07:40:44 pm
I say the party because that's what it's all about for me - having friends and family have a great time together outside. I'm using pretty low end equipment and a smallish screen (8 x 4) but everyone that has come so far has had a blast and no one has complained (yet anyway) about the sound or picture. Good poll - cool to hear other perspectives.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: cago42 on August 07, 2007, 08:08:22 am
I am very new to the whole backyard movie thing, but the only reason that I decided to do it was for the party.  I want to have a place where neighbors and freinds can gather with their kids and have fun.  Sure I want them to see a great movie and I want it to look and sound great.  But most of all I want them to have a good time!


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Elwood on September 06, 2007, 10:27:22 am
It has to be the party for me

my first set up I brought out my 5.1 home system and wired up the back yard.
now I use a book shelf stereo and no one noticed.

I show alot of bootleg movies from the web, so the picture isnt always the best.

everybody just loves the outside screen and getting together.

My neighbors and I like play Texas hold'em as the kids check out the latest flix.

A bigger screen and a popcorn popper :my wish list for next summer


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Tazman101 on November 12, 2007, 06:02:49 pm
I've got to agree with the last few comments..  If there are good people at the party, then the party will be a success..  Picture, audio and movie are all overlooked ( for the most part ) if everyone is enjoying each others company, and having a good time..  But that doesn't stop me from wanting to upgrade my brand new setup anyway..  :)



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: madhousefilms on November 15, 2007, 03:43:44 pm
The party. Bringing people together for gatherings is one of my favorite things to do in life.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: timtimes on May 13, 2008, 12:36:18 pm
Hi all,
I put picture quality since its the hardest to achieve,  especially for those of us, like me, who don't have humongous incomes and buying an hugely expensive projector would mean blowing the family fortune or selling the car.

Not sure what counts as a family fortune,  but I'm seeing all kinds of DLP SVGA units on sale for around $600 now.

My Benq SVGA PB6200 cost me $1150 about three years ago.  I recently purchased a Benq PE7700 refurb directly from Benq for $800 including shipping so I'd have a true native HD 16:9 unit.    Except for bulb replacement (none on either machine to date btw) front DLP has to be one of the CHEAPEST HI QUALITY display options available.

Enjoy.



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: cmpenney on June 25, 2008, 10:26:28 am
Party - Hands down..

Really none of the other really stuff matters if everyone has a good time! 


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: mousse on February 09, 2010, 09:39:10 pm
As a host and BYT enthusiast, we think a/v quality might be tops.  For the party/event goers however, the total experience of the party/event is more important.  Even though it's a "movie party", the people, food, setting and comfort level have been critical in my experience.  The complete package.  There is something to be said for sitting on white plastic chairs for two hours. Trust me. The novelty wears off.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: PyramidPyro on February 09, 2010, 09:57:21 pm
Chicken > Egg

If I don't run a good movie, I'm more likely to have a lower turnout which means no "party".

E



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: mousse on February 09, 2010, 10:12:54 pm
I'm referring to a private party for my friends.  They show up regardless of the movie.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: CMP52 on July 29, 2010, 09:52:45 am
My projection quality is great but my audio could use some work. I guess for me the party and the movie pic are of utmost importance. I want everyone to enjoy the experience as much as I do. Haven't had a failed attempt yet.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: dtk55 on August 02, 2010, 07:37:05 am
 Hi, My thought is sound theres nothing more annoying then not to be able to hear the actors speak. I know that you can make adjust the different levels to each speakers. Next would quality of picture. Just a thought
                                                                                  dtk55


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Flamingo Drive In on October 03, 2010, 11:53:46 pm
Chicken > Egg

If I don't run a good movie, I'm more likely to have a lower turnout which means no "party".

I say the screen and my wife says the party.  After some thought, I've gotta say PyramidPyro is right...the reason friends and family show up is for the party, the reason they stay is for the movie. 

Our first showing was with a borrowed pj, shown on a painters tarp, using a cheap set of computer speakers, hastily set up after a long day of swimming.  We made microwave popcorn and showed the movie "Up" and the kids were blown away. 

Since then it's evolved into a Optoma Pro 150's, a 12' inflatable Gemmy, and an adequate set of Altec Lansing 3.1 speakers and a full website thanks to the amazing and talented MadHouse Phil. We went all out for my sons 18th birthday party and a larger group attended and again, everyone was blown away.

We will continue to make improvements (looking to add a popcorn machine and an outdoor bar/concession stand in the next year) to keep the the party growing.  Thanks to all for the fantastic site!


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: genesis76 on October 04, 2010, 10:55:39 pm
Hi, My thought is sound theres nothing more annoying then not to be able to hear the actors speak. I know that you can make adjust the different levels to each speakers. Next would quality of picture. Just a thought
                                                                                  dtk55

Thats bugs me too! I only show movies from the 20's & I can never hear the actors speak. Maybe someone can help me on that one. ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: marjiea1 on January 28, 2011, 03:33:37 am
Yes, we have sound for those people who actually can understand dialogue just by listening, but VIDEO, the large screen, captions, just the awe factor is what my friends come to see.  (People with hearing loss are very visual anyway.)  I make sure the captions come from an external file because they are so much clearer that way (and more easily changed - font, location, size, etc.)  So, accessible movies with friends and the ability to eat and drink whatever you want to bring are why people like my backyard cinema.  All I provide is movie (and sometimes popcorn.) Almost all of my friends now keep chairs in their trunk.  Some of the people like the trailers, intros and such, others "talk" until the feature presentation.  Not so much "party", but a lot of socialization before and after the movie.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Underdog66 on August 11, 2011, 05:00:22 pm
I think if people enjoy the party, they won't care as much about the sound or the video quality.  The novelty of being outside at a movie in a comfortable friendly setting is what I think most people enjoy.  I think if they are having a good time, they will definitely come back and see the quality of your BYT improve.  Cause you know we can't handle NOT improving it!  I've already upgraded and I haven't even shown my first movie yet!  Gemmy arrived yesterday!  First showing is tonight!  We will continue "Backdraft" and "Its A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" that my wife already started getting into while testing in the living room. ;D


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Salty on April 02, 2012, 09:39:58 pm
I go for the party atmosphere!   Our backyard is where everyone wants to be in summer. In addition to the outdoor theater. We have a pool, lots of games (cornhole, ladder golf, horse shoes, washers, bocce and more)
I also am an avid BBQ'er which also helps draw people to the shows -All night bbq sessions cooking up plenty of ribs, brisket and pulled pork and watching movies or sporting events on the big screen is the way to go,  only drawback is sometimes the smoke haze hovers over the yard.
I love the scene of everyone gathered around watching a movie, playing games , swimming and eating - all at the same time!
That is why we are upgrading to  the bigger screen so you can see it from every where in the yard, for the larger parties and stick with the smaller screen for smaller gatherings.
I will post some pictures when I get the new big screen up.
By the way for everyone that frets over the cost of a byt -it can be done on the cheap. My amps and speakers came from the pawn shop, my projector from a buddy up grading his and the big vinyl screen from a sign company and the da lite screen from a school that closed.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: ra420 on June 11, 2012, 09:31:59 pm
Well i think if it all ain't right than none of it is right! great friends,good flick, good sound and good food!! i know this sounds like a cop out but really good shows are always great and a bad show is nothin but bad!                                                                  So you thought you might like to go to the show. To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow. - Pink Floyd


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: genesis76 on June 11, 2012, 09:46:41 pm
For me its the party but that could be a party of one also.



Genesis DVD-7&7-juicy Steak-turn up the volume ;D ;D


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: SR on August 01, 2012, 03:43:23 pm
Do to budget constants my equipment could be better.  My projector is great however and plenty bright, screen is painted plywood, maybe not ideal but everyone seems to be happy with the picture.  My audio is lacking some as we broadcast or audio with a AM Cquam stereo transmitter, which actually sounds darn good for AM provided that radio picking up the signal is capable of decoding AM stereo.  Despite that I have never once had a complaint about it.  In fact most people think it is really cool to bring there own radio, walkman ect, people that are hard of hearing love it.   My vote is for the party however. 

Rob


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: genesis76 on August 01, 2012, 04:02:19 pm
Do to budget constants my equipment could be better.  My projector is great however and plenty bright, screen is painted plywood, maybe not ideal but everyone seems to be happy with the picture.  My audio is lacking some as we broadcast or audio with a AM Cquam stereo transmitter, which actually sounds darn good for AM provided that radio picking up the signal is capable of decoding AM stereo.  Despite that I have never once had a complaint about it.  In fact most people think it is really cool to bring there own radio, walkman ect, people that are hard of hearing love it.   My vote is for the party however. 

Rob

You have a great system! enjoy


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: RoseRanch on August 02, 2012, 03:09:21 pm
Interesting that after about 250 votes on the above poll, it's about 1/2 and 1/2 between video quality and party quality!

Welcome SirRobyn0!



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: genesis76 on August 02, 2012, 04:43:19 pm
By the way for everyone that frets over the cost of a byt -it can be done on the cheap. My amps and speakers came from the pawn shop, my projector from a buddy up grading his and the big vinyl screen from a sign company and the da lite screen from a school that closed.

I did the pawn shop thing too. I get my Beer and food from the local Pawn shop. It really saves lots of money by the end of the season.

The only problem is some of the beer & sodas are a little flat sometimes. I just cut off the ribs & corn with teeth marks & heat them on the grill....You can't tell that they came from a pawn shop.


If any of you are ever in CT PM me & you can stop by for dinner & a movie



Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: KingPin on August 02, 2012, 04:52:28 pm
my first BYT was a $20 JVC bookself system I found on Craigslist, a plywood screen I build for under $60 and an old projector I got from work....had under $100 into it and the kids thought it was the coolest thing - so did the friend that came over for UFC fight night, etc....

I have added to it - this or that over time but nothing was more fun then having that first night in the backyard :-) then your hooked for life


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: SR on August 03, 2012, 01:18:23 am
Thanks for the Welcoming, that was my second post here my first one was in the subject, How to build a backyard theater on the cheap, where I go in to detail about my "system".  Which by the way was put together for $95.00 thanks to Craigslist and garage sales. Though I owned the AM transmitter from a previous project And thanks for reinforcing that what I am doing is okay.  I was a little afraid that I am to low brow, when I compare my setup to what some of you have.  But our system has entertained us.. and friends for a good number of years now.  Though I am thinking the screen will need more than it's annual pressure washing and paint next year.  I should take some photos tomorrow to post. 

Thanks again for the warm welcoming, I look forward to becoming a active member here

Rob


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: genesis76 on August 03, 2012, 06:01:29 am
Welcome every system is good I love my system @ I did not spend much on it


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: tronn4 on August 03, 2012, 11:37:11 am
By the way for everyone that frets over the cost of a byt -it can be done on the cheap. My amps and speakers came from the pawn shop, my projector from a buddy up grading his and the big vinyl screen from a sign company and the da lite screen from a school that closed.

I did the pawn shop thing too. I get my Beer and food from the local Pawn shop. It really saves lots of money by the end of the season.

The only problem is some of the beer & sodas are a little flat sometimes. I just cut off the ribs & corn with teeth marks & heat them on the grill....You can't tell that they came from a pawn shop.


If any of you are ever in CT PM me & you can stop by for dinner & a movie



am i the only one who caught this? :P


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: SR on August 03, 2012, 05:12:34 pm
By the way for everyone that frets over the cost of a byt -it can be done on the cheap. My amps and speakers came from the pawn shop, my projector from a buddy up grading his and the big vinyl screen from a sign company and the da lite screen from a school that closed.

I did the pawn shop thing too. I get my Beer and food from the local Pawn shop. It really saves lots of money by the end of the season.

The only problem is some of the beer & sodas are a little flat sometimes. I just cut off the ribs & corn with teeth marks & heat them on the grill....You can't tell that they came from a pawn shop.


If any of you are ever in CT PM me & you can stop by for dinner & a movie



am i the only one who caught this? :P


I was rolling on the floor, because it sounds like something I would say. :)


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: bigRoN on June 16, 2013, 04:50:36 pm
I agree that it is the sheer novelty of watching a movie under the stars, especially in a swimming pool or spa. I live in a neighborhood with neighbors on either side of us. For that reason, I keep the volume relatively low. The projector is normally mounted upstairs in my media room, but for backyard movies, I have a second mount attached to the bottom of a pergola. I have a 20 ft power cord and 20 ft HDMI cable to run to the projector and bring my Blu-Ray player outside. I take the stereo output of the Blu-Ray player into a portable shelf-stereo system. It all works fairly well. As people walking behind my house can hear and neighbors on either side can see, I tend to only watch G-rated movies, PG at worst. I also try to invite the neighbors over but only one neighbor has accepted the offer.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: OutdoorGeek on September 24, 2013, 09:50:00 pm
Greetings! 

Prior to completing (yeah, right... as if it is ever really done!) my current audio system, I was firmly in the picture camp.  However, with my present system, the audio quality enhances the experience far more dramatically than I would ever have predicted - way beyond the car running better when freshly waxed experience - plus we can use the system for other purposes.

On the other hand, my fondest outdoor cinema memories were due to the guest chemistry, movie title reception, food and general party atmosphere despite a dramatically inferior audio system (old garage sale stuff) at the time compared to the present one.  Go figure...

Best to all,
Eric


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: Player on October 02, 2013, 08:56:37 am
I had to go with movie selection. As long as the picture is viewable and you can hear everything, itís the movie that holds the attention. I started with a SVGA PJ, an old receiver and some bookshelf speakers and never had any complaints about PQ or sound. People will overlook shortcomings in the presentation if itís a great flick. But Iíve never heard ďThe movie sucked, but I stayed because the picture and sound were great.Ē Iíve upgraded everything just because I knew it could be better, but if I still had the original setup, people would come to watch a good movie (and get popcorn with Lou Ana buttery topping).


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: SR on November 27, 2013, 01:41:59 am
I had to go with movie selection. As long as the picture is viewable and you can hear everything, itís the movie that holds the attention. I started with a SVGA PJ, an old receiver and some bookshelf speakers and never had any complaints about PQ or sound. People will overlook shortcomings in the presentation if itís a great flick. But Iíve never heard ďThe movie sucked, but I stayed because the picture and sound were great.Ē Iíve upgraded everything just because I knew it could be better, but if I still had the original setup, people would come to watch a good movie (and get popcorn with Lou Ana buttery topping).

I know exactly what you mean.  My set up is less than ideal in a couple of ways, but yet there is a viewable image, and a list to able audio.  When my screen surface was in bad shape a few years ago I never got any negative comments.  When my AM transmitter hums a little sometimes, no one seems to care.  Now I have fixed the screen and am working on an audio upgrade for this coming season.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: ThriftStoreKing on June 22, 2016, 12:01:50 pm
I used to worry about setting up a receiver with 5.1 surround and try to run cable to 5 speakers.  It got to be a real hassle for set up and take down.  I now have two high quality PA speakers and just run stereo from my powered PA mixer.  Easier to setup/takedown and everything go "boom" when it is supposed to.  I still remember going to the drive in and everyone had to listen to that dorky speaker hung from the window.  We didn't care - it was just fun to be there.  I worry more about picture quality.  I use a piece of 7 x 12 canvas for a screen which makes it durable and portable.  I have two poles welded to truck wheels that I use to hang the screen.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: genesis76 on June 22, 2016, 02:40:02 pm
I used to worry about setting up a receiver with 5.1 surround and try to run cable to 5 speakers.  It got to be a real hassle for set up and take down.  I now have two high quality PA speakers and just run stereo from my powered PA mixer.  Easier to setup/takedown and everything go "boom" when it is supposed to.  I still remember going to the drive in and everyone had to listen to that dorky speaker hung from the window.  We didn't care - it was just fun to be there.  I worry more about picture quality.  I use a piece of 7 x 12 canvas for a screen which makes it durable and portable.  I have two poles welded to truck wheels that I use to hang the screen.

You see I have 5.1 but for me the speakers are small & all pre-wired. So with me it is almost plug & play......but I do worry about people tripping on the wires :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: SR on June 22, 2016, 05:29:43 pm
We didn't care - it was just fun to be there. 

So my last post to this thread was almost 2 years ago.  Since then I have started helping out older friend of mine in the next town from us that has been doing BYT for more years I can count.  He broke his hip last winter and has been left with very limited mobility.  Last year I showed a handful of movies for him in his BYT, the Night-Sky, mostly for his friends.  This year I'm doing a whole season for him, since Jake, my partner in the Sit & Vue is now more than capable of handling things over there on his own. 

The reason I bring this up.  The Night-Sky ( the old mans BYT) is quite honestly in bad shape.  The 9 X 12 plywood screen is streaked with green from mildew.  There is some delamination of the plywood so I wouldn't dare try to pressure wash and paint it, for fear that pieces might start to come off.  Because he buried his speaker cabling, I'm guessing 20 years ago there is problems with that so half of the speakers are now fed from a radio the I'm broadcasting to using the old AM transmitter that I had previously retired from my BYT due to constant humming issues.  He's got a small wooden building that houses the projector, the mixer, my crappy transmitter, and a VHS machine.  Other than my transmitter it's all incased in a neat wood rack that he built when he was in better health.  The roof was leaking on the building, though I think I've got that sealed up at least for now.

It's actually a really neat BYT in the respect that he built so much of it himself when he was in better health, but it's suffered from more than a few years of lack of maintenance in recent years.  This is the thing that amazes me about the place.  His friends and now some of mine come to see the movies there.  Now one ever seems to care that a scene with venetians blinds in it creates sort of a checkerboard effect because of mold streaks on the screen, or the humming of the mono sound in the speakers in the quieter scenes or that dark scenes in a movie can be difficult to make out because the bulb in his PJ is way over due for replacement.

I'm trying to help him out as much as I can but you all know I don't have much free time or money.  Most of the time I do spend at his place besides on movie nights involved trying to get his lawn mower to run so I can cut the grass for him, and just doing the best I can to keep it going for him.

My whole point is that despite all of the problems and things that are less than ideal, people come and have a great time anyway. 

Oh by the way, I love the steel poles welded to the truck wheel idea.  Though it seems unlikely at this point that I will ever need to build another screen frame I will definitely keep that one in mind and file in the "why didn't I think of that" folder.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: ThriftStoreKing on June 21, 2017, 01:23:12 pm
I'm a child of the sixties that enjoyed drive-ins growing up.  Picture quality was not the greatest and those nasty metal speaker boxes that sound like drive thru speakers.  I find people respond most to the sound quality.  If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor surround system that's awesome.  I find two channel amps do the trick and no one seems to mind.  The folks I have shown for are just happy to have a nostalgic outdoor experience.  Quick set-up and take-down are important to me.  I try to keep my system mobile.


Title: Re: Backyard Theater Host/Hostess Poll
Post by: SR on July 03, 2017, 12:00:45 am
I'm a child of the sixties that enjoyed drive-ins growing up.  Picture quality was not the greatest and those nasty metal speaker boxes that sound like drive thru speakers.  I find people respond most to the sound quality.  If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor surround system that's awesome.  I find two channel amps do the trick and no one seems to mind.  The folks I have shown for are just happy to have a nostalgic outdoor experience.  Quick set-up and take-down are important to me.  I try to keep my system mobile.
I think I'm a little younger than you because I missed the hay day of the drive in, but your thoughts are similar to mine, especially the "folks are just happy to have the experience" (pardon the paraphrasing).  My setup has never been cutting edge technologically, but I've had everything from a perfect screen surface to crystal clear FM stereo sound, to what I have now.  Someone elses backyard equipped with a badly worn out screen that effects the picture quality and a mono-AM system that includes humming during quiet scenes at no extra charge.  I can't pretend that other folks don't notice, the issues are to great they have too, but at the end of each and every night folks come up to me and thank me for keeping Gary's BYT going for him.  They still seem to love it.  Which is why when I voted back in 2012 I voted for party, although truly I would have voted for atmosphere had it been a choice in the poll.