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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / New Outdoor Speakers on: April 11, 2017, 03:30:28 pm
When I built my house I ran some speaker wire so I could have some speakers on my back patio.  I am really happy with my Definitive Technology AW6500's that I have mounted on the house, but I was looking for something that I can put a little further away from the house.   Sort of fill in the back yard with audio.

I have been looking at getting some more 6500's, but I would prefer something I don't have to mount.  I have been looking at rock speakers as well as some In-Ground speakers.  I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations.  Of course I don't want to go to to cheap, but cheaper is good.  I don't want to spend more than $500 for the pair, but would rather stay closer to $200-$300 if possible. 

So far I have these three that I'm looking at.  I would like to use these for my screen when it is up as well.  I have it all connected to my Sonos, so I just stream my laptop to an input on the Sonos, then play that input on my "Patio" speakers.


Definitive Technology AS6500:

Klipsch AWR-650-SM:
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Ideas for side tensioning on: August 29, 2016, 09:28:56 pm
Did you come up with something to pull your screen up and keep side tension?  I have been looking and putting something together like this.  There are a few out there, so I'm taking a little from each.  I was thinking of making something like yours, then have hooks at the top.  I could then hook my Carl's screen in its EMT frame to those hooks, and tie the bottom down to the ground to keep it tight.

It seems a little crude, so I'm trying to look around and see what others are doing.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Vinyl/ or blackout screen for inflatable on: August 29, 2016, 08:32:36 pm
What did you decided to do?  I'm starting to think that I may need to replace my 9x21 Black Out screen from Carl's.  Not sure if I want to go the Inflatable route, or just purchase a new screen from Carl.
4  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Optoma HD141x outdoors? on: August 28, 2016, 03:38:11 pm
I have been looking at this off and on today, and still haven't been able to pull the trigger.  I'm now looking at the Optoma HD141X, Optoma HD142X, and the BenQ HT2050.  The BenQ is a little more than I really wanted to spend, but it has extremely high reviews.  I'm still reading up on the HD142X since it just came out last month.  I have heard good things about all three of them so far.
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Optoma HD141x outdoors? on: August 28, 2016, 09:21:44 am
Have you had a chance to use this projector outside yet?  I've been looking to get one to replace my Epson 710HD.  It has been in my Amazon cart for the last few months, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.  Not sure if there is something better out there or not.  I wanted to see what your opinion was on this projector.
6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Anyone using Sonos? on: July 09, 2016, 01:43:58 pm
I just set up my laptop in the backyard, with another Sonos Connect.  I was able to stream audio from my laptop, through the Sonos in the basement, to the speakers on the back of the house.  I had to make some changes to Compression and the Wireless Channel, but it worked out well.

The only issue is that I would like to put some speakers in the very back of the yard, and that is 88 ft from the entry point on the side of my house.  Then another 20-30 ft to my receiver.  I would be pushing the 100 ft max if I were to use 10 AWG wire. 
7  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Anyone using Sonos? on: July 09, 2016, 10:32:14 am
I was just sitting here thinking of how I want my setup to be at my new house.  In the past I would set up my screen, a fold out table, laptop, receiver, projector, then run all the speaker wires.  It was a little bit of a chore, but worth it.

In my new house I ran speaker wire from the back porch to a receiver in my basement.  The receiver is fed by a Sonos Connect, and I have a pair of Definitive Technology AW 6500's mounted on the back of my house.  I was thinking of putting some rock speakers in the back part of my yard, and connect them to the same receiver.

My question is, has anyone used Sonos to distribute sound for their BYT?  If I could have the above set up as a permanent setup I could use it for music like I do the two speakers I have now.  Then when I set up the BYT, I could just connect my laptop to another Sonos Connect, and make that be the source for the Connect/Basement receiver.  Then when I my set up would be a table, laptop, projector, and Sonos Connect.  Wouldn't have to set up the receiver, speakers, and run the wire.

Just a thought, but I'm just curious as to if the Audio would work.  I guess I can try it out sometime with my laptop and Sonos Connect in the back yard.
8  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Call out to SR, OA, Sparge, Movieman etc on: July 09, 2016, 10:02:55 am
An another note, it's hard to get excited about the new BYT season when we just got 2-3 inches of snow in northern Ohio over the weekend!



Where are you in Northern Ohio. I live about 15 mins east of Cleveland. Sorry to thread jack.

I was wondering the same thing.  I'm in between Toledo and Sandusky here.
9  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: New 9x16 from Carl's on: July 09, 2016, 09:51:43 am
I have a 9x21 from Carl's with the same EMT Frame.  The 9x21 design has a center bar in the back, and I can typically walk it up by myself.  However, I do typically find that over time that center support starts to bend forward due to the weight.  I have thought about getting a 9x16 as a replacement since the 9x21 is a bit overwhelming at times.

I have just moved into a new house that we had built, and I have been wanting to put in a permanent setup as well.  Once we get our patio poured and done I will be looking at something like what YorkerK did some time ago in the link below.,8105.15.html

10  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Carls Fixed Frame Screens on: June 01, 2016, 11:22:39 am
Link takes me to some Network Cabling...

Sorry.  I was shopping for some CAT6 for the house as well.  I pasted the wrong item.  I have made the correction to the link.  Thanks.
11  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Carls Fixed Frame Screens on: June 01, 2016, 11:07:40 am
Does anyone in here have any experience with Carl's Fixed Frame Screens?

I'm looking to put something in my basement for my soon to be spare projector.  I have one of his screens for my BYT, but I was curious about the frame in the kit.  $240 isn't all that bad.
12  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Stupid or Not? on: May 19, 2016, 03:41:22 pm
Yeah, I have Hue Bulb in my Living Room/Kitchen as well.  I use them a lot with IFTT, and Amazon Echo for voice control.  Not so much to change colors, but I do a lot of dimming for movies and midnight navigation through the house.  It is convenient to say, "Alexa, house lights off" and have all the lights turn off.

I just thought spending a little more money would be better than having a piece of art that I would get tired of probably in the same amount of time.  I could use it for "Game Days" when people are over, a place for the kids to play games instead of taking over the living room television, play slideshows, or just display random pictures that fit the season.  Christmas Trees, Easter Bunny, Fireplace, etc. . .  I agree, the novelty would most likely wear off after a while, and when it does I could easily hang a piece of art and re purpose the television for another room.

I just wasn't sure if it was just me being a man and wanting televisions everywhere in the house, or if it was just a plain stupid idea.
13  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Stupid or Not? on: May 19, 2016, 12:40:18 pm
This really isn't BYT related, but I wanted to see what you guys thought.  I'm thinking that it will be something new, while my wife tells me how stupid I am for even coming up with the idea.  We just built a house a year ago and at the time I thought my wife may cave to my idea, so I had the electrician run an outlet in the top of the closet behind a shared wall to our living room.  We have a stairway to our basement that has a bare wall, and we have been looking for some "Art" to hang on it for some time.  Everything we find that we like that works in the space, costs $400+.  My idea is to hang a flat screen on the wall, frame it, and then display whatever we want.  Am I being stupid, or does it sound like something reasonable.

This is what it looks like, but this is from the model home and has ceilings that are little higher, but my wall is a little wider.  My home also has canned lights above, not the hanging lights in the picture.

These are examples of what I would hope it would look like when done. . .
Frame 01
Frame 02
Frame 03
14  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / Re: Rock Speakers on: April 26, 2016, 08:05:09 pm
I'm starting to look at the Def Techs again.  After shopping around for Rock Speakers, there doesn't seem to be much of a savings.  Since I know that I'm happy with the sound, I may start searching for some more AW 6500s.  I thought there may be a chance that a good set of Rock Speakers would give me just a bit more bass outdoors. 

I'm going to check out the ebay listing you talked about now.  $140 is a decent price, but they are $169 new on Amazon.  I may even look at the AW5500 too.
15  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Amazon wants some of the Roku market on: April 25, 2016, 10:06:17 pm
Now that these have been out for a bit, I was wondering if anyone is using a Fire TV for their BYT?  I have a few of them in my house, but I don't know if I want to use it or not.  I think I can get more functionality out of my laptop and network connection.  Is anyone else using a Fire TV?
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