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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / Re: Upgrading Sound System on: February 22, 2017, 12:59:17 pm

My system came with two threaded adapters the fit on top of standard American microphone stands that allow the satellite speakers to mount to them.

2  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Backyard Theater Showcase on: February 21, 2017, 02:10:09 pm

Name of Theater: I never named it.

Location: Spring Valley California and where ever the RV takes us.

Length of Season: Year round for the most part.

How did you get started: Received a MovieMate 60 projector and played a dvd on sheet hanging from the my kids trampoline.  Hooked ever since!

How many years have you been doing it: 7-8 years.

Traditions: Just having fun with Movies and Gaming.

Audience: Family and friends.  I will watch alone or as many as 30 plus.

Favorite Events: Movies at the beach or in the desert.


Screen: Started with a bed sheet, upgraded to a Gemmy Deluxe.  I now have a permanent EMT frame for the Gemmy screen in my yard and a Camp Chef OS-132 for the road. Additionally I have a 109 inch pull down screen in my garage.

Projector: Started with a MovieMate 60 and upgraded to a MovieMate 85hd for outside movies.  In my garage I have an Epson 705 mounted to the ceiling.

Sound System: I have used a pair of Bose Roommate II bookshelf speakers for years but just recently upgraded to the Lucas Nano 300.  In my garage I have a Logitech Z-906 surround system.

Media Source: Blu-Rays, DVD and steaming through a fire stick.  For gaming I use PS4, PS3 or the Wii.

Any projected upgrades: I am good for now but the itch never really goes away.


Seating: Patio or folding camp chairs.  I have a set of race seat office chairs and a modified back seat out of a ford van for seating in my garage all on wheels and easy to move around.

Pest Control: Thermacell Mosquito Repellent. I need to get some torches before summer. Should I add the torches to upgrades?

Food: Food is always free or pot luck. BBQ, Chilidogs, Pulled Port, basically what I feel like making. Beer, wine, soda and water to drink.

Lighting: Patio light in the yard, the fire and flashlight when camping. Neon lights in the garage.

Have you ever done any cool party ideas? Movies in the garage with the door open for Halloween.  On the fourth of July we usually have a movie in the back yard and gaming in the garage. Wii dancing in the desert is always a hit.  I have always wanted to drive out into the sand dunes and show the Mummy. Maybe next trip.

What do you love most about Backyard Movies/Outdoor Theaters? Having fun with family and friends.

What advice would you give someone who is just getting started? Look for used gear when you start out.  Offices and schools get rid of old equipment.  You will be surprised at how good the picture looks on the side of the house or garage door. That being said if you are reading this you are probably just as hooked as the rest of us.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / Re: Upgrading Sound System on: February 21, 2017, 11:54:45 am

Looks like fun.  Thanks for the photo.  I just added a couple of fold up microphone stands and some 25 foot cables.  My plan is to place the main unit at the bottom center of the screen with the satellite speakers on each side.  I will take a photo and post next movie night.  Thanks again for the recommendation.

4  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Building and maintaining a plywood / wood movie screen on: February 09, 2017, 12:47:45 pm

I did not know about purchasing a replacement fan.  I did tie the internal plugs together so they would not come apart though.

5  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Building and maintaining a plywood / wood movie screen on: February 09, 2017, 11:44:48 am

Nice write up.  I considered a wood screen when I first started but ended up purchasing a Gemmy Deluxe for portability.  I used the screen at home and during beach and desert camping trips.  The frame lasted about 5 years until of the fans sucked up a stick and killed itself. Angry  After the frame died I recycled the screen, all the clips and even the storage bag.  I now use the screen on the side of my 20 ft box trailer when camping and recently I finally collected all the parts to make a 1 inch EMT frame in my yard.  Now when at home all I have to do is clip the screen to the frame and it is ready to go.  With the screen is removed the frames is not even that noticeable.

As for maintenance, I always fold the screen and place it in a small bag for storage.  The screen has creases but like seams you donít notice them when the show is playing.  To keep it clean I just utilize soap, water and some gentle scrubbing.

The Gemmy screen has served me well for more the 10 years now even though I have made the above modifications along the way.  As for the storage bag I used to store my Jeep cover. Grin
6  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / Re: Upgrading Sound System on: January 30, 2017, 10:45:00 am

I went to the store and checked out the Mackie Freeplay but it just looked cheap to me for the price.  However, as soon as I looked at the Lucas Nano 300 I was sold.  Just what I was looking for.  I picked one up this weekend.  I like the sound of the system stacked but am also looking forward to getting some speaker stands and trying the system that way.  Do you have the optional speaker stands or do you use mic stands instead?  Do you have any photos of your setup in action?  Thanks for the help and the recommendation.

7  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: MegaTronn 4.0 on: January 27, 2017, 11:09:03 am
Looking forward to your new build.
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / Re: Upgrading Sound System on: January 27, 2017, 11:05:16 am

Portability is key for me.  I have found the Mackie Freeplay here in the U.S. with the battery included for the normal price.  Not sure if I need it because I have to plug in the projector anyway but it is a good addition that would normally be 70 dollars.

What did you end up using for your sound system?

If I do move forward with the Mackie Freeplay I will be sure to post my impressions.
9  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / Upgrading Sound System on: January 26, 2017, 01:40:18 pm

I thinking about upgrading my speaker setup.  Currently I use a set of old Bose Roommate (1988) speakers.  I am thinking about upgrading to the Mackie Freeplay because of the Bluetooth and the ability to have microphones for karaoke parties partyís as well.  I would like to keep my system as portable as possible currently all my gear (MovieMate 85 projector, Speakers, accessories) fit into a Camp Chef Sherpa Organizer which I use as a projector stand.  The only thing separate is a Camp Chef 132 screen.  I use the system for camping and small parties in the yard with friends.  Just looking for a little more sound and versatility.  Comments and recommendations appreciated.

10  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Amazon wants some of the Roku market on: May 03, 2016, 10:01:54 am
I remember when I first got the BYT Bug all the great things you had to say about your Epson 30 got me looking at Epsonís in the first place.  I started with the Epson 60 and then moved up to the 85.  I really like the projector.  It is compact and the built in DVD player is convenient.  I take it camping all the time.  The fact that it has an HDMI connection really opens up what I can do with it.  I have use it with a PS3, WDTV and now the Fire Stick.  The Projector takes whatever I throw at it and keep on impressing me.
11  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Amazon wants some of the Roku market on: May 02, 2016, 10:38:44 am
I tried the Fire Stick out this weekend and it worked great.  I was a little concerned if my Wifi would reach but had not issue.  I tried it with Sony Vue, Netflix and Amazon all worked well with no buffering. This will be a great addition to my Backyard.
12  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Amazon wants some of the Roku market on: April 26, 2016, 09:38:27 am
Recently I have been thinking of using an Amazon Fire Stick with my Epson MovieMate 85 in the yard.  I have a Fire Stick attached to each of my TVís in house now because I have switched from cable to Sony Vue.  So far I like my setup but would like to try it outside.  I will let you know how it works once I give it a try. Hopefully, this weekend.
13  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Wii on the big screen. on: May 15, 2015, 08:55:29 am
Makes me want to take my laptop outside and play Star Wars: The Old Republic...  but I could quickly see my wife's eyes rolling at the mention of it... lol

BYT: If you wife's eyes aren't rolling, you're probably doing it wrong!

So true!!
14  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Camp Chef OS132 Indoor/Outdoor Screen Review on: June 16, 2014, 09:20:59 am
I have the OS-132 and it works great, easy to store and manage.  I purchased it before the OS-144 was available or I would have gone with the bigger one.
15  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: May 27, 2014, 10:27:19 am
I was wondering where did you get the sling style chairs?  I had a BBQ this weekend and my old white plastic chairs were turning everyoneís pants white.  Time for and upgrade.
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