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1  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: If this site were to close How would we contact each other on: October 06, 2017, 06:27:50 pm
The Facebook group seems like a good bet and obviously it's used more now that new member approvals aren't happening here. Even though I didn't start visiting here until around 2009, I sure miss the old days.
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: BEST PROJECTOR ON A $300 BUDGET?? on: September 11, 2017, 09:18:06 am
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The big thing is stay with the big names and don't consider any of the cheap chinese knockoffs! Epson. Optoma, Ben-Q, Viewsonic to name a few. The Viewsonic that was HD on the link you posted looked nice. You've got the specs down.....lumens & resolution are the 2 most important. DLP or LCD is something you have to make a decision on as well. http://www.projectorcentral.com/ is a great resource in looking for the right projector either new or used. Good luck!

Thanks you again for the reply.
So if the specs are good on that Viewsonic, what is wrong with it, other than the fact it does not do 1080p. I guess my question is why should I stay away from it, or what would make you hesitant on it??

They also have an XGA ($409) and WXGA ($449) version of the same projector. Thoughts?


The reason you don't want this model specifically is because it's not native widescreen. The upgrade from SVGA to 720P is substantial while the upgrade from 720P to 1080P is less significant. Buy a native 720P projector to start with since you're on a budget and it will keep you happy for a few years.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Epson EX7235 PRO. Opinions please on: September 11, 2017, 09:14:01 am
I'd prefer an audio out as well, but you get a relatively inexpensive switcher that performs the same functionality (I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJGAKCW/).

I also have the Epson 1040 which is essentially the same projector but with 1080 resolution. Yes, it looks slightly better with Blu-ray content, but I'm still perfectly happy with the 720 picture as well. Many people imagine the picture quality between 720 and 1080 is substantial, but it's really not. It's better if you can afford it, but not a deal breaker if you can't.

For a 144" screen, I predict you'll be quite pleased with anything 2500+ lumens and at least 1280x720 resolution.
4  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Epson EX7235 PRO. Opinions please on: September 10, 2017, 07:27:04 pm
For a under $400 new projector, I'd buy this: https://www.amazon.com/Epson-Cinema-Brightness-Theater-Projector/dp/B014D7Y1XC/

I own four of them right now and they are awesome for outdoor movie screens.
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Epson EX7235 PRO. Opinions please on: September 09, 2017, 11:36:32 am
I owned an Epson EX72xx for a short while. For $200, you'll be thrilled with it. If you had twice the budget, I'd make a different recommendation, but sometimes it just comes down to what's available right now. Get a projector and start enjoying your screen for the rest of the season.
6  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: 315 inch aluminium framed screen on: August 17, 2017, 05:29:33 pm
That is ridiculously awesome. How long does it take to setup and tear down?
7  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: --- === Come join the Facebook Group! === --- on: August 08, 2017, 01:16:07 pm
I offered a hefty sum to buy the BYT forums. *crickets*
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: time to upgrade on: June 09, 2017, 02:17:19 am
I've been using Epson projectors for years and I've been consistently impressed with their quality and longevity. I sold my first projector (an Epson 705HD) after 6 years of use and nearly as many bulbs and it's logged many thousands of hours of bright, beautiful projection. Go look for a used 730HD or 740HD and you'll have a great PJ with cheap bulbs and very bright for outdoor use.
9  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Mounting projector/sound system near pool on: June 04, 2017, 03:05:47 am
A completely watertight cube might be a bad idea because projectors put out a lot of heat and it would need to be vented somewhere. If it's just splashing that you're worried about, you could buy a Plexiglas sheet from a hardware store and mount it in front of the projector. If it needs to be totally shielded from the rain, that is a more difficult problem to solve.
10  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: New console for 2017 season on: June 01, 2017, 01:02:16 pm
I used hot glue on my RCA connections and that made them difficult to move unless it was intentional.
11  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: New console for 2017 season on: June 01, 2017, 09:51:58 am
I used 1.5" RCA to TS patch cables from GLS Audio between the Oppo and my MX882. Make sure you're using a source that has mutl-channel output and that it's not being mixed-down to stereo by Denon Blu-ray player.
12  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Any downsides to using Short Throw over normal throw? on: May 17, 2017, 11:04:07 am
There's no downsides other than placement flexibility that I'm aware of. Without a zoom lens, you need to calculator exactly where the projector needs to be placed in order to fill your screen size.

Also, if you use a short-throw with too much more than the built-in offset, you can end up with a picture that is half out of focus. To illustrate I'll give you an extreme example: imagine the projector at ground level and your screen beginning 10 feet off the ground. Because the optics between the upper half and lower half of the projected picture is so extreme, you'll end up with half of the screen out of focus. For typical usage, this would never happen, but it's worth thinking about when you decide how the components in your theater will be arranged.
13  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: HDMI Audio Extraction on: May 15, 2017, 10:38:40 pm
The splitter/mixer unit have up to 8 inputs so you're only using 4 of those inputs to carry 3.1 sound. You have two additional stereo inputs available which would fill out the other four channels. I went into this in a little more detail in my other response, but I would suggest you start with just buying a splitter/mixer and then add a line mixer in the future if you decide you want more inputs.

Short answer: A Blu-ray player with built in decoding and a splitter/mixer combo (such as the Rane unit or an MX882) will maintain 3.1 sound control and replace the functionality of your Denon decoder while weighing far less.
14  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: New console for 2017 season on: May 15, 2017, 10:30:35 pm
If you have two units of rack space free to handle audio, I'd put in a ART MX622 line mixer and the Rane (or less expensive Behringer MX882).

The MX622 would give you three stereo RCA inputs as well as a couple mic inputs while the MX882 would give you individual volume controls for 3.1 sound. I used to have my system configured exactly this way up until last year when I went down to a single zone mixer due to space constraints.

My signal flow looked like this:

Oppo 103 (or Denon) Blu-ray player was directly connected to the MX882
Front/Left > Channel 1/2 (Main)
Center > Channel 3
Sub > Channel 4
Surround Left > Channel 5
Surround Right > Channel 6
MX622 Mixer Output > Channel 7/8

The MX622 line mixer handled mixing down a few different aux source such as a backup Blu-ray player and a few wired microphones which then ran to the last two channel on the MX882 splitter/mixer.

There's probably wiring software where I could diagram it better for you, but I can assure you it's a very effective configuration while giving yourself full control over all channels.

In other news, there are a few downsides to the Denon player you should be aware of: It does not support zoom modes for 1:39.1 content and it doesn't have any HDMI inputs or dual outputs. If it had those things, I would replace my Oppo just for the size savings, but those are important features to me so I've stuck with the 103 for now.

Hope that helps!
15  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: HDMI Audio Extraction on: May 14, 2017, 06:03:51 pm
Oppo told me the optical output can be downmixed to stereo on their Blu-ray players while still maintaining the 5.1/7.1 stereo analog outputs. My new plan is to put a optical to analog converter on that output so that I have a downmixed 2.0 signal going to the mains while using Oppo's analog outputs to drive the LFE/center channels.

If you decide to ditch your heavy Denon decoder for an Oppo player, it can greatly simplify your rack while providing the same functionality.
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