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1  CLASSIFIED ADS -Items FOR SALE and wanted
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/ Projectors -- for sale and wanted / PROJECTOR FOR SALE: Sharp PG-MB60X - 2500 lumens
on: February 23, 2016, 09:33:11 pm
It's a Sharp PG-MB60X, listed on eBay for $99 + shipping. Includes power cable, remote, VGA-to-VGA monitor cable, and VGA-to-RGB Component cable.

1588 hours on the bulb, 43% life remaining.

Here's a link to my eBay listing.

Here's a link to all the specs at

Check out the pics below, and there are more at the eBay listing.
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Popcorn, refreshments and party ideas / Re: OK it is off season so lets talk BBQ. What do you all use for a grill(s) on: February 18, 2016, 07:40:17 pm
Now we're talking! Grin

I bought a Masterbuilt electric smoker last summer and I LOVE IT, especially since I can't cook at all but this thing makes smoking meat so easy.

I try to use it at least a couple times a month. Mostly ribs and pulled pork, but I've done chicken a couple times too.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: HELP! Laptop video to crt TV (rca) HELP! on: December 30, 2015, 06:59:17 pm
Hi Jeff. HDMI and DVI are digital ports. If these are the only outputs on your laptop, you'll need a converter box to connect to your TV's analog red/white/yellow RCA ports.

If your laptop has an analog VGA output, then you can get away with a VGA-to-yellow RCA cable adapter instead.

Make sense? I hope this helps!
4  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Christmas projections on: December 24, 2015, 10:41:13 am
I came across this set-up while walking through a local "Candy Cane Lane" last night with my family. He's front-projecting onto what looks like black-out cloth from that plastic storage locker thingy on his lawn, which also holds his speakers. Be sure to check out his sweet marquee too.

I've seen a few folks here with similar set-ups for Halloween, but does anyone else do it for Christmas?
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Commercial - Rental/service business discussions / Re: Job Lead - Newport Beach Area on: June 25, 2015, 10:10:08 pm
Anyone interested?
An old customer called me but i stopped doing this as a business. I would like to help him out by findings someone for him.

show date Saturday july 25th.
pm me for details

How come you stopped?
6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: First night! on: June 23, 2015, 01:33:04 pm
Thanks for sharing Fred, looks great! Can you tell us about the rest of your setup, sound, projector, movie source, etc?

Also, is that your backyard???
7  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: SCREENS on: June 22, 2015, 12:09:04 pm
Where can I find a fast fold screen and a projector that is 4000 lumens?

When you say "fast fold", how fast are we talking? And what size did you have in mind?

Regarding 4000 lumen projectors, there are several. How much do you want to spend, and is "used" an option for you?
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Replacing my Optoma DV10 - ADVICE DESPERATELY NEEDED on: June 22, 2015, 11:37:33 am
Hey DLF! A great online resource for researching projector specs is I've yet to look up a PJ that didn't have a full spec breakdown there. And here's the link to YOUR projector:

I'll go through some of the specs for your PJ with you and give you my own personal (worthless/uneducated) opinion on each one, but please don't take any of the below as me insulting your PJ or being all elitist about what equipment is "good" or "bad". Absolutely NONE of my equipment was new when I bought it. I bought my PJ used on eBay for less than $200 and as I've stated several times before, I don't think I'll ever go "new".


Based on the link above, our friends at Projector Central say that your projector puts out 1000 lumens (a little low for backyard theater use IMO), but also has a contrast ratio of 4000:1, which is quite good for BYT.

Native resolution for your PJ is 854x480, which is quite low. BTW, "Native" resolution means this is the default resolution of your PJ, but some PJs can "stretch" the picture out to match a higher source resolution, if that makes sense. In contrast, full 1080p HD resolution is 1920x1080 and 720p = 1280x720. Mine is 1024x768, but will accept a 1080i signal from my cable box and various other sources and the picture is fabulous, again in my own worthless opinion.

A "Short Throw" projector is one that can achieve a larger picture without having the pull the PJ back from the screen as far as you would have to with a "non-Short Throw" PJ. My outdoor Sharp PG-MB60X is short-throw, but my indoor Optoma EP739 is NOT. So when I place them side by side and run them with zero "zoom", the Sharp's picture is bigger than the Optoma's. It does not appear that the Optoma DV10 is a short-throw PJ, but Optoma DOES make them!

I don't know much about DLP vs. LCD, only that DLP is cheaper. Both of my PJs are DLP and they both work great outside.

If you want to use the Amazon Fire Stick (or the Google Stick, Roku Stick, etc), you'll need a projector with a HDMI input.
Neither of my PJ's take HDMI. My indoor Optoma has a DVI input, which will take an inexpensive HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You can get one on eBay for less than $5 and they work great.
My outdoor Sharp only has 2x VGA inputs (plus S-video and standard-def yellow RCA inputs that I never use), but the VGA inputs will take inexpensive Component (red/blue/green RCA's)-to-VGA adapters which will carry a 1080i signal. Most PJ's I've seen have VGA inputs that will also take a Component signal with an adapter, but you'll have to read your PJ's user manual or back panel to be sure. This is what I use to connect my cable box and my "older" WDTV Live Plus media player. HDMI has effectively made Component obsolete, so if you go with a VGA/Component only projector with no HDMI, you'll have to use "older" (but still easy to find) Component sources to get HD.

I hope the above info helps and I hope I didn't overload you with too much nerdery. Let me know if you have more questions! And of course others are free to chime in and tell me I don't know what the hell I'm talking about because that's how the internet works Cheesy

9  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Rain, rain go away on: June 17, 2015, 10:16:23 am
Lots-O-fun had by all...  sound much better this time with the new equipment...  only semi's jaking  Shocked, fire trucks  Angry and helicopters  Huh caused a disturbance in the force...  Grin  and er'body loved the popcorn machine (and keg-o-beer Roll Eyes )...  as you can tell from the scrolling words it was still a good deal light out when we started, roughly 2020 hours...  my bug treatment went well, sprayed yard early, had torches going, citro candles out and the small butane mosq repellent going... don't think anyone got attacked and before did all that the mosq's where everywhere...  2nd showing with friends, 3rd in all, each time gets better...  Big thanks to this site for all the ideas, inspiration and tricks!
Looks good LC! Really like your deck.

What are you doing for sound?
10  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Our First Showing on: June 15, 2015, 06:27:32 pm
Just remember, you are more critical of your display then anyone.  Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what could be better I forget to just enjoy the show.  I think you did a great job.  Grin

11  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: What are you showing this weekend? on: June 09, 2015, 07:29:43 pm
First showing ever. we are goingt o my girlfriend aunts house and either showing Get Hard or Jurassic Park

UNSOLICITED ADVICE: Make sure you set up and test EVERYTHING BEFORE your first showing. Projector & screen placement, sound, cable management, EVERYTHING. And "an hour before showtime" doesn't count. Do it maybe a night or two before the big day. Sooner the better actually, so you have time to make adjustments or buy/replace small stuff you hadn't thought of before. Don't let your first showing be the first time you set it all up or you risk discovering all sorts of fun hiccups you weren't expecting in front of everyone!!
12  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Rain, rain go away on: June 05, 2015, 06:37:47 pm
Looks like I caught a break... have everything set up and new sound system is doing great... barely have volume up and sounds awesome... popcorn machine running... beer on tap... just waiting for darkness...

Sounds good, dude. Be sure to share pics!
13  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Rain, rain go away on: June 05, 2015, 03:25:00 pm
I think if you took a survey number one would be the weather for most of us. It is a killer for BYT.

NUMBER ONE KILLER OF MY SHOWINGS: My own &$%@ laziness. What the hell is wrong with me??
14  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Suggestions for Projector on: May 28, 2015, 02:41:40 pm

Hello all!  This is my first backyard theater.  I have my screen, now I am looking for a projector.  I believe that I want one with at least 3000 lumens so I can start showing earlier.

From my limited experience it comes down to more then just lumens.  Combined with lumens, the color wheel and screen material will dictate how well a projector works in light.  My Benq W1070 on black out cloth is about 2000 lumens.  I am able to start showing about 30 minutes before dark.  However my screen is directly under a tree so that helps to shade the area quite a bit.

Unless you're willing to spend a million dollars on a 10,000 lumen projector, or build a giant shade covering your entire backyard like some have actually done here (kinda), that 30 minutes before dark is all you're really buying yourself when you talk about "starting earlier". So you need to ask yourself "How much more $$$ am I willing to spend to start my show at 7:30 instead of 8:00? (your sunset hours may vary)" My answer was "Not very much!".

My Sharp PG-MB60X on billboard tarp is 2500 lumens. I bought it used on eBay with low miles lamp hours for less than $200 3 years ago and I couldn't be happier with it. I know some folks here wouldn't be caught dead buying used, but I cant ever picture myself buying new.
15  CLASSIFIED ADS -Items FOR SALE and wanted
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/ Screens -- for sale and wanted / Re: For Sale Matrix B 52
on: May 18, 2015, 04:11:24 pm
Sorry to hear that you're not doing BYT anymore. Are you SURE this non-BYT thing isn't just some weird phase your kids are going through?  Wink

If not, are you selling the PJ too??  Wink Wink Wink
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