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31  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: April 15, 2014, 10:40:39 am
sat down this morning and had to write out a list of to do things for my theater.

today: replace patio cover (have on hand)

frame upgrades:
1. new frame hooks (x2). will be adding more weight to the frame and need some beefier hooks.
2. add leg extensions to frame at the left, center, and right. this is to further add more support to the frame. new "T" pipe section in the bottom center of frame needed.
3. look into possibly making some "HyltoPlex" style frame extensions from the frame to the wall.
5. measure and cut billboard tarp (new screen). 16'2"x9'2". will fold over edges 1" and glue together leaving a 1" edge for tarp clamps
6. dig "tech" trench. add power, speaker cables, sub, hdmi, component underground from frame area to tree. flexible tubes along tree.
7. add "house lights" to tree with switch.
32  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: where's the warm weather? on: April 14, 2014, 04:11:13 pm
we're dippin towards 55 this friday and sat night! brrrrrr!
33  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: First night of the season report on: April 14, 2014, 09:54:01 am
frosty, make a playlist of wrestling movies or movies staring wrestling people! im thinking of doing a wrasslin' nite
34  Around the campfire - off-topic discussions / General off-topic discussions / Forza 5 BYT Car on: April 13, 2014, 03:37:54 pm








35  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: March 02, 2014, 09:38:17 pm
had a bad byt weekend this weekend. nothing but rain and thunder and heck of a lot of wind!

had some "slight" damage to our outdoor patio:





36  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: BYT Awards? on: March 01, 2014, 02:22:29 am
watch the lord of the rings trilogy extended editions back to back to back. its about 11.5 hours of awesome!
37  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: Budget AV Receivers: What do you have? Where did you get it? on: February 23, 2014, 06:27:22 pm

i'll have to read the manual (which i havent) but for this cheap of a price i dont think it has an on-board video card
38  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: February 23, 2014, 06:16:01 pm
update. still havent cut the screen from the new material. strange phobia kickin my behind right now plus outright laziness when its not.

bought an Onkyo TX-SR313 receiver for $165 from Frys about 2 weeks ago. finally hooked it up last night. as a bonus it has an on screen menu display for the receiver settings via hdmi! my old one only had it available via analog video out (which meant an individual screen).

projectors' setup image:


as a test movie i played Purple Rain.


fiddled with the audio. had to tell the receiver to turn off the center channel plus rear channels as im only running 2.1 (2 fronts with a sub) right now. its painfully obvious i need a sub upgrade now.

ran a few more test videos and some of those hd test patterns i've had for a good hour (maybe 10 minutes each video). as i was playing this nights' byt onto a bare light blue wall, i had to adjust the projector settings a tad.

Gravity was one of the more "i think im gonna hurl" test clips i ran:



i believe that in honor of the winter games, we chose "Cool Runnings" as our re-inaugural movie:


the red hue is from a small tabletop lamp we used to light up our burger dinner Smiley   the bad overall photos are courtesy of my old iphone cell.

first 2014 byt session began at 6pm and ended at almost 12am. also ran about half of the original Tron but the wife got bored so switched it to White House Down (wifes favorite for its "Tatum Eye-Candy")
no pics of the last 2
39  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: Budget AV Receivers: What do you have? Where did you get it? on: February 18, 2014, 10:46:28 pm
had a yamaha something-or-other open box model from newegg.com for about $160 for the past 2 1/2 years. stopped working last summer and temp stopped my byt'ing. a series of unfortunate events occured which left me inclined to not buy a new receiver until last week actually. its an Onkyo TX-SR313. got from Frys (retail) for $165. meant to byt this past friday and sat but it got cold here. like 60! BRRRRR!

http://www.frys.com/product/7016191?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG





truly hope that my xbox 360 will work through hdmi on this one. for some reason the Yami wasnt able to.
40  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Blu-Ray Releases February 18 , 2014 on: February 18, 2014, 10:39:49 pm
criterion sure does make some awful decisions on which movies to "criterion". when will i see a Popeye: Criterion disc? WHEN?!?
41  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: MIKE'S MAN CAVE on: February 18, 2014, 10:37:41 pm
i remember this one forum member built what you are attempting soccer1. a hand welded custom frame on a trailer. i cant find it but i remember the guy owned a lot of land up in washington state and always set the trailer up with a lake in the background.  i'll keep searching
42  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Snow Screen! (PICS) on: February 18, 2014, 10:33:33 pm
do you wanna build a snowman?
43  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Need a projector that has a 30' throw distance to hit a 16x9' screen on: January 20, 2014, 07:36:48 pm
my projector says its limited to 25' but it goes further than that on a average movie night. about 28-29'.

30' will barely pass your 30' pool circumference though. with no upgrades you could just move your screen a bit further or at an angle. another way is maybe to change the screen material to a rear-projection-capable

doing a projector upgrade just for the huge throw distance will cost you. you'll have to look into movie theater quality projectors for that
44  Backyard Theater discussions / Pre-show reels, stills, clips, tools and discussion / Re: Never too early to plan for the Academy Awards on: January 20, 2014, 07:30:20 pm
Tronn, my good man, you know this whole Movie-Theme-Party Thing I have going on was totally inspired by your movie parties.
Didn't you dress in a tux for Oscar Night once???

Here's a nod to you and that tuxedo: TUXEDO POPCORN BOXES.



i got tux'ted up for a Titanic themed party although the outfit would work for any multitude of these themed events.   those popcorn boxes are too awesome to pass up! i believe i have one or two Tennesse Tuxedo cartoons i can pair those up with!
45  Backyard Theater discussions / Pre-show reels, stills, clips, tools and discussion / Re: Never too early to plan for the Academy Awards on: January 17, 2014, 01:01:40 am
gravity is Speed in Space and thats a good thing. however hollywood will always go for the sob story and so it'll probably be nebraska. nothing else on the best picture list is a best picture
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