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 on: April 25, 2017, 10:46:22 pm 
Started by Redsparow1 - Last post by Redsparow1
I have the Optoma HD141X which I think is fantastic outdoor projector, but it is no longer made.  A buddy just bought the Optoma HD142X which I got to play with a little bit the other day.  I did a quick review http://www.backyardmovies.net/why-the-optoma-hd142x-may-be-the-best/.  I think it is a good alternative to the 141.


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 on: April 20, 2017, 05:07:39 am 
Started by Kantstop - Last post by movieman
some of my racks

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 on: April 19, 2017, 06:30:55 pm 
Started by Kantstop - Last post by MikeMiesen
This reminded me of a thread..."Show Me Your Rack!!!"

http://backyardtheater.com/forums/index.php/topic,3855.0.html

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 on: April 19, 2017, 04:38:41 pm 
Started by Kantstop - Last post by 11visions
Easiest solution I've created is to use a 6U shallow rack case and put the following inside:

Power Conditioner (1U)
Rolls MiniMixer / Sony Blu-ray / HDMI Audio Extractor (all on 1U rack tray attached with 3M DualLock)
1U Black Space (to allow airflow for amplifier below)
Power Amplifier (2U)

I've built three cases like this and they are compact and all pre-wired so super easy to setup. You plug in the power and then connect projector and two audio cables and you're done.

I just put the projector on top of the case. If you wanted to mount the projector inside, you'd just need to buy a larger 10U case and an additional rack tray.

I'll post a picture here sometime if I think about it.

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 on: April 19, 2017, 09:45:49 am 
Started by Kantstop - Last post by Kantstop
I am seeking advice, build plans and feedback as I am looking to build a case that would enclose the projector, player and mixer.

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 on: April 17, 2017, 12:46:03 am 
Started by SR - Last post by SR
Well, I did get over to the Night-Sky over the weekend, just not after dark so I didn't get to play experiment at all.  What I did get to do is rake leaves and winter debris up, cut tree branches hanging on the fence and the screen, and patch together the fence.  On the theatre side, I did give the screen a good look over, I'm going to go by again next weekend replace a few of the supports running from the back side that angle to the ground behind it.  Honestly I'm a little surprised it didn't come down over the winter.  There is also a support on the right side that is on of the main vertical supports that doesn't look to happy, but I think replacing a couple of the back supports will at least assure us of it staying up right for the season.  I'm still open to ideas and once I do get to experiment I will post back with what didn't work and what does work if anything.

Typically he has started his season Memorial weekend, but the Sit & Vue historically when it was at my house and on a hill I tried to get open by mid-May so we are shooting for either the 12th or the 19th, weather permitting, in other words we need to get enough sunshine to dry out the hill, because I about bit it several times raking. 

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 on: April 12, 2017, 06:02:11 pm 
Started by SR - Last post by SR
Ok so I've once again found myself in a new / old situation.  So the Sit & Vue will not be coming back this year.  Jake has decided to stay in SC, so he is selling his house here.  This coming weekend was the weekend that I had hoped we would be opening up for the season.  I'm not really looking to relocate the Sit & Vue again, but Gary (Night-Sky) is still at his place and will be at least until next fall.  So I'm just going to do what I can to make his BYT the best it can be for this summer and who knows maybe longer if he wants to keep going.  So last weekend I met Jake at his place and we pretty much took out and divided up the equipment that was at the Sit & Vue.  He took the BOC screens and the FM transmitter, I got all three projectors, the AM transmitter and if I want to go back and get it the plywood screen is mine too.  I don't really want to move the plywood screen, but I'd image he'll have it taken down before selling the house so I might go by and cut off a chuck to frame or something.

This is what it comes down to.  The Night-sky is on a hill, he has a tiny building built into the ground 1/2 way up the hill the we call the projection booth.  It's in horrible shape as is most of the equipment in it.  The roof on the building has leaked for longer that I have been helping him and all his equipment from the VHS player to audio processor to the projector is encased in homemade wood box or rack.  I don't know what the manufacture of the PJ is that is currently in there, but it's not a very bright at all.  So what I'd like to do is to use my equipment over there.  I'm not really keen on using his projection building, but at the top of the hill is his house which has an enclosed porch, and I could mount a projector my transmitter and I'd be able to use my laptop and dvd player for programming as I have done as I did at the Sit & Vue.

So here is the equipment I have and what I'm trying to do.  His screen is 8X12 feet so roughly 4:3.  Projectors I have on hand.  one Epson powerlite 81P, and two Canon Realis X700 they are all 4:3 Pjs, the Epson is rated at 2,000 lumens the canons 4,000 lumens.  Neither one of the projectors have changeable lenses. 

For that size screen the Epson should have a throw distance of 18 - 21 feet.  The Canons from 18 - 29 feet, obviously they both have built in zoom.  But the porch is roughly 55 feet from the screen.  So none of my projectors are intended to have that long of a throw distance to this size of screen.  I'm not going to spend thousands of dollars doing this for what is likely to be only one or possibly two summers.  What I would like are some homebrew ideas that I could attempt for less than $100.

So any thoughts or ideas are welcome, there are no bad ones.  I would probably prefer to use the canon as it is brighter than the Epson and with the longer throw distance I'm going to likely need the extra lumens.  I'm hoping to go over there this weekend and play experiment for a few hours.  One thought is to just simply go to using the laptop as the only programming source and simply changing the display settings making the screen size smaller, and see if that is helpful.  Another would be homebrewing a lens, or ?  I have heard of folks with indoor home theaters using mirrors in order to mount the pj much closer to the screen (shorter throw)  but I don't see how that could be used for situation I have, I'm just putting it out there to get the creative juices flowing Smiley 

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 on: April 12, 2017, 07:19:38 am 
Started by lowcrawl - Last post by lowcrawl
I am still looking and I'll have to take a look and see if they can help.   It'll be a busy year for us (oldest graduating, overseas trip, stateside trips) so my priorities have been shifting it seems every hour.  Hopefully either this weekend or next I can go take a look and see what can be done.  I'm hoping start showing soon as the weather the last few days has been great here I feel the random monsoons will be starting here shortly; but as they say hope for the best, plan for the worst.

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 on: April 11, 2017, 03:30:28 pm 
Started by Towndrunk - Last post by Towndrunk
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.

TIC GS-3: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007RSZX0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=13DKIXQ2KTGA4&coliid=IXZEEK7XK36U3

Definitive Technology AS6500: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00170O1HK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=13DKIXQ2KTGA4&coliid=I19C8MITOIJWT1&psc=1

Klipsch AWR-650-SM: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DZJPMA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2UYHYV2WEPF32&coliid=I2JEHUPXTHA9LY&psc=1

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 on: April 11, 2017, 11:31:18 am 
Started by lowcrawl - Last post by SR
I don't know if your still looking but I was in Lowes hardware the other day and noticed they had manual winches for about $30.00, no dual drums though, but they might be a source for something not to costly.  If you can find someone knowledgeable there maybe there are options they can order.  It's just a thought

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