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 11 
 on: June 29, 2015, 06:51:18 am 
Started by Fred1969 - Last post by Player
Billboard vinyl works well too. It's more of a flat white than the tarps that I've used and very durable. If you're lucky you can get it for free from an outdoor advertiser.

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 on: June 28, 2015, 08:16:51 pm 
Started by Fred1969 - Last post by Fred1969
Things are working out great with this setup but will be investing in a little bit better screen.  I am open to suggestions for a replacement of better quality.

I highly recommend Carl's Place for screen fabrics:

  http://www.carlofet.com

I've been a long time customer.  Good people.  Good products.

I'm still very partial to their original BOC (black out cloth) material for front projection.  These days I think the folks at Carl's are recommending their FlexiWhite material over BOC for outdoor use.  FlexiWhite is more mildew-resistant and easier to clean.  FlexiWhite is basically plastic (PVC) while BOC is more of a rubberized fabric.  The image quality is very good on both.  I just have issues with the way FlexiWhite stretches under tension. 

I have a couple of BOC screens that I've been using for years.  They still look great. Admittedly, my BOC screens come down after every show.  I always try to insure they are completely dry, too, as they will mildew if put away damp.

Personally, I still think nothing beats a black-bordered BOC screen from Carl's for front projection:

  http://www.carlofet.com/finished-edge-screens-with-grommets/blackout-cloth-finished-edge-screens-with-grommets.html

-Sparge-



Thanks Sparge.  I will be checking out Carl's.

 13 
 on: June 28, 2015, 07:07:23 pm 
Started by Russ - Last post by Sparge
I did move the projector closer to the screen and while that works well, now that I can project a much nicer and larger image I want to impress the movie crowd. Sad

Yep.  Luckily, my screen was already 20-ft wide!  I used to set my former PJ up about 30' from the screen.  Now 27' is the max distance.

Thanks for the info on Hyperspin.  I checked it out on YouTube.  Pretty sweet!  It can front MAME which I'm pretty familiar with already.

-Sparge-

 14 
 on: June 28, 2015, 06:44:27 pm 
Started by Russ - Last post by Russ
Russ,


Tell me more about your Hyperspin cabinet.  I'm not familiar with "Hyperspin" but have fantasized about building a MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) cabinet for a long time.

-Sparge-

Hyperspin is a frontend for all the emulators. This was the most demanding part of the whole process to make all of it work. It shows all of the system you are emulating and allows you to run all of the games from one location. Very nice!

I did move the projector closer to the screen and while that works well, now that I can project a much nicer and larger image I want to impress the movie crowd. Sad

 15 
 on: June 28, 2015, 06:21:29 pm 
Started by Russ - Last post by Sparge
Russ,

Welcome to the forum!  It sounds like you've got a pretty good BYT set up started already.  I think you'll really like that Epson 730HD projector.  It's one of the best options out there for BYT at the moment.  I have one of its predecessors (the 705HD) that I still use regularly.  I had the same problem in that my 705HD throws a larger image for the same distance from the screen than my previous projector.  My PJ location is rather flexible.  I just set the 705HD up about three feet closer to the screen.  I realize that might not work for you if you have a fixed "station" for the PJ.

Tell me more about your Hyperspin cabinet.  I'm not familiar with "Hyperspin" but have fantasized about building a MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) cabinet for a long time.

-Sparge-

 16 
 on: June 28, 2015, 05:50:25 pm 
Started by Fred1969 - Last post by evil-fraggle
Awesome location. Thanks for sharing

 17 
 on: June 28, 2015, 05:31:05 pm 
Started by Russ - Last post by Russ
Hello all,
Well for Fathers day my wife bought me the Epson 730HD to upgrade from my Dell 2400mp. I must say that this is quite the upgrade that has created another problem, or hurdle.

The new projector throws a much larger image and my old screen is not large enough and the 4th is coming. I will probably do a 16 x 9 tarp just to get by until I have more time.

Here is where the movies happen at my house. I built a Hyperspin cabinet out of a really rough millipead cabinet that I scored from craigslist for $20. This thing is a huge hit! Over 1000 classic games, and 75 pinball tables so far.

My other equipment for the show.
Old Pioneer Dolby Pro logic receiver
Cerwin Vega 12" powered sub and two CV satellite speakers
Elitebook 8460p for playing movies
Epson 730HD
19 x 6 foot da-lite screen that I got here for free




 18 
 on: June 28, 2015, 04:42:47 pm 
Started by Fred1969 - Last post by Sparge
Things are working out great with this setup but will be investing in a little bit better screen.  I am open to suggestions for a replacement of better quality.

I highly recommend Carl's Place for screen fabrics:

  http://www.carlofet.com

I've been a long time customer.  Good people.  Good products.

I'm still very partial to their original BOC (black out cloth) material for front projection.  These days I think the folks at Carl's are recommending their FlexiWhite material over BOC for outdoor use.  FlexiWhite is more mildew-resistant and easier to clean.  FlexiWhite is basically plastic (PVC) while BOC is more of a rubberized fabric.  The image quality is very good on both.  I just have issues with the way FlexiWhite stretches under tension. 

I have a couple of BOC screens that I've been using for years.  They still look great. Admittedly, my BOC screens come down after every show.  I always try to insure they are completely dry, too, as they will mildew if put away damp.

Personally, I still think nothing beats a black-bordered BOC screen from Carl's for front projection:

  http://www.carlofet.com/finished-edge-screens-with-grommets/blackout-cloth-finished-edge-screens-with-grommets.html

-Sparge-


 19 
 on: June 28, 2015, 04:06:18 pm 
Started by Disneylandfan - Last post by Sparge
I checked and double checked... it was an audio output

I have the VS230 user manual in front of me.  The audio ports on that PJ are definitely only input for the internal speaker. The VS230 does not have an audio output.


Not willing to go that route yet as I am happy with my receiver otherwise - despite its lack of HDMI - and can hopefullly get a projector that doesn't have this flaw.

In this case it's not a flaw.  It's just the way the PJ is designed.  It might be considered a shortcoming.  However, it's a shortcoming shared by almost every PJ out there at the moment.  I'm not sure we'll see a lot of new projectors introduced with audio outputs either.  They would really only be applicable for folks who want to set up on the go with an HDMI stick-like device.  Most home theater enthusiasts already have a receiver capable of decoding and reproducing the audio.  Those folks (like most) have no need for audio outputs on the PJ itself.

Don't get me wrong.  I wish more PJs (including my Epsons) had audio out capabilities.  I own an Amazon Fire Stick and have run into the same issue.

-Sparge-

 20 
 on: June 28, 2015, 12:16:16 pm 
Started by Fred1969 - Last post by Fred1969
Yes... more info please.
What kind of tarp are you using?
That looks like a great area for BYT. Where are you located? Where/how do you get power to your setup? 

The screen is just a cheap white tarp.  It was purchased more for just a test run.  Everything worked out great.  The picture quality was impressive but I know a better screen would bring even better results. 

We are located in Central NY.

My house is apprimately 100' from the setup.  That is where I pull power from.

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