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 11 
 on: June 24, 2016, 05:43:39 am 
Started by waverz - Last post by movieman
Rich,

What type of wireless sound are you doing and what size crowds will it handle?

rg

 12 
 on: June 23, 2016, 02:21:56 am 
Started by DavidCoppola - Last post by Redsparow1
I have this projector and I can't recommend it enough.  It has a decent internal speaker, the resolution is phenomenal.  It warms up and cools down quickly.  I am a nut for 3D movies which this really excels at, our guest are always blown away by how good 3D looks on it.  I have run 10 sets of glasses off of it, with no issues.  It comes with a remote, which I haven't really used, and the cord is a reasonable length and easily reaches my power strip.  I do sometimes have issues getting sound to come out of my sound bar vs. the internal speaker, but that is probably operator error and it is easy to mute the projector.  It isn't a short throw projector by any means.  The one thing I wish it had was the standard tripod mount, I had to built a mounting plate myself to use it with my tripod.  I hope this helps in your decision making.

I just did a slightly more in depth review in a post on my blog, the link in my signature block will take you there.

I found the below deal on slickdeals.net today.  This is a screaming deal if you have an Amazon visa.

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You can find my review on this projector at my blog in my signature block.  Just select "setup" on the right and it will show up in the listing.

 13 
 on: June 22, 2016, 07:19:37 pm 
Started by Towndrunk - Last post by genesis76
I wonder if in some areas the mosquito & the things they carry now also stop some people. Also maybe the small  screens that kids use....or all of the above.

 14 
 on: June 22, 2016, 05:53:56 pm 
Started by Towndrunk - Last post by SR
When I first joined, I had kids at home and neighbors with kids.  They came over every Friday night.  Each year less and less people showed up.  Opting to watch their 60" flat screen at home.  My kids have grown up and left the house.  It hardly seems worth the effort to drag out all of the equipment just for one person to watch.  My commercial popcorn popper hasn't been fired up in over 4 years.  I enjoy the outdoor experience.  Hardly anyone around here goes to the drive in movies any more.  The local drive ins are in bad shape and up for sale.   Not sure if I'm a dinosaur already.

You paint such a sad picture. I wish you well just curious why did you come back after all this time? There must be a spark...maybe you can  start up with a new crew

You do paint a sad picture, but I do think that there is some truth to it at least the big flat screen TV at home part of it.  Folks buy them and then want to use them, which is understandable.  Large flat screens are much more common than they were say 10 or 15 years ago and they are more affordable.  Plus more and more people have cable, dish, and just about any movie they want to see at the touch of a button.  Jake is pretty much running the Sit & Vue this year and he seriously opened the season early and while a few folks did show up for the movies in April, I think next year he'll opt to start the season later in the year.  I've definitely had friends an neighbors that drifted away, but I guess I've been lucky because new blood has drifted in to, that and Jake is young and really has the itch for the BYT the way I did when I was his age.   But all in all I do have friends that still drive in from out of town just to sit in the back yard and watch a movie.  I think the biggest thing I've seen over the years is that folks won't come out like they use to if the weather is less than cooperative.  It seems like in the old days a little sprinkle or cold weather didn't keep folks away like it does now.  But maybe that's a product of more in home big screen TVs too, I had not thought about that before, but it does make sense. 

 15 
 on: June 22, 2016, 05:29:43 pm 
Started by Admin - Last post by SR
We didn't care - it was just fun to be there. 

So my last post to this thread was almost 2 years ago.  Since then I have started helping out older friend of mine in the next town from us that has been doing BYT for more years I can count.  He broke his hip last winter and has been left with very limited mobility.  Last year I showed a handful of movies for him in his BYT, the Night-Sky, mostly for his friends.  This year I'm doing a whole season for him, since Jake, my partner in the Sit & Vue is now more than capable of handling things over there on his own. 

The reason I bring this up.  The Night-Sky ( the old mans BYT) is quite honestly in bad shape.  The 9 X 12 plywood screen is streaked with green from mildew.  There is some delamination of the plywood so I wouldn't dare try to pressure wash and paint it, for fear that pieces might start to come off.  Because he buried his speaker cabling, I'm guessing 20 years ago there is problems with that so half of the speakers are now fed from a radio the I'm broadcasting to using the old AM transmitter that I had previously retired from my BYT due to constant humming issues.  He's got a small wooden building that houses the projector, the mixer, my crappy transmitter, and a VHS machine.  Other than my transmitter it's all incased in a neat wood rack that he built when he was in better health.  The roof was leaking on the building, though I think I've got that sealed up at least for now.

It's actually a really neat BYT in the respect that he built so much of it himself when he was in better health, but it's suffered from more than a few years of lack of maintenance in recent years.  This is the thing that amazes me about the place.  His friends and now some of mine come to see the movies there.  Now one ever seems to care that a scene with venetians blinds in it creates sort of a checkerboard effect because of mold streaks on the screen, or the humming of the mono sound in the speakers in the quieter scenes or that dark scenes in a movie can be difficult to make out because the bulb in his PJ is way over due for replacement.

I'm trying to help him out as much as I can but you all know I don't have much free time or money.  Most of the time I do spend at his place besides on movie nights involved trying to get his lawn mower to run so I can cut the grass for him, and just doing the best I can to keep it going for him.

My whole point is that despite all of the problems and things that are less than ideal, people come and have a great time anyway. 

Oh by the way, I love the steel poles welded to the truck wheel idea.  Though it seems unlikely at this point that I will ever need to build another screen frame I will definitely keep that one in mind and file in the "why didn't I think of that" folder.

 16 
 on: June 22, 2016, 02:40:02 pm 
Started by Admin - Last post by genesis76
I used to worry about setting up a receiver with 5.1 surround and try to run cable to 5 speakers.  It got to be a real hassle for set up and take down.  I now have two high quality PA speakers and just run stereo from my powered PA mixer.  Easier to setup/takedown and everything go "boom" when it is supposed to.  I still remember going to the drive in and everyone had to listen to that dorky speaker hung from the window.  We didn't care - it was just fun to be there.  I worry more about picture quality.  I use a piece of 7 x 12 canvas for a screen which makes it durable and portable.  I have two poles welded to truck wheels that I use to hang the screen.

You see I have 5.1 but for me the speakers are small & all pre-wired. So with me it is almost plug & play......but I do worry about people tripping on the wires Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

 17 
 on: June 22, 2016, 12:01:50 pm 
Started by Admin - Last post by ThriftStoreKing
I used to worry about setting up a receiver with 5.1 surround and try to run cable to 5 speakers.  It got to be a real hassle for set up and take down.  I now have two high quality PA speakers and just run stereo from my powered PA mixer.  Easier to setup/takedown and everything go "boom" when it is supposed to.  I still remember going to the drive in and everyone had to listen to that dorky speaker hung from the window.  We didn't care - it was just fun to be there.  I worry more about picture quality.  I use a piece of 7 x 12 canvas for a screen which makes it durable and portable.  I have two poles welded to truck wheels that I use to hang the screen.

 18 
 on: June 21, 2016, 10:56:42 pm 
Started by GolfPT - Last post by rich92069
color code the poles with your wife's nail polish

 19 
 on: June 21, 2016, 09:14:45 pm 
Started by GolfPT - Last post by GolfPT
11visions -

Thanks so much for the feedback. I will look into those items.

Ryan

 20 
 on: June 20, 2016, 10:21:25 pm 
Started by waverz - Last post by roryfx
There are a lot of people who can't see in stereo, about a quarter of the population. Most people use other cues to resolve stereo depth, so no worries.

I shoot stereo slides, and I'm always saddened when I find someone who can't see them.

.rory.

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