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Having a theater projector at home is one of the dreams most of us want to make a reality, and this might be a great time to make your home theater dream a reality.
And the closest thing to it is having a home theater projector. With a huge screen at a reasonable price.
When buying a projector, It deals with a lot of actors plus your screen space and mounting position. Your cable wires must be installed in the right place, Which is another thing to consider.
Buying a large TV is quite easier than setting up a theater projector, But if you are aiming for theater-like experience,
Below are some tips on how to buy and set up a projector for your home movie theater.
What is Throw Distance?
When you are about to to install a projector, The first thing you will need to look into is the throw distance, which is the distance between the projector’s lens and the wall or projector screen. Every projector on the market has a spec sheet that will tell you the distance you need to mount it from the screen to optimally achieve a certain screen size.
All projectors have slightly different throw lengths, based on the type of bulb, lens, and other factors used in their design. So when you’re purchasing a projector, make sure the throw distance will fit inside your room preferably with the projector not resting right overhead where you’ll be sitting to avoid noise from its spinning fans.
If you have a small space to work with, consider grabbing a short-throw projector, like the Hisense 120L5G. These projectors are quite pricey but typically sit on TV stands right in front of your wall or projector screen and can project images from a super close distance (a few feet), rather than tens of feet away.
Using your manual as a guide, decide on how large you want your image to be, and calculate your throw distance. Many traditional projectors are designed around a throw distance of approximately 8 to 10 feet. Short throw projectors lessen that distance by a few feet, and ultra short throw projectors are designed to be used within only a few inches.
Choosing a Projector
When you are about to choose a projector to buy, First thing you will need to consider is the size of your space and what you want to use it for. Think of getting a projector with a high refresh rate if you are into watching sports and gaming. It is ideal to get something that has over 120 frames per second. This will allow for smooth-looking action as there will be more frames per second than traditional screens.
Of course it depends on the shows that you will be watching and your budget as well. But a 1080p, full HD, projector is considered a great purchase already. This is due to the fact that most shows and movies aren’t streaming in a super-high bitrate at 4K.
According to WIRED, there are a lot of modern projectors that offer 4K resolution. It offers brighter colors plus the main benefit of “being the higher dynamic range of that content.”
Purchasing a Screen
Like a movie theater, you’ll need a screen to project your image. Although, you can project onto any surface, screens are necessary for
an ultimate viewing experience. The screen are designed to provide the most cinematic image.
A 100- or 120-inch screen is a good start. This, of course, depends on the size of your room. Another factor to consider is if you will be able to mount the projector far away enough. You can choose from three variety of screen: roll-down, wall-mounted, or freestanding. A wall-mounted screen is a great option. For occasional movie night, you may be opted to get outdoor screens with legs. Roll-down are also a decent option.
Setting Up Your Projector
There’s a several ways of mounting or setting up your projector. While most of them work very well, it pays to check the manual to ensure that you get the right screws ideal for the weight of your projector. You can also check the manufacturer’s website to know their recommendations.
Unlike mounting a television that’s quite universal and has a plug-and-play solution, you may need to mount your projector to the ceiling. There is a $20 worth of screws and adjustable brackets available for mounting different projectors in the ceiling. You can make a research on Google or YouTube search to determine the mounts that are compatible with your projector. In setting up or mounting your projector, consider the throw distance and the size your screen.
Get a Streaming Stick
Immediately you are done deciding on your projector, you’re going to want to decide how to get audio and video to and from it. Some projectors have smart-TV interfaces built in, which makes it easy to immediately stream your favorite shows and movies, but some require a streaming device.
If you’ve got a disc player, game system, or computer you’d like to hook up, be sure that you consult the manual of the projector to make sure it
has enough inputs before you buy, and to make sure you’re plugging everything in where it needs to go for optimum performance projectors sometimes have specifically labeled HDMI ports for the audio return channel (ARC)
Manage all your cables
While settling up your projector, You will need to do some cable work . You will need to run cables and decide where most of home projectors Best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, and moreuse HDMI, and can typically USB, hidden too.
And make sure you buy long cables which will be enough to reach your devices. In a table based setup, you may be able to put set top boxes or other devices under the table, right next to the projector. For a ceiling mount, you’ll need to run cables through the ceiling and walls, or use a mount that has space for additional devices. Ultra short throw projectors need relatively little cable management, but you may want to make sure the cables are as low-profile as possible.
And now that your projector is all set up, all you need now is to find something good to watch.