Summertime Outdoor A/V Entertainment Ideas

Summertime Outdoor A/V Entertainment Ideas










Move it Outside

As the weather starts to warm up, more and more people are taking their parties outside. Between BBQ’s and watching movies on warm summer nights, there are so many reasons to enjoy an awesome outdoor theater in your backyard. Here are some tips, tricks, and expert recommendations on building theĀ best outdoor home theater for any home.

First things first, it needs to be dark to watch anything outdoors. There is no projector made that is brighter than the sun so movie watching, outdoor gaming, and everything else should happen once it’s dark outside. Sure, you could install an outdoor TV, but then you’re stuck sitting on the patio huddled around a small screen? When you’re having a party, you want a large image that only a projector can create.

Placement is also an important factor. Keep in mind the distance you want to set up and how far away it is from the nearest power source as well as the lengths of your extension cords. Also make sure your setup is far enough away from the “splash zone” if you are doing an event near a pool.

For outdoor home theater use, experts recommend a minimum of 2,000 lumens and brighter as well as an HDMI connection. HD resolution is also an important feature for watching favorite movies and games in crisp and clear quality.Since this setup won’t be a permanent install and people’s expectations won’t be as demanding, you can sacrifice some contrast for increased brightness. There are plenty of great perfect for backyard movie night that cost less than $1,000.

You may be tempted to simply project the video onto a hung up sheet or directly on the side of the house. That’s fine! Do whatever suits your needs. A note of warning though: the smallest gust of wind can ripple your sheet and if the side of the house isn’t a smooth surface, your image can get easily skewed. Experts recommend screens that are extremely quick and easy to setup (you don’t want to spend half the night installing) and that keep the image tight and polished regardless of wind. From screens that fill up with air and then deflate to be put away, to roll-away screens with cinema-grade material, there is sure to be something that fits your budget.

Projectors normally don’t come with built-in speakers, however portable outdoor speakers or Anchor powered speakers feature built-in amplifiers.

There are so many options available to get your video projecting. Just make sure that the wireless router signal is strong enough to reach the projector; a Roku stick, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV are good video streaming options. Otherwise a Blu-ray player or laptop will work just as well, you’ll just need to run some extension cords.

With that said, outdoor movie theaters are the hottest trend of the summer! Be the talk of the neighborhood with the coolest backyard parties on the block. .


Sounds of Summer

If you really like full bodied sound outdoors then be sure and add some outdoor speakers. The speakers can easily be wired back to and amplifier or receiver. Some receiver have bluetooth or Apps that will allow you to control what you listen to outside. You can even plug in media devices or sources like the projector mentioned above.

Outdoor mounted waterproof speaker

Featured Product – Ambient Light Projector

Epson 1040 HD

Retails for $799.00

This projector is perfect for rooms or outdoor spaces that deal with ambient light, Blasting out 3000 lumens of light blasting with the High Definition lens.

Comes with built in speakers or connect through a receiver to amplify through loudspeakers

Features up to 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Connect your Blu-ray DiscĀ® player, gaming console or streaming device


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