Set up an outdoor theater in your backyard

By on January 3, 2012
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Put your backyard to use by turning it into a cinema.

Once I had all the components in place, it was a matter of setting them up. The biggest challenge was the projector which has a throw range- meaning the further you keep it away from the screen, the larger the image you would get. Every projector is different in this respect- luckily there is a website where you can get an idea of how far your projector needs to be from your screen.

I have about 30 feet of garden space but my boundary wall is just 8 feet tall which is not enough to facilitate the entire projection. So I had to move my projector closer to the wall which also involved using an extension cord and moving the PS3 and Outcast Jr’s wireless transmitter along with it. Luckily, all of these things are pretty portable as far as their sizes are concerned.

Also, remember I mentioned the Bluetooth remote on PS3? Most devices come with an iR remote which requires you to point the remote to the device to work. However, in a setup like one I’ve described above, positioning a device to be in the line of sight of the remote can be inconvenient and restricting and thus the Bluetooth remote controller comes in very helpful as the PS3 can be anywhere around you and you’d still be able to control it.

With all the components now placed in the middle of the garden on a small table, I was very easily able to connect everything together. First of all, the projector, the PS3 and the sound transmitter were connected to power outlets through an extension cable. Then I had an HDMI cable running from the PS3 to the projector and a 3.5mm cable running from the projector to the sound transmitter. That was pretty much all the wiring that was required.

The Outcast speaker Jr, with it’s rechargeable battery and wireless receiver was extremely handy to be put anywhere at all. I tried all different places such as below the screen, behind the sitting area as well as on the side and although I preferred it best when it was below the screen, I just wanted to point out the flexibility it offers.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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