Projector for outside use

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  • NigelTufnel
    Junior Member
    • Oct 2009
    • 1

    Projector for outside use

    I'm in the market soon for a home theater projector and screen for outside use. I'm wondering about a few things:

    - How high of an angle and how far away from the screen can I expect to mount the projector? I want to be able to show football games and such without losing a lot of yard space due to screen blockage. My ideal setup would be to mount the permanently or semi-permanently under the eaves of my house and allow it to project through the yard onto a screen mounted on my wood privacy fence, but if I lose all the yard between the projector and screen, that's no good. My guess would be that stretching a string between the projector lens and the base of the screen will tell me what area will block the image.

    -Will I be able to use this in the daytime, or just I expect to only be able to use it at night? I've been seeing the brightness ratings on a few models I've looked at, but I don't really know what the numbers translate to in usage.

    -Do you thing it would be too distracting to have the speakers in a place other than at the screen?

    I have to do this as cheaply as possible. Suggestions are appreciated.
  • Brandon B
    Super Senior Member
    • Jun 2001
    • 2193

    Daytime outdoor projection is pretty much a non-starter, and with your "cheaply as possible" caveat, it goes very very far out of the picture.

    Mounting a projector permanently outside will require building it a weather proof enclosure that still allows it to ventilate for cooling when operating.

    The speaker thing is subjective, but I think for an outside rig, it should be fine.

    What do you consider cheap?


    • Hammie
      Senior Member
      • Oct 2005
      • 304

      I think the Black Diamond screen needs to be looked at for your application. I remember reading an article where the applicaiton was for outdoor use and another in a room with a lot of natural light. It did extremely well.

      As far as the projector, you will need to make sure it is safe from the weather. Either build a weather-proof box for it, or like you said, mount it under the eave of the back yard.
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      • farazakan
        Junior Member
        • Sep 2009
        • 15

        Nowadays projectors are coming with weather shield.


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