How would it feel to have your own Cineplex right in your living room? It would be great, right? Of course, it would! Who wouldn’t want to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster or binge-watch an entire Netflix series on a gigantic 200-inch screen?
With their 4K UHD features and ability to project about 200 to 300 inches screen size, projectors have become incredibly popular among gamers, cinema-holics, and also for those who want to give a good presentation at their workplace.
Despite having cooler features than LED television, projectors cost way less. While the latest 60-inch LED cam costs anywhere from 500 to 1000 dollars, you can get a decent mid-high level projector for around 300 bucks.
So, the question we are answering today is how to create that wonderful home theater experience.
What You’ll Need
There are a few factors you have to consider before creating the ultimate home-theatre experience. There’s nothing you have to build through this process, as this is not a DIY setup.
However, there’ a bunch of things you probably have to buy, and we should warn you -some of them will put a dent in your pocket!
In the end, it’s totally worth spending all the money.
Buying The Projector
1. This is the most important part of the setup and if you don’t already own a projector, then purchasing one is the first thing you need to do.
2. While purchasing, the biggest factor is the budget. In today’s world, technology is advancing really quickly. Thus, the latest projector, even if bought today, could be obsolete very quickly.
3. We recommend that you spend wisely and buy a high-end projector. The projector can stick around for the next 4-5 years, and it will be like a one-time investment for you!
4. Higher-end projectors have better resolution, higher image quality, more HDMI ports, better built-in speakers, and whatnot. While a mid-range projector can create the theatre experience, it certainly won’t stick around for a longer time.
5. One of the key specs to look for if you want a long-lasting projector is the lamp life. This life can vary greatly depending on the projector, with some having a lamp life of 5000 hours and others going to 50,000 hours plus.
Choosing The Projector Location
1. Once you have brought the projector, the next important thing is finding the right location. Decide whether you want to keep it in the living room, your bedroom, or any other suitable room in the house.
2. You also have to find enough space to fit your screen or find a wall that’s large enough for projection. If using a wall, it should be as white as possible!
3. The bigger the projection, the better it is for your eyes. But that means you have to sit further back from the screen. Unless you mount the projector on the ceiling, you have to find a place to sit that doesn’t block the beam of light from the projector.
4. An alternative to mounting a projector is using an IKEA Lack Shelf Unit to keep the projector on at the back of a room.
Mounting The Projector
1. Mounting a projector on a tall shelf at the back of your room or on the ceiling is a better option than keeping it on the living room table or on the floor.
2. With such an elevated projector, no one can block the light from the projector unless he/she is the world’s tallest human being.
3. If mounting on the ceiling, be aware of where you screw the mounting brackets on the wall. Most walls have a drywall finish and aren’t strong enough to anchor the projector. Using a stud sensor, find the wooden joists inside the wall. The wooden joists are strong enough to hold the projector.
4. Again, we emphasize the IKEA LACK Shelf Unit option, which involves no drilling and is a better idea for anyone renting a property who doesn’t want to cause damage to walls and ceilings.
Adjusting The Image
1. Turn on everything!
2. Once you have turned on the projector, using a computer or any preferred device, project something onto the screen.
3. Adjust the projected image by lining up the projector’s lens with the screen and making sure it’s as perpendicular as possible.
4. To ensure everything’s going correctly, see if the entire screen is filled up or not. Some expensive projectors have Zoom Control option to size up the image properly.
5. Make sure the image has the correct focus. If more focus is on the center than on the corners, then this is an indication that the image and the screen aren’t fully perpendicular to each other.
Changing Picture Mode
1. Most projectors come with presets to set up the mode for your movie or any other content you want to watch. In the dark, the best picture modes for watching a movie are ‘Cinema’ or ‘Movie’.
2. However, should you have too many windows in your room and you’re watching during daylight, choose a brighter picture mood to enjoy your movie. But be careful! Brighter picture modes turn things a little green.
1. With such a big screen, you obviously need a theatre-like sound system. But unfortunately, projectors don’t have incredible built-in-speakers that do the audio that the movies and series you watch any sort of justice.
2. You could fix the problem with a 5.1 surround sound system, but that means you need a lot of messy cables and also leave yourself with a chance of tripping over them.
3. The best idea is just to buy a good pair of Bluetooth speakers that fit your budget. The latest projectors have built-in Bluetooth 2.0 adapters so that they will connect effortlessly to them.
With everything set up, you can turn off the lights, black out the windows, and get to enjoying your very own home theater set up.
You’ll love it so much it may be difficult for friends and loved ones to remove you from the room. The best thing to do is have some extra space for them to come and join you!