Creating A Outdoor Home Theater

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One of the popular new concepts for home theater systems is the creation of an Outdoor Home Theater. While this may seem outrageous or even impossible to some people, with a little bit of planning, it can offer a very unique option for the home projection theater owner. Buyers beware; there are often restrictions placed on outdoor recreational equipment, especially in some gated communities. It is important to be aware of these before building an outdoor home theater.

It is not a good recommendation to purchase a rear-screen projector television set and put it up in the front yard. It is not really a good idea for the back yard either. However, with some

careful planning, an outdoor home theater can become a reality that will amaze your friends and give you all of the performance and features of an indoor system.

Creating A Outdoor Home Theater

Perhaps the first thing to take into consideration for an outdoor home theater is that all of the equipment will need a new housing to protect it. This is not nearly as complicated as it may sound. Proper care should be used to select materials that are aesthetically pleasing and fit in well with the surrounding décor. They should also be waterproof materials as this is after all, the great outdoors we are talking about.

If it is not possible to build an area sufficiently large for the screen (As most outdoor screens will be larger since there is more room to work with) the side of an existing building can often be used. Whether it is the garage, or the back of the house, or some other structure, a suitable location is still needed for the screen. The projector screen itself should be easily protected as well. A common solution for this is building some type of cabinet for the screen display, but there is another option that works fairly well in outdoor locations and that is paint that is specifically designed for use in projection screens. When using the paint, it is still important to have adequate protection for the screen as paint will change with exposure to weather and the elements.

For the projection unit of an outdoor home theater, it is recommended that you build a cabinet that will fit over the video projector. Building a cabinet with sufficient room is important. Make sure that the cabinet is large enough to accommodate all of the equipment while still leaving enough room to get in and work on the equipment as needed, or to perform any necessary projector maintenance.

Most new homes have various power sources outdoors. If there is not a reliable power source handy, it is best to run the power underground in a conduit of some sorts in order to give it a maximum amount of protection. Even with surge protectors, power surges and dips can have adverse effects on home theater projectors.

While the outdoor home theater may not be right for everyone, with a little planning and some implementation it can provide for an experience that will not only be unique, but will be a major topic of conversation among all of your friends. The outdoor home theater offers all of the benefits of an indoor theater with a little more flexibility and fun added in for good measure.