Enjoy a Staycation at Home With An Outdoor Theatre

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It’s been a long, cold winter indeed. With the increase in temperatures, many families are planning their summer calendar with outdoor adventures and getaway vacations.  However, the reality of high gasoline prices, hefty airfare rates and hotel rooms has had many thinking again about implementing a Staycation.


What is a Staycation?

A Staycation is a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving activities at home and day trips to local attractions.

Enjoy Your Staycation at Home For Half The Cost

For those who crave outdoor activities, and choosing to stay at home this summer, why not create an outdoor home theatre system?

It may appear to be a daunting and expensive task. But, think again.

With a little ingenuity and for a much lower cost than sending your family away for a couple of weeks, you can combine your home-bound summer activities of backyard barbecues and pool parties with your own outdoor home theatre.

More homeowners now are enjoying the outdoor home theatre experience. It’s a new trend and it’s a great way to bring families, friends and even your neighbours closer together. And having an outdoor home theatre is less costly than going on expensive trips or taking part in ongoing outings of sorts.

How to Choose the Right Equipment For Your Outdoor Home Theatre

First thing first, select the right spot for the screen as this defines the focal point for the true entertainment experience.

Pick a spot that has room and will ensure quality for viewing. In the backyard, this can be done in an area on your back deck, or against a back fence. Choose your space wisely and work from there.

In terms of selecting screens, there are many affordable options in purchasing ready-made portable screens and inflatable screens that come in an array of sizes.

When it comes to watching movies outdoors, using a video projector is one option to consider and these are no longer as expensive in price as they used to be. Before show time, you will need to experiment with the projector’s distance in order to get a good quality picture and this doesn’t take long at all.

Why Not a Television?

While the projector/screen combo is a popular method in offering the right outdoor home theatre experience, more people now are utilizing self-contained outdoor TVs. There are many types and sizes to choose from. The LCD or LED/LCD TVs range from 32 inches to 80 inches in size. And believe it or not all are now quite affordable.

On the higher end side, there are also other options for outdoor TVs that are weather and temperature resistant, and some are also rain-resistant. Also, to compensate for temperature variations, some also incorporate both cooling fans and/or a heater, which means they can be used all-year round in many locations. In addition, some specially designed outdoor TVs also have anti-glare coatings so that, unlike video projectors, they can be viewed during daylight hours which is most practical with a covered patio, slightly overcast day, or away from direct sunlight.

How to Watch Movies on Your Outdoor Home Theatre

When it comes to watching movies, the options are endless when in purchasing Blu-ray players, up-scaling DVD players, as well as converter boxes and network media players, and these can be easily purchased as well without breaking the bank.

The same holds true with choosing the right kind speakers and receivers in fashioning the right outdoor home theatre adventure.

Mounting.  The Nuts and Bolts of Making It Right

Building stands, wall mounts and mobile racks for all your gear are also very affordable. And if you are feeling creative, you can build your own from scratch. There are also wireless options when it comes viewing your movies, shows or sports events on flat screen TVs and specially designed outdoor TVs.

Having an outdoor home theatre is a great family bonding experience. This is now a new way to entertain at home. In all, having an outdoor home theatre is more than doable. All you need to do is define your space and work with what suits you budget and in no time it’s movie time.

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