Outdoor Home Cinema – Putting HDTV’s Outdoors
Imagine lazy summer evenings, sitting back after a hard day at work sipping a cool beer and watching the children as they sit and watch a blockbuster movie on your outdoor home cinema. These memories will stay with you for a lifetime.
Well instead of day dreaming about it why not make your own outdoor home cinema? Anyone can do it, all you need is a little basic knowledge on where to buy the components.
So what do I need?
Combi DVD player
High Definition TV
Outdoor TV enclosure
Quality AV cables
A quick search will find stores ready to supply the DIY market with Audio Visual products. A rough guide price is around two thousand dollars depending upon what you want to achieve.
Okay, so let’s look at each component, so that we understand what is all means.
The best way to experience speakers is to go to a dedicated AV store and sit there listening to the likes of Bose and comparing the quality to Samsung and LG home cinema kits. Bose are more expensive however they are one of the smallest speakers around with a massive output and for my money well worth the investment. Now if money is an issue (we all like to save and get a bargain), try asking the sales person if they would consider selling you the display models this way you could get the Bose units for the price of the Samsung Home Cinema speaker kits.
Another way, is once you have decided on 2 or 3 options, you can then go home and search the Internet for the make and model number as most online stores are more cost effective than going in to the store.
Combi DVD player.
Most children have a PS2 or 3 in their bedroom or games room, this can be used for the DVD player, if a PS3 is available (check ebay or bargain stores for used consoles) these are perfect as a Blue Ray player offering maximum depth of colour to movies with fantastic sounds to match.
High Definition TV (HDTV)
The likes of Amazon and ebay can have good deals on for brand new HDTV’s, this is going to the key to the success or failure of your home cinema. So get the best TV you can afford.
Another consideration is will you be stripping the home cinema down after every time you watch a movie? Or once it is set up it will stay outdoors? If it is the later, you will seriously have to consider an outdoor TV enclosure.
Outdoor TV enclosure.
These are available from specialist manufacturers, who have experience designing and manufacturing weatherproof TV enclosures, housing any LCD or plasma TV from any manufacturer and protecting them from the rain, snow and direct sunlight.
This is what can let a home cinema down, with poor quality audio and visual cables, when buying cables look for the connectors that are gold plated as these give a much better connection and the non gold plated connectors tend to corrode and then the quality of the audio/visual is decreased over time a large loss is noticed.
An easy way or (lazy mans way) is to go back to the AV store and when you have decided on the setup you like, note everything down, from the TV (make and model), the cables (normally have the spec printed on them), DVD player (make and model), speakers (make and model number). Go home and in the comfort of your own home search online for the best deals – this way you know it is the home cinema you want but you get it at a more affordable price.
Dave has over 15 years experience in the AV industry as well as 3 years in the outdoor digital signage industry, manufacturing outdoor TV enclosures. As Dave owns Europe’s leading manufacturer of LCD enclosures that supplies the worlds top digital signage integrators with weatherproof TV cases. LCD Enclosures Global – anything else is a compromise.
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