Internal Lens Cleaning? Don’t Bother

The weather is getting warmer. The nights are less chilly, and the skies are clearer. Summer is fast-approaching, and that means it’s time to pull your AV equipment out of storage and start getting ready for some fun outdoor cinema events this summer. Of course you’ll have to wipe the dust off of everything, make [...]

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The Proper Storage of Your Projector

The movie has faded to black. The final lines of credits, all the official seals and Roman numerals have rolled past and up out of sight. The crowd is starting to lurch upright and shake out the pins and needles in their legs. From the sleepy smiles on the faces that pass you, it would [...]

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A Few Great Ways to Coil Your Cables

Cables, cables, cables everywhere! All snaked together in a frustrating, hair-pulling clump; kinked into impossible knots; jacks and female ends bent and dinged up on the floor. This is not the way your cables should be – not unless you want to be constantly buying replacement cables. But, unfortunately, this is the way our cables [...]

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The Anatomy of a Cable

High-quality, well-kept cables are the lifeblood of your outdoor cinema event. You may have the finest projector in all the land and speakers so crisp and clear you’d think the actors on screen are actually just bouncing their voices off the inside walls of your skull – but without the cables to connect everything together, [...]

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“Standard” Versus “High Speed” HDMI Cables

One of the nice things about standardization is that makes things simpler. Take HDMI cables, for example. Over the years, HDMI cables have become the standard connector for digital media streaming boxes, video game consoles, and even your outdoor cinema setup. It’s nice to be able to go into an electronics store when you need [...]

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Signs Your HDMI Cable Has Gone Bad

We tend to panic, and jump right to the worst possible conclusion whenever our favorite shows and movies suddenly go kaput right before our eyes. When the sound starts to act funny, we blame the receiver and the stereo. When the picture falters, we curse the skies and start smacking the side of the console. [...]

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Is Cable Burn-In Real?

Let’s all be honest: very few of our modern commodities are built to last forever. Especially the little things. For example, a disciplined person who takes care of their possessions might be able to make the right car last 20, 30, or even 40 years – but it will come with a lot of replacements [...]

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Connecting Your Tablet to Your Projector

If you’ve ever had to relay a complex idea to someone with only your words, you know how intimidating such a task can be. Even if the vision inside your head is perfectly clear, it can be difficult to articulate. And it doesn’t always help to have a person – or worse, a whole conference [...]

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Questions to Ask When Choosing Cables

If you own any kind of audio or visual equipment, you’re going to end up spending a pretty penny on cables. Not only are good cables moderately expensive, but they are often needed in great numbers – have you ever put on an outdoor cinema event that only required one AV cable? Of course not. [...]

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How to Calculate Throw Distance

Light may travel quickly, but it doesn’t always travel as far as you’d like it to. This is especially true in the outdoor cinema game. The lens in your projector is calibrated to push the illuminated image only out to a certain distance; any closer or farther and the image becomes distorted, faded, stretched out, [...]

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Liquid Crystal Display and You

You’ll hear the term “LCD” bandied about a lot these days, whenever people get together to brag about their home electronics. You’ve definitely seen a guy gesture to his own TV and sort of casually say “LCD”, like it’s a throwaway feature. You’ve definitely seen the circle of guys around the Alpha TV-Owner all salivate [...]

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Liquid Crystal on Silicon and You

Whether you’re purchasing a projector for your own home entertainment system or for large-scale outdoor cinema events, you’ve probably been doing your research. Hopefully. Hey, whatever you’re using your projector for, it’s an investment. And you want to get the best quality, the best performance possible for the money you put down. That means you’ve [...]

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Does Your Projector Have Good Contrast Ratio?

Obviously if you’re going to be buying a projector for outdoor cinema events, you’re going to want it to have the best picture possible. You’re going to want it to have sharp resolution. You’re going to want it to have good, vibrant coloring. But one of the most important aspects that you’ll want to evaluate [...]

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What is Contrast Ratio?

Why would you buy a new television – or better yet, a new projector – without really studying the quality of the picture it delivers? The answer is you wouldn’t, of course. It’s safe to assume that, like any shrewd consumer, you’re staring at the projector in the store, trying to determine if it is [...]

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Connecting Your PC to Your Projector via Windows

Your projector is not picky. As long as you have the right connection tools, your projector will play video and sound from whatever device you want – Roku, Blu-Ray player, iPod, etc. Still some connections are definitely more complicated than others. In this post we’re going to walk you through how to connect your projector [...]

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