Want to watch movies on the big screen but don’t want to leave your couch? A home theater projector set up might be the solution you’re looking for.
With recent improvements in home theater technology, getting a high-quality picture in the comfort of your living room has never been easier.
If you’re worried about the difficulty of a?home theater projector set up, don’t be. The process is easier than you think, and you don’t have to be a trained technician to do it well.
With a few tools and a little know-how, you could be up and running in no time.
Keep reading for some quick and easy tips on home theater projector?set up.
Getting started–what you’ll need for your home theater projector set up
Before you get started, you’re going to need a projector. I know it sounds pretty obvious, but choosing a projector is the first step in the process.
Once you have your hardware picked out, you’ll only need a few hand tools to get your?home theater projector set up. At the?minimum, you’ll probably need:
- A screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
Also, be sure to check the instructions for your projector and mount for the manufacturer’s requirements.
Where to put the most important piece–the screen
Once you’ve picked a projector, it’s time to find a good place for the screen.
There are obviously?some size considerations to take into account when selecting a location for a projector screen. It’s not quite as easy as picking a spot for your TV.
Most rooms are only going to provide you with one or two walls suitable for screen placement, so picking a wall is probably not a tough choice. But if you can, try to avoid a wall with a lot of direct light, as the light could wash out your picture.
One element you do need to consider is how far up the wall should you place the screen. Somewhere between 24 and 36 inches from the floor is typically a good distance. The installation instructions for your screen may also provide placement guidelines.
Placing the projector
Finding a good spot for the projector itself will probably be the most challenging part of?home theater projector set up.
Most projectors will give you the option of hanging the unit from the ceiling or placing it on a table. You will also probably be able to decide if you want to project from in front of or from behind the screen.
In most residential situations, you will not have the option of projecting from behind the screen, so your choices will be somewhat limited in that area.
Mounting your projector on?the ceiling is typically the best option since it will place the unit up and out of the way of traffic and potential incidents.
If you are mounting your projector from the ceiling, try setting it on a table or ladder to get the distance and placement right before drilling into your ceiling.
What to do with?all the cables
One challenge with placing a piece of electronic equipment–like a projector–in the middle of your room, is what to do with the unsightly cables.
With most projectors, you’ll likely have at least two cables: the power cord and at least one video input, like an HDMI cable.
If your projector is mounted on the ceiling, the cleanest and most visually appealing method for routing your?cables will be through the ceiling and walls of your room. While this method will involve a bit more time and effort, it’s worth it in the long run.
If your projector is positioned on a table, you can either route the cables under the carpet–if the room is carpeted–or through a cord concealer
Optimize your picture
Once your projector?and screen are mounted in their respective locations, it’s time to perfect your picture.
A?home theater projector set up is all about getting the best possible video experience at home, so don’t skip this step.
If your projector is mounted on the ceiling, you may need to get on a ladder and adjust the angle and height?of the projector. Most projector mounts are adjustable, so it shouldn’t be a problem to get the angle right.
Many projectors also allow you to adjust the lens angle, as well as something called “Keystone correction“, which allows you to bring a misaligned image into alignment.
Let’s get focused
When your projector is in position and aligned as it should be, you can make some final adjustments by zooming in or out if necessary. This is usually done with a ring around the lens.
After you’ve dialed in the zoom, you should be able to find another ring on the projector’s lens that allows you to focus the picture. The focus on a?home theater projector works much like the manual focus ring on a camera, just twist it until the picture is fully in focus.
No?home theater projector setup would be complete without a quality sound system to back it up.
Most projectors do not have speakers built in, so you will need some way to enjoy the audio with your new, high-quality video. Even if you do happen to pick up a projector with built-in audio, you will still probably want to enhance your experience with a quality sound system.
The cables for your stereo can be routed with the input and power cables to your surround sound or audio system of choice.
Before you get started with your?home theater projector setup, don’t forget to follow to keep these simple steps?in mind:
- Assemble your tools
- Pick a great spot for your screen
- Position your projector
- Figure out what you’ll do with your cables
- Optimize and focus the picture
- And finally, set up your sound system
Now it’s your turn
Installing a home theater and projector in your home is an investment you’ll enjoy for years to come. Movies and games can really come to life on a big projector screen.
The installation is only part of the story, though. Before you get started, make sure you pick the right projector.
Leave a comment below, and let us know what the top picks are for your home theater projector set up. If you have any questions or want help choosing a projector, please contact us.