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Ultrabright Outdoor Theater Weathers the Elements
No worries about harsh weather ruining this outdoor theater. Innovative techniques protect Digital Projection, Vutec, Bay Audio and other systems from the elements.
April 23, 2013 by EH Staff
In the dark, the screen can really shine. Its 14-foot-wide size ensures that everyone, no matter where they’re hanging out, can clearly see the action. An ultrabright (6,000-ANSI lumen), ISF (Imaging Science Foundation)-calibrated projector from Digital Projection International (DPI) was positioned behind the screen in an attic space. Here, it’s hidden from view and protected from the elements.

Audio is big in this space as well, so the family can hear the movie from the patio and the swimming pool. Bay Audio’s HTM1 Horn Loaded Speakers perform as the front channels of the surround-sound system for their ability to play “loudly and without distortion,” says Minhas. They’re angled downward from the eave of the house to contain the sound to the yard. Six Madison Fielding speakers, which double as planters, are positioned throughout the area to preclude audio “dead spots” and to serve as the surrounds. Of course, no movie is worth listening to if you can’t hear and feel the bass, so three Bay Audio HomeBase subwoofers were strategically planted in the yard. The speakers and subs are driven by an ADA PTM-6150 amplifier and Bay Audio Power Pack amps, respectively, which push out 2,500 watts of calibrated power.

The home theater may take center stage in this backyard, but the RTI system controls a lot more than the A/V equipment. All of the lights, as well as motorized patio umbrellas, can be operated from an RTI remote or iPad. The umbrellas are designed to capture and channel rainwater to an underground water drainage system- just one more step taken to protect the equipment from the weather.

See Also:
Outdoor Theater Features Hidden 9-Foot TV
Entertainment and Automation Add to an Awesome Backyard
Inside Look at Outdoor Televisions


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Systems & Equipment

Video Projector: DPI
Screen: Vutec
Speakers: Bay Audio, Madison Fielding
Control: RTI
Lighting Control: Lutron
Amplifiers: ADA, Marantz

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