In this modernized era, people are opting more for video projectors than typical TVs. Home projectors are the best for theater entertainment to experience large screen in your own home.
Setting up a home theater projector is very different than setting up a TV.
While it's not difficult to set it up, it needs a little planning. There are a few things that needed to be done to set the movie theater in your home in the right way.
Start with The Screen
Before buying your projector and equipment decide, whether you want to project on to the wall or the screen. It's your choice If you use a wall, a white sheet, or a screen.
I suggest, if you are setting up an entire home movie theater, you should invest in buying scree, because it's worth it. Buying screens can be really helpful for you, as they are specifically designed to cope with ambient light and heighten the contrast improving the image quality. Some screens also have micro-perforation to put the speakers behind the screen and enjoy full theater sound.
Once you have purchased your projector and screen, you may start the following steps to set up a movie theater in the right way.
Before securing the hardware and connecting the pieces, determine the exact location where you want to mount the projector. Most projectors can project through table-platform or from the ceiling.
The projector needs to be mounted upside down to the ceiling. Ceiling mount projectors allow you to adjust images on your own choices like you can invert the image to appear with the right side up.
Do not just rush to cutting your ceiling to mount the projector; determine the screen distance first. However, note that the distance required from the screen would be the same as the distance required for a table-based projector.
To make the right placement, put the projector on the top of the ladder to the right height. However, if you find it difficult to get on the ladder and hold the projector, you may opt to find the required distance through a table, and then mark the permanent placement on the ceiling.
Connect the Sources
You have to connect one or more source devices to your projectors like PC, video game console, DVD, Disc player, or cable box.
Modern projectors include HDMI, composite, and monitor inputs. Once you have connected all the resources, it's time to turn on the projector. Here, I am providing you basic instructions to get started:
- Upon turning on, the screen will appear with the brand logo and a message of searching for an input source.
- Turn your connected sources active. You can also select the source manually by the remote or onboard selection button.
- Once the projector finds and connects to your source, you have to select your project placement from your projector's selection menu.
Keystone Correction and Lens Shift
After setting up the hardware, you have to adjust the angle of the image on the screen. Most of the projectors provide keystone correction, which allows you to adjust the angle of the image without skewing it.
If you do not have the option to keystone, you can use the lens shift. It allows us to move the lens vertically or horizontally. It is beneficial as it does not make you physically move to the full projector to change placements.
Once the desired angle is achieved, you have to make the image clear by zoom or focus controls. Focus control makes the image clear to our eyes concerning our sitting position.
Optimization of Picture Quality
You can always change your image optimization by changing the aspect ratio. For a home movie theater, 16:9 is the best aspect ratio.
Next, you have to set your picture settings. Most projectors allow a series of pre-sets and built-in settings, including dynamic, cinema, or standard.
Here is a short guideline:
- To display computer graphics or content, use PC picture settings.
- For home theater use, normal or standard settings are the best option because they are best for both movies and TV programs.
- Do not do vivid settings, as it saturates the images making it harsh.
- For a dark room with less ambient light, use cinema settings, as it is warm and dim.
If you do not like any settings, you can manually set the colors, filter, contrast, and saturation level.
Finishing the Installation
It's time to permanently mount the projector and finish the installation by checking that no wires or cords are hanging or lose strands falling off the ceiling. These might cause inconvenience shortly.
Check Sound Quality
Built-in speakers in the video projectors have the sound quality of a cheaper laptop or a radio, which might be suitable for a small room. But it does not suit the theater environment of the home. If you want a high-quality sound experience, you have to pair our projector with an under-TV audio system.
Double Check Every Thing
After finishing up, double-check everything to figure out if there is any barrier. Find and fix any problems right away; they occur.
Play a quick game, watch a Netflix show, and test that both the image and sound quality are standard.
Best Location for A Projector in A Home
If you desire to have your movie theater, you must know which is the projector's best location.
Projectors are mostly used in living rooms to enjoy a day ahead of the hectic routine of life.
Depending on the layout of your living room where you want to mount the projector, based on the points mentioned above, you may have choices about the location and placement. There must be a specific distance between the screen and the mounted projector. It would be best if you chose a wall with the lest direct light, as the light on the screen will wash out the images.