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How to use a projector to set up a great home theatre experience

If you have a projector at home, all you honestly need is an empty wall 

With a projector you can use a whole empty wall, if you have one, to watch shows or movies as you like. All you need to do to enhance the situation is to set it up right.
With a projector you can use a whole empty wall, if you have one, to watch shows or movies as you like. All you need to do to enhance the situation is to set it up right. (BenQ)

Are you a movie buff? Do you love binging shows on Netflix? And are you wondering the best way to experience your favorite TV series or movies on the biggest screen possible - like your wall? 

We’ve told you how you can set up your laptop or TV to make the best of your watching experience at home - but what if you have a projector?

With a projector you can use a whole empty wall, if you have one, or a screen to watch shows or movies as you like. All you need to do to enhance the situation is to set it up right. Here, BenQ, the brand with a range of display solutions including projectors and monitors, has some suggestions for you.

To make sure you and your family brings the movie theatre experience home, almost literally, here’s what you need to do:

Find the right spot

First, you have to find a suitable setup location. Depending on the screen size you want, you need to find out the throw distance. Throw distance is the distance from the screen to lens needed to create an accurate image on screen. Short throw projectors come in handy for big screens in small rooms, as they do not require long distances to project a big picture. If space is not a constraint, long-throw projectors can help create a large screen in a big room.

Select your screen type

A projector can project either on a smooth white wall or on a roll-up screen (may or may not be motorised). Reflectivity of the projection screen serves as an important factor, as screens need to “reject” light so that the final image is bright enough to be seen in rooms that are not completely dark. Thus dark walls or screens would not make for a very good experience - try lighter colours.

Adjusting image height

If space and room decor allow you to align the projector to the center of the screen, then you do not need to worry about adjusting the height of the image. On the other hand, if you want to project from the floor, a table, or any other available flat surface that is not perfectly aligned with the center of a screen you will need to adjust image height using the projector’s adjustable height options.

Speakers

Most projectors come equipped with built-in speakers. Many projectors arrive with powerful speakers that easily cover a large living room with lush audio. Advanced projectors come with audio-enhancing technology to please the audiophiles. Stereo-like speakers housed in resonant sound chambers and Audio Enhancer’s breakthrough algorithms, used by Hollywood studios, dramatically boost bass and treble for some seriously good stereo sound. In case your projectors do not have integrated speakers, set up a a sound system compatible with the projector’s port.

Now, your favourite content

Wondering about how the content will be played? It is as simple as using a TV, with a wider screen. Projectors come with connectivity support for a HDMI cable that will allow you to stream content from Tata Sky, your Firestick, Hard Disk and/or laptop. Whether you want to binge watch your favorite Netflix Show or view the old videos/images via hard disk, you can do it all.

So, set it up and get watching. Happy weekend everyone!