Tips to Setup a New Projector

Modern projectors offer an experience that is many times better than your huge, ultra-expensive TV set. It might be an affordable 1080p model or the high-end 4K light cannon; projectors are just unbeatable.

The only disadvantage of using a projector is that it requires a dark room and needs more setup and adjustment than an average TV. Little changes make up for the considerable difference in the picture quality.

So, here we are, with everything you need to know about how to set up your home theatre with the projector.

Perfect Your Placement

A majority of inexpensive projectors lack a lens shift. This means your screen needs to be placed in the perfect line, angle, and direction. Plus, you have to figure out the throw angle, which could be below, or above, the edge of the screen.

Next is the difference between the screen and the projector. Maximum projectors can fit a 100-inch screen from a distance of about 10-feet. However, this could be highly variable. You can always find this information on the manufacturer’s website or in the owner’s manual of the projector.

Mind Your Heat Management

Projectors throw out a fair amount of heat and light. So make sure it is being placed in such a way that its airflow is not compromised. If the airflow is blocked, the projector could heat up and shut down.

So, make sure to either use a fan vented cabinet or live it in the open.

Lessen Ambient Light

All the areas from where entry of ambient light is possible must be covered and closed. Any light emitted except through the projector is bad and reduces your image quality.

Even if your projector is coping well with this unwanted light, its lamp will get affected with time. So, use blackout curtains or any heavy curtains to save your image quality along with the life of your projector.

Dial With Focus

Most of the projectors come with manual focus adjustments, either using a wheel or motorized. Each of them comes with its pros and cons. But here is how you can achieve the sharpest focus.

If you are using a motorized focus, stand up at the screen and adjust gradually to see the distinct pixels. Initially, they will be too small to see, but keep changing until you see the darker outlines.

While using an analog focus, it is more likely to get the absolute focus with manual adjustments. Merely, a stable analog rotation of the focus dial, and you are done.

Use the Right Setting

Every projector has a super bright bulb inside it that is known as a lamp, or you could take it to the heart of your projector.

The projector gives the best image quality in its brightest lamp setting, but it will not last long.

It is ideal to run your projector in the Echo mode. With negligible changes on the screen, lamps would be dimmer and quieter, plus fans won’t have to work hard.

Upgrade Your Sound

Don’t even think about using the built-in speakers; the sound is not going to match the dynamic picture. You will end up defeating the purpose of a projector in a home theatre.

You can go for decent speakers and connect them with analog cables. If money is not a barrier, then you can use a soundbar or receiver with speakers, to get the ultimate home theatre experience.

We hope these tips prove useful to you and your brand new projector.


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