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Monthly Archives: June 2020

  • Connecting To External Speakers With No Audio Output On A Projector

    Have you have recently purchased or already own a projector and now want to connect it to external speakers but realised there isn't an audio output? Not to worry! We have done some research on this and come up with a few solutions you can try to connect your projector to an external speaker without an audio out port.

    Solutions:

    Bypassing the Projector
    Use the HDMI out on the projector to your device for the picture > then use the 3.5mm out direct to speaker/sound bar from your computer > Change your sound settings on your device to match this.
    Using this method, you bypass the projector and the sound will go through the laptop to the speaker.

    Splitting the sound
    See this video for splitting the sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrhX3t-HR8Y

    Using a VGA Connection
    You can also use a VGA connection if you want to use it from your laptop and use the Audio IN port with a 3.5m line in cable from the source device earphone/audio out port.

    Using the projectors in built speakers
    Alternatively, most projectors do have speakers already built in, with some being quite powerful. See what the internal speakers are like and if they are suitable for you.

    Lip syncing issue
    If there is a lip sync issue which there shouldn’t be sometimes there are settings on the source device which allow you to change the delay to sync it up. This may differ on which device you are using and is one to test if yours has it.

  • Outdoor Projection: Create an Outdoor Cinema

    Try something new this summer and experience an outdoor cinema with friends and family. Whether you are looking to project movies or just watch the game on the big screen either in the garden or camping, we have you covered with every screen and projector option to suit every budget.

    Use a projector for multiple applications other than just for outdoors such as creating a home cinema entertainment system on the big screen, gaming, zoom, work and more.

    Read more to find out tips and tricks on maximising your outdoor cinema experience. See recommendations below for ultra portable projectors, bright lamp based projectors and screens.

    Tips & Tricks for Projecting Outdoors

    Projecting outside during the day can be tricky as the sunlight can fade images just like on a TV, however there are plenty of solutions to help maximise the viewing experience. Here are just some below:

    • - Using a gazebo / canopy is a great way to block off direct sunlight and stop the projected image fading
    • - Use an Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen with a high gain to increase the brightness (some ALR screens are only suitable with UST projectors, please check that your projector is compatible with the screen).
    • - Use a portable projector in a tent and enjoy a memorable camping trip.
    • - Alternatively, project in the shade where the sun isn’t facing

    Other safety tips for projecting outdoors:

    • - Projecting outdoors can be cold, especially at night, be sure to bring blankets, covers or electric heaters to keep you comfortable and warm whilst you enjoy the movie.
    • - Always remember to keep the projectors away from any water, turn off sprinklers and move drinks away from the projector.
    • - Don't forget an extension lead to plug in your devices outside, preferably waterproof to avoid any damages.
    • - Remember to bring the equipment indoors at night and keep in a safe place.
    • - Keep cables out of the way, save any accidents and secure them down.

    Outdoor Projection

    Creating Your Outdoor Cinema

    When creating an outdoor cinema choosing the right projector and screen for your setup is critical. We have selected a range of options from high powered lamp projectors, portable LED projectors to a range of outdoor screens to suit every budget.

    These will work in shaded areas during the day, at dusk or at night, providing glorious images up to 120" that will transport you  into the movie or the game.

    High Brightness Lamp / Laser Based Projectors

    These projectors are ideal for projecting outdoors with their high brightness. There is a trade off between lamp projectors and portable projectors. Portable projectors offer portability, wireless connectivity, LED light source, android and built in battery whereas lamp based projectors generally speaking only offer high brightness, without all these other features, and are mains powered so an extension cable may be needed.

    Bear in mind when reviewing lumens on Amazon or Ebay lumens are often quoted at 6 to 20 times the real ansi lumen figure so be sure to compare like with like. For example, some of the 4000 - 5000 ansi lumen models below would equate to 100,000 lumens using the marketing lumens method of comparison!

    Key Features

    Benq TK810* Acer P5330W Acer H6531BD Acer P6200

    Acer X118HP

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    3200 4500 3500 5000

    4000

    Resolution

    4K UHD HD Full HD 1080p XGA

    SVGA

    Native Aspect Ratio

    16:9 16:10
    (16:9, 4:3 supported)
    16:9
    (4:3 supported)
    4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    Speakers 5watt 16watt 3Watt 2x10watt

    3watt

    Input Connections x2 HDMI
    x1 RS232
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x2 VGA
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    USB
    x2 HDMI
    x2 VGA
    USB

    x1 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    USB

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm  In / Out

    3.5mm  In / Out

    Waterproof

    No No No No

    No

    Operating System

    No No No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Mains Only Mains Only Mains Only Mains Only

    Mains Only

    Weight (kg)

    4.2 2.73 2.6 4.5

    2.8

    Dimensions ( H x Wx D - cm)

    38 x 12.7 x 26.3 10.3 x 31.5 x 21.4 9 x 32 x 23 11.6 x 36.9 x 29.4

    11.3 x 313 x 24

    Price inc vat

    £1,140.00 £588.00 £465.00 £865.00

    £319.99

    * = The BenQ TK10 features a built in operating system with apps to stream movies directly from the projector.

    Key Features CHiQ A5U Vivitek DW763Z-UST Hitachi CP-X5550

    Eiki EK-510U

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    2,500 4,000 5,800

    7,000

    Resolution

    4K UHD HD HD

    Full HD

    Native Aspect Ratio

    16:9
    (4:3 supported)
    16:10 4:3
    (16:9 supported)

    16:10

    Speakers

    Total: 45watt 10watt 2x5watt

    10watt

    Input Connections

    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x2 USB
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 RS232
    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 USB

    x2 HDMI
    x1 VGA
    x1 USB

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out 3.5mm In / Out

    3.5mm In / Out

    Waterproof

    No No No

    No

    Operating System

    Yes No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Mains only Mains only Mains only

    Mains only

    Weight (kg)

    9.3 10.5 6.9

    10.3

    Dimensions (cm) 48 x 17.15 50.9 x 39 x 14.5 46 x 13 x 33.4

    47.4 x 17.9 x 41.2

    Price inc vat

    £2,595.00 £1,199.99 £835

    £3,400

    Luxury All-In-One Projector, Speaker, Screen Bundle

    Chiq A5U 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector & Screen Bundle - From £2,955.00

    Whilst a 2500 ANSI lumen projector may not be the first choice for an outdoor projector, the CHiQ A5U is worth considering due to its separate high powered speakers and highly understated lumens. The A5U has the equivalent brightness of some other manufacturers whose stated advertised lumens are 4,000 - 5,500 ansi lumens so don't be put off by the low advertised ansi lumens. Bear in mind when reviewing lumens on Amazon or Ebay lumens are often quoted at 6 to 20 times the real ansi lumen figure so be sure to compare like with like.

    In addition,  using the A5U with an ALR screen drastically reduces any ambient light issues making it a great high end home cinema for indoors or outdoors.

    It's also worth considering the CHiQ E5F36 which is an alternative high brightness 3600 ansi lumen laser UST projector with Full HD at a much lower price.

    The all-in-one A5U bundle can be easily setup by placing the A5U on a table and projecting on to the mounted ALR screen. Its separate 40 watt designer speakers provide amazing quality sound even when outdoors. The screen can be mounted on most surfaces including a fence, shed or wall and can be unhooked quickly and be flat packed away for easy storage.

    Note: None of the screens are waterproof.

    Ultra short throw (UST) projectors like the A5U only work with fixed frame screens, these can either be standard fixed frame or ALR screens.

    Portable: All-In-One Projectors

    Portable projectors are not as bright as lamp based projectors but have more features such as built in battery, android operating system, wireless connectivity and more.  However there will be plenty of projectors on Amazon claiming to be much brighter than they actually are by 6 to 20 times the true figure!

    Portable projectors are a perfect all-in-one solution when projecting at night, in a tent / gazebo or in the shade.

    All the portable models all have standard TRIPOD MOUNTS on the base of the projector so you can put them on a mini tripod eg on a table or on a large floor standing tripod. You can also simply mount them on any flat surface but the tripods help angle the projector onto the screen and are a well worth while accessory to invest in. £14 - £29.

    Pico Genie Periscope PlusQumi Q8

    Key Features

    Pico Genie Periscope Plus 2.0 Benq GS2 Vivitek Qumi Z1H Vivitek Qumi Q8

    Acer C250i

    Brightness (Ansi Lumens)

    200 500 300 1000

    300

    Resolution

    480p HD HD Full HD

    Full HD

    Native Aspect Ratio

    4:3 (16:9 supported) 16:9 16:9 16:9

    16:9

    Speakers

    3watt Deep Bass 2x4watt 2x5watt 2watt

    5watt

    Input Connections x1 HDMI
    x1 MicroSD
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 USB
    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB

    x1 HDMI
    x1 USB-C
    x1 MicroSD
    x1 Wireless Kit

    Audio In / Out

    3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out 3.5mm Out

    3.5mm Out

    Waterproof

    No Splash & Drop Proof No No

    No

    Operating System Yes Yes No No

    No

    Battery Life

    Up to 3hrs Up to 3hrs Up to 6hrs Mains only

    Up to 5hrs

    Weight (kg)

    0.9 1.6 0.66 0.5

    0.77

    Dimensions ( H x Wx D - cm) 15.8 - 19 x 5 13.9 x 14.4 x 13.9 8.8 x 8.8 x 13.7 19 x 11.4 x 4.3

    9.8 x 9.8 x 16.8

    Price inc vat

    £225.00 £584.40 £489 £829

    £405

    Outdoor  / Indoor Screen Options:

    Choose from a range of projector screens for use both indoors and outdoors. Options include fixed frame, portable, easy setup or even Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) to reduce sunlight.

    Note, none of these screens are waterproof and will need to be taken down at the first site of rain however they can be used indoors and outdoors.

    Here are some useful screens for outdoor use

    • Inflatable Screens (140")
    • Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Screens (Fixed frame flat packed)
    • Fixed Frame
    • Wall / ceiling screens ideal to fix on a wall or shed
    • Portable Screens (tripod, fast fold from 80" to 140")

    Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) Screens for use with UST Projectors

    With new ambient light rejection technology, create a more impressive and brighter image in daylight conditions. ALR material is designed to reflect the projected image, promoting the deep black levels and vibrant colours while absorbing the ambient light to prevent the image from fading.

    Please note, some ALR screens only work with ultra short throw projectors although it is possible to have ALR for non UST models so it is important to take advice first. Please contact us via email, live chat or by phone.

    There are two separate options for ambient light rejection screens to be used outdoors.

    CHiQ 100” S-CK100 ALR Screen

    100" Ambient Light Rejection Screen

    With CHiQs advanced material technology, the S-CK series offers a screen gain of 0.8 while enhancing the image contrast by 20 times making it perfect for brighter areas whether that be your garden, shed or lounge.

     

    See more ALR/CLR screens here: https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/accessories-screens/screens/alr-screens.html 

    Inflatable 140" Outdoor Projection Screen

    The inflatable 140" projection screen is the ideal screen for your outdoor cinema. This packs down to a manageable size and once fully set up delivers a monster 140" viewable screen size.

    Setting up this portable inflatable screen is simple. Simply use the included pump to inflate the screen in seconds and attach the screen fabric which can be front (standard) or rear projection (optional) !

    See the video below to see how fast this huge outdoor projector screen inflates.

    Portable Screens

    We have a wide choice of screen options for indoor and outdoor use that divide into fast fold screens with flight cases that go from 80" to 140", alternatively we have 80" lightweight tripod projector screens.

    Huge Portable Screen 4m wide

    When using lightweight projector screens such as the 80" Tripod Screen, it is recommended using tent pegs, sandbags or rope tensioner to keep the screen safely in place.

    Tripod Screen

    Electric / Manual Pull Down Screens

    These wall or ceiling mounted screens fix with ease to a shed, wall or fence panel. They are designed for indoor use so as with all screens its essential to make sure they can be quickly removed in case the weather changes.

    Projector & Screen Bundles for Outdoors / Home Cinema:

    Save time and look at these outdoor projection bundles from the link below:

    https://www.personalprojector.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=outdoor

    If you require any more help choosing the right product, please contact us by email, phone or live chat.

    Personal Projector Ltd, 01924 589 589, enquiries@personalprojector.co.uk

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