The per­fect movie night

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Danielle Mullings Gleaner Writer CO­OR­DI­NATED BY Ka­reem LaTouche

THIS YEAR has seen an in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity for many on­line movie sites and apps. This has led many to aban­don the pre­vi­ously soughtafter movie theatre in favour of the com­forts of a movie night at home. For oth­ers, they may just want to max­imise the ex­pe­ri­ence of watch­ing a nail­bit­ing NBA fi­nal or their favourite TV se­ries in style at home.

The first step is to at­tain the ac­tual movie or TV show to be watched. There is al­ways the tra­di­tional route of buy­ing a DVD but other quicker op­tions ex­ist, such as Net­flix. It gives you the abil­ity to ac­cess thou­sands of movies and se­ries for an ap­prox­i­mate monthly fee of :

Ba­sic – J$1,100 (US$7.99)

Stan­dard – J$1,300 (US$9.99)

Pre­mium – J$1,600 (US$11.99).

Af­ter pur­chas­ing Net­flix or find­ing the video on­line, Chrome­cast (flat fee of US$35) can be used to send what is be­ing viewed in a Chrome browser. This means that con­tent from sites such as Net­flix, Hulu or YouTube can be stream to your TV via Chrome­cast.

Al­ter­na­tively, if you don’t want a Chrome­cast, there are An­droid Sticks, which vary in price but can be bought for un­der J$5000, pro­vid­ing sim­i­lar con­tent.

Dis­play

Now that the video con­tent has been ob­tained, the dis­play needs to be set up. The movie can be dis­played on a tele­vi­sion or lap­top, but if you want the full movie ex­pe­ri­ence then a pro­jec­tor is ideal. A pro­jec­tor pro­vides a sim­ple way to pro­duce a large screen. One rec­om­mended pro­jec­tor is the BenQ 480P, which you can buy for $135,000.

The BenQ 480P is rec­om­mended as it has 850 x 480 res­o­lu­tion which is good for most DVD dis­plays. It is also light­weight for a pro­jec­tor at 6.3 lbs. The bright­ness is 1100 ANSI which is great for wall-sized im­ages. It also pro­duces im­ages from 31 inches to 300 inches (di­ag­o­nally). The only down­side to this pro­jec­tor is that it uses the some­what out­dated modes of con­nec­tiv­ity. That means it does not con­nect us­ing USB but, rather, the RCA jack (the red, yel­low and white con­nec­tors from old time TVs); how­ever you could al­ways pur­chase an adapter.

For the best use of a pro­jec­tor, you will need to find a flat sur­face, like a wall, to dis­play the im­age. You could also pur­chase a pro­jec­tor screen for $19,500 or hang a thick white sheet on the wall.

The pro­jec­tor should then be plugged into the com­puter, which has the video con­tent, and po­si­tioned to project on to the se­lected flat sur­face. Po­si­tion­ing the pro­jec­tor may some­times in­clude stack­ing books un­der­neath it un­til a suit­able height is at­tained. Most pro­jec­tors also have a man­ual fo­cus set­ting that can be fine­tuned to your lik­ing.

Sound

Even the best dis­play in the world can be hin­dered with­out qual­ity au­dio. Speak­ers with rich bass, clar­ity and have the ca­pa­bil­ity to fill a room with a rich sound, are rec­om­mended. The speak­ers should be set up across the room from each other. They should also be slightly fac­ing each other but mainly di­rected at the au­di­ence.

One sug­gested speaker is the Ar­gom Tech Ba­zooka Beats, which you can pick up for J$5,850. It has Blue­tooth ca­pa­bil­i­ties as well as USB con­nec­tiv­ity. The Ba­zooka Beats is able to emit rich bass up to 30 feet around it, main­tain­ing qual­ity au­dio even at loud vol­umes.

Food

With ev­ery­thing else done, the fi­nal ele­ment to make the per­fect movie night is food. The typ­i­cal food picks are hot dogs and pop­corn. You could al­ways pur­chase a pop­corn maker for around J$6,000 or a hot­dog maker for ap­prox­i­mately J$4,000 on Amazon.

Ad­di­tional Rec­om­men­da­tions

En­sure there is not much light­ing be­tween the au­di­ence and the dis­play, as it can be dis­tract­ing. The less light, the bet­ter.

The prod­ucts men­tioned in this ar­ti­cle were pro­vided cour­tesy of Royale Com­put­ers and Ac­ces­sories tele­phone 906-1067, 906-1068, and 754-5048.

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