Building the Best Home Theater system onboard your yacht can be fun with some geat tips to help you enhance your onboard home theater experience. Some of the most important things to consider while planning your mobile home theater system include room size and screen size as well as lighting conditions which can determine the kind of projector that will work best onboard your own personal aquatic home theater.
1. Think first about what will viewed in the room.
Some people use an onboard theater only to watch movies; others only watch sports. Some mostly play video games; others use it for all of the above.
Why is this important to know ahead of time? Because the answer will help dictate what aspect ratio (or shape) the screen should be. An onboard theater that shows movies 80 percent of the time would benefit from a 2.35:1 aspect-ratio screen, which is wider than a standard 1.78:1 aspect-ratio screen.
The wider screen will accommodate epic films such as “Gladiator” (my favorite) or “Star Wars” without shrinking the viewable image with black bars above and below the image.
The sports fan or gamer will want a 16:9 aspect-ratio screen to get the largest image possible.
The current trend is to use a projector and screen combination that automatically adapts to various picture shapes; motorized “masking” panels will reshape and resize the screen according to the source picture, and a special motorized anamorphic lens attached to the videoprojector adapts the picture to fit the screen. It is the best of both worlds.
Keep in mind that the more light that enters your onboard home theater room the more lumens you will need from your projector. So make sure you can control how much light is entering the room or find a room onborad where there are very few windows.
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