A Quick Guide to Setting Up a Home Projector

Projectors are used for a number of reasons, and the use of one can enrich your life both personally and professionally. Projectors are commonly found in schools and work offices, but are more and more often seen as a component in a home theater system. In fact, many high quality gaming projectors have been hitting the market for serious gamers.

Regardless of your original intention was that lead to the purchase a projector, setting it up can be a bit of a process that requires minimal research. Here, we will break down the process of setting up your projector, so that you can get the most out of it.

Step 1: Identify Where You Will Mount Your Projector

This first step could in fact be the most crucial step, determining the quality of performance your projector is capable of. You will have to examine several factors before ultimately deciding upon where you will mount your projector. Here are a few questions you may want to consider.

  • Will your projector have enough space between itself and the screen to obtain the desired screen size? If your projector uses a short throw projector lens, then spaciousness will be less of an issue for you.
  • Will the ceiling or wall be a better place to mount your projector?
  • Where in the room would you like for the projector screen to be placed? Fortunately, if you’re forced to place your screen on a wall that receives a considerable amount of light, there are projector screens that reject ambient light available for purchase.

Step 2: Identify Your Projector’s Throw Ratio

This should be either listed on the box or instruction manual that came with your projector. You will need this number, because guessing where to properly place your projector so that it accurately matches your screen can be difficult. Your projector’s throw ratio should look something like this: 1.85 – 2.22:1. Now, identify the width of the screen in which your projector will accompany. This number will then be multiplied by the lowest figure in your projector’s throw ratio. What you get will then be the minimum distance from which your projector should be from the screen. Then, multiply the highest figure in your projector’s throw ratio with the screen width, and you will know the maximum distance from the screen that your projector can be placed.

To reiterate:

  • Lowest figure in throw ratio x screen width = minimum amount of distance between your screen and projector.
  • Highest figure in throw ratio x screen width = greatest amount of distance between your screen and projector.

Step 3: Use Keystone Corrections For Adjustments

Keystone corrections can be found in your projector’s menu. They are used to further ensure that your projector’s image fits perfectly with the screen. Through the keystone settings, you can adjust the height, width, scale, and position of your projected image however necessary.

Step 4: Optimize Your Projector’s Focus

This may require up to two people, although some of the best projectors have a test generator which can be overseen by one individual. Otherwise, display an image from your projector which presents a few long visible lines. Preferably black lines on a white backdrop (or vice versa) so you can see them clearly. Now, adjust your projector’s focus until the lines are hard, clear and the blur is removed.

Step 5: THX Optimizer Menu

Do the same as you would for your home television, here. It is best to play with each individual setting, that way you can ensure that your projector’s image is optimal and that you’re not missing out on any of the potential of your projectors performance capabilities. Here, you will adjust some of your projector’s settings such as color and tint.

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