Winter is well and truly in full force in many parts of the world and spending quality time outdoors often means a day on the snow-filled slopes with skiing activities or just a road trip that keeps you warm and toasty all the way. But for those thinking about the warmer months ahead and ways in which they can make their evenings in the coming spring, summer and fall a lot more special, the idea of an outdoor home theater is one that you just cannot pass on. Taking the big game nights and movie experience outdoors and under the star-studded sky has its own romantic appeal that is truly exceptional.
The best outdoor home theaters are the ones that cater to your exact need even while offering unmatched quality in terms of both sound and picture. This is all about finding a balance between the right aesthetics, acoustics and technical feasibility. Modern gadgets and connectivity has made it a whole lot easier though and you need not have to scurry around to hide the endless wiring and to find power sources one after another! With that in mind, this is a look at some of the best outdoor home theaters you will ever find –
Entertainment with a Refreshing Dip!
Finding the best spot for your outdoor home theater is the first and most difficult part of it all. It is much more than just choosing a random area in the patio, out in the yard or next to the pool. You will have to take into consideration the amount of light it receives, privacy and the acoustics before making the final call. Make sure that the space is sheltered and does not disturb your neighbors far too much and for those with a lavish pool and deck, this is the ideal place to combine a relaxing dip, a weekend party and some giant-screen entertainment with ease. Screens that disappear when not in use along with a projector is the current trend!
Finding a Sheltered Space
The pergola with the fireplace or even the patio next to your open plan living area is a great place for the modest home theater that uses a giant television and the right sound system. Making it happen is also pretty easy as you already have a sheltered space that allows one to incorporate all the necessary components with ease. Make sure though that there is ample sitting space for everyone here with a couple of plush sofas or even the simpler, stadium-style seating with some floor pillows.
Work with What You Have
It is important to understand that not every outdoor movie night experience is the same and what you would get with a home theater on the roof of an urban residence is much different from what one can expect in the lazy garden of a spacious suburban home. Even the smallest balcony can be turned into a lovely hangout with entertainment options by using the right gear. Sometimes all you need is a giant LED TV, a home theater system and a couple of chairs to get the job done.
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