Superbowl Party Done Right

Superbowl Party Done Right

When its time to host your big game party, look no further…

Why am I talking about a Superbowl Party? What does that have to do with an online home theater company?  Plenty!  Unless you have a dedicated home theater room, i bet you’ve forgotten the most important part of the big game.  What are you watching the game on? And dont say you are streaming it over your computer or you will all cram around your tiny television…. No…. come with me to the dark side and upgrade your party!

Save room for chips atyour Superbowl Party

Food planing for your Superbowl Party

So, if you’re like most of us, your team isn’t in the playoffs this year but you still watch football for the love of the game…or the commercials…or you know its a good time to get together with friends. And with that comes planning for that big game party.  How is your planning going? Have you decided on all the food and drinks and even decorations?  Who’s bringing the chips? Beer?  Usually chips and extra drinks are what everyone shows up with last minute, so i plan the main food so we’re covered.

Now, enough about all that food before we all get hungry.  Our house is the place to be with our 120-inch electric screen and Epson Home Theater Projector (and full bar and food area!) But maybe you didn’t expect your team to in the big game and now you don’t have time to set up an entire home theater.


Fear not – we have the best portable projection screens around and at excellent prices and free shipping. Best of all, there is still time to get one before the game 🙂

ProjectoScreens for your Superbowl Party

Portable ProjectoScreens from Visual Apex for your Superbowl Party

Check out all sizes here. And enjoy the view of the game with the company at your big game party! … and make sure you have lots of room for extra chips and dip 🙂

photo by: gabia party

Backyard movies? Now?


Backyard Movies Made Easy

Backyard movies?  In January? Its never to early to think about warmer weather here! Who doesn’t enjoy a get together with great friends, food and of course a movie! But Morgen, its January…. okay okay okay…. Yes, i know its January and most of the country is still freezing and even getting new layers of that pesky white stuff…. But there is a reason i prefer the West Coast now over my roots in the Midwest 🙂 There is a whole lot less of that stuff – and when we do get snow, my daughter gets to play in it for a day and then it melts away and we go back to being Evergreen 🙂

Is it still snowing where you live?  Are you done dreaming of snow and ready for warmer weather and being outdoors without ten layers on? Its not snowing in Washington State, but the grey rainy days make us dream of spring and summer and being dry outdoors again every day….

Have you been to Washington?  Those rainy days can last well into June here, so as soon as its dry and even partly sunny, we are opening up all the doors and windows for fresh air and grabbing our outdoor gear to hit the road.  We go to the beach, we go hiking, we go camping and of course, we watch movies!  One of us sets up our portable projectoscreen and stand and projector and the other gets the snacks and the family enjoys every minute. And you should too!  Just remember when the day is done, to make sure you look up at those stars and admire the beauty of this universe.

Ok, you convinced me…

Check out these bundles and be ready for when the mercury rises. Or hey, maybe you like watching movies in the snow? 🙂 no judgments here, just projectoscreens and backyard movie fun.

Come and check out our line up of portable projectoscreens and projectors and stand to make movie nights in your backyard the talk of the neighborhood. … and if the cold is still not your thing, the whole bundle can be set up indoors until things thaw out 🙂

until next time – Morgen

A brief look at the Optoma WHD200 – HDMI Wireless Transmitter/Receiver

We received a demo unit of the new Optoma WHD200 HDMI Wireless Transmitter/Receiver this week, and I was able to take it home and give it a good home theater test.

First – the setup… We have multiple rooms and devices, but wanted to test it going from our main components in our family room upstairs, to our movie room downstairs.  The transmitter which has 2 HDMI “in” ports was connected upstairs to our AppleTV and our Cable Box.  The HDMI “out” port was then connected to the local TV upstairs.  This was so we could watch the same thing in both rooms at the same time, which is a plus as well as a downside depending on your situation, but more on that later.

Optoma WHD200 Wireless HDMI

Optoma WHD200 Wireless HDMI


Downstairs is our Epson projector with a 120” Vapex screen and standard RCA audio receiver, blu-ray player setup.  The Optoma Receiver was set up with these components in our entertainment center and connected to our switcher which connects to the audio receiver which then outputs to the wireless transmitter connected to our projector.  Still with me? … it’s a lot of components but it works well for our setup, as our projector is ceiling mounted 10-12 feet away from our components and screen, and using the wireless transmitter allows us a cleaner looking setup.  Instead of being tied down to cable lengths and constantly looking at wires everywhere, we instead have the projector mounted to the ceiling and all the components are now happily together in the front of the room at the optimal remote location for the receiver and blu-ray player.

Ok, back to the Optoma wireless setup… The transmitter as I said was placed upstairs at our main viewing area and the receiver was placed downstairs – the signal had to travel not only through a floor but about 24-30 feet besides that to the receiver.  Now, the Optoma WHD200 does say it will transmit up to 100 feet, but with wireless networks and walls in the way, it can have interference – which we personally experienced with other similar wireless transmitters – so we were skeptical at the start.

Optoma WHD200 Wireless HDMI

Optoma WHD200 Wireless HDMI

Now for the actual test… the household movie choice of the night was a throwback to the classics of the 80’s – The Blues Brothers.  We wanted to see if it would handle the quiet and louder scenes as well as speaking parts to musical numbers.  There was absolutely no problem or issue.  No latency that we could see – everything looked clean and the sound was right on, no delays – if you didn’t know better you would have thought we were watching a dvd/blu-ray right there downstairs.

One movie is never enough, and you have to please the toddler in the house as well – so the old favorite, Brave, came back out.  This is actually a great movie to test pretty much any home theater device on – animated films in general are good for that, but specifically we like Brave because it has lots of movement and incredible colors, so you can see pretty quickly if something is off.  And again, no issues, the entire wireless system performed beautifully.

Ok, more on setup and the device… the WHD200 comes with standard RF dongles to receive signals from your remotes etc.  The RF dongles stayed upstairs with our main components and we took our main Logitech remote downstairs with us to the WHD200 receiver to run content from the devices upstairs.  Again, we had no issues with receiving the signals or content playing.  Another little test we did was using one of our iphones as the remote for the AppleTV.  We were downstairs with the WHD200 receiver and the AppleTV is again upstairs with the transmitter.  Even using the iphone remote app didn’t have any delay in the signal or remote actions.  Impressed we were…

Overall, the WHD200 sets up easy, simple plug n play operation.  It is a great value retailing for $219 and with present technology and devices, works better than other similar products we have tested.  For us this means we don’t need to invest in another AppleTV for the movie room, or get a third cable box for that room – presently we were disconnecting one from upstairs for every get together and big game broadcast.  So a small one time investment will save us over time.  And yes, we are buying one for our house and should have it in time for the start of football season.

We also did an in house test here at the office with a blu-ray copy of Iron Man (a favorite for demos here) and again, no issues or latency – it performed beautifully.  You wouldn’t even know that the blu-ray player was not in the same room, or even on the same floor of the building.

We did not have a game console handy to test in either situation though for latency and delays, but if it performs this well normally, I doubt gamers will have too much trouble.

Optoma WHD200 Wireless HDMI

Optoma WHD200 Wireless HDMI

Lastly, I did want to mention a surprise when turning off the devices.  A previously tested device had a 2 minute delay after the receiver shut off or went to sleep, and would cause the main unit to do a cycle as well, since it needs to move from a transmit state to a pass-through mode.  The delay actually caused us nightmares during sports because missing even a few seconds can mean you missed the biggest play of the game… I know – tragedies here…  but when turning off the WHD200 receiver, the transmitter cycle to pass-through mode lasted all of 5 seconds, maybe – it was quick!  I was sitting there jotting down notes to write up our review here and saw the TV screen go to blue while the transmitter cycled, and by the time I could say,  “Oh yea, the transmitter has to cycle” it was already done and the movie was playing again. Yes, still a small delay, but nothing like I expected.

If there is a minor complaint, it would be the bulky size of the ac adapter to plug into our power center.  Which is really not a complaint, since it was about the same size as most other units on the power center… but I wanted to point it out – its not a small plug in, so leave space for it 🙂

I did go back and ask Optoma about expansions and if they will be offering any – and at this time it looks as though they will not be selling expansion kits, but the unit is expandable.

Until next time –


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Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector

We had a chance to demo the Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector in house briefly this week.Let me just start by saying, its beautiful.  Your love of it will depend on that rainbow effect that is common with DLP projectors such as this, but overall it was very nice.

We have a copy of one of my all time favorite movies here we use for demos – I’m hoping you recognize Iron Man, but if you haven’t seen it (like some of my coworkers…seriously…) there will be no spoilers here, just a couple stills of different scenes.

Optoma HD91

This is the blu-ray menu – very bright and all the action just pops


Optoma HD91

One of my favorite scenes, not the most dynamic visually, but the brightness of the dessert behind Tony looked nice – for 1000 lumens, this little LED projector does a great job.

Optoma HD91

A really good pivotal point in the plot, but a very good example of the dark levels and the 500,000:1 contrast ratio of the Optoma HD91 handled it very well.

Optoma HD91

Overall this is a very good projector!  If you have issues with the rainbows, then it may not be for you.  But for a mid range home theater, it performs nicely with a quiet fan and a bright image.  You would have to determine if LED is for you versus an LCD projector that would require potentially multiple lamp replacements. But, if it means anything, I would watch Iron Man again right now if I didn’t have to get back to work 🙂  Please remember, I am not an AV expert in respects to a full comprehensive review, I leave that to our friends at Projector Reviews and Projector Central.  But when we get the chance to see a product, its nice to put out some thoughts. Till next time –M