Category Archives: Hardware talk

Patio heater brings extended movie season

Fall / winter has come to Catalonia, Spain but we still want to enjoy movies outdoors. To make this possible, we decided to buy a patio heater. It costed 115 euros + gas (15 euros for filling). Not too bad. And it works great. It gives just enough warmth to our terrace for enojying movies even in cold evenings.

We want to thank Art Move Studio for this idea and our friend Pep for borrowing gas bottle 🙂

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Donated screen for children’s movies

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Before leaving Thailand we donated our smaller backyard screen (170 cm wide tripod model) to a Magical Light Foundation. They need it for showing movies for children in Chiang Mai. Their previous screen was not so fancy. Here is a picture of foundation’s Facebook page:

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Foundation also runs a small cafe (Magical Garden Cafe) near Chiang Mai airport. That’s where we met the foundation’s wonderful personnel.

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We hope this small donation helps to make better movie experiences possible for many kids. Thank you and good luck Magic Light Foundation! And thanks to Leslie too for giving us an idea of this donation!

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New AV receiver: Yamaha RX-A820

I just ordered a new AV-reciever for our indoor/outdoor cinema in Finland (from NetAnttila sale). The model is Yamaha RX-A820. It has 8 HDMI in and 2 HDMI out connectors that are very useful for our current use. It even has 4K pass-through for our possible future needs. It also has analog audio pre outs so we can easily setup movie sound system with both passive and active speakers. I will report in more detail after testing this beast…

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New sound system: Sony RDH-GTK17iP

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Now we have five different sound systems for backyard cinema use. The latest addition is Sony RDH-GTK17iP. We bought it for our backyard cinema set in Thailand. This Sony seems to be working quite well. It is by no means hi-fi, but it is loud enough and very easy to setup for random movie watching. It has Bluetooth, NFC and RCA line in connections. Good for private use and small parties. We have also tried combination of this Sony boomblaster and two Nokia Play 360 speakers. That way we were able to widen the stereo effect easily. Maybe some day we can afford to invest in a real proffessional sound setup. Until then, this has to do the job for us. More about our hardware on this page.

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About aspect ratios

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Earlier I was planing to build a screen masking system so I could easily change the aspect ratio of visible screen. Later I decided not to make one because in the dark you really don’t pay any attention to the screen borders. Too much trouble for so small advantage… at least for portable type of screen.

But aspect ratios and film types are very interesting topic nonetheless. It is really irritating when movies are presented with wrong aspect ratio. But why are there so many different ratios? The video below explains it quite well:

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