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Installing a projector in your games room

Installing a projector in the room which you use to watch movies and play video games will potentially improve your viewing experience by a significant degree. However, the actually process of getting the projector up and running can be tricky, so here is a step by step look at how best to achieve the results that will keep you happy for years to come.

Choosing and installing a projector

Picking a Projector
You will of course need to choose a projector before you can install one, but thankfully the market is very competitive with a lot of different options to suit all budgets and needs.

There are compact and affordable projectors as well as high end options, but the three key things you should look for are brightness, resolution and the lifespan of the included bulb.

Brightness is measured in ANSI lumens and a rating of 2000 or more is decent for most home cinema setups.

Common resolutions vary, although SVGA (800x600) is still popular on more affordable models, with a range of high definition projectors also being produced to deliver 720p/1080p playback for your HD sources.

You can even find 3D-ready projectors that are great for watching 3D Blu Rays and playing 3D games, although expect to pay a little more for this.

Bulb lifespan is important as it will indicate how much usage you can get out of a projector before having to replace the expensive source of illumination, so always compare this before you purchase.

Positioning
You will need to install your projector in a position which gives you optimal performance and also ease of use.

Projectors can be mounted on the ceiling, keeping them out of the way when not in use, while you can also put them on a table or flat surface. Just make sure it is somewhere that will allow you to watching in comfort without anything getting in the way of the image that is being projected.

The position of a projector will also affect the size of the image that it can create, so it is no good putting it too close to your screen or at such a distance that the picture becomes distorted. Consult the individual manual of the projector you choose for the best advice on positioning.

Wiring
Wherever you put your projector, you will need to make sure that it is possible to hook it up to the audiovisual sources that you will be projecting.

If your projector is going to be permanently left in place then you will need to run cables for power, audio and video to it, often from multiple inputs such as a set top box, games console or Blu Ray player. This requires prior planning and a bit of DIY knowhow, as well as access to extension cables so that all of your inputs can reach your projector.

However, in a living room setting you might want to affix cable coverings to obscure the wires and keep everything neat and tidy.

The nature of home cinema setups means that each person will need to take a bespoke approach to installing a projector, looking at a number of factors which will affect their work. With proper forethought and a little bit of skill, this will give you an enviable entertainment centre that will keep everyone happy.

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