Projector People How to Tailgate Guide

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Some say the best part about going to a football game is tailgating with your friends before kickoff. The Projector People How to Tailgate Guide will get you ready for the big game with no sweat! Read on…

Best Tailgate Technology

The Vivitek D951HD projector is our pick for a powerful and portable projector that’s perfect for your tailgate party! With 3100 lumens of brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio and HD inputs, the pregame show will look terrific under a broad range of lighting conditions. Plus, the Vivitek D951HD’s built-in speaker, included carrying case and remote make it easy to take on the road without sacrificing image quality.

As a part of our Preseason Sale, you can save $150 on the Vivitek D951HD before August 29!

If you want an easy way to record all of those game-winning touchdowns, check out the Cisco Flip Ultra HD. Its small size captures up to two hours of crisp, HD video and can start recording just three seconds after you click the power button.

Power Up Your Tailgate

For stress-free electricity before the game or in your backyard, we recommend the Duracell Powerpacks, stand-alone power sources for both AC and DC electronics. The Powerpacks also include a generator, air compressor and LED flashlight, making them a must-have for any on-the-go partier.

Outdoor Projection Screens

The cheapest portable projector screen is a white sheet or drop cloth. Don’t forget to bring some light rope to tie it between a couple of trees or cars in the parking lot!

If you’re looking to splurge, we love the Open Air Cinema inflatable screen for its wow-factor and ease of use.

Football Food

The Food Network has lots of awesome tailgating recipes from their chefs, including game-day dips, winning wings, championship chili and more. Pig out!

The biggest argument among tailgaters (other than which quarterback has the best arm) is charcoal or propane.

If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll love the Weber Smokey Joe. At less than $50 from most major retailers, this classic portable charcoal grill is a winner.

If you prefer the ease-of-use of a propane grill and need a little more cooking area, the Coleman Road Trip Grill is a solid first round pick. With two adjustable burners and two side tables on a collapsible base, it performs like a full-size grill, but quickly folds down for travel.

Tailgating Drinks

For less than $40, you can score the Coleman Xtreme Wheeled Cooler, which can hold up to 85 drinks! With a handle and built-in cup holders, this cooler is a great value for fans on a budget.

Does everyone in section 42 know your name? Tote your drinks between all of your friends’ BBQs like a winner on our fan-favorite Cruzin Cooler. Sure, it can only hold about 20 cans with ice, but you’ll be the king of the parking lot on your own riding cooler. Oh yeah!

Pricey drinks in the stadium are a drag. Sneak your own (adult or virgin) beverage into the stadium with the Beer Belly or Wine Rack. Holding up to 80 oz. of your favorite beverage, the Beer Belly straps across your torso to give you that sexy beer gut you’ve always wanted. The Wine Rack is a similar product, but for ladies (We’re not spelling it out for you, sorry!).

More Tailgating Must-Haves

– Multi-tool with bottle opener, corkscrew and knife
– Can opener
– Paper towels
– Matches
– Flashlight
– Toothpicks
– Large Trash bags (can double as ponchos in a pinch!)
– Sunscreen
– Extra bad-weather gear (poncho, gloves, scarf, hat, socks)
– Small First Aid kit (bandages, burn cream, anti-itch, pain reliever)
– Folding chairs and tables

What are your tailgating must-haves?

Football’s back. Time for a projector sale!

Football’s back. Let’s have a projector sale!

To celebrate the team owners and athletes playing nice with each other, we’re discounting our top home theater projectors. Update your home theater during preseason and get your brand new projector in time for the first kickoff!

Use the coupon code PRESEASON to save now through August 29, 2011.

Sample savings include:

And more. See the full details of our projector sale»

Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D projector first look

“Outstanding!” “Another Panasonic home run!” “Very impressive!”

That’s what our team of Projector Experts had to say after they saw the new Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D projector in action Monday. Panasonic visited the Projector Headquarters to show off their highly-anticipated new home theater projector.

“It’s loaded!” said Projector Expert Rich Morgan.

The Panasonic PT-AE7000U, Panasonic’s first 3D projector for home theater, will hit the shelves in September with an MSRP of $3,499 ship the last week of September with a price tag of $2,999. Order your Panasonic PT-AE7000U » today. It is the first 3D home theater projector to use LCD technology, long praised for its accurate and vibrant color reproduction.

The new Panasonic PT-AE7000U

At 2,000 lumens, the Panasonic PT-AE7000U is about 25% brighter than most similarly-priced 1080p 3D home theater projectors. It provides up to a 480Hz image in 3D mode, virtually eliminating cross talk. The Panasonic PT-AE7000U also allows you to adjust the depth of the 3D image and is capable of converting 2D content to 3D in real time.

“It did a great job with the 2D to 3D conversion,” said Projector Expert Donna Moretz.

A longtime leader in projectors, Panasonic has also created a name for itself in the 3D world. Panasonic specializes in all aspects of 3D content and production. They design the 3D cameras used on film sets, are involved in the creation of 3D Blu-rays, and even sponsor 3D research and development at the Panasonic Hollywood Labs in Universal City, CA.

Panasonic’s goal is always the same: deliver to viewers exactly what the movie producers and directors envisioned when they created the film.

Panasonic PT-AE7000U compared to the PT-AE4000U

The PT-AE7000U is the tenth generation in a long line of highly-acclaimed home theater projectors. Panasonic’s most recent home theater release, the AE4000U remains one of the most popular home theater projectors on the market.

While we here at the Projector Headquarters remain big fans of the AE4000U, we saw it compared to the new AE7000U and were downright dazzled. The AE7000U has a contrast ratio of 300,000:1, triple that of the AE4000U. Blacks were deeper and colors looked more realistic thanks to improvements to the color filter, iris and LCD panel.

“I didn’t think Panasonic could improve the colors from the PT-AE4000U because they were so fantastic, but they did! The PT-AE7000U colors are even better! Much deeper black levels too,” said Projector Expert Carmen Aiken.

We weren’t the only ones floored by Panasonic’s latest offering. Panasonic revealed the new PT-AE7000U 3D projector (AKA the Panasonic PT-AT5000 in the EU and other parts of the world) to a team of journalists and tech aficionados last week. The reviews were very positive.


Our friends at said the display was “most impressive” and the box was “far better looking” than its predecessor. Compared to the PT-AE4000U, the Panasonic PT-AE7000U had blacker blacks and a more dynamic image, added ProjectorReviews. said the AE7000U was “was certainly brighter and punchier with more vibrant color and deeper blacks.”

Panasonic retained and improved upon many of the features included in earlier projector models, including the joystick lens shift that allows you to move the projected image diagonally as well as horizontally and vertically. The PT-AE7000U also has a hinged lid that makes changing the lamp a breeze.

Panasonic said the PT-AE7000U won’t ship with 3D glasses. However, users will be able to choose from three different sized glasses – small, medium and large – when purchasing accessories.

Panasonic PTAE7000U 3D projector quick look

  • Ships in September
  • $3,499 MSRP
  • 2,000 lumens
  • 480Hz in 2D
  • 480Hz in 3D when “3D Eyewear Brightness” is set to “Normal”, 240Hz when set to “Dark”
  • 300,000:1 contrast
  • Active shutter technology
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 3 HDMI inputs

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