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?

Chief Interactive Projector Wall Mount: innovations in interactivity

Intrigued by the new crop of interactive projectors hitting the market but not ready for a projector upgrade? There’s a app mount for that.

Chief’s revolutionary new Interactive Projector Wall Mount will transform your current short throw projector into an interactive, collaborative communication machine. No special board required.

This is a pretty significant step in the evolution of interactivity. First, we had special projectors that worked only with specific whiteboards. Then we saw interactive projectors that didn’t require a board. Now, Chief enters the arena with a mount that features Luidia’s eBeam interactive technology.

Luidia is an established player in the interactive game. Their interactive whiteboards are used in more than a half million classrooms and conference rooms around the globe. Now they’re using the same technology in an interactive mount that works with your computer and projector to transform any surface into an interactive whiteboard.

Chief’s new Interactive Projector Mount also allows you to make notes and interact with your presentation and share it over the internet. The mount works with Windows and Mac operating systems and integrates seamlessly with existing applications.

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See the URC MX-450 universal remote control in action

We’re going gaga over the new URC MX-450 universal remote control. Not only does this remote support up to 24 AV components, it also boats a dazzling LCD screen that allows you to control your home theater with engaging graphics.

The URC MX-450 universal remote control is also customizable. Create macros that will automatically turn on your projector and DVD when you want to watch a movie, or have your custom installer fine tune your URC MX-450 universal remote control exactly to your liking and needs.

We can’t do this remote justice in words. Check it out in action in the video below.

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Stream HD wirelessly with IOGear’s new wireless HD receivers and transmitters

At CES 2011, we met up with the very cool folks at IOGear. They showed off their new wireless HD receivers and transmitters. We were so impressed, we decided to expand our product line to include IOGear’s offerings.

Whether you are a home theater buff, a house of worship buyer, a tradeshow presenter or a digital signage connoisseur, IOGear has a product for you that will simplify your wireless HD streaming experience.

Wireless HD streaming for home theater

IOGear wireless kit

IOGear’s Wireless HD to Computer/Projector kit allows you to wirelessly stream 720p HD content up to 30 feet from your computer’s USB port to your TV or projector’s HDMI input. Stream videos, photo slideshows and other internet content on your display without leaving your couch.

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Wireless HD streaming for business, house of worship and 1080p home theater buffs

IOGear wireless HD kit

IOGear’s Wireless Transmitter/Receiver kit consists of a Wireless HD Transmitter and a Wireless HD Receiver with various connectors, including HDMI, Component, Composite, and RGB / VGA ports. The wireless kit allows you to connect up to 4 AV devices (Blu-ray player, DVR / Set-top box, Media Server or VCR) without worrying about line-of-sight placement. It’s capable of streaming Full HD 1080p 60Hz or non-HD content with digital audio up to 100 feet away.

This is a great option for multi-room installations, digital signage, sports bars, and much more. The IOGear Wireless HD Transmitter Kit allows you to broadcast with almost no latency within its own integrated private Wi-Fi network, without interference or sharing of any nearby wireless routers.

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The kit includes one transmitter and one receiver. Additional receivers are also available for $299.

New Home Theater Audio Equipment from Denon and Boston Acoustics

Denon and Boston Acoustics recently came by to train our Projector Experts on their new home theater audio equipment.

By the end of the training session everyone was drooling over these products.

Denon’s new home theater receivers

Denon home theater receivers

As you all probably know, A/V receivers are the backbone of any home theater setup. They power your speakers; tune your AM/FM radio stations; provide easy switching between your AV components; allow you to enjoy movies, TV shows, music and video games in mind-blowing surround sound; and let you to tailor your sound system to your ideal preferences.

They also wash your dishes and ensure your children behave on road trips. (Okay, we made those last two up.)

Denon’s new home theater receivers take it one step further. Our Denon receivers are 3D-ready and include the Audyssey MultEQ dynamic room acoustic correction system.

The Audyssey system includes a microphone you place in different parts of your home theater while the receiver “cheeps and twirps” (highly technical terms.) The sound information is sent back to the receiver, which tweaks its settings to your room specifications. The Denon folks set it up in our oddly shaped conference room and the results were really amazing.

Other features, like Dynamic Volume, help eliminate jarring volume jumps during commercials. At last, no more blaring truck advertisements!

Fun fact: “Denon” is a combination of the Japanese words for “electric” and “sound”.

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Boston Acoustics New Speakers

Boston Acoustics new SoundWare XS 5.1 Loudspeaker System is an ultra-compact 5.1 speaker system.

With a 100-watt powered subwoofer and five teeny-tiny (another technical term) 2-way satellite speakers, this subtle-looking system will surely complement your home theater decor. We didn’t realize the system was in place in our conference room until the Boston Acoustics folks turned it on. Check out the video below.

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