Is a 70” TV big enough? No it’s not!!
For people who have know me for a while, I am addicted to having parties. I'm not really interested in going out to the club, but more into finding all kinds of excuses to invite friends and familiy over to our 3-story townhouse to enjoy some good food, good drinks, and fun.
By calling myself an addict, I mean I am really into planning parties and making them perfect. I usually start planning the menu a couple weeks before, spend time shopping for that one set of stemware that I really don’t need, and drain my brain just to come up with some wow factor to entertain my guests and get that “Great party, Jessie! ” from my guests.
Naturally, our home is designed and equipped with lots of equipment and decorations for the purpose of throwing parties. We have a long dining table, wine fridge, cocktail counter, and a 70 inch TV in the living room that can be seen from the dining room on the second floor too. Guests were amazed by how big the 70 inch Sony TV was when we first got it, but then we all got used to it. So naturally, I was on the lookout for the next "Wow factor." One day I was staring at the side wall next to the TV, and had this thought: "What if we turn the entire wall into a screen?!"
So we did! Because we have super high ceilings and I love the throw ratio of short throw projectors, it worked out perfectly for us to get place a GT1080 short throw projector at one end of the coffee table on top of our Xbox. The projector is compact enough so it doesn’t really take up much space on the coffee table and I get to blend it into the table packed with snacks, drinks, and other party essentials.
I set up the projector by using the HDMI cable that comes in the box and connected it to the Xbox. As soon as it was set up I tested Xbox's Kinect sports I with my hubby. How do I describe it…? Previously we played the game on the big screen TV and we were definitely playing a video game. Now, with about a 160 inch image size, we were playing the REAL game. The volleyball net on the wall was actual size. The hurdles were actually waist high so that I felt like I really needed to jump high to clear them. Everything in the game came to life!
Our guests arrived at 5pm while it was still bright outside. A beam of the sunshine shot straight through the window into the living room, but the GT1080’s brightness and its short throw made the image still plenty bright allowing the kids to start enjoying the game. It was a Saturday night so we played college football on the TV while letting the kids continue playing theit game on the projector. I love having both the TV and projector on to really bring to the party to life. Everyone gets to look at something that they are interested in!
During the dinner, my cousins started to make comments about how the house is “YA friendly” and so nice to throw parties at and then asked us how big the TV is. When my hubby told them 70”, no one believed it because the projector image next to the TV made it look so small! Then, of course, people started to ask about the projector and get excited about the short throw and the fact that it’s almost invisible in the entire setting. When I heard all the compliments, I was like “Yup! This is exactly what I was aiming for!”
One thing that sets me apart from hardcore gamers and techy geeks is that I enjoy the fact that the projector is 1080p high definition and I see it as a party set up, that I don’t need to have it on every day, or have a dedicated professional screen. What I need is just to take the projector from the shelf, shoot it onto the wall (which is actually textured), and still enjoy the 1080p image quality you get from the GT1080 projector. The projector does not intrude in my life or the house, but rather adds value when I need it.
My set up might not be fancy and it might not be for you, but it is absolutely perfect for parties and casual entertainment in my home. I couldn't be happier.
About the Author
Jessie works at Optoma as the Senior Manager of Marketing and Planning.