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Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in How To, Kodi Fire TV News | 2 comments

Multimedia Projector + FireTV + HD Antenna: Cutting the Cord

Multimedia Projector + FireTV + HD Antenna: Cutting the Cord

These days, many of us are looking for ways to save money and stick it to the big cable companies.  “Cutting the cord” accomplishes both of these tasks.  So we combined a few inexpensive home theater components (FireStick, Multimedia Projector, and HD Antenna) to make a great, inexpensive home theater system.

How To Set Up a Multimedia Projector Home Theater

Multimedia Projector Home Theater System

Snag a nice mini multimedia projector for Movies and FireTV home theater on a budget

Get an HD Antenna and receive free HD local channels through the air!  Combine your FireStick with a multimedia projector to get a super-compact HD media center.  Add a Bluetooth controller for some gaming, install a nice-looking shelf on your wall for your projector and Fire Stick – and you’re done.  You can do it all for around $85 (without projector, or around $300 including the projector).  This turns out to be a solid little multimedia projector home theater / “media center”.  It’s way below the cost of something like the Sony VPL Projector ($27,999).  See how to make this little powerhouse of a media center below – without breaking the bank.

The Beauty of the Mini Multimedia Projector

These days, a mini multimedia projector can be had for $200 or less.  I bought one a few years ago for about $250 refurbished.  It’s a Brookstone Mini Projector.  It has served me well and continues to be my go-to display mechanism for my media center.  PLUS – it works perfectly with FireTV.  It even has a USB port to supply power to the FireStick, eliminating 1 more cord that needs to be run from the power strip to the media center.  The picture quality of this projector is well worth the cost.  The pictures below don’t do it justice – it looks better in person.  I snapped these pics with my HD Galaxy camera:

  • The multimedia projector screensize shown in these photos is roughly 4 feet high by 8 feet wide, or about 9 feet diagonally.  The projector is roughly 13 feet away from the wall it’s projecting onto, producing about a 108″ screen.  (“Roughly” means I didn’t have a tape measure handy – Will get exact measurements and post them).

Ultimate Cord-Cutter’s Multimedia Projector Guide for 2016+ (on a Budget!):

  1. Get a Fire TV Stick ($39 new, $34 refurbished) and use Kodi for TV & Movies
  2. Use an HD antenna ($25 new,$19 refurbished) for your local & sports channels
    1. * To use an HD antenna, you need a TV/monitor that can accept a regular coax cable (plain old “TV cable”).  OR you can get a digital converter box that outputs an HDMI signal (for use with a monitor that only accepts HDMI, for example).  Also consider getting an amplified HD antenna ($36 new) that boasts a 50 mile range.
  3. Set up Plex for playing your media library (movies/TV on a hard drive).
  4. Pair a Bluetooth controller with your FireTV for playing emulators and Amazon games.
  5. Connect your FireStick to a mini multimedia projector like the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector Mobile.
    * Don’t let the name fool you.  This plain old “pocket projector” packs some serious punch.
  6. Install a nice multimedia projector shelf to hold your components

 

Total Cost of Equipment:  Around $83 USD ($34 for FireStick + $19 for HD Antenna + $30 for Bluetooth Controller)

+ $200 for Multimedia Projector (Optional)

 

Total Monthly Cost:  $0

Services Provided:  TV, Movies, Sports, Local Channels, Stream Your Media Library, Emulated Games and Amazon Games.

 

Overkill & Other Add-Ons to The Budget Media Center

 

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Cheers -Ian

2 Comments

  1. I have a Fire stick with Kodi on it as well and want to purchase a mini projector, but my concern was will I be able to connect it. You have answered that question and I appreciate the info about the antenna as well. Now thru my search for answers I have come across another question. Does the projector play the audio or will I have to purchase speakers or some type of audio system? thank you for all of your help.

    • Hi Shawna!

      We’re glad to help. You should get a cheap set of speakers (link: http://amzn.to/1Yqqqtd) from Amazon or a soundbar (link: http://amzn.to/1YqqGIN) and an audio cable. Then you simply plug the speakers (audio input port) into the projector with the cable (use the projector’s audio output port). Then you should have nice, loud sound.

      I purchased a cheap set of speakers from Amazon a few years ago and they’ve been amazing for all kinds of things: movies, music, even some video games.

      Many projectors do play audio (they have some kind of built-in speakers), but they’re similar to the size and volume you could expect from a phone. It would be enough to hear the movie, but it wouldn’t sound good through the projector’s built-in speaker.

      Hope this helps – if not, let us know and we’ll help you get it figured out.

      Thanks for your comment Shawna!

      – Ian

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