On Projectors: Things You Should Know Before Buying One

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You may have been thinking that projectors are only useful in school for lectures and presentations; but on second thought, projectors have also actually been on the rise because of outdoor theater purposes.

A lot of families and homeowners have ventured into creating their own outdoor cinema at the back of their homes; many would throw a movie night or movie party with their relatives and friends as this is much easier than going to the cinema as a battalion.

Picking the right projector system to survive the backyard is tricky, we found this resource here to help you out.

Quick Outdoor Theater Guide

Basically, when starting your own outdoor theater, you will need the following things:

  • Space for the outdoor theater
  • Wide and tall wall or cloth to serve as a screen or an inflatable screen
  • Laptop or DVD player
  • Projector and speakers or sound system
  • Chairs, blankets, pillows, etc.
  • Movie snacks and drinks
  • Movies

Out of all the outdoor theater essentials listed above, perhaps the most controversial one is the projector. Aside from being probably the most expensive thing needed, it also determines the quality of what will be played on the screen.

With that said, this article will guide you in getting to know the projector that best suits your preference.

Types of Projector

  • LCD

LCD projectors are the most commonly used type. However, it is a bit more expensive than DLP ones. LCD projectors are very compact and has good saturation; it also has great brightness options. However, over time, LCD may lose image quality.

  • DLP

Using mirrors to reflect images, DLP projectors project smooth images. It is highly accurate without shadow problems and it may have high ratio of contrast. However, it has a limited number of pixels and is not as bright as LCD.

Projector Brightness

For projectors, brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. Choosing the best brightness option is quite tricky as it has to be able to relay a clear and sharp image without tiring the human eyes.

  • Below 1,000 lumens

This is good for small-sized screens that are located in dark rooms. Although projectors with this brightness are the cheapest, it also may have the lowest quality.

  • 1,000 to 2,000 lumens

Projectors with this feature are suitable for rooms that are dimly-lit. This also works well for small to average-sized screens. This brightness range is the most common one among projectors.

  • 3,000 lumens

With this range, the projector will work well with small, average or large screens. In addition, this will also work well with ambient lighting as projectors with this range is flexible to lighting.

  • Above 3,000 lumens

As the most expensive range, projectors possessing above 3,000 lumens are very bright. The screen might be too bright if this is placed in a room that is dark. This would be suitable in an area with some lighting.

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Projector Resolution

The resolution depends on the number of pixels that can be projected. Understandably, the higher the clearer the images will be. For an affordable price, projectors with 1280 x 1720 resolution offers a good quality of Blu-ray and DVD videos. When projecting computer system to the screen, 1280 x 1768 may work well. As for the best and most expensive, but still affordable, resolution, 1920 x 1080 works best.

Projector Throw Ratio

This ratio refers to how far the projector needs to be from the screen in order to reflect good quality images. Try to check the specifications of the projector as this is listed in there. Take note of the size of your outdoor cinema screen in order to know what throw ratio is best.

The Rise of Miami Super Yachts

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One of the statement  of rich people who want to show off is a yacht and Miami seems like it is aiming to become the playground for boys with expensive marina toys.

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New facilities are opening and getting ready to cater to the most exclusive tastes of mega yachts owners, accommodating vessels up to 500 feet and allowing the owners the luxury of stepping down directly from the boat to the elite locations such as restaurants, hotels and perhaps a casino.

Yet, this extravaganza is also good for the city, as Forbes cites Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, Manager of the Progressive Miami Boat Show:

“[…] megayachts are “job creation machines” as operating costs of a yacht typically run about 10 percent of sale price, so on the $500 million species, the owner is spending $50 million annually between crew, fuel, port charges and upkeep. Refueling a large yacht can run to $250,000 and depending on how much sailing you are doing, you might be back at the pump in several weeks. A paint job can cost up to $3 million. He noted that increasingly moguls use superyachts as business tools. Roman Abramovich, keeps a superyacht in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia at all times to use as a venue for meetings.”

This is good reasoning since yachts have the advantage of being intimate, offering confidentiality and the opportunity to bring your own trusted staff.

Yacht trends

“Over the top is usually an understatement of what a mega yacht can offer and usually imagination is the only limitation, when money is no object.  Aa luxury yacht owner you can ask for pools, bars, Jacuzzi spots, maybe even a golf area or your own movie theater. As long as you can name it and pay for it, a team of engineers and designers will most likely turn it into reality.  A Dutch super yacht builder explained:

“The big trend at the moment is that clients want bigger platforms to fit more guests and, at the same time, be closer to the water and the surrounding environment. They are asking for infinity pools, which are pools that give a visual effect of the water extending into the horizon, as well as waterfalls. The waterfalls look beautiful but they can also create a water banner, depending on the amount of water gushing, to enable a privacy shield. They can also be used to project movies onto it.

A major, and quite impressive, customization requirement is actually an engineering one, rather than design. One client wanted their 70-metre super yacht to have a 30+ knot speed (around 35 miles per hour). We added a third engine, a Rolls-Royce central booster jet to increase the speed.”

Top of the Line Yachts

When it comes to the toy of the moment, the one item that would make the object of envy among the super rich and could be easily the choice of the next Bond set is called Silver Fast and it is on sale at Miami for the staggering price of $90 million (or a few cents cheaper in fact).

The  Yachts Miami Beach Show is featuring this 253 ft long piece of casted in aluminum as its crown jewel since it is a nice marriage between state of the art engineering and pure beauty, as the Miami New Times describes it:

“To give you an idea of just how fancy this yacht is, many of its promo pictures have a Mercedes-Benz S-class Cabriolet riding atop its bow. Naturally, the boat also features a helipad and eight-person hot tub. It also reaches a top speed of 27 knots (that’s 31 mph for you landlubbers).”

Of course, there are more down to earth options to enjoy wind in your hair on the top deck and we have asked a representative of Miami Yacht Charters what are the latest trends clients are asking for. They said that a lot of their young jet-setters want to engage in high adrenaline sports like jet skiing and fly board, while the 50+ age group is focusing on high class experience and they had to seek more experience chefs to cater to the rising demands.

What is Canton Fair?

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The China Foreign Trade Centre group will organize the Canton Fair 2016 (October, Autumn) or the 120th China Import and Export Fair 2016 (CIEF) on Oct. 15-16, 23-27 and 31-Nov. 4 at the China Import and Export Fair, Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou. The upcoming fair will feature new technology products, such as computers, mobile devices and peripherals specifically on Oct. 15 to 16. It will be joined by leading companies who will release fresh products and patented technologies aside from their flagship designs.

Done every spring and autumn, the Canton Fair has become the most comprehensive trade show with the longest history, the most complete in exhibit variety, the largest scale, the highest level and the widest distribution and has the highest business business turnover. Thanks to the support of its massive visitors and exhibitors.


The fair exhibits more than 150,000 kinds of quality Chinese products as well as commodities with unique features outside the country. Chinese products have a renew rate of more than 40 percent each session, according to ChinaExhibition.com. The fair shows various high quality products with reasonable price.

The Canton Fair started in the spring of 1957 in Guaznghou. It is composed of 48 trading delegations, as well as thousands of foreign trade firms, invested enterprises, private businesses, factories and scientific research institutions that have strong financial capability and good credibility.

The 119th session or the Canton Fair Spring 2016 on April 15 to May 5, 2016 covered an exhibition venue of 1.18 million square meters. It offered 60,233 stands and drew 24,514 local and international enterprises, according to Travel China Guide. The export turnover was about $28.08 billion, while the upcoming 120th session is expected to be more magnificent and promising.

People from the elite business sector visit the fair to communicate and trade in various ways to provide massive chances of commerce. Aside from the typical negotiation with samples, the fair has an online way of trade. It also deals with import trade, technological and economic cooperation and exchange, as well as commodity inspection, transportation, consultation, insurance and advertising.


The upcoming Canton Fair Autumn 2016 will be composed of three phases:

• Phase I on Oct. 15 to 19, 2016 will feature electronics and household electrical appliances, lighting equipment, vehicles and spare parts, machinery, hardware and tools, energy resources, chemical products and building materials. This includes computers, audio-video, computer peripherals and communication products like mobiles, fax machines and other communication facilities.

• Phase II on Oct. 23 to 27, 2016 will focus on consumer goods, home decorations and gifts.

• Phase III on Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2016 will have office supplies, recreation products, cases and bags, food, medicines, medical devices, health product, shoes, textiles and garments.

Those who have an Invitation Card for the fair could apply for a visa to China, register and get a free fair entry badge. Application for the invitation card was before Sept. 30. The Invitation Card are of two kinds, the E-Invitation Card and the Paper Invitation Card.

The E-card is sent by email and a copied one is valid and can be shared by a group of representatives from the same company. The Paper Card, which is also sent through email, is a precondition card for visitors of Canton Fair who are applying for a visa to China. A single invitation card can be shared by three representatives from the same company while a copied one is invalid.