If you're looking for a gift for a guy who really loves movies, then a TV with some stereo components just won't do. He needs to experience the real deal, he needs his own home theater. This guide will show you the minimum components needed to put together an affordable home theater that is a moderately priced and will provide the best entertainment value for your dollar.
Lens shift is much better because you can mount the project off-center, above or below the screen. And use the horizontal and vertical dials to move the picture into position.Contrast Ratio (CR) determines how black you're blacks are and how much detail you see in darker scenes. The Epson 8350 and the 3020 all have contrast ratios between 40,000:1 - 50,000:1. In that range you get a very good picture with good detail. Also, between the two projectors you wouldn't notice a big difference in picture quality if you had them side by side. The higher end 5030 has a contrast ratio of 600,000:1, which is exceptional. With an Epson 5030 you'll notice certain details that you might not in the other two projectors.Lastly is picture adjustment. This is important because it'll determine where and how you should mount your projector. The projectors with Keystone have to be placed in the middle of the screen and the lens must be lined up with the top or the bottom of the screen. If it has to be mounted below or above those points you'll have to use keystone correction which will result in reduced image qualityLens shift is much better because you can mount the project off-center, above or below the screen and use the horizontal and vertical dials to move the picture into position.
One of our major philsophies we have at Muted is if you use it every day you need to buy the highest quality available. Concerning EDC lights, the Maratac Copper Flashlight Rev 3 ($55) fits perfectly into that category. This light is machined from a solid piece of copper billet stock. This isn't a copper plated flashlight. It's hand-finished and measures 2.6" long with a diameter of .5", and weighs just 28 grams without the battery and 40 grams with the battery. The Maratac utilizes a Cree XP-G2 R5 LED light that lasts up to an amazing 50,000 hours. Additional features include a lens that's been coated with an anti-reflective coating, three brightness levels, a clip and o-rings.
The Scout Leather Co. is based out of Mountain View, Ca. They create goods for everyday life by using traditional methods with a modern approach. Their latest product is The Scout Hook Keychain ($50). The Scout Hook was inspired by Japanese brass fishing hooks, and includes an inconspicuous bottle opener. Made form .25" solid brass, the hook has a solid feel and will only develop more character with age. When you back their Kickstarter campaign you'll have a choice of two finishes: stonewashed brass and a bright nickel. Each Scout Hook comes with a hand punched leather fob attached with a custom brass jump ring. Because this is a Kickstarter you have 23 days from this writing to back their campaign. The Scout Hook keychain is guaranteed to be one of your favorite EDC items for years to come.
You can now take amazing 360-degree images with the new Rico Theta 360-Degree Camera ($TBA). All you have to do is point and shoot. You don't have to worry about composition or posing your shot. When you're done you can move the image up and down, left and right and see things you didn't even notice. The spherical image lets you see everything around you. When your done send it to you smartphone and share them on your favorite social network. Preorders will start this month.
With its military inspired looks the Triumph Tiger 800xc Dromedarii by Icon 1000 ($TBA) is sure to be a big hit. The modified Triumph Tiger 800xc was professionally assembled in the UK and given a complete overall from the basic Triumph Tiger model. It features a powerful, and smooth 199cc inline 3 DOHC engine, 6-speed transmission, quality Conti TKC80 tires, a raised sub-frame and stiffened suspension. So you can safely tackle any terrain and enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride.
The Life-Spot Powerful Solution ($55+) is an 8 device charging station. The station is a tower made of 8 slots that contains 8 built-in retractable cords. There are 2 apple 30-pin connectors, 2 Apple lightning connectors, and 4 micro USB connectors for brands like Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, and LG. The Life-Spot can be wall-mounted or placed on your counter or desk. If this device contained two or three shelves for tablets it would've of been perfect, but it's pretty good as is.