Home cinema install: Cooking up an AV storm

This professional project by South East-based installer Cinema Rooms involved a big transformation as the space designated for cinematic conversion used to be a kitchen, the owner having recently had a new one built in an extension. So out went the fridge, oven and sink and in came an Atmos-compatible audio system and laser-powered projection.

An Epson EH-LS10500, offering HDR playback and 4K upconversion, plus lens memory function for shifting between 16:9 and 2:40.1 ratios, works in tandem with a 120in, 4K-optimised CinemaScope screen from Screen Research, the largest screen possible given the room's dimensions. For speakers, the cinema uses Artcoustic models. 'We took the client to the Artcoustic showroom in Chelmsford to audition speaker options, and specified a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos system,' says Cinema Rooms' director Simon Gregory. 'We use Artcoustic as our primary brand as the range ticks all the boxes.'

Rounding out the equipment is an Integra DRX-7 AV receiver, Panasonic DMP-UB900 4K Blu-ray player, Sky Q and Sonos connection.

The light touch
Lighting and design touches ensure the room feels far removed from its kitchen origins. To control the main illumination and star ceiling, Cinema Rooms used Rako lighting with DMX and LED module controllers; to make everything work as seamlessly as possible, an RTI system, with an iPad interface, was integrated. 'The family really like the ease of use,' explains Gregory.

Crushed velvet on the walls and chairs, a tidy front-wall AV cabinet and a sweet/snack dispenser finished the space off. The cinema is now in frequent use as a family space for kids' TV, Netflix, sports and movie nights.

Installer Info

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Kit Checklist

Epson: EH-LS10500 laser projector, 4K enhanced and HDR compatible
Screen Research: 120in 2:40:1 ratio fixed-frame projector screen
Artcoustic: 3 x Spitfire 4-2s (LCR speakers); 1 x Spitfire Control 2 subwoofer; 2 x Target SLs (surround speakers); 2 x Architect 2-1s (in-ceiling speakers)
Integra: DRX-7 AV receiver, 9 x 140W, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible
Panasonic: DMP-UB900 4K Blu-ray player
Sky: Sky Q PVR
RTI: System control
Rako: Smart lighting

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