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The placement of the 3m-wide screen and opposite wall seating aren’t where you’d naturally expect, but as the pool table had to be retained and the room has doors at both ends, designing the cinema across the room’s shorter throw was the sensible option. A 5.1.2 speaker configuration using on-wall surrounds, in-ceiling heights and behind-screen positioning for LCR speakers and subwoofer (making use of the attic eaves) was chosen, with power and processing from an Arcam AVR550 receiver – the latter’s Dirac room correction suite employed to tackle the cinema’s unusual shape.
Adding to the room’s galactic aesthetic are two key details. Firstly, a vast 8m x 2m fibre optic star ceiling, using modules from Starscape, was installed – surrounding it is an RGB ‘halo frame’. This, plus additional lighting and AV operation, is handled by Control4 automation hardware.
Technical plans outlining the cinema’s eventual 11.1.4 speaker setup were created with the help of Procella and Trinnov Audio – whose Altitude32 processor was selected as ‘the only choice to support the speaker configuration’ – and provided the owner with a clear vision of what was to be delivered. Added to the hardware mix was a JVC 4K projector, 3m-wide projector screen and Oppo, Apple and media PC source gear.
The installers say they identify the five ‘key elements’ of a home cinema as audio, video, control, acoustics and interior, and the latter two certainly make their presence felt here. Side and rear walls feature Artnovion acoustic treatments that function as a design feature too, complementing the timber framework and soft furnishings.
Power and processing comes from Marantz AV separates (with an additional Bose DSP engine in the signal chain to tweak the LCR crossovers), and a BT YouView PVR and Sony 4K spinner are among the sources. A Control4 system provides the de rigueur smart operation of hardware and lighting – the latter including floor-level illumination, an LED run around the ceiling soffit, and an eye-catching star-field.”
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