Home cinema install: Let's take it outside

Matt Wayne, Senior Design Consultant at UK installer Finite Solutions, says the brief for this project was a dedicated cinema room with a luxurious, comfortable interior and robust audio-visual performance of the best quality allowed by the budget. The venue? A renovated outbuilding away from the main house, enabling a healthy-sized 7m x 4.5m layout.

Before planning was submitted and the general style and finish of the cinema chosen, demonstrations at Finite Solution’s own 'show house' helped nail down the AV kit-list. Sound quality was high on the agenda, leading to an immersive 7.2.4-channel array using architectural speakers and subwoofers from Bowers & Wilkins, plus an Anthem MRX 1140 (with ARC Genesis EQ) for power and processing. Maintaining the 'real-world' hardware vibe is a DLA-NP5 4K projector from JVC, working in tandem with a Projecta acoustically transparent 3.6m-wide 16:9 screen, plus Panasonic 4K Blu-ray, Apple TV and Sky Q sources.

Being an external system, Finite added a point-to-point Wi-Fi mesh solution to stabilise connectivity. Also in the kit-rack, adjacent to the main room in a lobby area, is a Furman UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) unit to manage mains distribution and protect the AV rig from energy spikes. Lutron lighting and Control4 system integration add slick finishing touches.

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Kit list

Bowers & Wilkins: 3 x CWM7.3 S2 front LCR speakers; 4 x CWM7.5 S2 side and rear surrounds; 4 x CCM7.5 S2 overhead speakers; 2 x CT SW12 subwoofers and SA100 power amplifiers
Anthem: MRX 1140 11-channel Atmos/DTS:X AV receiver
JVC: DLA-NP5 4K projector
Panasonic: Panasonic: DP-UB9000 4K Blu-ray player
Apple: Apple TV 4K
Sky: Sky Q
Projecta: Acoustically transparent 3.6m-wide 16:9 projector screen
Lutron: RA2 lighting control
Control4: System control
Middle Atlantic: SRSR slide-out AV rack

Making best use of the space is this 3.6m-wide screen, with acoustically transparent material allowing for LCR speakers to be placed behind

Bowers & Wilkins CCM7.5 S2 in-ceiling speakers, with carbon dome tweeters and 7in bass/mid drivers, handle the Dolby Atmos height layer

Entry-level model in JVC's native 4K DLA series, the lamp-based NP5 carries the company's highly effective HDR tone mapping

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