Home cinema install: Top-storey media room

Twin screens elevate this stylish home office/movie den to another level

Here's a room that serves many functions. A converted loft space, it works as a home office, a TV/gaming den for the owner's children, and a slick, stylish home cinema. The cost? Less than £10,000 – and that includes all the hardware, plus design, installation and calibration. Handy.

The project was undertaken by North London company H&H Audio Visual. Earlier this Summer, it won the new 'Best Media Room Under £10,000' category at the CEDIA Awards. As befits an authentic media room, attention to detail has been paid to keep kit discrete and operation simple. The owner wanted to be able to switch from daytime office to nighttime cinema at the touch of a button, and that's what he got.

Twice as nice

There are two displays in the system – a 6 Series 55in Samsung LED flatscreen and a 101in projector screen from Impact Screen Solutions. For bigscreen movie action, the motorised screen descends from its ceiling housing, driven by a 12V trigger and the Savant control system. Even better, operation is synced to the Rako lighting array – as soon as the screen is selected, LED lighting in the room dims automatically, ensuring the best image from the Epson EH-TW6100 projector.

Surround sound is delivered by a KEF speaker array. Bookshelf C Series models are housed in the bespoke front-wall cabinet for front/left right duty, with white grilles to match the room's decor. The centre channel is also from the C Series. Mounted below the TV, it becomes hidden from view when the projector screen is down – hence the need for acoustically transparent material.

The surround speakers are wall-mounted KEF E301s, with their egg-shaped enclosures providing a neat visual match to the room's freestanding lamps. A vertical-standing T Series subwoofer provides LFE.

Attic architecture

Loft spaces typically throw up installation challenges, and this room was no different. The vaulted ceiling and chimney breast, plus the owner's other requirements, limited speaker placement flexibility. This is one reason why the Marantz SR5009 AV receiver, which features Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction, was specified. This 7 x 100W home cinema hub is also ready for 4K sources, should the owner want to upgrade his equipment in the future.

A further reason the installers opted for the Marantz was its tried and tested Savant programming profile – choosing kit with integration in mind, says H&H, cut programming and installation times (the total hours of the build was 26) and kept the project under budget. And it's this control system that ties the whole room together, even incorporating the office PC as a source (alongside a Sony BDP-S5100 BD deck and Apple TV).

The final verdict on the system? 'We're really pleased with the cinema room,' says the owner. 'It's easy to use and looks great. It's great to have a clean space to work in during the day and in the evening the whole family can enjoy it.'

Installer info

H&H Audio Visual
0208 346 3252

Kit list

Samsung: 55in LED TV
Epson: EH-TW6100 Full HD LCD projector
Onkyo: TX-NR828 AV receiver
Impact Screen Solutions: 101in acoustically transparent projector screen
KEF: 2 x C3 bookshelf speakers; 2 x E301 satellite speakers; 1 x CC6LCR (centre); 1 x T2 subwoofer
Marantz: SR5009 AV receiver
Sony: BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player
Apple: Apple TV
Savant: System control
Rako: Intelligent lighting