Home cinema install: Triple-tier movie den

PJ Hi-Fi in Guildford is the company responsible for this cinema built from scratch as part of a luxurious home extension. Hillside terrain allowed for a room that gets deeper toward the screen wall, and three well-spaced seating rows. Dolby Atmos was a must, says install chief Andy Taylor, as was keeping system hardware as discreet as possible 'while ensuring compromises weren’t made on audio performance.'

A combination of Bowers & Wilkins speakers and subwoofers, plus Marantz SR8015 receiver (an 11-channel model) were selected. The LCR stage is delivered by three B&W CT7.4 models, built into a recess in the front wall alongside two CTSW12 12in subs. A 3.5m Scope ratio screen with acoustically transparent material, from Cinema Build Systems, was then mounted in front. A real-wall-mounted Sony VPL-VW790ES projector brings native 4K HDR visuals.

Viewing options include an Apple TV 4K streamer and Sky Q PVR, while a Sony PlayStation 5 console (easily accessed from its position under the adjacent bar counter) is used for gaming and movie discs. And the owner's verdict on their new room? 'Goosebump-worthy!'

Installer Info

PJ Hi-Fi

Kit list

Bowers & Wilkins: x CT7.4 speakers (LCR); 2 x CTSW12 in-wall subwoofers; 8 x CWM7.5 surround/height speakers; CDA-2HD power amplifier
Marantz: SR8015 11.2-channel Dolby Atmos/ DTS:X receiver
Sony: VPL-VW790ES 4K HDR laser projector
Cinema Build Systems: 3.5m wide 2.37:1 ratio projector screen
Apple: Apple TV 4K
Sky: Sky Q
Sony: PlayStation 5 console
Sanus: Kit rack
Control4: CORE Lite processor and Halo remote
Araknis: 16-port Power over Ethernet switch

PJ Hi-Fi designed this custom star field to span the whole ceiling, with centralised swirling constellation and the occasional shooting star...

Seating is split over three tiered rows, ensuring uninterrupted viewing for up to ten guests

The 2:83:1 maximum throw of Sony's VPL-VW790ES 4K projector makes it a fit for large rooms