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Reference Quality Home Cinema Room in Southport

“The equipment used in the room truly is class-leading, giving the very best performance possible for the budget.”

Project Location: Stockport
Project Cost: £75,000
Categories: Bespoke Home Cinema
Awards: Highly Commended - Best Home Cinema £40,000 to £100,000 by CEDIA

The Brief

As huge film fans our clients purchased a property with a cinema/games room.  However it had been installed over 10 years ago. Over the years the design, layout and performance of the room became more and more outdated leading the clients to seek a company who could take on  the full project to transform the room into a reference quality modern home cinema room.


Being interested in the equipment itself and the levels of performance that could be achieved we arranged for a full days demonstration of various equipment in our Leeds Show House Cinema Room. Moving from entry levels to mid range to reference quality our client was absolutely blown away by what could be achieved by the reference system we put in place and wanted to recreate that level of performance in his cinema.

Room Design

Using 3D models and mood boards we provided several design options for the layout of the room to create the best use of the space.

As the client only needed to seat six people we had the space available to be creative. The idea of a lobby area before the cinema room was proposed to provide backlit storage for the client’s huge film collection, the central equipment rack and a W.C.

Detailed Design

Upon agreement of the look of the room and the equipment required, a detailed room build design of full working architectural drawings were produced allowing our build team to create all the required joinery, sound proofing, lighting and interior decoration.

A key feature of the room is the padded suede walls which use a material imported from America called Sound Suede which is acoustically transparent allowing us to hide all the surround sound speakers behind the walls of the room in the perfect positions.

The whole project was completed in six weeks from the first day on site to handover with all trades, design, project management and commission carried out in-house so the client didn’t have to be involved at all.


The equipment used in the room truly is class-leading, giving the very best performance possible for the budget. Nine B&W Custom Theatre series speakers and subwoofers were built into the walls of the room, driven by Classe surround sound processing and amplification to deliver hugely powerfully, dynamic and enveloping surround sound.

An Oppo Blu-Ray player and Sky HD box feed in to a Sim2 Lumis 3D projector providing unbelievably bright detailed images in 2D mode and in 3D the performance is staggering due to Sim2’s patented “Triple flash” technology to create smooth bright flicker free 3D images.

The system is quick and easy to use via a Crestron Prodigy system on the clients iPad giving single touch operation of the lighting, air conditioning, Sky, Blu-Ray player etc.

Client Review

Upon completion of the room the client had purchased a healthy selection of new films to enjoy in the cinema and after a few simple demonstrations the client was absolutely blown away with the sound and picture quality.

The lobby area provides the perfect environment to get you in the mood for a movie as you walk past all the film collections and the cinema itself provides the comfort, warmth and perfect acoustic environment to get the best performance from the equipment.

Equipment List:

·         Sim2 Lumis 3D projector

·         Screen Excellence acoustically transparent 10 foot wide projector screen

·         Classe SSP800 Reference surround sound processor

·         B&W CWM7.3 in wall speakers (7)

·         B&W CTSW 15 subwoofers (2)

·         Oppo BD95 3D Blu-Ray player

·         Classe power amplifiers (2)

·         PS3, Wii

·         Sky + HD

·         DVDO scaller and 3D switch

·         Crestron Prodigy PMC3

·         Signature cinema seating (6)

·         Middle Atlantic rack and cooling system

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