Home Cinema Choice



SONY: VPL-VW550ES 4K HDR projector (with Panamorph Paladin anamorphic lens); PS4 Pro

LUMAGEN: Radiance Pro video processor

DENON: AVR-X6300H AV receiver

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES: Dynamic-2S projector screen with 4:3/16:9/2.40:1 masking

ARTCOUSTIC: 3 x SL 8-4s (front LCR); 4 x 40-30 SL 4-2s (surround/rear); 4 x Architect SL 4-2s (height); 2 x Control 2 subwoofers; 2 x PA-750 sub amps

SKY: Q Silver PVR

APPLE: Apple TV 4K; iPad (control)

OPPO: UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray/universal disc player (multi-region)

NINTENDO: Switch; Wii U


RTI: XP-6 control processor

FOR THIS PROJECT, Cheshire-based installer SONA was asked to take an existing (and underused) room and give the owner a setup worthy of the Sony 4K projector and 11-channel Denon receiver they’d already invested in, with two rows of seating, a motorised masking projection screen for constant height presentation, and a ‘full-fat’ 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos speaker system.

To ensure these aims could be reached (while accommodating some windows that had to be retained) 3D modelling and speaker placement calculations were conducted. The finished design not only includes a new front wall to house screen and LCR speaker/subwoofers, but redesigned walls that hide surround speakers and black-out blinds, giving the space a ‘regular’ feel when it’s not being used for 4K movie action.

Once installed, the ‘Scope ratio Display Technologies projector screen would nearly fill the viewing wall from floor to ceiling
Automated Lutron Sivoia blinds, hidden within new stud walls, were specified to enable the switch from daylight room to blacked-out cinema
A false front wall was constructed to allow behind-the-screen placement of the LCR speakers and twin subwoofers

An RTI controller and Apple iPad with a custom UI drive the system. Whether the room is used for a Sky Q binge-session or Xbox gaming fest, the projector, screen, blinds and lighting all kick into action at the touch of a button. Advanced image calibration comes via a Lumagen Radiance processor, which also works with a Panamorph anamorphic lens to deliver constant height, pixel-for-pixel aspect ratio switching. Smart lighting, a tidy kit rack and plush seating complete the premium package

A. Hit the lights!

The room’s multizone lighting is controlled via Lutron Grafik Eye QS hardware

E. Perfect vision

The twin-tier seating arrangement offers line-of-sight for up to seven viewers

B. Box of tricks

A Lumagen Radiance Pro processor delivers advanced LUT calibration, and manages aspect ratios of 4K content before being output to the Sony projector

C. Atmos on tap

The owner’s Denon AVR-X6300H was called into duty to front the cinema’s 7.2.4 Artcoustic speaker array

D. Touch and go

Choose a source via the iPad’s UI, and the cinema’s RTI controller does the rest, instigating automatic control over lighting, projector and blinds