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From the Forums: How to DIY a Home Cinema in 7 days

The perfect Birthday treat...

by Mark Hodgkinson Nov 28, 2015 at 10:10 AM


  • You’ve got to hand it to our member, Julian30, there can’t be many people who would be able to transform a room in to a DIY Home Cinema in just seven days.
    Julian is a self-confessed impatient type and once the idea came in to his head, he wanted it executed in time to enjoy the fruits of his labours on his Birthday, just eight days later. As luck would have it Julian’s local carpenter had to cancel his appointment that day, owing to unfavourable weather, so work commenced on transforming Julian’s storage room, there and then. That has meant there isn’t a photo of how it was before work commenced but this is how it looked once they had cleared the junk out, knocked down a partition wall and removed a lot of very old fixed shelving.
    With a budget of £8,000, he got himself down to Richer Sounds and left with his wallet around £5,000 lighter but with the following rather nice set of kit:

    1 X Epson EHTW6000 3D Projector @ £1300
    1 x Peerless PRGPUNV Projector Mount @ £130
    1 x Sapphire fixed frame 16:9 234cm projector screen @ £400
    2 x Apart CMRQ108 Speakers @ £200 each = £400
    1 x Apart CMRQ108C Speaker @ £200
    2 x Apart CMSQ108 Speakers @ £100 each = £200
    1 X Cambridge X500 subwoofer @ £550
    1 x Onkyo 616 AV Receiver @ £600
    1 x Sony BDPS590 Blu-ray Player @ £150
    1 x Apple TV @ £100
    1 x Harmony 900 Universal Remote @ £240
    1 x 914 HDMI 10M Cable @ £200
    1 x Sublink cable @ £30
    1 x Tacima mains switch@ £30
    3 x Visual 1.5m HDMI cable @ £30 = £90
    100 x QED QX16/2 Speaker cable @ £100

    The next big ticket items were the 3d textured MDF panels and Julian needed eight of those. They were £239 each but he was happy with the expense, as they were always going to be the main design feature and the texture helps disperse the sound waves.
    Finally, they were the sofas and footstools (with reversible lids that turn into trays and provide storage within). These were £250 each and the footstools £55 each.
    As Julian put it, this had been a ‘mad week,’ with some very late nights and early starts - but he is really happy with the results – as he should be – and despite coming in £800 over the original £8,000 budget we say it’s money well spent.

    Great job Julian and congratulations on getting it ready on time for your Birthday!

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