New cinema room build advice

Paul Simons

Active Member
Hi all,
Am. In the process of having a first floor bedroom in my terraced house converted into a cinema room/Mancave and need some advice on the equipment for the room.
I'm looking at a dolby atmos 5.1/7.1 system to use to play 4k uhd films and for gaming via my xbox and watching sports from sky box

BLU-RAY - PANASONIC DMP-UB9000
AMP - ARCAM FMJ AVR850
SPEAKERS:
FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT - KEF R5x2
CENTRE - KEF R2C
REARS - KEF R5
SUBWOOFER - REL S5
PROJECTOR - OPTOMA UHD 60
Automatic roll up screen

The room is as enclosed pic and will house at one end my hot toy figures in a glass doored display cabinet and some movie props, will be getting 2 big lazy boy cinema chairs and some bean bags for seating

Any help much appreciated, thanks

Budget around £15,000 but am happy to settle at £10,000 if spending the extra £5,000 won't see any real improvement due to size of the room
 

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Roohster

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Nice kit list, Arcam and Kef = good combination, and the room's a decent size.

You mention Dolby Atmos but there's no mention of overhead speakers, you need to factor in two of those for Atmos. If there's a loft space above the room it'd be easy to fit a couple of in-ceiling speakers, and KEF do some good ones.

Where will the kit go in the room?
Which end of the room will you be sitting?

Kef R5s are a strange choice for rear speakers, you'd be better off going for wall mounted speakers, positioning dependant on your seating position.

If you could add your furniture to the drawing, it'd help people give you advice.
 

Paul Simons

Active Member
Thanks for the advice, was advice not to go with ceiling speakers, will atmos still work without the user of ceiling speakers. Am thinking of having a bit of a fake ceiling drop down so could be hidden in this quite easily.

The kit is goi g to be housed in specialist built rack and put on the bay window area out of the way.

On the pic the area C will be the TV cabinet so will be sat facing this from roughly the middle to back of the room. I was looking at getting a tidy set of 2 chairs so that the back of the seat is by where the door is as was hoping to build old style pillars around the room. Which will house sone speakers and be buile either side of the chairs back so roughly by the edge of the bay window and where the door is
 

Roohster

Distinguished Member
Ceiling speakers are your best option, but if you can't/don't want them you could use "dolby atmos enabled" speakers which sit on top of your front pair. Either way you'd need two extra speakers.

This is worth a read: Dolby Atmos Speaker Setup Guide
 

IWC Dopplel

Distinguished Member
As you are building and buying new ATMOS ready kit, this makes sense. The cost of adding later is less appealing. Do keep some of your budget for fabric and think through light control near the screen. I'd recommend a fixed screen if you have a seperate room. I converted a spare bedroom for this purpose as well, no bed in their now but a nice sofa and blow up beds are quite cheap. My thought process was I have other spare bedrooms, how often do I need more than 2 spare rooms, erm.... once a year perhaps. That has got us thinking and one other spare bedroom will soon be the other half's dressing room.

We will use the unused rooms 2-3 times a week (cinema), once a day, dressing room. Makes much more sense to me, we will, keep just one room as a made up spare room....
 

Seriously Ltd

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Thanks for the advice, was advice not to go with ceiling speakers, will atmos still work without the user of ceiling speakers. Am thinking of having a bit of a fake ceiling drop down so could be hidden in this quite easily.

The kit is goi g to be housed in specialist built rack and put on the bay window area out of the way.

On the pic the area C will be the TV cabinet so will be sat facing this from roughly the middle to back of the room. I was looking at getting a tidy set of 2 chairs so that the back of the seat is by where the door is as was hoping to build old style pillars around the room. Which will house sone speakers and be buile either side of the chairs back so roughly by the edge of the bay window and where the door is
Consider on wall or in wall loudspeakers and not sure who advised you not to use in ceiling speakers but they are very wrong.

Regards

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