Projector and Audio Advice/Suggestions

aslanuk

Member
Hi there,

A family member wants to install a projector and audio in a Cinema room in his home. I don't have much experience with home cinema but am the go to tech guy in the family.

It will be projected against a wall, no screen wanted. Cabling is in place at a high point on the wall so the projector can be mounted there. Some of these cables (HDMI) feed back to a lower spot where a cabinet can hold some other equipment.

Use cases:
  • Live sport
  • Movies
  • retro gaming from retropie on a raspberrypi
  • Streaming services like netflix etc, maybe best on something like a firestick?

Would love some suggestions as I'ma bit lost when it comes to the audio end of things. E.g is blutooth audio up to the job or still better to go wired?

Budget is around £2k.


Thanks
 

3rdignis

Well-known Member
What's the dimensions of the room?

Is the screen wall free of obstructions like radiator, plug sockets or window?

Can you paint the room black?

How many people really want to use the room?
 

Joe Fernand

Distinguished Member
AVForums Sponsor
As above start out with a layout plan of the room including the seating, furniture, doors, windows, plugs etc as suggested by @3rdignis.

Also sketch out what you think the 'screen' wall is going to look like once you project an image onto the wall as you have to think about where your Loudspeakers are going to be placed and what configuration you want to aim for.

Your budget is tight to don't try for too many loudspeaker channels at this time, though you can pre wire for upgrades if you think there could be more budget down the line.

Dolby Labs have decent guides on how you lay out a Cinema room - Dolby Atmos Speaker Setup Guides

'Some of these cables (HDMI) feed back to a lower spot where a cabinet can hold some other equipment' - details on cable length and type is required.

Wired is always best for both audio and video signals and where possible used a wired network too.

Joe
 

aslanuk

Member
What's the dimensions of the room?

Is the screen wall free of obstructions like radiator, plug sockets or window?

Can you paint the room black?

How many people really want to use the room?
As above start out with a layout plan of the room including the seating, furniture, doors, windows, plugs etc as suggested by @3rdignis.

Also sketch out what you think the 'screen' wall is going to look like once you project an image onto the wall as you have to think about where your Loudspeakers are going to be placed and what configuration you want to aim for.

Your budget is tight to don't try for too many loudspeaker channels at this time, though you can pre wire for upgrades if you think there could be more budget down the line.

Dolby Labs have decent guides on how you lay out a Cinema room - Dolby Atmos Speaker Setup Guides

'Some of these cables (HDMI) feed back to a lower spot where a cabinet can hold some other equipment' - details on cable length and type is required.

Wired is always best for both audio and video signals and where possible used a wired network too.

Joe
Hi,

Many thanks for the replies.

I’ve attached the room layout below. The room cannot be painted black. We don’t need this to be a high end cinema room. It’s more for recreational use. Of course as best as can be had for the budget.

Many thanks,

9C9CCA20-8888-4412-B43A-06D8B4DFD035.jpeg
 

3rdignis

Well-known Member
There's benefits to using a different room layout, but I will assume you want what you have drawn.


A 120" screen is a popular size, I am happy with this

Amazon product

For audio try to have your stereo speakers equal distance from the side walls.

Apple tv device is good.

A used epson eh-tw9300/9400/7300/7400 with some remaining warranty and low hours.
 

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