Friendly home cinema lounge is ready for action

posted on Friday, 18th October 2013 by David Slater

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The lounge of this 1980s build might not seem the most obvious place to install a home theatre, but with neat engineering and careful equipment choice, Berkshire based UK Home Cinemas has unobtrusively installed a full-blown 7.1 3D cinema, to the delight of the homeowner.

The installation is built around a motorised 100-inch screen, installed directly above the room's stone fireplace. This drops down in front of a wall-mounted LCD set. The projector on duty is the highly-rated Epson EH-TW9100W.  With a bright 2400 lumens output, it's ideal in a room where some level of ambient light can often be present.  

Tannoy Mercury speakers deliver audio, coupled to a discreetly hidden active subwoofer. The source and control equipment is housed within an AV cabinet specifically made to match existing lounge furniture. The cabinet actually houses a double width custom made 19-inch rack. To aid air flow, both the floor and the rear of the cabinet have been left open. "It's also built on castors to allow easy access for maintenance," adds UK Home Cinema's Richard Bell. "All of the cables inside the rear of the cabinet are neatly loomed and fitted with cable identification numbers."

Controlling the installation is an RTI XP6 control processor, working  in tandem with an RTI T3-V+ touch screen remote control. Table, wall and ceiling lights in the lounge can all be controlled via the RTI; memorised presets store various preferred lighting scenes. Bell adds that the RTI is simple enough for the homeowners to create and store additional lighting scenes, as they see fit. On-wall control is via a small wall mounted panel in brushed steel.

The system can also be driven via the RTI app on an iPad; apparently this has become the default way of browsing and selecting music in the house. Both the kitchen and a second reception room have evolved into multi-room audio zones. Bell reveals that two interfaces have been designed. A minimalist user interface, with activity based icons, and for advanced users, with control pages which mimic all of the features of each device's own controller. "This enables the technophile of the family to have the advanced control, keeping it simple enough for the new baby sitter to be able to use it without training," says Bell.

Apparently, the big screen is also getting plenty of use as a games screen (a PlayStation 3 is hidden away in the equipment cabinet). Like the other source devices, the console is fully controlled via the RTI remote. Apparently the homeowner enjoys converting 2D games into faux 3D using the projector's conversion technology. Bravely they even admit to using the log burner in the fire place while the projection screen is down - "the bottom of the screen gets slightly warm but that's all."

Following the install, the family has used its cinema lounge for several movie nights, plus birthday sleepovers for the children and film nights for the parents - not to mention a couple of rowdy football matches. UK Home Cinemas says it is now selling the installation as a pre-designed system package, adjusting it to suit a client's wishes and existing equipment.

A bit about UK Home Cinemas...

UK Home Cinemas specialises in the design and installation of projector based home cinema rooms and lounge cinema systems as well as multi room audio systems and intelligent home control solutions. They are passionate about the idea that superb home cinema installations are no longer exclusively for the super rich. UK Home cinemas is a small company which has demonstration facilities in Berkshire, but installs home cinema projectors and complete systems throughout the UK. As a former principal engineer at Sony the founder of UK Home Cinemas was working with SXRD 4K commercial cinema projectors approximately 10 years ago and has aimed to bring this experience to home cinema. UK Home Cinemas can deliver complete turn-key solutions, but also works for serious enthusiasts who are keen to take on part of the project themselves.  UK Home Cinemas is a member of CEDIA - The custom electronics design and installation association.

UK Home Cinemas

Greenfinch Close

Heath Lake Park


RG45 6TZ

Tel: 01344 773695


David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
Living North

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