High End HiFi and Cinemascope Screen

Curved TV with Cinemascope projection screen
Curved TV with Cinemascope projection screenThis system is high up in the pantheon of integrating High End HiFi with a Home Cinema system. The system began life with an Anthem D2V at the heart offering one of the best sound quality multi-channel preamp decoders available. We were asked to up the ante somewhat, with a high quality stereo music solution at the heart, integrated into a high performance Home Cinema.

We ended up with B&W 800 D3 speakers as the main front left and right being driven by Bi-Amped Naim NAP-500 power Amps, in turn driven by a Naim NAC-552 preamp. The main music source is a Linn Klimax DS streaming player, streaming music from a Melco N1Z server. We added a unity-gain input to the Naim NAC-552 preamp from the Anthem AVM-60 processor, which effectively gave us control of the front left and right speakers for the Cinema system.

The Cinema system was set up as a Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 system, with a pair of Atlantic Technology in-ceiling speakers for the front height channels, utilising some pre-existing Paradigm Signature series ADP dipole speakers for the rear channels, and a Monster Signature Performa Subwoofer. The centre channel was a matching B&W 800 series HTM1 D3 speaker. The surround channel speakers were driven from a pre-existing Anthem P5, which gave plenty of headroom for the most exciting of sound tracks.

This sorted the sound into an impressive enveloping experience, in what is a relatively small room.

TA Room 2The Video parts included sources from Sky Q, an Oppo BDP-205 4K blu-ray player, a 4K Amazon Fire TV, and a 4K Apple TV, giving plenty of selection. System control was via a Logitech Elite remote, which provides simple 1-button selection of activities, being able to select between a Samsung curved 4K tv display and the Sony VPL-VW750ES 4K projector. When the projector is in use, the screen is a full 2.4:1 Cinemascope format, with buttons on the remote to select between 16:9 and the full Cinemascope experience.

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We ended up with three separate racks for the equipment, and with the large fron channel speakers, and the Sub, space was at a premium. We just managed to squeeze in a 10′ wide screen in between the main left and right speakers, as the largest one that would fit, resulting in a spectactular presentation of movies.TA Room 5