Welcome to another featured Front Room Cinema.
Here we have Per. The Swedish born AV-a-holic who now resides in Stevenage, UK.
What I like about Per’s FRC is he has made a truly bespoke look and feel with ultra modern design ideas, love the glass shelves, and yet he has kept it looking like a Front Room.
He has some amazing kit that given half a chance i would be digging out of the wall, and ceiling!!
Lets look at some photos….
First the build,
Now for the finished article. I hope you are as thirsty for this as I am. I feel that Per has done an amazing and professional job. It would have been so easy to have just built a floating wall. But what Per has is completely individual. Well done my friend.
I will now hand over to Per so he can explain a bit more about his set up….
FRC – OK, For the record please state your name, age and location?
P – Per
FRC – Would you say you are an AV-a-holic?
P – Yes, most certainly. Had a decent basic kit for 6 years and when we did our house extension I planned the install of my current kit
FRC – Please state your kit list?
P – TV is a Panasonic TH46PZ80 plasma for day to day viewing
Amp is an Onkyo TX-SR875
Blu Ray player is a Panasonic BD50
Speakers are KEF IQ9s on the front, IQ1s on the rear, mounted on Atacama Aurora glass stands, Centre is a KEF IQ6C, Sub is an SVS SB12+
Projector is a Panasonic PT-AE2000 1080p projector
Screen is a Beamax 96″ tab tensioned electric screen
Recently added is a 5TB HTPC with (currently) 35 blu rays and 98 DVDs, plus 20gb of music and room for another 80gb
Also in the kit list is a 250gb PS3 and a Black Nintendo Wii.
TV viewing is courtesy of a 500gb Sky HD box
The set up is all though the Onkyo allowing me to watch either a film off the HTPC on the TV or via the projector, and to use TV or projector for PS3 and Wii as well.
FRC – Favourite piece of kit?
P – Really hard to say – its like asking your favourite piece of a jigsaw puzzle – they all need to be there to work right, but if pressed on the point, then the projector is superb – makes watching films a real family event, but then you also need a good amp and speakers to immerse yourself in the film totally.
FRC – One thing you would change about your Front room Cinema?
P – I’d have gone for a wider screen – 96″ is really great, but Icould have gone next size up. (editor – I hear that one!!)
FRC – Roughly how much have you spent putting it together?
P – LOTS!!!!
FRC – Did you do-it-yourself or did you get someone to install it for you?
P – All done by myself, including designing and building the floating wall, all the cabling and wiring, which includes a shed load of cat5e cabling so I can distribute HD around the house – eventually – the kit to do this is pricey and this will have to wait a while longer.
FRC – If it was DIY what was the best worst bit?
P – There wasn’t a ‘worst bit’ as I am quite DIY minded, although puttin the screen up on the ceiling was a major headache – two of us struggled to get it up and installed – should have had a third pair of hands. Its a heavy (and pricey) piece of kit and not something you’d want to drop.
FRC – Which film do you use to showcase your set up?
P – I like Transformers, but as time goes by there are better and better films coming out – Avatar, Star Trek, Dark Knight etc so its hard to chose one.
FRC – What is your Front Room Cinema guilty pleasure, or lazy Sunday film?
P – Huge fan of Transformers – usually at a stupid volume!!
FRC – Han solo or Luke Skywalker?
P – Definitely Han Solo
FRC – Sweet or Salted?
P – I like my Popcorn Sweet
FRC – What is next for your FRC?
P – I’d love to add an Xbox with Kinect, but in terms of Kit, maybe upgrade the already excellent Onkyo 875 for something like the Onkyo 3007 – they are such a bargain now compared to what my 875 cost 3 years ago!!
FRC – Does the whole family enjoy the room as much as you?
P – Oh yes, hugely
FRC – Are you going to buy into 3-D?
P – Yes, probably one day, but it’d be a major upgrade – I’d need to change the Projector, the plasma, the Onkyo and then investigate what my HTPC can do, together with possibly adding a 3d blu ray player = probably £6k+ for that lot!
Thank you very much for sharing with us.
There we have it. I think you will agree that this is an amazing set up and a great example of a FRC done well.
I open the floor to you now readers. Any comments for Per? Questions?