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Kef 7.1.4 in-wall, lounge theatre

What started off as wanting more space for my HTC Vive ended up as a major building project, with a two storey extension and dormer extensions out the side of the house and an upstairs shower suite.

More recently my wife, Louise, actually admitted she was looking forward to the home theatre, but she hadn't let on - she says I'm excited enough for the both of us and thinks it might be dangerous to encourage me! Louise, really doesn't like the look of the tech though - she didn't want speakers everywhere.

An agreeable answer became the Kef in-wall speakers.


3 x Kef Ci-5160RL-THX


4 x Kef Ci200QL


4 x Kef Ci200RR-THX

some of my early rendered plans for the room.




and this is where we are today






by the end of next week the room will be ready for us to move into.
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I wanted to see recently how the projector, a JVC X9500 would handle the room. I'd been using it up to now in the much smaller dining room, projected onto the wall and it's been great but that was a short projection throw. As demonstrated above, it performs well even with ambient light as it was - so I'm happy with this and look forward to using it in the room properly.



It's all connected up to the Anthem MRX1120




and I have a Lumagen Radiance Pro 4240 to boot.

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The ceiling will have 16 downlights, Philips Hue colour GU10 led bulbs - should be fun for parties.

I had the electrician chase all the speaker cables, and he'll be here on Monday for second fit. The end of the room that the projector is mounted, has a stud wall built. Our internal walls are solid brick, which is no good for putting in-wall speakers. The stud wall was also excellent for cable management.











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If you want to see the near daily blog of the progress from the beginning
https://cookhousestory.wordpress.com/



But I will post updates here on the home theatre only exciting times!!


and I forgot to mention.. the screen!

120inch wide 2.35:1 electric tab tension, solid *erm not acoustic transparent.

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Looks like a nice build, can't wait to see the results and hear your review.
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Been spray painting the Kef grills today, ran out of light though - will have to continue in the morning

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I have a needle for poking holes where it’s built up a little – but with a technique refinement, it all should be ok from here on. They are looking good.



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Underfloor heating mats have gone down, ready for second fix (electrician) on Monday, and floor boards soon after that.

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I will need 11 speaker cables between the wall plates and the AVR. So I bought 12 pairs of banana plugs, totally forgetting to calculate terminating both ends.

Incidentally not impressed with these banana plugs, you’re suppose to be able to put the cable up the middle of it and screw it on. What stops it coming out, compression? No. You need to twist it into a mess and try and screw the thread over the top of it – it’s a pain.

The Stanley automatic wire stripper is pretty awesome though.

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Well looks like a friend will be soldering my speaker cables in the end, so will leave that for now.

I did however realise earlier that the bezels of the surround and ceiling speakers will be seen and they are white. However my wife, Louise, is ok with it - and we can paint at a later date if need be.

Should get all electrics and speakers wired up tomorrow.



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Wall speakers went in today, four in the ceiling for atmos later in the week since floor is going down tomorrow.




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a better view of the room and I put the grilles on the surround speakers, still waiting for atmos x 4 to go in



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A better video will come later, just a quick demonstration of the ceiling lights

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Subscribed! I'm also using the Ci200QL speakers for my 4 surrounds, though I went with the Ci200QR for the ceiling. Same Anthem MRX1120 receiver, a JVC RS600 and Lumagen Radiance Pro 4446 I chose the KEF based on their wide dispersion, to cover my seating, and have been very impressed with them. They match well with my mains (DIYSG Titans that I built, with sister company to KEF Celestion tweeter).

It looks like you are in the UK. Where about? I'm originally from Chester-le-Street (Durham) but lived in Newmarket before moving out here 15+ years ago.
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Subscribed! I'm also using the Ci200QL speakers for my 4 surrounds, though I went with the Ci200QR for the ceiling. Same Anthem MRX1120 receiver, a JVC RS600 and Lumagen Radiance Pro 4446 I chose the KEF based on their wide dispersion, to cover my seating, and have been very impressed with them. They match well with my mains (DIYSG Titans that I built, with sister company to KEF Celestion tweeter).

It looks like you are in the UK. Where about? I'm originally from Chester-le-Street (Durham) but lived in Newmarket before moving out here 15+ years ago.
What do you use for your fronts?

That wide dispersion thing is pretty handy, made me feel a little more carefree about positioning.

I grew up in West Midlands, but I live near Surrey now.

Rest of the floor is going down today


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I love the look, but for me I'd also paint the bezels of your side/surround speakers to match the fronts (which look fantastic).
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DIY Sound Group Titan 615LX
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Today the floor was finished, the skirting and we got a new door on the hinges – yet to get a handle.

The electrician will be in to finish up soon, and maybe we can have a working home cinema..


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Big update leap forward in time...

Atmos Speakers and Projector in







There's still more furniture to come, I have an AV Rack and a new computer desk, Louise is stripping,staining and varnishing a sideboard.

But I also have to show we go mains power to the room, and now the projector screen works! This is during the day, no light leak from window behind - even with blinds open!






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