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so, where to start.  I had a Samsung TV wall mounted and placed a Sky HD box and PS3 on a cabinet next to the fireplace. Wanted to upgrade to full home cinema system but wife had KO'd for a while as not wanting boxes and cables everywhere. As I suspect most wife's are, she likes everything clean and tidy, so presented a challenge. Pic's below are how things were before changes:

So, settled on some Kef 2005.3 style surround speakers and a Denon 1910 amp. Thought best to take her to store to show her what the speakers looked like so 'no surprises'.  Straight no at the store and I had given up at that point, but as leaving she spotted some B&W CM7's in piano black and thought they looked nice. Well, spotting the chance to jump a few classes in one go, ordered the following Kit ASAP: Yamaha Z7, B&W CM7's (front), B&W CM1's (rear), and B&W PV1. I wanted to get CM centre as well, but with the space limits and fire place, meant somewhat constrained, however local dealer had a deal on a B&W VM1 Centre so took that. A small trade off.

And for some reason suffered from overheating:

So kit in place, however, failed the 'must be tidy' test. Yes, I might pay the bills, but don't run the house. I couldn't afford an expensive installation services and had spent most of budget on kit. I also had limited space between fireplace and outside wall so decided best bet was to custom build a cabinet. I measured up shelves and also tried to design with air circulation in mind so left lots of slots. Also removed all the skirting boards off and chiseled out a run behind to hide speaker wires.

Finished Result:

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Hiding cables behide fireplace was a challenge.

End result.

Just a blu-ray player now.. . .

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You don't angle the screen down to the viewing position then? That's VERY high up for comfort I'd have thought.

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ello.... looks fantastic! how does it sound? 

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oh and my wife thinks your house looks very clean! 

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well done jim, looks great. Reminds me very much of my first home cinema about 9 -10 years ago. Had B&W CM fronts and centre with VM as rears,looked and sounded great through my Arcam Amp and DVD, with a tasty REL sub for some grunt!! Have moved and had 2 children , 3 Plasmas , and a low profile on the Home Cinema front since,...... However , just bought a Samsung 46" 3D TV and feel some front room changes coming full speed ahead, oh how i love hiding wires!!!

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Well done jim, like the barcelona chair and footstool as well

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Looks good and classy...

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Just marvellous-looking living room, well done. A lil bit cramped for those FS, me thinks.

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Looks wonderful great speakers and amp.

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the center VM integrates well with the CM7?

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the left speaker being a little inside that inclosure doesnt sound different? expecially being rear ported.

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Love the CM series speakers. The room looks, great. Interesting seeing how people deal with the various compromises necessitated by significant others and less than ideal rooms.

Enjoy! 

Stuff.

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Sorry to be negative, but your room highlights the problems with AV gear.

Before: nice, tidy, ample room, pleasant living space.

After: cramped, congested, ambience lost.

We had the same problem when I flirted briefly with home cinema. In the end I had to agree that living space/ambience was more important, so the home cinema went, and I'm not sorry.

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Which way are the rear speakers pointing? Because it looks like they're pointing straight at the front ones, which is incorrect, with that speaking position they should be pointing straight at you.

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yes your house looks clean and it all looks very nice, however, dude !!! your wife has the bedrooms, the dining area and the kitchen to decorate and play in, and she has the say in YOUR home cinema area, time to upgrade the misses !!! my misses is glad i let her watch my tv ha ha ha. sorry but im old skool.

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TV is main issues, long term viewing gives a headache. tried turning down contrast, angling down, etc, not much helps. Guessing it may be a bit big / too high? going to try a different set I think.


It's a pain as the room is very long, just not wide, can't see from photos but is maybe 2  to 3 times longer. Each end has a large window which kind of prevents setting out the room a different way, so left with the narrow fit.


As for speaker positions, move around depending on what doing. So if watching that latest blu-ray and want best experience pull left front speaker out a little (although to be fair don't hear much difference) and angle rear speakers inwards. If masterchief, then kinda relaxed about the whole thing :)


 

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