WestCoast Hi-Fi Midland
“A theatre of dreams for a home cinema fan who achieved his plans with help from the industry’s best.”
This is the second time WestCoast Hi-Fi Midland has collected one of our Installation Awards — and both times it has been for a cinema incorporating the remarkable Krix Series MX ‘Real Cinema at Home’ concept — a unique modular behind-screen speaker system which has been nicknamed the ‘wall of sound’, using Scott Krix’s infinite baffle wall with modular speaker units and with thick, acoustic absorption material built into the construction.
We should also give credit to the owner, who was so keen to get his home cinema right that he knocked down his previous house and redesigned a new one, working everything outward from the new cinema space! During his research he had called Krix for information on some possible speakers, and ended up getting personal help from Scott Krix himself on the best solution for his space. And when he heard the Series MX on demonstration at WestCoast Hi-Fi Midland, he knew he’d found his sound.
So this is a 9.2.4 cinema with two rows of seating, with the Krix Series MX behind the screen, including two 18-inch subwoofers, then six Krix Phonix speakers on surround duties, and four Krix Atmospherix speakers used in-ceiling for height channels. Wanting “plenty of headroom” for power he went with Yamaha’s Aventage MX-A5000 11-channel power amp paired with the CX-A5100 processor. But to power the MX-30 front channels, he added the 5 × 200W Mcintosh MC205 home theatre amplifier to provide the all-important detail and headroom to the wall of sound. The projector is a Sony true 4K model, illuminating the 160-inch screen.
The finish is impeccable, and the sound “amazing, a true ‘cinema sound’,” says the owner Mark, “and musical as well. I guess that’s the design of the ‘wall of sound’ — horns and vocals, mmmm!” Info: www.westcoasthifi.com.au/midland