West­Coast Hi-Fi Mid­land

“A the­atre of dreams for a home cin­ema fan who achieved his plans with help from the in­dus­try’s best.”

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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

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