Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

Custom Home Theater featuring Cinepro

Evolution2 Speakers,
DTP-8 Theater Processor and
3k6-5 6-channel Amplifiers

Those of you that follow our show coverage, like CEDIA or CES will know the name Cinepro and its’ President and Vice President Michael J. Panicci and Gus Cossifos respectively. Cinepro’s dynamic demonstrations are very much talked about during the show. Although many of demonstrations are loud, what sets Cinepro apart is their commitment to playing back at "Dolby Digital Reference Levels", which cannot be done accurately without tons of power. So with their ever increasing “how about another 10dB?” volume adjustments, if Gus & Michael were chefs, they’d be saying BAM as they added more spice!


We’ve never managed to hook-up for a review but Gus managed to get me an afternoon with a recent theater installation of Cinepro’s complete Evolution 2 LCR speaker system, pre/pro with 2 amplifiers, along with a power product and speaker wire. There are times when the equipment doesn’t come to you but rather you go to it! Besides Princeton is such a pretty drive anyway as I headed down the highway from my northern New Jersey office.

The setting is a very elegant traditional New England Colonial under renovation but as time was short, I was there to see the substantial installation on the lower level.

Without making too much of the space which in it’s own right is very nicely done and completed by Robert Stevens of Real Life Designs in Hamilton, NJ. I’ve included a floor plan to give a sense of the size of room as it contributes to the overall sound (and vision). The size of the room is roughly 24 ft across, 36 ft deep and has 9 ½ ft ceilings measured from the “pit”.

Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

Walking in you’re immediately struck by the warm inviting yet subdued colors. A full bar (complete with kegerator and wine refrigerator) is to the left and a raised bar-height table and stool sitting area to the right.

Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

As you continue towards the screen you arrive at a lower table with chairs facing the 166” screen. The basement slab had been excavated to lower the floor and by doing so, a stage was built to house the subwoofers and give some architectural presence to the screen. Created then is an inviting and intimate sunken area for a couch at the lowest level and individual recliners, complete with D-Box Motion system, at an intermediate level. Wrought iron railings delineate the sitting area.

Structural columns were hidden by placing Cinepro’s Evolution-2 full speaker system in columns behind screens. Removing the screens, (no easy task) the enclosures were filled with foam to prevent any internal resonance. The matching center channel was placed above the screen in a dropped soffit. Well hidden it was surprisingly well balanced with the left/right mains. Of course room size has a lot to do with it.

Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

On the side walls and in the back are additional enclosures to fit surrounds and rear speakers behind custom acoustic treatment.

Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

The entire room was treated with a custom wall acoustic system from FABRITRK®. I thought Bob got it just right. The room never sounded dead yet reverb was nicely controlled.

Oh – Quite the Rack!!

Hidden in a closet is the equipment rack with a full compliment of Cinepro’s gear... Impressive!
The rack includes Cinepro’s DTP-8 multi-channel processor. This is their flagship multi-zone processor with low distortion and high dynamics. When I inquired about the new codecs from Dolby and DTS, Gus said quietly, it’s coming soon - likewise for HDMI, none on the processor.

Cinepro and Custom Home Theater

A pair of impressive 3k6 Mk5 6-channel amplifiers capable of delivering 455 wpc (8 ohms) and if you’ve ever heard Gus and Michael give a demo, every bit of it gets used. Thankfully Cinepro’s RPC-30240 regulated power conditioner oversees this setup capable of outputting 30 amps and 240 volts.

Blue-ray playback is from Sony, the BDP- 5200ES.

The back of the rack can also be accessed from a door in the neighboring room, also impressive!