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Dedicated Home Cinema, Derbyshire

CLIENT: Residential home in Derbyshire

TECHNOLOGY: Home Cinema

PROJECT COST: £23,500

Our client approached us after we had previously installed a single TV on their wall with a soundbar when they had moved into their beautiful Georgian home in the heart of Derbyshire.

They had decided to convert a small upstairs room above an annex in the home into a dedicated cinema room for their family.

Our designers were really excited as there is an assumption that you need a large space for a dedicated cinema room and this room was 3m x 5m.

Hidden Design

It was established very early on in the design brief that the client didn’t want any equipment on display and everything had to be hidden away in a separate room which is always our preference as technology in our opinion should never be on show yet there in the background when you want to use.

All speakers were to be mounted behind the screen in order to give the entire back wall to the projection screen.

The Strip Out

The room hadn’t been touched in at least 50 years and in order to get a second row of seating in a tiered level would be constructed by our own engineers.

Construction

To keep the speakers hidden behind the screen we would need to build out from the back wall by 500mm, this would allow us to get the exceptional Bowers and Wilkins CT7.3 speakers behind a acoustically transparent screen

The client also decided on a lighting trough around the perimeter of the wall which would house colour changing LED lighting. Again our engineers built this lighting trough.

The room was acoustically treated in order to give the best sound quality for the room.

Lighting

As the home was in excess of 200 years home our electricians needed to rewire the room in order to bring to current regulations which also gave us the opportunity to get some Control4 lighting in there in order to control the main spotlights but also the integrated DMX lighting which would go inside the light trough.

Audio Visual

With Bowers and Wilkins speakers throughout creating a 5.1.4 Dolby ATMOS layout we needed an amplifier that would really drive these speakers.

We went with a Yamaha 3060 which had recently won AVR of the year at the What Hi Fi awards.

As the client wanted 4K for Football via SkyQ we went with stunning Sony 320ES 4K HDR projector.

Simple Control

Without any home automation in the room the client would be left with 8 remote controls for the room which is unacceptable and in our experience causes tech anxiety which in turn means the room would never get used.

We decided on Control4 using their new EA3 controller with the SR260 remote control which is rich in features such as high resolution audio and would give the client the ability to add other rooms onto Control4.

It would also allow the client to control from his IPAD and put all those original remote controls in a drawer.

Conclusion

One of the nicest parts of this installation was the fact that it was driven by a referral from a simple TV installation 6 months before we installed this masterpiece.

It was also great to prove again you don’t need masses of space in order to install a dedicated cinema room in your home.