As often happens one Saturday Kevin our MD received a call, the client was interested in Kaleidescape. How could we begin to know what this minor enquiry would transpire too? We may have had some inkling when the client told us he is flying in to see us on his private jet, they spent only an hour with us but were bowled over by the experience. It transpires they had been looking around and were unimpressed by a round-the-table power point presentation from another dealer. It goes to show how valuable good demonstration facilities are for Cedia members.
Dawson’s were asked to attend an M&E meeting and only then realised the scale of this project and it’s location, the channel islands. This cinema was only part of a much larger installation conducted by Dawson’s.
The clients had no preconceived ideas, only they were having a basement space constructed to house the cinema. Many audio conference calls were made with the client to find out what they really wanted. Video games were a major factor in the choice of the final screen and 3D. All sources from the main house system were to be available with awesome sound, but concealed. They had a budget for the hardware of about 80-90K.
The room was ideal for a cinema with a feature curved rear wall but little else of merit. Dawson’s designers looked at the space and requirements. For sound it was great being underground and walls/ceiling being 30cm thick reinforced concrete. We proposed several designs and finally agreed upon a system. Dawsons is known for firsts and this cinema was no exception, being the first domestic installation in the UK to use a Stewart Star Glass projection screen with a rear projection system. We asked the contractor to excavate a further 2m of the basement to house the rear projection room and not impact on the cinema room size. We also specified a 4m wide slot was left in the ceiling to allow the 300kg screen to be lowered in at a later stage.
We insisted the internal lining of the room was isolated from the concrete on rubber suspension as was the ceiling and floor. This would limit sound transmission through the building to rooms above.
The screen is a 120” Starglass 60 with 2.35:1 aspect as the client was more concerned with cine-wide presentation. Next came the choice of projector, it had to be bright and accommodate an ultra-wide angle lens for the rear projection rig. We selected the Projection Design Avilo Optix 3D, a superb projector and one of only handful of projectors capable of the job. Only one problem! Ultra wide lenses don’t zoom, we’re nothing but resourceful here at Dawsons and we came up a superb solution that provides a ‘wow’ all of its own.
Audio had to complement the picture so we turned to British, specifically LINN audio, we equipped the room with 7 of their outstanding IW10 in wall full range speakers and two of their Akurate 226 subwoofers. The processing was done with a LINN Kinos surround sound processor and LINN Akurate 4 and 3 channel power amps. The cinema has its own Kaleidescape M500 player, Playstation3 and XBox. 3 SKY HD boxes and 3 apple TV signals are available via the Crestron DM from the main house. CCTV is also routed to the room so whilst enjoying a movie the client can keep an eye on the kids in the playroom, pool or the grounds.