We produced a full design based around mounting the largest screen possible within the space provided. The client trusted us to provide his brief, and had not imposed any product restrictions. We concluded that the most suitable system would be a JVC projector and Meridian audio system at the time both class leading products. We were restricted by the viewing distance and what we could accommodate within the ceiling eaves. It turned out that constructing a wall 1m into the room end would give us the height we would need to accommodate a 110″ 16:9 acoustically transparent screen. Behind this screen in the wall we mounted the front, left and centre Meridian in-wall DSP speakers. The rear speakers were a challenge as there was no rear wall suitable for their mounting, we therefore opted to fit the rear speakers either side of the seating area in the sloped ceiling. The false screen wall enabled us to conceal a small 19″ rack behind it, to house the amplification equipment.
The Meridian surround controller, incorporating a DVD player, provides audio for the Cinema and a Crestron Prodigy controller gives the client full control. The Cinema signal comes from an HD BaseT receiver driven from the main AV rack on the ground floor. Sources include two Sky HD feeds, both with 3D subscriptions, Oppo Blu ray player, two Apple TV’s and an old VHS deck up scaled to 720p.
The room has a wooden floor that the client wanted to retain, so we specified a heavy 8m sq rug immediately in front the screen to absorb initial sound reflections. The Meridian room equalisation software made almost no adjustments to the DSP speaker channels, a testament to our initial design. Four electric reclining home cinema seats complete the room experience