Best Home Cinema (under £40,000)
Winner: The Big Picture for The Junk Room
The Big Picture's Junk Room impressed the judges as a project which created an "unrivalled cinema experience on a tight budget".
The client, a big movie fan, wanted to transform his double garage, currently used as a junk room into a dedicated home cinema. The Big Picture utilised as much of the client's current equipment as possible, which included Lutron hardware, a projector, an amp and Blu-ray player.
The project's design features a room within a room to achieve better insulation, acoustic properties and the sense of an old world cinema, far away from the reality of the outside world. The set-up includes a custom-made, acoustically transparent 2.9m screen, with left, centre and right B&W speakers placed behind the screen.
The audio system comprises 94Db sensitive speakers (the most efficient within budgetary constraints), two 12" Velodyne subwoofers and rear speakers. Hidden floor boxes were placed either side of the sofa to allow for internet, video and audio connection into the system.
But it's the delighted client who offers the final verdict on this value for money installation, "They delivered way beyond our remit and expectations."