Best Media Room (under £15,000)
Winner: Dawsons Group for Integrated Media Room
The harmonious coexistence of system integration and sharp interior design aesthetics was a strict requirement on this brief. Its achievement reflected the close working relationship Dawsons Group established with the interior designers.
For the judges, the result is a "living space that works well with the technology and is not dominated by it, which is what this category is all about". Nothing detracts from the main feature of the room - its fireplace - however, the client's expectations demanded a multitude of AV products with switching and sourcing equipment remaining hidden.
To preserve the integrity of the interior design, Amina in-wall speakers were installed and although the shape of the room presented major challenges, Dawsons were able to test and achieve perfectly balanced 5.1 surround sound.
A Crestron Prodigy control system incorporates the Sky HD, Blu-ray, iPod and lighting onto one intuitive system that operates simply through one Crestron controller whilst allowing further rooms to become integrated later.
The 42" screen has been subtly recessed, allowing the fireplace its pride of place and, to meet the demands of family life, Dawsons added an extra Sky box to increase the flexibility of both this room and the rest of the house.