Best Home Cinema (£40,000 to £100,000)
Winner: HFX Systems for House Strydom
"What a delightful cinema - this is how it should be done."
A purpose-built home cinema within a new residence, this project excels in both video and audio reproduction. The Screen Excellence Cinecurve acoustically transparent screen makes the most of the room's proportions, a JBL Synthesis speaker system delivers high quality sound and a Digital Projection Avielo Optix 235 Superwide projector enables Blu-ray widescreen content to be displayed in spectacular fashion. The front left, centre and right loudspeakers are positioned behind the projection screen to ensure correct sound staging and localisation.
The cinema control is via an RTI T3-V handheld remote linked to the whole house RTI XP-8 control processor. The Marantz AV7005 was selected as the surround processor. As it offers serial control of all audio parameters, it was possible to provide presets on the remote so the client does not need to access the setup menus.
This successful installation reflects HFX's technical design capability and attention to detail. The owners are ecstatic about the performance of their new 15-seat home cinema and enjoy hosting movie evenings. The judges summed up the project as: "it's fab. It looks like THE best home cinema."