Best Home Cinema (over £100,000)
Winner: SmartComm for Futuristic Home Cinema
A cinema room providing a relaxing space for the family and a stylish environment for entertaining friends.
The brief demanded a state-of-the-art, eight-seat cinema with a modern, minimalistic feel. The centrepiece is a Screen Research 2:40:1 X-Mask 2TM curved cinema screen. The acoustically transparent 2.8 metre frame has been built with lateral masking, framing the screen with a cinematic black border that is flexible to a range of aspect ratios.
The screen is complemented by a Digital Projection M-Vision projector which delivers a pristine high-definition picture. To maintain a clean interior, Smartcomm has used a mirror-kit projection system in the ceiling; which reflects the picture through electrically driven mirrors. This conceals the projector from view, reduces noise and eliminates distractions. Sleek, stylish Triad In-Wall speakers provide exceptional surround sound and help sustain the sophistication of the décor. With seats on two-levels, a 9.2 speaker configuration gives the optimum balanced sound across the room.
The room dimensions are small however, by working closely with the architect and interior designer, the equipment has been installed unobtrusively. For ease of use, the system is fully integrated through a Crestron control system. The judges were impressed by the "creative use of ceiling".