Best Home Cinema (over £100,000)
Winner: Smartcomm for Sensational Hi-Tech Surrey Home
Clever design fused with the sensitive use of cutting edge technology
A grand, state-of-the-art home cinema complete, with a beautifully realised interior design scheme, luxurious seating for up to eighteen people and an audio-visual system that will knock your socks off has secured top prize in this year’s prestigious CEDIA Awards. This project, rightly named “Sensational Hi-Tech Surrey Home,” ultimately claimed first place for Buckinghamshire-based installation firm, Smartcomm, in the Best Home Cinema over £100,000 category at the CEDIA Awards 2014, the leading scheme which recognises excellence in home cinema design and installation.
Smartcomm were briefed to provide an “out of this world” cinematic experience for this luxury family home in Surrey. The client, an ardent movie enthusiast, wanted the cinema room to be the magnificent centrepiece for the home, a space purpose-designed and built for lavish entertainment and enjoyment and also superior in quality to the best that commercial grade cinemas had to offer.
Faced with this challenge, Smartcomm recognised that designing and installing the very best in premium lighting, audio, visual and controls technology would be essential. The company drew on all its home cinema experience and renowned technology and integration skills to create a system that rivals the very best.
At the heart of the room is an ImageArtMasque motorised, four-way acoustically transparent cinema screen. The four-metre frame is complete with a linear-glide masking system and precision motors to ensure greater accuracy for masking positions. To complement the use of this high quality screen, Smartcomm selected a Digital Projection Titan 1080P-REF projector, the world’s first 3-Chip LED digital projector which is capable of delivering 20,000 Lumens output, making it the perfect choice for this project.
Sublime audio quality is provided by ProAudio, Smartcomm’s primary brand partner for this part of the project. Eight Pro Audio TEC SC RS-25ica in ceiling-speakers are backed by additional TEC SC RS-15sm speakers placed behind the screen, TEC Subwoofers and a PMA (Programmable Modular Amplifier) which combines high efficiency amplification with advanced digital signal processing. The sleek, unimposing style of the Pro Audio collection meant the speakers could slot into the walls and ceilings with minimal difficulty, helping to retain the integrity of the interior design décor.
The design of the room itself was developed to make best use of the generous space, create a relaxed movie-watching environment and deliver the optimum viewing performance possible from any location in the room. Three rows of tiered seating feature sumptuous, electronically-reclining black leather chairs, offer great viewing positions and the ultimate in viewer comfort. Muted, dark wall tones and plush carpeting also contribute to this effect. Final touches included a stunning lighting design to give the cinema that ‘wow-factor’ and create the perfect room ambience without distracting attention away from the movie itself. A ‘night-sky’ effect and blue LED lighting on the ceiling creates a unique, star-studded atmosphere.
Control and operation of all the audio-visual equipment in the space is provided through a Crestron Digital Media system via a TSW-750 touchscreen. The intelligent Crestron system automatically adjusts the screen’s aspect ratio, according to the movie being viewed, and allows the homeowners to access and select content from a variety of source devices, including a SKY HD box, Denon Blu-ray player and a Kaleidescape Blu-ray movie server.
As a result, Smartcomm has not only met the brief but exceeded the clients’ expectations of what could be achieved in this space. Clever design fused with the sensitive use of cutting edge technology has created a home cinema that lives up to its “sensational” billing in every respect. Take a bow, Smartcomm!