Upgrading to an 85 inch TV ...
Before & After - All equipment hidden in the hollow front table
Amazing no-compromise Transparent Front Speakers
Lighting & Blind Control
Design Brief: Updating an existing Client's Cinema Room from Projector to an 85 inch TV ... Eight years ago, when we installed the Projector in this large room, an 85 inch TV would have cost almost £30,000 - now it costs £6,000. The total system upgrade cost was under £15,000 including installation and system tuning.
Additional Room Updates: We also took the opportunity to update the Amplifier to a "Dolby Atmos" model - the latest cinema sound improvement, now being deployed in the most sophisticated public Cinemas - described as "3D Sound" - due to the option of being able to install ceiling speakers to give a feeling of height in addition to the traditional surround sound effect.
To improve the Bass stability in such a large and high vaulted room we added two small Subwoofers, rather then one large unit. This is now recognised as a more effective way of extending the bass in a subtle and balanced way. These were hidden behind the rear sofa.
Wow Factors: A pseudo surround sound speaker was located beneath the large TV in the Master Bedroom and calibrated so that it delivered surround sound without the clutter of additional speakers.
A custom built Cinema Room. The high end (front left, centre and right Morel Octave Signature) loudspeakers in the Home Cinema room were located behind acoustically transparent cloth to again reduce clutter. Guests, when listening to the Home Cinema system are amazed at the quality of the sound, thinking that they come from the TVs in-built speakers! A Velodyne MicroVee Sub is hidden behind one of the chairs for that ultra low bass - it is just a 25cm cube, so again takes up minimal space.
Audio Features: The speakers both disappear and are a statement. Superb sound quality, complemented by a custom built central Sound bar
Control: iRemoteControl was installed on two iPads for instant control of the Blinds, Lighting, two SkyHD Receivers, FreeView, Blu-ray and Netflix.
The End Result: The entire Cinema system is controlled by the latest release of iRemoteControl, which allows large button selection of "virtual remotes" by simply rotating the iPad screen. The large blinds on three sides of the room are also controlled by the iPad via the iRemoteControl App. All the AudioVisual equipment is hidden inside the stylish table under the TV. The table is hollow, with air holes drilled in the rear to ensure that there is adequate ventilation. The new Soundbar is located discretely at the back of the table and incorporates an array of Morel mid-range and treble drivers to provide superb lifelike vocals - the centre speaker is the key component of any Surround Sound system. A SkyHD+ box is also located there and the signal is fed to the Master Bedroom as well as the Cinema Room. Both rooms can also be controlled by a standard Sky remote if preferred. A compact Blu-ray DVD player is hidden inside the hollow table.
There is no visible cabling - the lady of the house wanted a complete absence of visible technology other than the TV and iRemoteControl on their iPads.