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Tasked with delivering a high-spec, immersive audio system in a basement space with 2.3m ceiling, Pyramid AV began with CAD pre-visualization. Positions for the full 9.3.6 system were plotted (including an extra pair of surrounds to spread the image to the second seating row). In the finished room, all speakers are hidden from view
When the owners of this house scheduled a major refurbishment, they realised it provided an opportunity to transform an under-used basement storage area into their dream cinema. West Sussex-based installer Aktivworld was tasked with delivering the project.
Following demonstrations, the specs of the system started to come together. For the desired Dolby Atmos audio, Aktivworld chose KEF THX-certified Ci series speakers (appreciated for their wide dispersion), plus Definitive Technology subwoofers, in an enveloping 7.4.4 setup. The in-wall and in-ceiling models are fitted in custom-built sealed cabinets, made in accordance with KEF’s optimum internal volume specifications, and finished with custom speaker grilles.”
An eye-catching feature of the room is its curved ceiling, which helps disperse sound in an irregular fashion, bringing an acoustic benefit. Amidst the detailed soffit design lurk the four height channel speakers, blended in behind custom grilles. The height of the curved ceiling also created space for the PJ to sit above the cornice, in a ventilated enclosure that reduces its operating noise by 50 per cent.
And then there’s the room’s aesthetic appeal. The installers worked with the owner to choose materials and colour palette, resulting in a mix of deep reds, gold and black tones, and sumptuous fabrics. Not only do these create the luxurious feel desired, they are ‘invaluable’ in reducing reflections from the projector, boosting its perceived contrast ratio, and work to improve acoustics in conjunction with absorbent wall treatments.
The 2019 CEDIA EMEA Awards and Global CEDIA Awards have been announced, with UK installers among those triumphing in the industry body’s celebration of dedicated home cinemas, media rooms and smart home installations.
UK installer Pyramid AV scooped the prize in the Home Cinema Level II category for it basement projected dubbed The Cavern (pictured above), a system employing bespoke acoustic treatments (including 56 separate laser-cut panels), 9.3.6-channel immersive audio, and a 3.3m screen fed by a JVC 4K HDR projector. Read more about this stunning project in HCC #304, on sale October 2.
The placement of the 3m-wide screen and opposite wall seating aren’t where you’d naturally expect, but as the pool table had to be retained and the room has doors at both ends, designing the cinema across the room’s shorter throw was the sensible option. A 5.1.2 speaker configuration using on-wall surrounds, in-ceiling heights and behind-screen positioning for LCR speakers and subwoofer (making use of the attic eaves) was chosen, with power and processing from an Arcam AVR550 receiver – the latter’s Dirac room correction suite employed to tackle the cinema’s unusual shape.
Adding to the room’s galactic aesthetic are two key details. Firstly, a vast 8m x 2m fibre optic star ceiling, using modules from Starscape, was installed – surrounding it is an RGB ‘halo frame’. This, plus additional lighting and AV operation, is handled by Control4 automation hardware.
Technical plans outlining the cinema’s eventual 11.1.4 speaker setup were created with the help of Procella and Trinnov Audio – whose Altitude32 processor was selected as ‘the only choice to support the speaker configuration’ – and provided the owner with a clear vision of what was to be delivered. Added to the hardware mix was a JVC 4K projector, 3m-wide projector screen and Oppo, Apple and media PC source gear.
The installers say they identify the five ‘key elements’ of a home cinema as audio, video, control, acoustics and interior, and the latter two certainly make their presence felt here. Side and rear walls feature Artnovion acoustic treatments that function as a design feature too, complementing the timber framework and soft furnishings.