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ABOVE: This basement cinema room won the CEDIA best Home Cinema under £40k, with its fi xed screen and ceiling mounted projector. Available from FAB Audio Visual Ltd.


LEFT: This dedicated room won the CEDIA best Home Cinema between £40k and £100k. With a fi xed widescreen, with ceiling mounted projector can deliver “reference” sound levels. Available from FAB Audio Visual Ltd.


Bringing the Cinema Experience Home… Home cinemas previously have been a common feature in mostly high-end homes but now, with the cost of equipment reducing and the quality of both the sound and picture improving, more and more people in the UK are discovering the convenience and fun of this type of entertainment. CEDIA installers are experienced


in the design and installation of home cinema systems, from helping you choose a room layout, to the selection of the right screen, sound speaker system, and seating. Expertise in this fi eld is necessary when creating an entertainment experience that will blow you away. With the cost of babysitting and cinema tickets ever increasing why not enjoy the full cinema experience in the comfort of your own home? Remember, your new home cinema can also be used for streaming music, watching TV, gaming or even getting your friends round to watch top sports events! There are two elements to any cinema.


Firstly, image. For a basic system a plasma or LCD screen can be used. Flat screens go


up to about 65” diagonal image size and larger screens are becoming available. Panasonic’s full HD Custom Home


Theatre range of plasma monitors are at the pinnacle of screen quality. These fantastic high end monitors ranging from 50” and 65” are designed to be the centerpiece of any home cinema set up, with the highest level of video processing and smoothness of motion available on the market. The screens elegant ‘penciled’ black extruded aluminium fi nish with gentle curved edges, enhancing an already super- slim profi le, looks great in a family living room. Philips is still a popular brand for its


production of high quality screens and with its fi rst cinema-proportioned LCD television – the Philips 21:9, this popularity will only grow. Both the Panasonic CHT range and the Philips 21:9 are available through a special dealer network from AWE Europe (www.awe-europe.com). If you want to recreate a true cinema


experience, nothing beats a home cinema projector. A projector offers high image quality with the only limitation on the size of the picture being the size of your room. The image is projected onto a screen which


refl ects the light properly to give you the best possible picture. The price of good quality projectors has fallen dramatically giving you more screen for the same cost. Companies like Panasonic are shaking up the projector market by offering state-of- the-art yet affordable projector solutions, also available through AWE. Having a perfect picture is equally


important as a good sound system. Surround sound systems consist of 5 or 7 speakers arranged around the room along with a sub-woofer to provide the low frequency effects and bass. The front left and right speakers provide the sound for music and effects, the centre speaker provides the dialogue. Surround sound is a crucial aspect to creating an atmosphere for movie viewers. Parrot by Starck Zikmu speakers


(zikmu.parrot.com) provide elegant high performance loud speakers that integrates harmoniously into any interior. Meanwhile, with a Denon POA-3012CI,


12 channel, 6 zone multi-room power amplifi er multiple mono, stereo and bridged (high power) outputs enable speakers to be driven anywhere in the home.


ABOVE: For all your Hi-Fi, home cinema and multi-room equipment Rayleigh Hi-Fi Sound & Vision have everything you need!


RIGHT: Available from Rayleigh Hi-Fi Sound & Vision, specialists in Hi-Fi, home cinema and multi-room equipment.


82 Traditional Homes & Interiors | December 2010 – January 2011 www.thimagazine.com


Image supplied by Trevor Burton.


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