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RIGHT: This is one of SMC’s best home cinema installations, priced over £100k. They have tailored this home cinema to meet the family’s love of acting by including a stage. CEDIA Award Finalist SMC.


BELOW RIGHT: Olive AV has extensive experience in home cinema installation, multi room audio and video, smart home automation, High end hi fi and lighting control. This is one of Olive AV’s best media rooms, priced under £15k. CEDIA Award Winner Olive AV.


Room to Improve? If you have the space in your home you can even convert a room, the garage or basement into your very own home cinema room. A dedicated space means you can install every luxury including reclining cinema seating complete with cups holders, a bar or popcorn machine. Complete the


Consider: system.


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£1,000 and screens from £300.


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How is the room going to be designed? Is it going to be themed? Is there an interior designer involved in the project?


Think about the placement and type of speaker?


Does the room require sound-proofi ng or sound treatments to improve the acoustics?


Is there a requirement for specialist theatre seating?


No cinema is complete with out remote controlled lighting, accessed from the room’s single programmed remote control.


With the range of easy-to-use touchpanels, remotes or customised keypads on the market today from the likes of Crestron (www. crestron.co.uk), control of your home cinema can really be at the fi ngertips!


How large is your DVD collection? Is there a requirement for these to be loaded onto a movie server system?


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Make sure you design a system that can be upgraded over time as new technologies emerge.


Designing and installing a dedicated home entertainment solution demands expert product, systems and applications knowledge, project management and installation skills. So, talk to a professional – CEDIA members are experts in putting together the kind of dedicated home set-up that puts your local cinema to shame!


www.thimagazine.com Is the room large enough for projection?


What is the budget? A small projection cinema can be installed now with HD projectors being available for under


Can the room be suffi ciently darkened for the installation of a projector based system or a plasma/LCD screen based


space with closing curtains over the screen, and dimmed ambient lighting. Planning a dedicated home cinema


takes time and expertise to achieve a high-quality fi nish. Firstly, consider the room, as a dedicated home cinema requires a space that is only going to be used for the purpose of serious fi lm


watching, gaming and TV viewing. The size and shape of a room affects the sound quality, so planning it from the beginning means that the acoustics can be perfected. Sound proofi ng your home cinema is also a good idea so your teenage kids watching loud action fi lms don’t disturb your bedroom upstairs.


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