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The Importance of Cedia

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There are many Home Technology professionals in the area, who have come from a wide range of backgrounds and may have very different skill and knowledge levels. In many cases, checking their portfolio will confirm they are competent, but this alone does not guarantee the business is solvent, insured, and knowledgeable of emerging trends.

The Audio Visual / Smart Home industry doesn’t have the same legal requirements to ensure best practice such as the well know Corgi certification for Gas engineers. So it can be difficult to check that a company is reputable and capable of providing the solution you require.

Our closest comparison to Corgi is Cedia, the “Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association”. Whilst it is not a legal requirement for us to be members of this group, there are many great reasons for membership, both for members and our clients.

Cedia have a world class education program which allows our designers to stay up to date with the latest technological developments such as 4k Ultra High Definition and DTS:X cinema sound. Training courses available for our installation team also ensure that new members of staff are working to best practice standards, especially important with regards to health & safety and care of your home/business.

A clear benefit for our customers is the requirements placed on members by Cedia to ensure each business meets it professional obligations. For example, references are taken from multiple suppliers as well as other members to confirm the company remains in good standing in the industry. Additionally, checks each year ensure that all members are covered by the required level of public liability insurance to protect clients should an accident ever occur. By choosing a Cedia Member, clients can have confidence not only in the member’s ability but also that their business is run professionally.

Cedia provide members with recommended guidelines ensure systems are as future proof and reliable as possible. By working to these guidelines as a minimum standard, we can ensure that whether working on an MDU, a new build home or a renovation project, our clients receive systems which will exceed their performance expectations while being easy to use and thoroughly robust.

Marlow Lighting Control

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Lighting is one of the most important elements of interior design, with the ability to turn a house into a home.

Changing the lighting in a room can quickly change the mood and perceived size of any room, as subtly or dramatically as you wish.

The selection of light fittings and the way you plan to control them should work be planned together in order to make the lighting as functional as possible whilst still very easy to control. We have a dedicated lighting designer for the specification of light fittings to ensure the effects and moods you wish to achieve are realised.

Lighting design

Dramatic Lighting Design

LED uplighting effects are a fantastic way to add either subtle or dramatic washes of colour to your room, as well as or instead of more traditional light fittings. Colour changing LED’s can be integrated with simple control to make it quick and easy to set the desired mood.

Subtle LED uplighting

Subtle LED uplighting

Another great lighting effect we love and have on display in our showroom is a fibre optic star ceiling. Ours is accurately mapped to the sky above and we can recreate any location at any point in time and we’re often asked to recreate the night sky from a childs birthday in their crèche.

Multiuroom Media Home Cinema in Marlow

Home Cinema in Marlow with star ceiling

At MultiRoom Media we use 2 main lighting systems, Rako lighting and Lutron lighting, which both have separate benefits for your upcoming project.

We fit more Rako than any other product we sell because it is very easy to retrofit into existing homes with minimal fuss. It’s quick and easy to add dimming functionality and wireless control to existing lighting circuits and for minimal cost. The Rako light switch recalls pre-set “scenes” which we configure to your requirements during installation. As you enter the room, simply press a single button and each of the light fittings beautifully fade to their pre-set levels to set the perfect mood. When you want a different mood for reading rather than watching TV, simply select another mood on the light switch.

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With Rako we can integrate it the lighting with other “smart home” features such as turning on your outside lights at sunset each day or switching on every light in the house if a smoke detector is activated.

Luton provides greater flexibility and control options as it is not locked directly to pre-set scenes in each room. Luton truly controls the lighting as a whole home system, an example might be a path of light from your front door to your bedroom if you come home late at night. This increased flexibility comes with additional installation requirements however and we generally only use Lutron for new build or large renovation projects as it is not as easy to retrofit as Rako.

Visit our Marlow showroom for a full demonstration of our multiroom Rako system to see how we can help you.

Our Marlow Showroom

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Our showroom in Buckinghamshire, features multiple solutions to suit every home and budget.
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The lounge has a bespoke AV cabinet which hides all of the equipment including a full size cinema projection screen. The speakers in this room have been made to match the room, with a high quality speaker bar the a perfect match for the HDTV screen, while the surround speakers are colour matched to the walls.

Marlow Showroom
Our Home Cinema has a 9.1.2 Dolby Atmos speaker system from Procella, while the video is provided a Runco HD projector with anamorphic lens for a super wide 2.35:1 display.

Our reception and Dining room have TV screens from “Frame My TV”, showing how we can blend a TV into it’s surroundings. We have both a Mirror TV and a Motorised “Art Tv”.

Speaker configurations for Dolby Atmos in your Home Cinema

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We’re now able to offer Dolby Atmos in addition to Auro 3D for a truly immersive surround sound experience.

Previously only available in large public cinema’s, Atmos will be available in consumer products from August 2014, with Onkyo our first partner to provide details of the installation options.

The new Onkyo range of AV receivers will use 7 Channel, 9 Channel, or 11 Channel to create the 3D sound field in the following combinations:

 

Dolby Atmos Speaker Configuration Options

Onkyo Model

Dolby Atmos Built-In

Dolby Atmos Firmware Upgradeable

A/V Receiver Channels

5.1.2

5.1.4

7.1.2

7.1.4

9.1.2

TX-NR636

-

x

7.2

x

-

-

-

-

TX-NR737

-

x

7.2

x

-

-

-

-

TX-NR838

-

x

7.2

x

-

-

-

-

TX-NR1030

x

-

9.2

x

x

x

-

-

TX-NR3030

x

-

11.2

x

x

x

x

x

PR-SC5530

x

-

11.2

x

x

x

x

x

HT-S7700

x

-

7.2

x

-

-

-

-

Dolby Atmos configuration options with a 7 Channel Receiver

  • 5.1.2 Configuration – 5.1 layout with one pair in-ceiling height speakers

5.1.2a

  • 5.1.2 Configuration – 5.1 layout including Dolby Atmos enabled front speakers, or add-on speaker modules

5.1.2b

Dolby Atmos configuration options with a 9 Channel receiver

  • 5.1.4 Configuration – 5.1 layout with two pair in-ceiling height speakers

5.1.4a

  • 5.1.4 Configuration – 5.1 layout including Dolby Atmos enabled front and surround speakers, or add-on speaker modules

5.1.4b

  • 7.1.2 Configuration – 7.1 layout with two pair in-ceiling height speakers

7.1.2a

  • 7.1.2 Configuration – 7.1 layout including Dolby Atmos enabled front speakers, or add-on speaker modules

7.1.2b

 

Dolby Atmos configuration options with an 11 Channel Receiver

  • 7.1.4 Configuration – 7.1 layout with two pair in-ceiling height speakers

7.1.4a

  • 7.1.4 Configuration – 7.1 layout including Dolby Atmos enabled front and surround speakers, or add-on speaker modules

7.1.4b

  • 9.1.2 Configuration – 9.1 layout with two pair in-ceiling height speakers

9.1.2

 

Dolby Atmos Compatible Onkyo Products:

  • TX-NR3030
    • 11.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos built in
  • TX-NR1030
    • 9.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos built in
  • PR-SC5530
    • 11.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Controller with Dolby Atmos built in
  • TX-NR838
    • 7.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos firmware upgradable
  • TX-NR737
    • 7.2 Channel THX Certified Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos firmware upgradable
  • TX-NR636
    • 7.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos firmware upgradable

 

  • HT-S9700THX
    • 7.1 Channel THX Certified Integrated System – THX Certified Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos built in and a 7.1 speaker package
  • HT-S7700
    • 5.1.2 Channel Integrated System – Network A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos built in and Dolby Atmos enabled front speakers
  • SKS-HT693
    • 5.1.2 Channel Home Theatre – Speaker Package includes Dolby Atmos enabled front speakers
  • SKH-410
    • .2 Channel Speaker Modules – Dolby Atmos enabled add-on speaker modules

 

 

Datasat LS10 Specifications

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Following on from our post yesterday regarding the new Datasat LS10, here, you will find the full specifications. Datasat are the leaders in home cinema solutions, and for the first time ever, have made it possible to recreate the Auro-3D experience in your own home with speaker configurations up to 13.1. With the forthcoming release of additional music and films into the Auro-3D format, this is the future of high end surround sound.

See the full official spec sheet on our Facebook page – Here

Full specification for the Datasat LS10:

 

Digital Audio Decoders:

The star of the show for the Datasat LS10 is Auro-3D compatibility. Included are:

Auro-3D Decoding Engine

Auro-3D Upmix Engine.

There is also a full Dolby and DTS suite of decoding including:

Dolby Digital Plus

Dolby Pro Logic IIz

Dolby TrueHD

DTS-HD Master Audio™

DTS Neo:X™

 

Digital Inputs:

There are a whole host of digital inputs, including, for the first time on a Datasat product, a USB input which allows you to play audio directly from your computer, using it as a DAC. Included are:

HDMI Audio & Video Inputs

HDMI V1.4a with video pass-through (8 in / 2 out)

TOSLINK – 2

S/PDIF – 2

USB 2.0 – 1

 

Audio Outputs:

15 XLR outputs for connection to a power amplifier

 

Audio Equalisation:

There is a 10-band parametric EQ providing adjustment from 20Hz to 20kHz. Additionally, there is bass management support for adjustable low pass filters for up to two subwoofers.

 

Control:

For the first time in a Datasat range the LS10 includes an IR remote control for simple installations, but can also be controlled by:

RS232 DB9

10/100Mbps Ethernet

VNC control including by iOS and Android devices

Crestron Integrated Device

IR Remote

www.datasatdigital.com

 

 

 

Datasat LS10 provides new entry point for Auro 3D 13.2 for the elite Home Cinema

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Datasat LS 10 brings Auro 3D by Barco to the home for the first time.

We are a huge fan of Auro 3D by Barco, which has begun to trickle into some of the finest commercial cinemas around the world, creating the finest audio experience possible and fully enveloping you in the movie experience.

Until now it’s not possible to recreate the Auro 3D experience in a home cinema, but a new product from Datasat, the new name for DTS Digital Cinema, changes all that.

The Datasat LS10 cinema processor brings Datasat’s commercial cinema performance to a new price point, making it now a possibility for many home cinema systems. As the third processor in the Datasat range the LS10 joins the Datasat RS20i which features in our ultimate Cinema for home the “Individual Cinema Experience“, and the Datasat AP20 which features in many commercial cinemas.

The heart of a cinema system, the Datasat LS10 can be used in many configurations from 5.1, 7.1, 9.2, or the full 13.2 which provides the full 7.1 surround with additional array of “height” speakers and the “Voice of God” speaker directly over head to complete the full 3D audio system  and most enveloping audio experience available in the world

Book a Demo in our Ascot Experience centre HERE

Whole Home Audio for Property Developers

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We work with many property developers and partner them on multiple projects to add profitability and ease of sale to their builds.

The most common system that we provide is Whole Home Audio with touch screen control, a feature demanded by customers of luxury homes, but seen as a real bonus in a typical family home.

Interestingly the developers have often told us that adding a whole home audio system doesn’t necessarily increase the listing value of a home, but it really dos help to get asking price offers more quickly.

When 2 similar homes are available for the same price, but one has a background whole home audio system playing while potential buyers are viewing, it is fairly obvious which will be the more memorable.

A system needn’t be expensive and if it helps sell a property even just a few weeks sooner, it’s worth it’s weight in gold from interest savings and allows you to move onto you next project even sooner.

Even if you decide not to add a whole home audio system to your project, it makes sense to make the home ready anyway. We’ve lost count of the number of times we help customers who have just bought a new home that hasn’t be prewired for Multiroom AV or even internet points in each room – In 2013 that is pretty unacceptable from a home builder.

We can provide the design or full installation of “Digital Plumbing” for every new home, so when the purchaser moves in they can decide which equipment they would like to add, be that multiroom Audio, a smart home control system or even a security system. We really do believe the provision of this wiring in place ready to use, is the minimum any developer should be providing to aid a quick sale and satisfied clients

Home Cinema Seating

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One of the most important aspects of Home Cinema Design is perfect cinema seating. Of course, it’s important to have a beautiful projected image and life like 3D surround sound, but if you are sat too close or too far from the screen the cinema effect will be ruined.

The perfect layout of your home cinema seating is not the only consideration; aesthetically the cinema seats need to work with the rest of the overall design but most importantly they need to be comfortable enough for a 6 hour Star Wars marathon.

We have a range of Home Cinema seats available, including The Signiture Cinema Club Seat, a commercial style fold down seat allowing the maximum number of viewers in a smaller area.

Signature Club Home Cinema Seat

CinemaTech, are one of the worlds leading suppliers of Home Cinema decor and furniture. They have a vast range of seating options for your home cinema in an unimaginable variety of different colours.

Our favourites include The CinemaTech Getso Swivel recliner and Mezzanine 2 seater, both shown below.

Gesto Swivel Recliner

Mezzanine 2 Seat Recliner

 

The largest range of Cinema Seats we offer is from CinemaTech, their full range can be viewed here

 

Home Cinema Design Inspiration

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An addition to our in house Cinema Design team, we work closely with CinemaTech, experts in creating the most beautiful cinema designs.

While no two clients have the same size room, or identical ideas on how their dream home cinema should look, the reference designs from Cinema Tech always provide us a great starting point for the room design.

We usually find that the colour scheme and seatign arrangement are the first major decisions in the room design and with 16 cinema seating styles, available in over 100 different leather finishes Cinema Tech will always have an option to please you.

Whether your preference is for a classic and timeless design like the “Vogue” Cinema

Vogue Cinema Design

 

 

a striking bold colour scheme like “Vivid” design

Vivid Home Cinema

 

Or maybe an ancient themed room would be closer to your ideal like the “Tarah” Cinema

Tarah Home Cinema

Most importantly, what ever style or design you have in mind, we at Multiroom Media will create you dream for you

 

Sonos Multiroom Audio

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Sonos provide the most simple multi room audio system we’ve ever used.

There are a range of options to suit every multiroom installation including:

  • Sonos Connect –  We use the Connect to add multiroom control and functionality to an existing audio system in your home. Ff you have or would like to use a high quality audio system and would like to be able to stream digital audio, this is the best option, allowing us to provide the highest audio quality.

 

  • Sonos Connect Amp – This is the Sonos product we specify most often, it is like the Connect but includes a powerful and high quality amplifier. If you would like the most discreet multiroom audio system, with in ceiling or even hidden in wall speakers, the Sonos Connect is the solution we’ll provide.

 

  • Sonos Play 3 / Sonos Play 5 – These solutions are complete all in one systems with their own built in speakers. They both represent fantastic value and using these solutions we can install a full home multiroom audio system in the shortest possible time without any disruption in your home. The main limitation of the Sonos Play systems are their size, meaning that they cant be hidden as discreetly as a Sonos Connect with In Ceiling Speakers.

Sonos Play5 lifestyle

 

 

  • Sonos Playbar – a TV sound bar providing the basis for a wireless surround sound system. The Playbar is a great solution when you would like to improve the audio from your Tv and provide music, linked to the whole home audio system. The Playbar can be pair with an optional Sonos Sub and a pair of Sonos Play 3 units to create a true surround sound system with 5.1 home cinema performance.
    Sonos Playbar mounted below TV

    Sonos Playbar mounted below TV

For more information on the solution that is right for you and your home, please call for advice.