The Flatscreen TV has made it easier to accommodate ever larger screen sizes into family living spaces. While the large screen is great for entertainment, we often find that in a beautiful Kitchen, Bedroom or a formal Sitting room a large TV distracts from the beauty of the interior design.
We’ve used a number of different solutions to bring the large screen enjoyment into these spaces without disturbing the rooms design.
Motorised TV Lift
A motorised lift allows a TV to be stored inside a piece of furniture and moved into view only when it’s in use. When switched off, the TV doesn’t disturb the interior design at all, leaving you with a beautiful piece of bespoke furniture.
This piece needed to look at home in a formal country sitting room. The cabinet maker has created a stunning 4 way bookmatched burr walnut cabinet for the TV to live in. When the TV is switched off the cabinet looks perfectly at home, before a 60inch TV lifts into view.
For this piece a client wanted to have a TV in the bedroom of their country home, but it wouldn’t have suited the space if hung on any of the walls. We sourced the exact fabric that the bed was upholstered in and made an ottoman to live at the end of the bed.
There are so many options to disguise a TV as a mirror to suit different living spaces. Both framed and frameless deigns are available to compliment the interior.
The 49inch Agath in our showroom is a great example looks stunning, both when its on and when it’s off.
Our client specified a spa bath and we used a bespoke sized Aquavision bathroom Mirror TV to media into the room in a safe and discreet way.
There are 2 great options to bring a piece of art into the room to disguise the TV. The first is a motorised canvas of a digital photo. With a frame in keeping with the interior this is a great way to display a favourite photo to maybe a family portrait. At a touch of a button the canvas rolls out of sight and the TV turns on.
The latest option for a slightly different effect is the new Art TV from Samsung, this TV has a very narrow bezel which can have a wood effect frame and it displays a digital photo instead of a boring black screen when its in standby mode.
Enter Here As technical director at Multiroom Media, I’ve seen hundreds of media rooms and Home cinemas so I know what I like and what I’d have in my own home.
If I’m spending £20,000 on an AV system, it absolutely has to deliver stunning image and sound quality, but that alone isn’t enough. The system also needs to be easy to use, reliable and visually discrete in our home.
My Space Without enough usable garage space and a wife planning to fill our spare rooms with children, the only space available is our living room, so the room would need to be both practical and multifunctional.
Usability My starting point, make the system simple for friend and family to use. The only choice for me would be a Savant control system – beautiful, intuitive and simple.
Visual Design To get this much kit past my wife and into our living room a bespoke media wall would be required. I’d be happy with a very simple wall design. I’m sure my wife would love our friends over at Make Joinery to build us a made to measure media cabinet like we have I our showroom.
First sketch of a bespoke media wall
Media wall with the projection screen down
Audio I’d love to use Nakymatone plaster in speakers because the performance is stunning, and they are totally invisible in the room. I’d happily take speaker quality over quantity so I’d stick to a 5.1 speaker layout, with the LCR behind the projection screen, so an acoustically transparent screen would be a must. Bass would be taken care of by REL, I think their subs offer a great mix of value and performance.
I’d take an Onkyo AVR which gives a great performance and integrates nicely with the control system.
Video I’d wall mount our existing 50inch TV, then add a motorised projection screen to drop down in front. With the available budget, I think I’d take a very good native 1080p projector with psudo 4k, rather than spend all the money on a new 4K native model. An Epson EHTW9300, would be a great choice providing a balance between price and performance. Fed from the the Oppo 203, the picture is superb and I’m sure none of my guests would know it wasn’t native 4k.
Lighting Our lighting would need some work, the current pendant light would be right in the way of the projector. I’d suggest my wife sits with our lighting designer, Toria at Lighting by Plum, to choose the new fittings – extra brownie points for me.
I’d like to add some LED linear lighting and would make sure all the lighting was added to a RAKO control system so the remote would dim the lights as the film starts.
LED Strip lighting in a media room
I love the LED linear lighting and very clean finish.
Full Kit List Savant Smart Host Savant Pro Touch Screen Remote Lumen 120inch Acoustically Transparent Tab Tensioned In Ceiling Projector Screen Epson EHTW9300 Projector Onkyo TX-RZ820 Nakymatone plaster in wall invisible LCR speakers TDG NFC 81 in Ceiling Speakers for surround Sonos Connect Apple TV 4k Oppo 203 REL T7i Subwoofer 3 Rako lighting drivers and Rako Lightswitch New Light fittings Bespoke Media Wall LED Coving Profile with LED tape So there is my plan, but I’m not allowed to enter, so how would you spend it?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Our showroom in Buckinghamshire, features multiple solutions to suit every home and budget. 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.
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”.
July 15, 2014
Speaker configurations for Dolby Atmos in your Home Cinema
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
DTS-HD Master Audio™
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
15 XLR outputs for connection to a power amplifier
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.
For the first time in a Datasat range the LS10 includes an IR remote control for simple installations, but can also be controlled by:
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
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