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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.

Kaleidescape – Cinema One

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We love films, and using this system makes enjoying your favourite movies easier through the ability to easily download titles, store them just the touch of a button away, and watch them perfectly whenever you so choose.

You are able to download titles from Kaleidescape’s online store, with the quality of downloads at a near identical level to that of a Blu-ray disk, and also store up to 100 Blu-ray quality or 600 DVD quality titles.

With additional features such as being able to watch your favourite movies instantly without the distraction of previews, menus or ads makes the experience all the more enjoyable, and after all, it’s the little things that count.
It can easily be liked in with the rest of your smart home, and at the push of a button, the lights go down, the curtains are drawn, the masking is set, and the film you have chosen will begin to play with perfectly optimised audio for the absolute finest experience.

Simplicity is essential when it comes to watching a movie and the app for iPad that goes with this system really ticks the box. With a fun and easy way of creating your ultimate movie library, anything you want is literally at your fingertips.

The art of film watching has been renovated through the Cinema One, and Kaleidescape makes it easy to fall in love with your movies all over again.

Renovate don’t move

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Many of our clients are deciding to renovate their homes rather than the moving and a dedicated Home Cinema is always highest on the wish list.
It is perfectly possible to install a cinema system into your living room, without anybody even realising it is there, but for the ultimate cinema experience a dedicated room will always win.

Working with our construction partners such as we are happy to build an extension or convert existing, under utilised space into a dedicated cinema room.

If you have a garage that you don’t currently use, it makes a great space for a cinema, a good size and shape, plus being at side of the house makes it easy to soundproofed, prevent disturbance to the rest of the family.

We recently created a movie and gaming room for a client who wanted a low cost solution using much of the equipment he already had in the main living room. The room needed to be a cosy space for the family to spend time but completely soundproofed from the rest of the house for when the children had friends over to on the games consoles.

Our first step was to alter the garage opening into a large window area and create a “room within a room” using advanced sound proofing designs and products such as High Density plasterboard, and “Dynil”, a high density acoustic barrier.

We routed all the cables for the surround sound speakers and Cinema Projector inside the new walls so nothing is visible once finished.
In this case a fixed Cinema screen was chosen as it provides the highest possible quality and the room is not the main living room. In a standard living room a motorised screen would be specified, to hide out of sight when not being used.

The customers existing equipment was all relocated to the new room and fine-tuned for the best audiovisual performance. With ISF calibration of the picture we have been able to achieve a picture that would rival a much more expensive installation.

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