Ashway’s very own Demo Install proves how even the smallest of rooms can be turned into a dream home cinema – all at the push of a button!
This install involved converting an unused dining room into a fully loaded home cinema/media room which would also double as a bright and airy 2nd lounge (for when the AV was not in use) – the ultimate chill-out room!
- Big Screen projection solution
- Good, discrete surround sound
- Sources SkyHD, PS3 & Movie server
- Easy to use (no complicated remotes)
It was decided from the very start of this project that we were going to fit an electric projector screen, as it could disappear when not in use – plus the picture size would be much larger than a typical Plasma/LCD! We just then needed to find a way of hiding away the rest of the AV kit.
Window of Opportunity
Due to the size and layout of the room (3m x 3.3m), the obvious place to position the projector screen was in front of the bay window.
We calculated that a black-out backed 6ft wide screen would adequately cover the bay window recess, whilst fitting within the specified throw ratio of the latest 3D projector from market leader Epson.
Because the ceiling of the existing bay window was much lower than that of the room itself, we came up with the idea of constructing a box section around the perimeter of the room to follow through from the bay window.
This box section could then serve to accommodate the projector and speakers and would also become a great feature within the room when adorned with suitable lighting.
Again, due to the small room size, it was deemed that 5.1 sound would be more than adequate for a room of this size. Identical looking flush fit speakers were housed in each of the four corners of the newly formed ceiling (for symmetry) – with the front two incorporating “eye-ball” directional drivers & tweeters (important for home cinema use). Due to limited space, a motorised speaker from Kef was used for the centre speaker. A wall mounted Sub from Q-Acoustics would handle the low end stuff.
An under-stair cupboard adjacent to the room would then house the rest of the AV kit, where a SKY HD box was then subsequently re-wired back to. Basic tests were also carried out to ensure that the PS3 controllers still operated at that distance.
Ventilation of this cupboard was dealt with by fitting low-level vents to the cupboard door and a separate thermostat controlled extraction vent (to the outside) at the rear of the rack.
Effortless control of the whole system is handled by Control4 with one-button activation of the system closing the automated black-out blinds, dropping the screen & centre speaker, firing up the projector & speakers (to a pre-set volume level) and dimming the LED lights to a pre-set scene.