CEDIA member and Scotland based home technology professional, Home Technology Integration (HTI), has recently installed an impressive, family friendly media room as part of a renovation project in Aberdeen. Providing end-to-end solutions for a client’s playroom conversion, HTI installed a fully integrated system including AV, lighting, blind control, and a personalised true cinema experience.
As many homeowners before have found, the playroom is a sure way to entertain children for hours, housing soft toys upon Lego bricks and containing the anarchic consequences of ‘arts and crafts’ into one section of the home. For one family, when the playroom was eventually abandoned, a dedicated home cinema room was specified to fill the space.
After spotting the work of HTI in another property, this client soon asked for its help in designing, specifying and installing a full home cinema. Working on the project from the initial design concepts, HTI put forward and worked with interior designer Karen Brown to transform the 400 sq ft. room.
The brief and budget were precise, and also required a highly creative, technological solution. A simple control interface would manage lighting, blind and AV systems. Another key project specification highlighted by the client was for all AV components, including speakers and a full HD projector, to be discreetly positioned throughout the room.
HTI provided a clever and innovative solution. A dedicated 7.1 surround sound system was designed and installed incorporating a 135” fixed screen and a JVC Full HD 3D projector; specified to deliver stunning picture detail whilst staying within the client’s budget. The projector was mounted on a specialised projector scissor lift and hidden in the ceiling to ensure full technology discretion, as well as providing extra head room when the cinema was not in operation.
A Denon AVR system provided the backbone to the high-tech cinema system including an all-encompassing surround sound system. Avoiding any technological visibility, the front 3 channels, from RX Centre, and a Velodyne CHT Subwoofer are unnoticeable behind the Cinesound projector screen. Ideal for home cinema installations, HTI installed the Cinesound projector screen due to its innovative PVC fabric and acoustic transparent surface that allow speakers to be placed behind the screen without comprising the sound quality. The rear channels were wall mounted with side channels built in-ceiling.
With close contact with the client throughout, HTI installed a Lutron based lighting solution that allowed the client to easily create personalised lighting scenes, as well as offer dim and switch circuits. For this homeowner, it was essential for the lighting to be operated from two different locations: remotely or via a switch. The touchscreen remote would prevent the need to search for the light-switch in the dark at the end of a movie, whilst the switch beside the media room door allows the user to illuminate the room when entering. The light switch was encased in a power socket faceplate that had been specified within the interior design scheme.
With the room featuring four windows, the control of natural day light was another factor that had to be taken into consideration in order to create the ultimate movie viewing experience. HTI installed four specified Lutron black out blinds, combining the electronic blind controls with the Lutron lighting system. The blinds operate smoothly and silently on runners, eliminating any natural light from entering the room at the switch of a button. As well as adding privacy to the room, the blinds also create a cinematic ambience that prevents solar glare disturbing the projector screen’s viewing quality.
A Sky HD box was also installed in the media room for general TV viewing. However, due to the media room’s location and long distance from the main section of the house, the HD picture had to be re-directed to the media room using HDMI Cat6 adaptors that allow high picture quality to be delivered to various rooms in the house, including those far away. Control of the Sky HD, Blu-ray and Apple TV sources are via an RTI universal controller that provides effortless multi-device control in a wireless touchscreen remote.
The client was delighted with HTI providing a turnkey solution whilst effortlessly incorporating interior design into the project and liaising with existing building contractors to fulfil the brief. Totalling £23,500, HTI delivered a system that was exactly how the client requested, installing the media room completely on budget and within the build schedule.
1 x Denon Blu-ray Player
1 x Denon AVR
1 x Apple TV
1 x JVC Projector
1 x Future Automation Projector Scissor Lift
1 x 344cm Home cinema Velvet Cinesound Acoustically transparent 16.9 format projector screen
1 x CYP HDBaseT Splitter & Receiver
1 x Polk TC80i Pair
1 x Monitor Audio Silver RXFX Pair
1 x Monitor Audio Silver RX6 pair
1 x Monitor Audio Silver
1 x RX Centre
1 x Velodyne CHT Subwoofer
1 x RTI 3.5” colour touchscreen universal controller
1 x Lutron QS Grafik Eye & 5 button keypad
4 x Lutron Motorised blinds