Pro-Install

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Team HCC  |  Sep 05, 2017  |  0 comments
One of our favourite features in HCC is where you, our fantastic readers, get involved and share the secrets of your cinema setups, be they big or small, professional jobs or DIY labours of love. Attic conversions, basement Blu-ray dens, theatres in garden sheds or traditional living-room systems – we love to feature 'em.
Mark Craven  |  Jul 17, 2014  |  0 comments

From a lack of legroom to unforgiving upholstery, we’ve all had a movie experience affected by an uncomfortable seat. At your local cinema this is just about sufferable, but in your own room it shouldn't be tolerated – spending thousands of pounds on AV hardware and software but ignoring where you park your fundament is home cinema heresy. The good news is that there are numerous options available, suited to most budgets and tastes, so before you start saving for a 4K projector, perhaps it's time for a seating upgrade...

Mark Craven  |  Sep 20, 2013  |  0 comments

Custom installers get given some very specific briefs, but Portugal's ProjectionDreams had probably never been asked for a Stargate-themed cinema room that offered 'a sense of mystery and movement; a mixture of sci-fi and ancient civilisations.'

Mark Craven  |  Jul 11, 2013  |  0 comments

This subterranean cinema room, the work of ET Home Cinema from South Yorkshire, doesn't want to hide its light under a bushel - with the owner adamant that Bowers & Wilkins Diamond speakers were to be used for the front soundstage, there was little choice but to let these stunning-looking cabinets steal the show.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 18, 2012  |  0 comments

If you’re serious about home cinema, you will never be happy with just a living room equipped with a TV and a Blu-ray player, no matter how high quality. The ultimate aim of any home cinema enthusiast must be to own a dedicated media room, designed and built to emulate the theatrical experience. You can pay the professionals thousands of pounds to do the work for you, or you can do it yourself!

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 31, 2012  |  0 comments

In Part 1 we discussed some of the basics of a DIY home cinema room project, from the shape of the room itself to the sorts of decisions you need to make about speaker and screen positioning.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 09, 2012  |  0 comments

In Part 1 and Part 2 you’ve seen how we designed and specified this mid-range home cinema room project. Now we’ve arrived at the delicate point of fitting the rear speakers and the projection screen casing. It’s a case of ‘all hands on deck’, as the massive screen arrives and we start to wonder whether the ceiling will hold it…

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 26, 2012  |  0 comments

So, our kind-of-D.I.Y. home cinema project is finished. We’ve taken the sensible route of doing what we could ourselves, and calling on the professionals (builders, electricians and so on) when we came across something we couldn’t (or shouldn’t) sensibly handle. Of course, if you have the money, you can turn the whole job over to a professional installer – but where’s the fun in that? What we’ve learned about specifying, fitting and tweaking a home cinema is just as valuable.

Mark Craven  |  May 04, 2013  |  0 comments

The professional cinema installs featured in HCC sometimes look like part of the lifestyle of the rich and famous – and 
here that's most certainly the case. 
This impressive 16th century barn conversion 
in Oxfordshire, brought up to 21st century standards via some cutting-edge home automation and AV hardware, is where British Touring Car legend and Fifth Gear presenter Jason Plato kicks back after a hard day behind the wheel. Because, although driving cars at ridiculous speeds is his passion, he's also a bit of an AV freak, and has been known to pop down to the Bristol Sound & Vision Show in the past.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 01, 2013  |  0 comments

This cinema room is part of a wider, whole-house installation conducted by Surrey/Sussex-based company Audio7. At first glance it doesn't look unusual, until you discover that the house itself was designed and built in Germany by bespoke home builder Baufritz and then assembled in mere days once it arrived in the UK. Oh, and that Wi-Fi isn't featured and the entire property aims to stop external RF entering by creating essentially what is a Faraday cage, with foil-backed and earthed boards...

Mark Craven  |  Feb 22, 2014  |  0 comments

You know how it is. You've decided you want a dedicated cinema room in your house, so you call in the professionals. Then, when they arrive, they notice that the space you originally had in mind isn't quite as impressive and up to the task as your basement, which you'd already planned to be an all-purpose party space – and had got as far as installing cabling for PA speakers and disco lights. And fitted a dancefloor...

Mark Craven  |  Aug 20, 2018  |  0 comments
This well-dressed cinema room, converted from a basement space by UK installer The Pyramid Group, had to meet the demands of its film fanatic owners, husband and wife Bruce and Hilary. They wanted super-sized visuals and immersive audio, but had specific hardware requirements in mind.
Team HCC  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  0 comments

Not everyone has the space, or the desire, for a dedicated home cinema room where watching movies takes precedent over everything else. In this case a multi-purpose 'media room' is in order, where everyday living and high-performance AV entertainment live side by side.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 18, 2014  |  0 comments

Once you've had a demo of D-BOX seating, it's hard to look at your regular sofa again in the same way. It's no surprise, therefore, that the owner of this bespoke cinema room was seduced by the 'movie motion' experience after an initial recce at UK distributor Pulse Marketing, and insisted it was part of the conversion plan. As such, all the seats (from US brand Fortress) were ordered 'D-BOX ready'. The two prime seats in the front row are fitted with actuators – the remaining six can be upgraded easily whenever the owner wants.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  0 comments

The owner of this cinema room has an extra reason to love it – last year it was crowned Best Home Cinema in the £40,000-£100,000 category in the CEDIA Awards. Completed by London/south coast-based pro outfit Pyramid AV, it features native 4K projection and a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos speaker configuration.

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