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Mark Craven  |  Feb 25, 2015  |  0 comments

In this eye-catching multipurpose room delivered by CEDIA-award-winning installer Cyberhomes, the emphasis is on discreet multichannel audio, simplistic control and everyday use. It's a good example of how to combine a regular living area with bigscreen entertainment.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 01, 2014  |  0 comments

AV install specialist Finite Solutions has offices in London, Cheshire and Leeds, but its work isn't limited to just the UK. This dedicated cinema room occupies what was formerly the billiards room of a chateau in rural France. C'est la vie.  

Mark Craven  |  Nov 17, 2014  |  0 comments

This basement movie den in South West London is the work of custom installation professionals MD Integration, and is slightly unusual in that it was commissioned by the developer of the property rather than the owner. In the capital's red-hot housing market, it should certainly help the six-bedroom new-build stand out from the crowd.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 18, 2014  |  0 comments

This elegant media room was designed by Essex company Simply Cinemas, for a movie fan who wanted a space that could quickly switch between bigscreen projection and regular living area. More importantly, inquisitive young children meant that nothing was to be 'on show' when the system was not in use. With that in mind, the finished room features wall-hung speakers, a drop-down projector screen, AV components tucked out of sight in a low-slung cabinet and even two 'invisible' subwoofers.

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  |  Aug 10, 2014  |  0 comments

The award-winning project was undertaken by Midlands company The Big Picture, with the owner demanding a 'cutting-edge' cinema to match the modern-day tech of his new-build property. The installer was naturally responsible for AV, but also the interior décor, and the way both are mixed together is impressive.

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  |  Apr 18, 2014  |  0 comments

An attic is an obvious place for any ambitious cinema fan to install a dedicated system. Firstly, it's probably not being used for much beyond storing boxes of junk. Secondly, it's not likely to get much (if any) walkthrough traffic – you can retire to the loft and relax with a movie in peace. The setup featured here has been achieved by custom install professionals, and the price tag, we're told, is commensurate with the level of hardware, control and acoustic treatments employed. But even for those with limited budgets it's certainly an inspirational makeover that could give you some ideas for your own project.

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  |  Dec 06, 2013  |  0 comments

The owner of this smart-looking media room didn't originally set out to own it. He'd actually called upon custom install outfit The Big Picture to establish home automation electronics throughout his house, with the idea of constructing an additional space for a dedicated cinema. But when this proved untenable, The Big Picture suggested turning the family snug into a movie palace. 'Being open to ideas, I challenged them to impress me,' he tells us. 

Mark Craven  |  Nov 09, 2013  |  0 comments

This luxurious cinema room is the end result of a full makeover by North Yorkshire's Harrogate Home Cinema, and is affectionately known as The Modeon by its happy owner. An existing customer of the professional install firm, the project arose when he decided to fulfil a long-term dream and convert the old playroom in his house into a dedicated movie den.  The initial stage of the build involved the creation of 3D visuals to ensure the owner was getting exactly what he wanted. Then, once a layout design was approved, Harrogate Home Cinema began creating the technical specification, working, we're told, to a 'strict budget'. We haven't been given the exact cost of the whole setup, but we imagine the said budget wasn't exactly miserly...

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  |  Sep 11, 2013  |  0 comments

If you’re hunting for inspiration for your own home cinema project, or thinking of engaging a professional outfit to work its magic in your house, then there's no better place to start than the annual CEDIA Awards. Each year, they highlight the very best custom installations from the UK, Europe and beyond, covering everything from affordable media rooms and dedicated cinemas to whole-house makeovers, eco projects and even the crazy world of hi-tech yachts.

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  |  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.