Is High-Resolution Audio Finally Going Mainstream?

Tidal high-resolution music streaming

This week the streaming music provider Tidal updated its app for the iPhone/iPad to support their high-resolution ‘Masters’ music streams. The Android app was similarly updated a few weeks ago. So now there is no need to compromise on the quality of the music you listen to for the sake of convenience. Will this be the move that finally kills off the dreaded poor-quality MP3 and allows everyone to make a return to listening to quality music reproduction? Sound Quality vs Convenience Suzanne Vega has a lot to answer for, although she didn’t know it at the time. Back in… Read More »

The Rise and Rise of Voice Control

home automation voice control

“Computer, locate Mr Spock” Whether it was Captain Kirk talking to the Enterprise’s computer, or Blake speaking to Zen and Orac; it’s not so long ago that the ability for electronic devices to understand the spoken word was purely in the realms of science fiction. Early attempts at dictation software often resulted in spending more time correcting mistaken words than it would have taken to just have typed it in the first place. Big Data is the Game Changer So how is it that in the last few years voice-activated devices like Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google can suddenly understand… Read More »

IMAX Enhanced: Is It the New Standard for Home Cinemas?

IMAX Enhanced

In our recent blog reporting on this year’s CES show, we mentioned the launch of IMAX Enhanced, but what exactly is it? Well details are starting to appear. As most of you will know, IMAX is renowned for being arguably the best cinema experience at your local multiplex with its giant screens, improved audio and alternative aspect ratios. IMAX Enhanced aims to bring that premium experience to your home’s cinema room, media room or living room.  How can IMAX Enhanced make My Home Cinema Better? IMAX Enhanced was launched in December last year and is both a new licensing… Read More »

CES 2019: What it means for future smart homes?

LG rollable OLED TV featured at CES 2019

CES 2019: What It means for future smart homes? So the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is over for another year. Everyone has packed up their stands and headed home from Las Vegas. But what did we learn about what might be coming along in the near and distant future that will impact on our smart home/home automation installs and home cinema rooms? Rollable OLED Televisions Ever since OLED technology was first announced the possibility of flexible screens has been discussed (anyone remember the electronic newspaper you could roll up and put in your pocket?)—well now it looks like it… Read More »

Home cinema install: Storm’s brewing

High performance dedicated cinema room with Dolby Atmos 7.1.6 audio and stunning high dynamic range (HDR) 4K visuals

Source: Home Cinema Choice magazine 15 January 2019 (author: Daniel J Sait) There’s a rich mix of premium hardware and attention to detail in this picture palace designed by UK installer Cyberhomes. The owner, we’re told, wanted ‘the ultimate home cinema room’ and that’s what he got, not to mention a space crowned Best Home Cinema (£120,000 – £340,000) at the recent CEDIA Awards.Ion Smith, Cyberhomes founder and director, explains the brief. Dolby Atmos audio was a given but, if possible, a cut above 7.1.2. ‘Also, the screen image had to be bright enough to use during the day with lights on for… Read More »

Oxfordshire Cinema Room Ready for Christmas

Oxfordshire Home Cinema Room work in progress

Just before Christmas we were approached by the new owner of a manor house in Oxfordshire. He’d just acquired the keys for his new purchase and was keen to significantly upgrade the AV capabilities as part of the renovation prior to moving in. We installed a Ruckus managed Wi-Fi system to ensure there was good internet coverage throughout the home and provided Sky Q Ultra HD and new wall-mounted Sony televisions in several rooms; but the main part of the project was the media room. The existing media room had a TV and a basic Bose surround sound system. The… Read More »

Cinema Room 3D Visuals

home cinema room 3d render example

Investing in a high-end cinema room is not something most people do lightly. So if you find once it’s built that it doesn’t look how you imagined or performed as well as you expected no-one is going to blame you for being bitterly disappointed. In the news recently, a homeowner invested a considerable sum in a home cinema housed ‘in a glass box floating in the roof space’. When it was finished however it was nothing like what he’d envisaged; with six steel columns supporting the cinema, rather than ‘a sleek modernist cube suspended over the hall’. How do you… Read More »

Importance of Using A Lighting Designer

Kitchen has different Lutron lighting scenes for cooking, entertaining, etc.

Brilliant lighting design can often make the difference between good interior design and great interior design. But what do we mean by ‘lighting design’? Light transforms spaces. Not just how they look, but also how you interact with a space and how it makes you feel. Controlling light (both natural daylight and artificial light) will ensure you get the maximum enjoyment from the investment you have made in your home. At Cyberhomes, our lighting designer considers four key aspects of lighting design: Ambient Lighting The general background lighting, including the available natural daylight and how this is supplemented and replaced… Read More »

CEDIA Awards Seduced by Cyberhomes

High performance dedicated cinema room with Dolby Atmos 7.1.6 audio and stunning high dynamic range (HDR) 4K visuals

Source: Essential Install 4 October 2018 (author: Daniel J Sait) This impressive project ‘Hampshire Cinema Seduction’ by Cyberhomes picked up the Best Home Cinema £120,000 – £340,000 category at this year’s CEDIA Awards. Ion Smith, founder and director of Cyberhomes, explains, “This customer wanted the ‘ultimate home cinema room’ with no compromises. He wanted the biggest screen possible and calculations showed that the largest screen that would fit would just meet recommended viewing angles from the seating positions. The sound had to be Dolby Atmos and if possible, he wanted more than the popular 7.1.2 arrangement.” Ion adds, “Also the screen… Read More »

CEDIA 2018 Award Winners

Best Home Cinema in the Level III Category at the 2018 CEDIA awards

Cyberhomes Success at CEDIA Awards 2018 Cyberhomes were excited to have been shortlisted in five categories at the 2018 CEDIA awards. In the smart home design and installation categories we were finalists for ‘Best Integrated Home over £340,000‘ for our London Dream Home project, ‘Best Integrated Home £230,000 to £340,000‘ for our Hampshire Smart Home project and ‘Best Integrated Home £120,000 and under‘ for our Bedford Barn Conversion project. In the home cinema design categories we were finalists for Best Home Cinema £120,000 – £340,000 for our Hampshire Smart Home project and Best Home Cinema £340,000 and Over for our… Read More »