CES Roundup 2020

CES 2020

It’s that time of year again when we take our annual look at some of the announcements made at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas to see how they might impact on the smart home and home cinema rooms of the future. LG ThinQ Smart Door We have smart door locks already, but LG are looking at taking this concept a leap forward. Biometric face and palm scanners ensure the smart door only unlocks for authorised people. However clever compartments allow couriers to drop off deliveries without the main door needing to be opened; there’s even a refrigerated… Read More »

2019 Review of the Cyberhomes Year

Cyberhomes 2019 review of the year

  Well another year is almost over; so we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back at our blog posts for the past 12 months and, where relevant, add any updates. January Oxfordshire Cinema Room Ready for Christmas We previewed the work in progress on this manor house in Oxfordshire that we were upgrading the managed Wi-Fi network and a major overhaul of the media room that included some design challenges. Well the room was duly completed, and we published the full project details later in the year. Home cinema install: Storm’s brewing Leading consumer magazine Home Cinema Choice… Read More »

Christmas Dinner gadgets

Smart Christmas Lunch

  With less than two weeks to Christmas here’s a quick look at some of the gadgets that are available to help with the all-important Christmas Dinner. While it might not be possible to integrate most of them into you home automation and control system; nonetheless they will help save you previous time on this busy day. Anova Precision® Cooker or Anova Precision® Cooker Pro The Anova Precision Cooker® range are sous vide cookers (ie water bath) that make it easy to achieve restaurant-quality cooking results at home. Built-in Wi-Fi means you can follow the step-by-step recipes in the Anova… Read More »

Is Now the Right Time to be Considering 8K?

Are we ready for 8K Ultra HD?

Only a few years ago the buzz in AV was 4K ‘ultra HD’ resolution for televisions and home cinema projectors. This came along when many people were still upgrading from standard definition (SD) to the first generation of high definition (HD), 1080p. At the time content was sparse, but now there are hundreds of movies available on the UltraHD Blu-ray disc format and both Netflix and Amazon are streaming a wide selection of 4K movies and TV shows. In recent months we’ve seen some manufacturers, notably Samsung, launch TVs that have 8K resolution (FUHD=Full Ultra High Definition), that’s 7680 x… Read More »

Dolby Vision Content Availability



In our last blog we talked about the recent surge in the availability of content that carries a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Well it’s not just premium audio content that has had improved availability recently, so has the very best in picture quality. There’s now a wealth of films and TV shows that can be purchased or streamed with Dolby Vision high dynamic range. What is Dolby Vision? As a refresher, high dynamic range (HDR) was introduced as a way for TVs to display a greater number of colours (by increasing the colour gamut) and more-intense colours (by boosting specific brightness… Read More »

Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio Content

Dolby Atmos Hear the Whole Picture

At Cyberhomes we’ve been installing Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound systems into most of our home cinema installations for a few years now (see some of our Dolby Atmos case studies: Oxfordshire Movie Magic, Hampshire Home Cinema, London Luxury Cinema Room, Vintage Home Cinema, Gamer’s Paradise, Bedford Barn Media Room, Lutterworth Contemporary Home Cinema). These installations have varied from relatively modest 5.1.2 configurations (left, centre, right, left surround, right surround, subwoofer + left and right channels) to thunderous 7.1.6 (left, centre, right, left and right surround, left and right rear surround, left and right top front overhead, left and right… Read More »

Making a Modern Manor House a Smart Home



We’re just putting the finishing touches to this amazing home in Lapworth that we’ve been working on for over a year. We were first approached by the homeowner and his technical consultant before they had broken ground when they were finalising plans of this 8-bed mansion with their architect. This is the ideal time to start thinking about integrating smart home technology; as the perfect cable infrastructure can be specified and installed during the build process. Following a demonstration of its capabilities to the owner, a Savant Pro control and automation solution was specified. This has the ability to control… Read More »

Filmmaker Mode to Improve Home Movie Experience

Rian Johnson introduces Filmmaker Mode

  Over the years, TV and projector manufacturers have introduced many features to try and improve the quality of a TV picture. Most of you will be aware of resolution improvements (HD, Ultra HD/4K) and dynamic range improvements (HDR, Dolby Vision, etc); however there are also many other software enhancements that can have a benefit for content that was originally shot on video. However, when viewing a movie on TV, some of these ‘enhancements’ can actually have a detrimental effect on the picture making it look very different from what the Director originally intended. The Evil of Motion Smoothing! Perhaps… Read More »

Enhanced Savant Certified Programme Announced

Savant Certified logo

  In our two most-recent blogs we’ve looked at how Savant have introduced new features to their Savant Pro system for use by homeowners; Savant IP Video Tiling and Savant Pro Personalisation. Here we look at an initiative for third-party product manufacturers that will help in selecting the right equipment to ensure compatibility with a Savant Pro solution—it’s called ‘Savant Certified’. When Cyberhomes are designing the perfect control and automation solution for your home, we’ll discuss in detail with you the requirements of you and your family; and demonstrate the different platforms that we offer. The choice of which control… Read More »

Savant Pro Personalisation

Savant remote listening

  A couple of weeks ago we took a look at the new IP Video Tiling capabilities of Savant Pro; now here’s a brief overview of another feature that has been significantly enhanced with the latest release of the Savant Pro software: Personalisation. Family Focussed With the new customisation capabilities of Savant Pro, and in particular the Savant Remote, you can configure the interface for your home control to suit the needs of each member of the family. In fact, each Savant Pro Remote can be personalised either by room or by user to create the ideal setting each time.… Read More »