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 »

You can’t lose your voice down the back of the sofa

Sky Q with TV

“You can’t lose your voice down the back of the sofa“, so says Sky’s chief executive Jeremy Darroch. And with that in mind, Sky are developing an enhanced voice interface for their Sky Q service. Plans are afoot for later this year when Sky will be trialling the ability to control your satellite receiver without having to use a remote control at all. You can already use voice control using the mic built into the Sky Q remote and many media streaming boxes, such as Amazon Fire TV, have had comprehensive voice control via their remotes for quite a while. Details… Read More »

Control4 Annual Awards Recognise International Dealers

Control4 Best UK Dealer 2018

THE 2018 AWARDS WERE GIVEN FOR DEALER OF THE YEAR BY REGION. Salt Lake City, UT – February 13, 2018 – Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, recognised 28 international dealers and distributors with awards for overall installation and business excellence, and highlighted outstanding installation projects in specific categories at its annual reception during Integrated Systems Europe 2018 in Amsterdam. Twelve dealers were recognized as Dealer of the Year, an award given to those who are exceptional in their business practices and customer relations, as well as at designing and installing Control4 automation systems, Pakedge networks, and… Read More »