The cinema room also created some conundrums for the Cyberhomes team. The owners wanted to preserve the double doors between the cinema and the hallway, which restricted how much wall space would be available for the screen.
At the same time, the shape and size of the room, and the beautiful bespoke ceiling fixture, meant our sound engineers would have to be creative. Innovative speaker selection, positioning and configuration means the family can experience ultimate Dolby® Atmos® 7.1.4 cinematic surround sound. And by hiding the speakers and acoustic treatment behind pleated, stretched-fabric walls, the cinema room appears equipment-free when not in use.
The projector disappears into the ceiling, and even the screen is invisible, thanks to full side-masking. We worked with Screen Research to create a bespoke cinema screen, as the room’s configuration was beyond the capabilities of anything on the market. And we ensured stunning depth of colour with an optical-fibre connection between the projector and 4K movie server. A second optical connection allows a games console to be plugged into the cinema room and fed back to the video matrix.
The result is large-screen gaming with full 4K resolution, high-frame rate support and Dolby Atmos surround sound—an ultimate gaming experience that the couple’s children love sharing with friends. Despite the complexity of the technology, operating the cinema couldn’t be simpler. One touch of the ‘Movie’ button on the wallplate lowers the projector from the ceiling; opens the screen’s side-masking; turns on the Kaleidescape player; and selects the right lighting, audio and video inputs. All that’s left to do is choose which movie to watch via Control4 or the remote control.