Dolby Vision Content Availability

Dolby vision

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 »

Savant IP Video Tiling

Savant IP Video Tiling

One of the great benefits of using ‘best in class’ products is that the manufacturers have the resources necessary to continuously update and improve their products. That’s certainly the case with Savant and their Savant Pro home automation and control platform. This is the first of a number of blogs where we’ll be taking a look at some of the new features and functionality that Savant have added to their latest software release or made available through new product offerings. What Is Video Tiling? Video tiling allows you to display multiple sources on one or many displays at the same… Read More »

Smart Gardens for Smart Homes

smart garden tech

Well summer is finally here (well until next week—Ed.) and hopefully you’re getting the chance to spend a lot more time in the garden. You might used to having all your technology integrated into a single control system in your connected home, but can we also automate some of the tasks outdoors too? There are a number of garden gadgets that are classed as ‘smart’; whilst for many of these it simply means there’s an app for it, it’s worth talking to Cyberhomes as we have a wealth of experience in finding ways to integrate third-party tech into Savant Pro… Read More »

Luxury Home Cinema in Detail

Cyberhomes case study (Oxfordshire Movie Magic)

A few months ago Cyberhomes put the finishing touches to a luxury home cinema room at a prestigious manor house in Oxfordshire. The owner of the home was so thrilled with the result that he has kindly allowed us to produce a detailed case study on the project. Download the case study to find out not only how our home cinema design team specified the very latest in Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound and 4k Ultra HD visuals; but also how they cleverly overcame existing architectural features to ensure the finished room and a sense of balance and symmetry. Download… Read More »

Savant Meets Siri

Savant Pro adds Siri voice control

When Savant launched their Savant Pro remote a couple of years ago it was revolutionary in having built-in voice control. At the time it was considered leading edge and is still comparatively sophisticated. Hold down the speech button and say “BBC1” and the remote immediately takes action. It knows that BBC1 is a TV channel and it knows which room you are in. With that information the Savant Pro system can turn on the correct TV, select the required video input (eg Sky), select the right audio input for TV sound and change the channel. All this functionality, including the… Read More »