How They Did It: The Dark Night

CEDIA | Nov 19, 2020


It’s quite an accomplishment that the Indian firm Sound Sense picked up a 2020 CEDIA Award for this cinema – Level I, EMEA.

What makes it even more amazing is that they handled the project – from start to finish – in just over two months.

Sound Sense took charge of the entire installation from commencement to completion, including project blueprinting, interior design, integration, installation, and client handover. The client — a busy workaholic who spends every waking moment at the office — wanted Sound Sense to design an “escape from reality” cinema room adjacent to his office. He requested a unique, discreet, world-class home cinema with a large screen and a seating capacity for up to seven people.

Due to the cinema room being located next to the office, noise isolation was a top priority for Sound Sense. To help the client understand the importance of acoustics both in and out of the room, the integrator provided him with a VR experience of the room set up. This allowed the team to explain how sound would be heard with and without acoustic treatment.


Sound Is Everything

The Sound Sense team notes the care that went into this room’s acoustic footprint: “The acoustic treatment for this project was aimed to rectify the reverberation time (RT) and solve problems relating to flutter echoes. Setting up the correct RT in the room helped to guarantee music clarity, sound definition and speech intelligibility.”

The integrator began by focusing on the biggest part of the room: the ceiling. “To attain the objective of precise listening, first reflections were treated, preventing undesirable effects like comb filter. The treatment on side walls aimed to absorb mid frequencies and geometric diffusion of high frequencies. To achieve envelopment for the surrounds, we used customized diffuser panels in the rear half of the home theater, particularly between the surround and rear speakers, adding spaciousness to the sound.”

The virtual walkthrough also provided the opportunity for the client to experience varying screen sizes -- and resulted in him opting for a larger screen. Sound Sense adds, “A few months past the completion of this project, when the projector had reached 300 lamp hours, we used the Murideo Prism to carry out a 3D LUT calibration for video output optimization.”


The Rest of the Story

Power management was also key. The firm say that they chose “a customized Acton power conditioner with the following features:

  • A linear level four filtration that improved the picture and sound by eliminating noise, pops and hums across the entire AC bandwidth,
  • Two high current outlets for the power amplifier,
  • Two pairs of RF coaxial in/out connections to protect the equipment from surges going through the cable/antenna sources,
  • Four AC outlets, and,
  • A power conditioner positioned at the main power supply point leading to both the equipment rack as well as the projector to handle any power surges or power outages (which are common in India).

The client wanted to have various ambient lighting scenarios to set the tone of the room based on his mood. Sound Sense customized the required solutions with diffused RGB lighting. As the color of the lights shift, the tone of the room changes.

Sound Sense delivered an immersive 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos cinema room that is stunning to look at and hits the key points on the client brief — the best AV experience possible, mood lighting, room ventilation, sound acoustics, and control via one single device.


Want a look at the equipment list? Check out this project at the CEDIA Awards site.