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How They Did It: Superheroes

Ed Wenck | Aug 20, 2020

This media room, an upgrade from an underwhelming entertainment solution in that space, handed London’s SMC team a few challenges: first, the recession of one screen in a concrete slab fixed that display’s position, secondly, the curtains pull away to reveal a wall of glass. The audio elements were trick, says SMC, since, “The room has few soft furnishings and little natural sound absorption.” The Stewart Filmscreen is “a bespoke, acoustically-transparent, reverse (waterfall) roll screen with custom masking and ambient light rejection to deal with the tricky space and all aspect ratio requirements. This huge screen is contained in an extremely compact custom housing concealed in a reveal.”

“The client wanted to have the widest possible projector screen,” which presented another challenge: “In order for the projected image to fill the screen the throw distance needed to be carefully considered; it is close to the maximum that the room will accommodate and delights the client as a result.” Delivering the image is a JVC Z1 LASER projector with 4K HDR that allows custom set-up for different light levels.

No Need to Hide

When the screen raises, a Sony television appears along with a number of speakers that help to provide an immersive Dolby Atmos experience. (Unlike many clients, this homeowner actually wanted some visible electronics.) SMC chose Steinway Lyngdorf components were chosen for their “reliable, bespoke, high-performance, compact and upgradeable features.” The flexibility of the Steinway Lyngdorf gear is key: “Pioneering technologies were employed. The components’ room correction and custom voicings adapts for the different room uses and acoustics, for example when blinds were open, closed or when the room is packed for a party.”

SMC continues, “Lutron control of curtains and blinds provided a silent solution with tailored options for differing levels of blackout and curved curtains for double-height openings. Crestron integration provided control from an iPad delivering a fully-flexible solution with content selection and simple operation of other key systems including video entry, temperature, lighting control, and so on. This media room wouldn’t have been complete without some gaming, so a PlayStation was included for Fortnite and FIFA.”

The finished product is precisely what the homeowner desired: “The best quality cinema in a multipurpose room that can still be used as a relaxed lounge area when entertaining.” SMC was awarded the trophy for Best Media Room, Level II (EMEA) in the 2019 CEDIA Awards for their efforts.

To see the complete equipment list for this project, check out their page at CEDIAAwards.org.

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