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French Chateau Dedicated Cinema

“The result is a truly enthralling, detailed and captivating sound.”

Project Location: Bordeaux, France
Project Cost: £50,000
Categories: Bespoke Home Cinema

Our client owns a stunning 16th century Chateau near Bordeaux in France and wanted to turn his games room into a dedicated home cinema for his family to enjoy.

Being a real music and movie fan with a large collection of films and albums our client already owned a Linn system and wanted the same high level of quality he was used to for the new cinema.
This set the precedent for the level of performance the new home cinema had to deliver. A system capable of nothing less than breathtaking performance was what he desired. Both the image and sound quality had to be truly remarkable.

This type of project is exactly the kind we specialize in, converting a room in a client’s home into a dedicated cinema. There were many aspect to this project that are common to the type of cinema build we undertake regularly. Not only were the necessary home cinema components installed, we also designed two levels of staging for the seating and all of the walls were covered with sound deadening material and finished in fabric.

This not only gives the room a real ‘commercial’ cinema feel it also ensures the enjoyment of the cinema does not effect other people in the property as sound leakage is minimised. The dark material also improves the image quality on screen as less light is reflecting around the room and back onto the screen.

Uncomprimised Performance

To achieve the high level of performance our client desired we specified a cinema system incorporating some of the finest components available.

High-End Audio

Linn Akurate speakers and power amplifiers were used for the front left, front right, centre channel and the subwoofers. Linn Majik speakers and amplifiers were used for all of the rear surround channels.

This was coupled with an Anthem AVM 50v surround sound processor, a fantastic product with all the latest audio and video processing on board. The result is a truly enthralling, detailed and captivating sound.

Whether you are listening to a delicate passage in a piece of classical music or being whisked along by the exciting soundtrack of the latest Batman movie this system can effortlessly handle anything you play on it.

Stunning Image Quality

We specified the JVC DLA-X70RBE projector, capable of ‘Super High-definition’ resolution producing industry leading image quality. After we had made our calculations and produced a detailed design of the room we concluded that a 3.5m wide screen was best suited for the throw of the projector and the room size. A high gain Screen Research Supreme Series cinema screen was installed. This screen partnered with the JVC projector delivers stunning image quality.

The high end Oppo Blu Ray player means movies in HD and 3D can now be enjoyed and you are truly drawn into the action on screen. The clients existing Play Station 3 was also integrated for gaming and the access to online content it provides. Apple TV is also integrated in to the system bringing iTunes connectivity and many other benefits.

Simplified Control

Control 4 was used in this installation to give the level of functionality and ease of use needed. Both the Control 4 7″ touch screen controller and the Control 4 SR250 remote control were used in the cinema. This gave our client 2 different means of controlling the system.

Simple ‘one touch’ commands where programmed to make the system a joy to control.  When any of these one touch commands are pressed all the components turn on and automatically switch to the right configuration to deliver what you have asked for.

Mood Lighting

A Lutron Grafik Eye was chosen to control the lighting in the cinema. The control of the AV components also ties into the control of the lighting in the cinema so pre programmed ‘scenes’ of lighting are achieved when you press the one touch commands.

For example lets say our client wants to watch a football match on Sky Sports 1 HD, when he walks into the room all the light are on, he simply presses the ‘Sky Sports 1′ icon once and all the home cinema components turn on and switch to the correct configuration, the lights dim to our clients preferred level and the football match comes on in glorious HD. Bringing all of these technologies together under the Control 4 unit results in simple and efficient control of the entire room.

Client Verdict

Our client is very pleased that he decided to convert his games room into a dedicated cinema and feels it is a much better use of the space. The solution we have provided for him delivers all the quality and functionality he wanted and much more.

He spends lots of time enjoying the cinema and is continually thrilled and surprised with the system’s outstanding level of performance.

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