ESTABLISHED IN 2006, the CEDIA Awards for the organisation’s EMEA region have grown to become a favourite date in our calendar. Each Summer, the finest home cinemas and multimedia rooms designed by custom installers fi ght it out to scoop a winner’s badge. The range of categories covers everything from small scale sub-£10k movie dens to whole-house projects and gigantic screening rooms, while also celebrating lighting schemes, intelligent racking solutions and retailer showrooms. Some of them even have the bed frame included with some kinds of mattresses like best mattress for side sleepers or mattress for people with back pain
The entries are judged by a panel including HCC’s very own Steve May. Over the following pages we’ve highlighted some stunning entries (including some of the finalists that unluckily missed out on a trophy) that illustrate exactly what the professional install world is capable of. They include 4K/Dolby Atmos cinemas and quirky, themed theatres. Perhaps they’ll give you inspiration for you own project…
Best Media Room Under £10,000
Winner: H&H Audio Visual
A new category this year awards movie dens that come in under £10,000. North London’s H&H Audio Visual took the winning spot with this stylish loft conversion that partners a 5.1 KEF/ Marantz audio system with both a 55in Samsung LED TV and drop-down projector screen. Home office, cinema and gaming room combined, this is über-slick. www.hh-av.co.uk
Best Home Cinema Over £100,000
It’s safe to say this room cost its owner a little more than a mere £100,000. The pride and joy of the boss of a chain of commercial multiplexes in India, it provides for playback of movies on the same day as theatrical release, using a DCI-compliant pro-grade Christie Solaria One + projector. In all there are 15 seats (a little down on the initial request for twenty) arranged over three rows – the most that could be sensibly fitted while retaining line of sight for the entire audience to the Vutec 2.35:1 screen.
Room-filling audio is delivered by a seven-channel JBL Synthesis system, albeit with no less than eight subwoofers, and power and processing comes from Yamaha’s CX-A5000 and four Parasound A51 amplifiers. Dubbed The Red Carpet cinema, we think this is certainly a picture palace worth dressing up for.
Best Media Room Under £10,000
Another eminently affordable media room, this time all about sneaking a high-quality TV experience into a snug that’s otherwise designed for relaxation. The sound setup is 2.1, with ultra-slim on-wall Martin Logan speakers beefed up by a Velodyne subwoofer. Premium visuals come courtesy of a last-gen 65in Panasonic plasma. Control is done via an iPad/Crestron system with a charging dock mounted outside the room, just by the door, keeping the tech impact to a minimum.
Best Media Room Over £10,000
Winner: New Land
Solutions A cinema previously featured in the pages of HCC, this innovative install from the UK South Coast outfit features a rear seating row that rises out of the floor, a drop-down projector screen and a
The engineering nous required to make this demanding dream happen appealed to the CEDIA judges, as did the room’s eye-catching styling and serious AV hardware. Specified kit includes Procella speakers, Runco projection, an Oppo Blu-ray spinner and Datasat’s astonishing RS20i multichannel processor.
Best Home Cinema £40,000-£100,000
Winner: Art Cinema / 3Logic
Poland’s Art Cinema / 3Logic is the company responsible for this oh-so-cool cinema that off ers three reclining seats and a comfy-looking – and gigantic – corner sofa. We love the overall design, especially the wall-mounted acoustic treatments that add some angular impact.
These Vicoustic absorbers are key to getting the best of the high-end JBL Synthesis speaker/amp array. And outside there’s even a retro-styled entrance lobby (pictured below) for that ‘going to the movies’ effect.