Home Theatres / Theaters come in all shapes and sizes -
And there are far too many designs out there that
simply will not work well.
Hopefully Avalon can improve the global average - not, I'm afraid, by showing
design for free, but by working "alongside" the professionals you have on your
Architects or interior designers can & often do produce
totally exciting home designs.
However, with respect, they often design poor Home Theatres, by designing
multi-purpose area and calling it a "Home Theatre". In reality, they omit
or avoid proper
and specific Home Theatre design, which is where a specialist AV designer
is most useful.
Design Validation Service
Email me (top of page) if you'd like us to check
your AutoCAD room plans/elevations for
obvious problems or concerns - or a clean bill of health - to reassure you.
your designer's plans using our specialist eyes and experience. This
service will not be
free, but we need your plans or renders first in order to quote an appropriate
We can design your Home Theatre (new, an extension
or conversion) - from scratch to
whatever level you need, and if you desire, render it in 3D from meaningful
with your furniture and room features. Please email me to arrange for such a
If necessary, we can also attend your site, supervise workers and
fly in equipment, etc.
Best to consult us at an
early stage to ensure
viewing, listening and seating meet
levels for all your audience. Commercial cinemas
fill all their space including
walls - but surround sound effect is very compromised for viewers there!
must maintain more space around
the edges, meaning a bigger room than many think.
Our smallest Home Theatre is <4m wide, our longest 42m (137 feet),
which took 22
strong gorillas to carry the variable-size Stewart screen from the truck!
Quality front projection is still the best option
only if certain conditions can be met, like
darkened room, excellent screen, accurate setup and
audience of white-thobes, cream sofas, light walls, ceiling and
marble are not ideal...
many people using multi-purpose rooms (a Lounge used as a
Home Theatre!) do not wish to hear the above, as if these inconvenient
facts some how don't apply to them. However, the next major advance
displays and projection will be HDR: High Dynamic
peak whites and DARKER BLACKS will be necessary. Surrounding
that are very light-coloured will totally RUIN this next advance (like in the
case shown, amongst other issues; this Client asked our advice very late.)
3D also places greater emphasis on proper
design. Our favoured system
is "5D" = a 4K
which works superbly for 2D and 3D (using
10x lighter glasses
We can design or consult on your room ergonomics, acoustics, paneling, seating,
and supply, install and support matched projection components incl. Kaleidescape, SIM2,
Draper, Stewart... (and another stunning projector, our current favourite).
Properly done, today's Home
Theatres are better than any public cinema or iMAX!
HD & UHD TV
LED-type HDTVs offer better daylight-proof alternatives
than LCD or projection.
Nano-crystal (or Quantum Dot) technology will help the next round of TVs to
OLED's natural High Dynamic Range, and together with 10- or 12-bit colour depths
boost acceptance of 4K UHD. On its own, higher resolution is not always
have supplied and installed
Samsung, Sony and
(some with Chief tilt &
e.g. Artison high-quality addon speakers) as part of a
total system with correspondingly improved audio to ensure optimum results.
In-wall or free-standing speakers sound even
better but need careful interior planning.
a Samsung 52" + Artison Masterpiece speakers +
Chief PDR tilt & swivel bracket extending 1m from wall
angling all over the room to wherever the children were playing - a more unusual
HD satellite TV and streaming servers often
provide compressed "high-def" video,
BluRay or 4K quality (or anything like Ultra HD BluRay!). However, today's 4K-quality video
distribution is feasible over
significant distances: HDMI to 25m, twin Cat6 to say 30-40m,
or upto 300m
using single core
optical fibre: we used powered
HDMI cables in 2008!
4K SUHD is just
arriving, quite spectacular, at a cost (even though material is not yet
available as I write, beyond
showroom demonstrations) and standards have ALREADY
1080p will be with us for some time and now
easy in every room!
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