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HOME THEATER $25K-$100K | GOLD
Systems Design
& Installation
Cinema Architects
Vereeniging, South Africa
Family Fun with Futuristic Vision
FOR SOUTH AFRICAN-BASED INTEGRATOR Cinema Architects, both the design and
vision for this theater had futuristic thinking in mind; aesthetically and technically it's
built to be good to go for this customer's enjoyment for a long time.
" Maximum performance for a tight budget - we decided to factor in the future upgrade
course as crucial for the customer, " says Cinema Architects' Schalk Burger. " We chose to select
Genelec active loudspeakers and because they are active, we were able to scale down on the
processor or AV receiver. "
The integrator also used Paradigm in-ceiling speakers and went with an affordable NAD T777
V3 receiver that delivered the functionality the space needed now and for what might come
next. The LEDs and seating options look ultra-modern, and the audio is built for future-proofing.
" The vision was to provide an upgradable processor that would elevate the system to the
next level in the future. We calculated a balance of all; to avert that the client would necessitate
replacing everything in future upgrades. We compensated with the loudspeakers to
accommodate a better future processor, " Burger explains.
" We kept in mind that the NAD with its Dirac Live plus the upgraded version that is available
to add to this processor would be a worthy investment not only on functionality but
also cost-saving. Another benefit is that the NAD consists of [swappable] MDC boards, which
makes the unit almost future-proof. "
Another performance objective for this room was that the customer is a big sports fan, so a
fairly large screen with high-quality pictures certainly was the ticket. Cinema Architects went
with a DreamVision Native 4K Projector and 133-inch acoustically transparent screen.
One of the big requests was to have a bed at the front of the theater. It's a young family with
two children and they enjoy spending weekends and having sleep-overs in the room. Thus on
the audio calculation of the " sweet spot, " Cinema Architects had to ensure that the front row
seating enjoyed the best sound (also, the client does not entertain much and asked that the
theater sound be more concentrated/focused at the front row seating).
" The residence is built next to a dam with high water levels and a lot of waterproofing was
done in the basement, where the cinema is located. It is a concrete basement and we were not
allowed to drill into the concrete or the floor or the side walls or the roof, " Burger says, " so we
had to build a room in a room or a sub-frame that is stand-alone. "
Another obstacle was the roof that was very low, much lower than was the norm according
to standards " and the sub-frame also took up some space. Extreme attention and planning
went into the design of the sub-frame as not to take up more height than what was absolutely
necessary, " he adds. CE Pro
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Systems & Equipment
Crestron controls * Genelec,
Paradigm speakers * NAD,
Parasound electronics *
DreamVision projector *
Kauber screen * Everest
chairs
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