We had given the designers guidelines for including wall paneling, which they neatly incorporated in their drawings. We completed the drawings with the technical elements and the construction started.
The front half of the ceiling was made of a canvas of boxes, with four depths, which was filled with acoustical panels and foam, for a very unique look and elaborate audio treatment.
Additionally, the customer asked us to be able to choose between a flat screen and a projection screen. The way we did that was to have a fixed TV screen between the front speakers (hidden behind an acoustically transparent fabric), and a motorized screen research tensioned projection screen with a black backing (so as to get rid of reflections on the TV).
The sound system, from M&K Sound, is a 9.2 setup, with two subwoofers in the front, three LCR speakers and six surrounds (in order to create an array of surround speakers and make sure both rows and – to some extend – the seat behind the desk would get proper surround imaging).
The projector is a JVC (best value for money in its category) and a Prodigy pack from Crestron makes it easy for every user to choose a program and switch from the TV to the projector.
All the gear is installed in a rack enclosure – in a cabinet next to the screen. The cabinet door is split and can therefore be opened even when the screen is down, allowing the users to access the Blu-ray player or the Integra receiver.
The projector is hung above the desk, in a custom made piece of cabinetry, along with some lighting. The opening on the front of the projector has been covered with fabric so the air can flow through it for cooling down purposes and the 3D emitter is located below the opening for the lens.
Two windows needed to be blacked-out. A couple of Sivoia rollers from Lutron, with side channels, took care of that problem. They are controlled from the same Grafik Eye QS unit that controls the lighting scenes.
The room is small but was carefully designed, and we did not find any noticeable problem when calibrating it. All the seats are located so as to avoid room mode issues, and we reverted to manual equalization after trying the Audyssey auto-setup and observing it was worse than no eq.We carefully calibrated the JVC projector, creating ISF-day and ISF-Night modes for Games/Movies.
The customer was very impressed with the result – as were we. The imaging and dynamics rendered by the M&K Sound / Integra association was very efficient.
We from DSR would like to thank Didier Autric from Dynamic Home Cinema – the French distributor of M&K Sound.
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