Custom integrator, SMC, accepted the challenge to modernize and update a UK client's outdated home entertainment system, resulting in a home theater that's fit for Super Heroes. The job required vision, as well as powers of persuasion, to reimagine a system that was best-in-class, yet easy to control—an endeavor that required re-engineering, redesigning and relocation of some of the main components of the system.
"I sought help from SMC with the overhaul of the technology within my home. They paid careful attention to the design and my specific requirements resulting in a bespoke solution that fits well with my lifestyle. The team have been professional, friendly and helpful throughout the upgrade process and I have trust in them to provide continued support into the future."
Client: Wimbledon Property
The client wanted a space that could serve multiple functions—a casual entertainment area for watching TV and a-best-in-class home cinema. An all-important requirement of the final design was to have a system that could be easily and reliably controlled and operated. The space featured elevated ceilings and a large glass opening along one side of the room, creating acoustical and lighting challenges.
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Transforming a room from casual everyday living into a stunning home cinema experience was achieved by featuring a Stewart Visionary projection screen with FireHawk LS ambient light rejection screen material. The in-ceiling installation of the screen keeps the screen out of view until deployment. With the press of a button, the Visionary drops down in front of the Sony display, providing cinematic viewing. The client gets exactly what they want—a Super Hero sized screen that takes up the entire wall.The Technology
This multipurpose room begins with a custom designed, Stewart Visionary, above-ceiling screen with reverse roll for cinematic use. The screen measures 182.5 inches in diagonal with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. To overcome the room's lighting and acoustic challenges, Stewart's ambient light rejecting FireHawk LS screen material with MicroPerf X² THX Ultra was used to ensure amazing on-screen images as well as provide excellent sound reproduction. The screen is completely hidden in the ceiling when not in use, and the clients can lounge in the room and also enjoy a Sony flat panel television along with amazing sound with on-wall and in-ceiling Steinway Lyngdorf speakers. A JVC Z1 laser projector with 4K HDR provides enough light output to accommodate various ambient light levels in the room, and a Lutron system controls the opening and closing of curtains and blinds for variable levels of blackout for the room. A Crestron control system via an iPad allows for seamless operation of the entire entertainment system, including command of video entry as well as room temperature control.
SMC helped make their clients' dream of having "the best" quality cinema, a reality, by providing world-class technology, all the while maintaining the unique aesthetics of a casual entertainment area. To imagine and execute at such a high level requires a team committed to excellence—from supplier, distributor and integrator. Stewart Filmscreen is honored to partner with SMC and CAVD (Custom AV Distribution) in delivering the best quality cinema experiences for homeowners around the world.