Home Cinema Garage Conversions

“We all have areas of our homes we know we aren’t making the most out of. Space is at a premium yet we hoard boxes, old clothes, furniture and unused gym equipment in perhaps one of the most useful and useable areas of the home : The Garage.

On average, 12.5 square meters designed to shelter your car from the elements actually ends up as a grave yard for old and unwanted “stuff”. But does it have to be that way? Surely it can be used for something more exciting than that, right?

Of course it can! Why not take a few trips to the local recycling centre and start laying the foundations for an amazing Home Cinema? Separate from the rest of the house and no need to compromise a living area, you have a free reign on speaker positioning, screen size, seating and acoustic design.

The average UK garage has plenty of room for two row’s of tiered cinema seating, a large projection screen, 7 speakers and a couple of sub woofers so why not make use of it? It’s not like you were using this space for anything else was it? What could be better than enjoying the World Cup in high definition on a huge screen with your friends and family? Or playing the latest games console release?

So what do you need? Is it the sort of thing you can do yourself or does it require a specialist? Well the answer to that is both. The basic renovating of the garage (carpeting, studding out the walls, ventilation and heating etc) is the sort of thing a advanced DIY’er could achieve. The problem comes with acoustic design. Garages will need attention paid to the construction and layout to take into account room modes (resonant frequencies that occur at particular room dimensions).

The good news is that a specialist installer could comfortably take care of this side of the installation too, along with projector positioning and calibration, speaker placement, room equalisation and control programming.

What makes a good system then? Well, a good cinema starts with a great picture and in a dedicated cinema, a Plasma or LCD screen just won’t have enough size or scale to give you that amazing visual impact. This is where a good projector can really come into its own. Free from the usual constraints of ambient light , a high quality, ISF calibrated projector will delivery jaw dropping images, life like and with real scale. For the best performance, you need to team the projector up with a high quality screen, ideally acoustically transparent.

Why transparent? Well if you think of your local multiplex, all of the speakers are hidden behind the screen. The reason for this is that it allows the sound and picture to be tied perfectly together, really immersing you in the experience. So when looking at getting the very best in your garage cinema, this is widely considered to be a “must”.

It all sounds great doesn’t it? Why not get in touch to find out more, we’ll be more than happy to advise you on the next steps.”


Luxury home cinema installation fit for a king

Luxury Home Cinema

System requirements
A number of elements were discussed when interest in a cinema was first expressed by the client. For starters, a dedicated bar area was mentioned, along with requirements for six cinema chairs, the biggest screen possible, for the size of room and seating position and no compromise, plasma like image quality on the screen. The client wanted to access his library of films, old and new, from the comfort of his chair, wanted to be able to play the system at levels the director intended and insisted that all of this should be controlled from one remote. He also wanted to watch Sky TV, and asked that the system should also allow his kids to do what they do best: play Nintendo Wii!

Wired for motion
Guy and the Imagine This team spoke at length to the client and made sure that everything had been considered, and after they had finished with the wish list, the only outstanding issue was the question of motion. It was decided that the cinema should be wired for D-BOX motion cinema, allowing an upgrade to be made within a few hours at anytime in the future.

Dreams into reality
It was now time to set about turning the client’s dreams into reality. So the first job was to measure the room – information that would be critical when deciding which equipment would be appropriate. 3D illustrations would also give everyone involved a vision to aim for and then the work would begin.

Researching the screen
After discussions with Pulse Marketing – who have been involved in specifying cinemas for over twenty years and distribute some of the finest home cinema equipment currently available – it was decided that the maximum size of screen for a room of this size was 140inches. Because of the requirement for a minimalist design, a Screen Research X Mask projection screen, using clearpix 2, plus ISF and THX certified fabric, was selected. This meant all speakers could be placed behind the screen, whilst still maintaining the very best in picture and sound quality.

Because of the system requirements, a Screen Research curved screen was chosen as it helps on short throw systems to increase the brightness at the edge of the screen. (For all unsure of the benefits and suitability of a curved screen, a quick call to Pulse will put your mind at rest.)

Projecting the right image
It was decided that a Runco VX22 projector would be situated at the back of the room, within a custom made cabinet so that it could fire images through a carefully constructed aperture. Because of the requirements of throw and the fact that the image needed to fill such a big screen, it was concluded that the VX22 with autoscope lens would give the client the best solution.

A sound choice
Sound from Procella Audio was unanimously decided after the client visited Pulse Marketing’s demonstration cabin cinema, where all of the elements are on display for those wanting a no-compromise cinema experience. The fusion of sound and picture with Procella and Runco was paramount, especially as the client had requested that he wanted to “hear and see what the directed intended.”

He’s got control
A complete AudioControl amplifier/processor system (see kit list below) was selected to give the client the sound levels and quality required – boasting an incredible 200 watts of effortless power into 7 channels. Audio control is the first choice for high-end cinema design in the US, and after hearing the system we can see why.

Are you sitting comfortably?
Finally, the cinema was fitted with six incredibly comfortable Fortress Matinee cinema chairs with D-BOX Technology built-in under the red leather for future use - and all able to recline at the touch of a button!


CineWide Technology

What is it and why should I be requesting a CineWide system?

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why there are annoying black bars at the top and bottom of the screen?

These bars are visible because the director decided to film the movie in an aspect ratio (typically 2.35:1) wider than that of a 1.78:1 (16:9 or widescreen) aspect ratio television / projector screen. However, fear not, with correctly specified products these black bars can be a thing of the past. So what should I ask my custom installer for to eliminate these black bars?

The solution is simple, by requesting a CineWide screen from Screen Research, your screen can match the native format the director intended the
movie to be viewed in.

However, this is only half of the solution...

Although your screen now matches the movies native format, your projector is still only capable of displaying 1.78:1 format images and therefore would not fill the full width of your new screen. Thankfully there’s a simple solution for this too.

When your custom installer specifies a projector from Runco, a CineWide lens can be added when ordering your projector. Therefore, allowing it to display a CineWide image, as the director intended, as well as eliminating those tedious black bars.

There are further advantages when opting for a CineWide system:

  1. Your screen is approximately 20% wider providing a more cinematic viewing experience.
  2. Because your projector is no longer wasting light output by projecting black bars onto your screen, your image will appear brighter, and therefore the perception is improved image quality.
  3. The full resolution of the DLP device is used, meaning you get a true 1080P resolution, and none of the resolution is wasted projecting unnecessaryblack bars.

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Home Cinema Install

Why would you ever bother visiting your local Odeon if you had access to one of these? Quite simply, you wouldn't! The UK installer had fun with this – in conjunction with his client – producing a serious system with a modern, at-the-movies feel. Under the hood is some of the best kit there is, future-proofed for your pleasure! Runco's VX-300d Ultra 1080p DLP projector – with rack-mount processor and Rainier fixed anamorphic lens – provides the movie visuals (and what visuals!), with a THX-certified Screen Research screen (TheaterCurve Xmask 2.35:1 fixed frame) providing the canvass. Genuine home theatre sound is piped via three Triad in-wall front speakers, four Triad surrounds and no less than six in-wall powwrsubs with rack-mount amps! Comfort is assured thanks to the beautiful Fortress Matinee seating.

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