Home cin­ema in­stal­la­tion

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Be­fore the owner of this home cin­ema opens the door, he uses the Con­trol4 app on his smart­phone to se­lect a spe­cific light­ing scene in­side. Visi­tors en­ter to walls of Ma­trix- style dig­i­tal rain, part­ing at the front to re­veal a per­spec­tive im­age with sil­hou­ettes of the owner’s own fam­ily. A spec­tac­u­lar bar area out­side the room shines un­der the il­lu­mi­na­tion of pur­ple LEDs — but wait, when we walked through a minute ago, wasn’t the bar red?

In­stinct Elec­tri­cal was the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the in­stal­la­tion of light­ing, au­to­ma­tion and AV equip­ment through­out this whole home on Sydney’s North Shore, with a Con­trol4 sys­tem run­ning C-Bus light­ing, Ness se­cu­rity, video dis­tri­bu­tion, and Sonos for mul­ti­room au­dio.

But with the home cin­ema be­ing such a high pri­or­ity for the own­ers, In­stinct con­tacted Wave­train Cine­mas to oversee the cre­ation of a suit­able venue and per­for­mance level that would sat­isfy the client’s love of the sci­encefic­tion genre. Wave­train, a de­sign firm that de­liv­ers both acous­tic and aes­thetic de­sign, sug­gested making the cin­ema smaller, with the bar sep­a­rate, then spec­i­fy­ing a fully en­gi­neered acous­tic sys­tem with a com­bi­na­tion of cus­tom-en­gi­neered bass traps and treat­ments, a ven­ti­lated pro­jec­tor ‘hush box’, and acous­tic pan­els, while the en­tire cin­ema is sound-iso­lated from the home us­ing float­ing floor­ing prod­ucts, damp­en­ing, and sound iso­la­tion doors.

Sonic per­for­mance is, of course, at the heart, with Wave­train plan­ning the room (above) and spec­i­fy­ing Cary Au­dio am­pli­fi­ca­tion and Triad speak­ers to achieve in­dus­try-ref­er­ence sound pres­sure lev­els — four sub­woofers bal­ance stand­ing waves and de­liver an even bass re­sponse across the cin­ema. It’s a stun­ning re­sult, vis­ually and son­i­cally.

More info: www.wave­train.com.au

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