Here’s what the winning firm — Wavetrain Cinemas — tells us about this unique media room designed for viewing multiple video sources:
“The client wanted a seven-meter wide artwork wall where he could show screensavers loaded on his AppleTV. He also wanted to be able to watch movies on the same system. Initially he had looked a commercial screen as a solution, but it was too expensive.
“His focus was very much on the video solution, but we quickly convinced him that the system needed to correctly address all aspects, including acoustically treating the room and sound isolating it from the rest of the home. (Isolation treatments keep movie sound in the room and unwanted noise out.)
“We decided to utilize a commercial LCD projector with an interchangeable lens for the video wall. Since the room was to be used with the blinds open (which gives the space a lot of ambient light) we used a gray screen to increase blacks.
“Individually controlled blinds were installed to allow us to control light hitting the screen edge near the window. For video we decided to use a 4K Sony projector, which is projecting to 130-inches wide.
“The audio system is centered on the video image behind an acoustically transparent screen. This allowed us to correctly position speakers and subs, plus deal with the room acoustics.”
In addition to all of those solutions, the HVAC system in this room was extremely noisy. The redesign was one of the most complex that the integrator had ever undertaken.