Larger than life

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With increasingly sophisticated audiovisual technology available, a quiet night in with a DVD takes on a whole new meaning
Story by: Charles Moxham
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Advances in home cinemaare providing increasingly strong competition to the traditional night out at the movies. Today, the big-screen impact is available at home, with movies, lighting and surround sound at your fingertips.

This dramatic media room is part of a show space for a high-tech automation specialist. The entire room, ceiling included, is a viable option for new home builders, says owner Brendon Reid.


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"Key to the evolution in home cinema is the convenience of a touch-screen central controller," says Reid. "You still have to insert the DVD into the player, but that's about it on the manual front.

"At the touch of a button, the screen drops down, the projector descends from the ceiling, the amplifier changes to the correct setting, and the lights dim the rest is pure viewing pleasure."

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View of home cinema with projector screen, audiovisual and audio equipment, touch-screen control, couches.

Here, a dome ceiling enhances the experience, with concealed LCD lights bringing colour, and fibre-optic lights twinkling like stars.

"With a DVD playing, sound issuing from seven speakers and the stars out, you could be forgiven for thinking you are at a futuristic drive in," says Reid.

Apr 16, 2009

Credit list

Screen
Home automation
DVD player
Receiver
Marantz AV 8003
Audio
Jamo D7 Sound Speakers
Projector
Marantz VP15SI
Electronic control
Vantage TPT 700 Touchscreen
Amplifier
Marantz mm8003
Subwoofer
Jamo D7
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