House Craighall: Home Cinema


by BNC Technology

The installation of a stunning home cinema in a private residence in Johannesburg, South Africa, resulted in BNC Technology being a finalist in the Best Home Cinema £40,000 to £100,000 category at the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) Awards 2014. The client's brief was to install a dedicated, state-of-theatre home cinema that performed and felt like a real, bona fide cinema. The requirements were an elegant room featuring the very latest home cinema and audiovisual technology, which would give the family a comfortable yet stunning environment that felt better than any cinema they had ever been to.

Aesthetically, a modern room finished to the same standard as the rest of the home is exactly what they wanted. The system had to integrate into the existing lighting control system and share the Satellite set top box. We had to work with the existing tiers and we were required to design and work around the tiers. We had to use the existing carpet, existing ceiling design and keep the Rack in the room as per client's requirements. At the end of the project the client wanted to integrate his new mixing decks into the system which we were able to successfully integrate. The client described that he had the capability of seeing the 'rainbow effect" in DLP machines. We had to ensure that no problems surfaced with regards to screen projection. The client?s expectations were high. A balance between value for money, performance and a professionally installed system is exactly what he desired.

The interface had to have multiple platforms with reliable control and functional benefits. The room was a multipurpose room but predominantly to be used for movie watching. The room presented a few challenges with the steps being in place and ceiling already constructed but nothing too difficult. The seating arrangement was selected by the client from the get go and we designed around it. The client chose the Black Diamond screen based on performance and aesthetics taking into consideration colour changing lights. The JVC projector and the Anamorphic lens gave the client a phenomenal picture with no rainbow effect and fitting well into the budget.

The speaker positions were calculated and placed according to technical guidelines. Our Acoustic design approach was a live end dead end approach with the first third of the room being the dead end and the last third being the live end. An acoustic transparent wall was built in front of the room to hide the subwoofers, speakers, cabling and acoustic treatment. The same was done for the rears and surround speakers. The equipment choice was pretty simple. The client wanted a solution for movies, music and gaming so we chose Jamo as our preferred speaker brand. Due to the volume of the room, we went with the Jamo D600, Parasound power amplifiers and the Integra processing for reliable IP control and quality processing.

After completion of the technical design, acoustic design, the interior division designed the concept for the interiors. Fabrics were chosen to match the existing carpets and black leather seats the client had chosen. Overall we achieved a value for money, well balanced solution with all features the client wanted and comprehensive solution with the aim of exceeding the client's expectations and as per the testimonial we were proud to say we have achieved this.