19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA

Upfill, Johannesburg, South Africa

it started with a man with a plan, a banged up Media Room and a classy eye for the finer things in life.

On March 2018 the call came through to us, BNC Technology. He required a plush refurb on his Media Room in northern Johannesburg, which had been severely struck by storm damage. He knew what he wanted. We knew what we could do to create his vision. But none of us could have imagined at the time how this banged up space would ultimately transform into an exclusive corner of lavish entertainment luxury.

And this, is where the story begins.

We moved in. Quick and fast. We moved in. Quick and fast. We assessed the wrongs and the rights of the space, with as much dexterity and personal attention as possible. Our client had some good ideas. We had some good ideas. Together we began a journey that raised the game, the bar, the sound and the roof on the definitive delivery of smart home design ingenuity.

The outdated bits left on a delivery truck. The future-forward bits rolled in with a BNC Technology van. A bespoke, fully immersive, automated home cinema experience was about to get real for our most valued customer.

And this, is where the story begins.

What he said

Bring me the ultimate in Audio and Video Performance.

What we did

Simulate the frequency response of the room using our specialist room simulation software.

What we discovered

The perfect listening and viewing position through our specialized technical design process. We understood the right requirements for all speakers which confirmed the final layout of the room, ensuring we’d get the best audio out of the room size. We uncovered the optimal screen size required in our space planning and specified the correct projector based on room lighting, throw distances and the desired projection image size.

Interiors. With love.

It was out with the old and in with plush interiors. Grey & black interiors transformed to fabrics and carpet.

What he said

Design me a Cinema Room spectacular – with comfortable acoustic properties, high performance and an accurate experience.

What we did

We set the benchmark by upgrading his outdated surround processor. He approved. Amplifiers remained. He had his way

What we installed

We went supremely seamless and slick with hidden equipment. The sound came through the screen for an A-class acoustically transparent experience with 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos surround sound configuration powered by M&K.

Elegant textures adorned the room for a silky, comfy finish.

The network received an intelligent upgrade to accommodate the new tech with new DSTV / speakers.

What he said

I want a relaxed space with plush lighting.

What we did

Upscaled lighting with LED’s for highlighted features. This includes star down lighters for superior contrasting of panels, at the rear of the room.

What we installed

A contemporary space with LED light trips in the left and right fins, providing symmetry as well as a feature in the space.

Star downlights were installed on the rear wall to highlight the elegant textures of the fabric with an LED strip beneath the wall panels providing more feature lighting to enhance the space.

Lighting is controlled via a Control4 Wireless Solution which runs his room only. The general system control is via a Control4 control system that makes operation of the audiovisual and lighting really simple.

The client brief and objectives

After a water damage incident, our client was looking for a complete makeover of his existing Media Room into a private luxury dedicated home cinema that provide the ultimate Audio and Video performance, comfortable seating coupled with our interior design flair and an overall system that was all quick and easy to use.

Design

Seeing that the client brief required the ultimate in Audio and Video Performance, our approach was to establish all Audio and Video specifications first and then complete the interiors after. The initial design process begin with our design team simulating the frequency response of the room in our specialist room simulation software. This process helps us establish as well as eliminate all Acoustical challenges that come with the room. These specialist findings assist us with the space planning, we were able to establish the perfect listening and viewing position in the technical design phase where all speaker requirements, positions are established as well as confirmation of the final layout of the room that would bring the best out of the room size. We are also able to establish the optimal screen size and specify the correct projector based on room lighting, throw distances and the desired projection image size.

Technical

The audio-visual solution specified provided a 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos surround sound configuration powered by M&K MP150II LCRs, IW95 Surround & Rear Channels as well as IW5 Inceiling speakers providing the height channels. WE are able to keep the clients existing PArasound amplification but we upgrade his exiting surround processor to a Denon Surround Processor. On the video side of the system, a JVC DLA-X9900 4K Projector was specified along with a Steward Acoustically Transparent Film screen in conjunction with Apple TV, 4k Blu-Ray and Satellite Television. Lighting is controlled via a Control4 Wireless Solution which runs this room only and general system control is via a Control4 control system which makes operation of the audiovisual and lighting systems very simple via any of the client’s iPhones or iPads.

Final Solution

With all speakers hidden behind our acoustic fabric system. The end results is a contemporary room with LED light trips in the left and right fins that provide symmetry as well as a feature in the space. Star downlights were installed on the rear wall to highlight the elegant textures of the fabric with an LED strip underneath the wall panels providing more feature lighting to highlight the space