Interior design and home theatre installation.

  • 4 & 3 seater 'San Diego' lounges (Harvey Norman).
  • Custom made coffee table & dining suite.
  • Panasonic PT-AE500E HD projector (JB HiFi).
  • Custom 3-metre (140-inch) screen.
  • Sound system with Dolby, THX & AIR (upgrade under review).
  • FTA, CableTV, DVD, HDTV, PVR, LAN/WAN, Internet & gaming.
  • Remote control via mobile phones (Sony P900) as well as LAN/WAN & auto mode.
  • Additional walls, ceiling & soundproofing.

Technical issues.

Complexity of connections and long cable run lengths made this particular installation a little more difficult than usual. Signal loss can be quite dramatic with cable lengths over 5 metres and as (at installed time) wireless media-center type retransmitters cannot handle the resolution of Hi-Definition (1920 x 1080), we used special hi-end cables designed for the task. These cables are not normally available at retail audio/video outlets and need to be sourced from cable and connection specialists such as

Screens over 120 inches in size are not readily available and need to be custom made. The factors involved in making a custom screen are too complex to be detailed here, however the process is largely determined by the type of projector, environment, and viewing angles required. The size of the screen is determined by viewing distance and image quality/resolution available. When viewing a 140 inch screen at a distance of 5 metres things like DVD (mpeg2) encoding artifacts are easily visible, although when the encoding is done properly, for instance the (Superbit version of) the Men in Black movies, artifacts are much harder to see. Higher resolution content of course looks much better so the new HD-DVD and Blueray standards should prove pleasing to large screen owners. At a viewing distance of 5 metres, pixels on the screen of 2mm X 2mm in size or less are small enough to blend together whereas 3mm X 3mm sized pixels can just be made out individually, although this does depend on your eyesight.

One side effect of ultra large screens comes from the total immersion feeling that you get when your peripheral vision is being tickled. Filming techniques such as 'floating cam', 'rollercoaster' and other fast moving camera shots can leave the viewer feeling very giddy or nauseous. Whether this effect is good or bad really depends on your point of view.