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Home Cinema Choice – A Sound Investment

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Home Cinema Choice – A Sound Investment

Do you want to achieve the best possible sound in your home cinema room? Or perhaps you want to know some tricks that can be done to improve the sound?


Earlier this month, we featured in the latest issue of Home Cinema Choice . This is a fantastic in-depth interview, where our very own Managing Director Nic Black and a fellow custom install expert, Owen Maddock, discuss all about acoustic treatment for your home cinema or media room, from first reflections, bass traps, diffusion and absorption.


How do you calculate what type of treatment to use where?

Nic: Typically we undertake a pre-treatment assessment of each given space in order to gain a clear picture of the room characteristics. This is done in one of two ways.


If we can assess the room in person we’ll measure the broadband impulse response using a trigger sound, which will provide a clear indication of the way in which the base structure reverberates across the frequency range. This is outputted as a base RT60 measurement [the time it takes for sound to reduce by 60dB), which allows us to identify the way in which the room will naturally perform to high SPL broadband sounds. From here we can decide, in tandem with an understanding of the type of design we are looking to implement, how we will approach the overall acoustic treatment. We will calculate the necessary absorption and reflection treatments in order to reach our target RT60 outcome.


If, however, access to the room is not possible – in a new-build, for example – then we input the expected room construction details into our 3D software (EASE), which will give a very accurate prediction of the room’s behaviour. Allowing for this prediction we can then continue with the calculations as if we were not in the room, and in both instances we check our calculations using EASE to be sure our assumptions are accurate.


If you want to read the full article then you can read it here…!


Would like to know more about acoustic treatment or our award-winning cinema design services or think that we can help you with your cinema project, then contact a member of the Pyramid team today.



About the author

Nic Black – Managing Director

Owner and Managing Director of The Pyramid Group. Senior consultant to key clients across EMEA as well as a CEDIA Award winning lighting designer and luxury cinema creator. CEDIA Awards Judge and CEDIA Outreach Instructor
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