Barn Conversion – Home Entertainment System – Wakering
Hi-Fi and Home Cinema in Gym, Jacuzzi & entertainment area
The client had previously purchased from Rayleigh Hi-Fi and was moving home to a new property where a barn was being built in the grounds. The barn was to have two areas. One would be home to a full size snooker table, bar area and a surround-sound system with a TV screen. The second area was a gym with a 10 person Jacuzzi where the client wanted a TV screen and a music system. Both areas had to be independent of each other, so different sources could be listened to and watched simultaneously. The aim was also to use as much as possible of the customer’s existing Cyrus and Arcam system in this new project.
A site survey was arranged to view the barn and an important factor was to work with the interior design of the barn. One major objective was to ensure the speakers complemented the interior. Artcoustic speakers were an ideal choice as they would match well with the client’s existing electronics and would also aesthetically suit the interior perfectly in both the bar area and the gym.
During the site survey we decided how best to run the audio, video and data cables. One Sky HD box and one Arcam DVD player would be used to work both TV screens at the same time and, as the electronics were hidden away, full remote control operation was needed. As the barn was still in a relatively early stage of construction, it allowed a convenient first fix of the relevant audio, video and data cables.
Once the system had been set-up, the sound in both areas was very impressive. The bar area is a very large room but the Artcoustic speakers, M&K subwoofer, together with the Cyrus and Arcam electronics combined wonderfully. The music performance was equally as stunning. The gym sounded wonderful – no excuses not to use it now! Through careful planning and wiring, both systems could be operated using remote control repeater systems, and both TV screens could show Sky HD and DVD, either one at a time or simultaneously. A fantastic system worthy of a fantastic barn!
“From helping us to select our equipment to overseeing every step, to final installation, nothing was too much trouble! Ten out of ten! We will definitely be using Rayleigh Hi-Fi again, without doubt.”