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Acoustic Excellence: Garage Conversion with Home Office and Fabric Walls

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For this project we converted a single garage ( 6500mm x 4000mm), into a sizeable, spacious 7-seat home cinema. The scope of work included insulation, gyprocking, painting, carpeting, cabling and a comprehensive system fitout. This included fabric walls to enhance the acoustics in the room, with wall-mounted LED light strips for visibility.

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We also constructed an office space behind the home cinema, complete with custom cabinetry and a stone benchtop. This involved framing out a wall, installing a door, and carpeting the floor to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing workspace. The client also required installation of a split system air conditioning unit.

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Product selection

For this installation we supplied and fitted the following components:

Visuals

Epson LS12000 Laser projector
Helsyn 120” Acoustically Transparent screen
Apple TV
4K Blu Ray player

Audio

Denon AVC-X4800H 9.4ch 8K AV Receiver
Origin Acoustics LCR69 – in-wall fronts x 3
Origin Acoustics Director C65 in-wall rear speakers x 4
Origin Acoustics Director D81 in-ceiling Atmos speakers
2 x Velodyne Impact 10″ Subwoofer

Fitout

Black Polyurethane custom cabinetry
Room fully carpeted
Manhattan Hudson leather seating x 2 rows. 1 row, of 4 seats and 1 row of 3
Fabric walls acoustic system
LED in-wall lighting
4 x downlights and wall lights

Ubiquiti Wifi system throughout the home.

The Build: From design to fitout

We pride ourselves in taking care of all aspects of a project, from the design to fitout. Steps in the process for this job included:

  • Initial site consultation and measure up.
  • Design, including a 3D rendering design of the room shared with the client.
  • Site works begin, including framing, insulating, gyprocking, cabling, cabinetry and painting.
  • Carpet install, fit off and installation of AV equipment.
  • Testing and calibration.
  • Handover to client.

3D rendering of the room design is created detailing all aspects of the build.

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The portion of the 3 car garage set aside for the home cinema conversion

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Framing, gyrocking and elevated seating platform takes shape.

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Gyprock and wiring/cabling complete, ready for painting carpet, seating and AV/hardware installation.

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The finished room, with cinema style seating, projector screen and LED wall lighting.

Unique project elements: Fabric wall acoustic treatment

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Carpeting, fabric and slat acoustic wall treatment.

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Acoustic wall treatment, home cinema style seating and integrated LED wall strips.

To make sure this space had the best sound quality possible we installed fabric walls and slat acoustic panels. These are known as acoustic treatment, which help to absorb sound waves and prevent them from bouncing around a room and causing distortion. Carpet can also help the acoustics of a room.

Fabric walls are installed where large areas need treatment, like when floor-to-ceiling coverage is required. It consists of a perforated acoustic fabric stretched between parallel tracks, sometimes with a foam polyester fibre or fibreglass backing. This improves the sound quality of your room by reducing unwanted echoes and reverberations that can make sound unclear and muddy. The benefits of acoustic treatment are:

  • Speech and dialogue are clear and easy to understand.
  • Bass sounds are not too boomy.
  • Improved overall soundstage.
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Home office space with custom cabinetry.

Key results

Key results include the successful conversion of a garage into a multi-functional space, accommodating a custom home/office alongside a 7-seat cinema. Our comprehensive building works ensured quality finishes throughout including the acoustic treatment of the space for optimal audio quality and an immersive viewing experience for the client.

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Client testimonial

Andy and his team’s honesty, integrity and care were all hallmarks of their character. Andy’s communication was great throughout the process, always returning messages, emails or calls promptly. The overall quality of the work was excellent, as was his advice on our home theatre and study. His relaxed, friendly manner was greatly appreciated, as was his technical knowledge. He was happy to meet multiple times, allowing us the time and space to work through approaches and suggestions, and was patient whilst we worked through our decision making processes. We absolutely recommend Andy and his team at Universal Home Theatre and would definitely engage his services again in the future.

Want to transform an existing space in your home, or create a custom home cinema room? Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to chat through your options.

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If you are going to go the whole hog and renovate your whole house, you may as well spec it out with all the toys and tech – which is exactly what this client did.

Not only did we fit out an awesome home cinema, but we also installed a stonemason wall which is invisible from the hallway. It’s like entering a hidden grotto, full of some pretty awesome AV kit! They also wanted the full cinema experience, which involved installing a step up or riser for the two rows of cinema seating. The back row has a row of 5 seats, with 2 rows of 2 on the bottom, with a step in between.

The terrace outdoors got a 75 inch Samsung TV, as did the lounge room, paired with Sonos’s excellent soundbars handling the audio.

As you can see from the before/after shots, we really got our hands dirty on this one! From the design, to the structural works – which included creating walls, building the riser/step up and installing all the hardware, cabling and software.

Let’s take a closer look at this build in more detail.

Gear highlights of this installation…

Epson LS1200 4K laser projector

If you want amazing image quality the Epson EH-LS12000 should be on your shortlist. It is a 4K Pro-UHD laser projector which pumps out vivid and dynamic images. It’s got awesome brightness levels, UHD upscaling and is also super easy to setup. The projector’s secret is its advanced 3LCD technology, which uses three separate LCD chips to produce the colour signal for each frame. The result? Exceptional colour accuracy and an incredibly bright, clear picture!

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A4A amplifier

The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A4A is a 7.2 channel home theatre receiver with Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. It has plenty of grunt for driving all your speakers and decoding all the major surround audio codes. It is also easy to set-up, scores well with a well-designed remote control and is great value for money for the features you get.

Manhattan Cinema Seating with a riser

We supply and install industry-leading Manhattan Seating home cinema chairs, which not only have Gold Class quality comfort and features – they are made right here in Australia! These are manufactured with a sturdy, commercial standard timber frame with individual ‘pocket springs’, high‐density foam, ultra‐breathable cloth and a choice of top grain leather or fabric upholstery. This client opted to install a step up or riser for a rear/second row of luxury cinema style seating d – just like in a real cinema! This means everyone has a great view of the action!

Sonos Arc + Beam soundbars

Sonos are leaders in wireless audio, with a modern design and an app that allows you to control all the speakers around your home. The Arc is the brand’s premium soundbar, with Dolby Atmos, crystal clear dialogue with Speech Enhancement, and Trueplay tuning technology which matches the sound to the layout of your room. The Beam is a step down from the Arc, in a more compact form. Both can sync with your TV remote, use your existing WiFi network for rock solid audio and are compatible with all your favourite music streaming services.

All the gear, toys and tech…

Here is a more detailed list of all the gear, toys and tech we managed to squeeze in:

  • Epson LS1200 4K laser projector
  • Grandview 120” Fixed Acoustical screen
  • Origin Acoustics LCR65 in wall fronts as LCR
  • Origin Acoustics Thin Fit TF37EX as rear in ceiling speakers
  • Yamaha Aventage RXA4A amplifier
  • RTI control unit
  • Recessed ceiling lighting
  • Steps ups and platforms for the Manhattan seating
  • Carpet supply and installation

Zoned Video and Audio in other rooms of the house

    • 75” Samsung Terrace TV for the alfresco
    • 75” Samsung TV in living area
    • Sonos Arc + Beam soundbar for each TV

Why Universal Home Theatre?

Unlike other home theatre installers who contract work out, we do it all ourselves! Our team of techs and installers do it all – including all the structural works like building step ups, installing carpet, blinds and much more. These are just some of the elements we take care of:

  • Data cabling installation
  • Blocking in walls
  • Building bulkheads
  • Building steps ups and platforms
  • Carpet (supply and installation)
  • Curtains and blinds (supply and installation)
  • Electrical (lighting and powerpoint installation)
  • Seating and custom (supply and install)
  • Custom cabinetry (design, supply and installation).

We also advise which components suit your space, and supply leading brands such as Sonos, Epson Jamo, B&W, Yamaha, Yamaha Aventage, Optoma, RTI, Samsung, LG, Sony and BenQ. And when all your gear is installed we also calibrate your audio and video for pixel perfect images and crystal clear audio – using dedicated equipment.

Like what you see? Then why not browse some of our other recent projects to see what we are capable of.

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to make your home theatre dreams a reality, or you can book your install online.

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We really got our hands dirty on this project, with a complete makeover of a basement – which we transformed from a shell into a very stylish and well-specced home theatre room.

We adjusted beams, finished off the concrete floor, sheeted the walls, installed cabling, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers – as well as star ceiling panels, carpeting, step profile lighting and custom cabinetry.

Highlights of this installation…

Custom Manhattan cinema-style seating

The client wanted a distinctive look for their seating, and went for a beautiful tan brown leather with diamond Bentley-style stitching and stainless steel cup holders. We love it, and so do they!

Manhattan noise solation vinyl

This product is a high-performance soundproofing material designed to enhance privacy by minimising sound transmission. It was installed under carpet in the bedrooms above the home cinema room to block and absorb sound penetration to these areas.

Origin Acoustics speakers

We installed a series of Origin Acoustics speakers – including in-wall fronts, in-wall rears and a pair of in-ceilings to add height for Atmos audio. The brand’s speakers are known for their wide soundstage and accurate imaging – which means they reproduce the audio of a source faithfully. That means you get crisp highs, warm mid tones, and powerful bass for a truly immersive audio experience.

All the gear we supplied and installed

All the components supplied and installed in this home theatre installation included:

Seating

  • Manhattan Cinema-Style Seating: New Yorker Pro config 420 and config 320
  • Manhattan noise isolating vinyl
  • Manhattan slat acoustics for rear wall

Visuals

  • Epson 9400 projector
  • Grandview 120” Fixed Acoustical screen
  • Apple TV

Audio

  • Yamaha Aventage RXA6A amplifier
  • Origin Acoustics LCR67 in-wall fronts as LCR x 3
  • Origin Acoustics C65 in-wall rear speakers
  • Origin Acoustics D81 in-ceiling speakers as Atmos speakers
  • 2 x Velodyne Impact 12” subwoofers
  • Sonos zoned audio throughout the house with Origin Acoustics in-ceiling speakers

Fitout

  • Star ceiling panels for the night sky look
  • Step profile lighting for the full cinema experience
  • Custom cabinetry housing all the AV gear

Why use us for your home theatre project?

Unlike other home theatre installers who contract work out, we do it all ourselves!

That’s right – our team of techs and installers get their hands dirty taking care of everything including the structural works like:

  • Data cabling installation
  • Blocking in walls
  • Building bulkheads
  • Building steps ups and platforms
  • Carpet (supply and installation)
  • Curtains and blinds (supply and installation)
  • Electrical (lighting and powerpoint installation)
  • Seating and custom (supply and install)
  • Custom cabinetry (design, supply and installation).

We also advise which components suit your space, and supply leading brands such as Sonos, Epson Jamo, B&W, Yamaha, Yamaha Aventage, Optoma, RTI, Samsung, LG, Sony and BenQ. And when all your gear is installed we also calibrate your audio and video for pixel perfect images and crystal clear audio – using dedicated equipment.

Client testimonial

We had Andy and his team come in and install the most amazing space in our home.
We had a dirt floored room and Universal helped us turn it into our favourite room in the house.
Andy, Kyle, Jamie and Mick were amazing to deal with, super professional, exceptional workmanship and basically a company that cares about what they are doing. Thanks for giving us a space that we will enjoy as a family for many years to come!

Like what you see? Then why not browse some of our other recent projects to see what we are capable of.

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to make your home theatre dreams a reality, or you can book your install online.

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This client wanted to repurpose their now-grown childrens games room into a fully-featured home cinema room!

Our team outdid themselves with a 2 week turnaround for a build that was complex.

Let’s take a closer look at the work we carried out, and some of the kit!

Cabling Upgrade

This home theatre installation was no easy feat. For one, we had to cut multiple holes for access just to run the required cabling needed. As an existing room that was built 20+ years ago there was no cabling in location other than a pair of ceiling lights.

Having the right cable installed is essential if you want to get the full benefit of connectivity for your home theatre, especially if you want 7.2.2 multichannel audio (Dolby Atmos) and high speed internet.

Thankfully our AV technicians are some of the best in the business, and are all qualified and experienced cablers.

7.2.2 Dolby Atmos Home Theatre

This client wanted 7.2.2 channel audio – called Dolby Atmos, which is a surround sound format that uses seven main speakers, two subwoofers, and two height/atmospheric speakers. It is a great way to create a truly immersive audio experience, especially for movies and TV shows that have been mixed for Dolby Atmos.

The magic of Dolby Atmos is down to the ceiling-mounted speakers, which direct sound downward and reflect it off the ceiling to produce incredibly lifelike, overhead sound.

Grandview 120” Acoustically Transparent Screen

Besides being a very generous 120 inches, the other neat trick about this projector screen is that it has an acoustically transparent design. This fabric/material allows sound waves to pass through the screen – meaning it helps to absorb sound in the room, not reflect it.

Home theatre installation: tech highlights

Components supplied and installed in this home theatre installation fit-out include:

  • Epson LS12000 Laser projector
  • Grandview 120” Acoustically Transparent screen
  • Denon AVC-X3800H 9.4ch 8K AV Receiver
  • Apple TV
  • 4K Blu Ray player
  • Origin Acoustics LCR67( in wall fronts x 3)
  • Origin Acoustics Director D81 (in ceiling surround and Atmos speakers)
  • 2 x Velodyne Impact 10″ Subwoofer
  • Black polyurethane custom cabinetry
  • Room fully carpeted
  • Manhattan Hudson leather seating x 2 rows of 3
  • 4 x downlights and wall lights
  • Triple pleat velvet curtains for sides and rear wall

One-stop shop for all your home theatre needs

We offer a one-stop shop for all of our customers when it comes to completing a theatre fitout. This includes building works like tiered seating, patching and painting of any holes needed, carpet laying, and installation of curtains. This gives you peace of mind that all the work will be done to a high standard.

We also advise which components suit your space, and supply leading brands such as Sonos, Epson Jamo, B&W, Yamaha, Yamaha Aventage, Optoma, RTI, Samsung, LG, Sony and BenQ.

Client testimonial

Andy and his team were absolutely amazing from beginning to end turning our old games room into a home cinema. All the team showed up on time. Andy’s advice on all the equipment needed to suit our requirements was invaluable. Always good communication , professional and very helpful. We would highly recommend Andy and his team to anyone thinking of installing a home cinema. They took so much care in all aspects of the cinema , which we will enjoy for many years to come. Thank you for your hard work Andy , Mick and team.

Why not browse some of our other recent projects to see what we can do? We have branches across the country!

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to make your home theatre dreams a reality, or you can book your install online.

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This client initially only wanted a tv wall-mounted in this room, but after chatting through their project they opted to expand the project to include:

  • A custom starlight ceiling
  • Acoustic panels and fabric walls to improve the soundstage in the room
  • A karaoke system, (Bose Karaoke system with AceSonic Touchscreen Chinese Karaoke) as a stand alone feature from the home theatre system
  • 7.1 surround system with Origin Acoustics in-ceiling fronts and over head in-ceiling rears, a Velodyne Impact 12” subwoofer

The space we had to work with had generous dimensions of approximately 4.4m wide x 5.4m deep.

Let’s take a closer look at this home theatre installation project, and how it all came together!

Gear highlights of this installation…

Custom starlight ceiling

Our custom starlight ceiling installations use fibre optic filaments to create the effect of the night sky. This creates a variety of star constellations and inspiring visual effects on your ceiling – and it can even be integrated so you can control it via your home automation setup. Unlike using prefabricated panels which are a plug & play installation, a custom star ceiling is more labour intensive – but you get a much more realistic and natural looking night sky!

The secret is to measure up the room and work out how many stars (fibres) are going to work in the space. The outcome is always amazing and adds that extra WOW factor to any home cinema room! The client can also customise the colour of the stars when they fire up the karaoke machine, so the mood matches the tunes!

As a finishing touch we also added LED strip lights just above the star ceiling as perimeter lighting which can easily be controlled via an iPad or home automation software.

Slat acoustics, fabric walls and curtains = acoustic treatment

After chatting with the client they wanted to optimise the sound in this home theatre room, and we advised slat acoustics, fabric walls and curtains. The fabric acoustical walls (in onyx) and the walls and bulkhead (in Dulux monument) were chosen to give the room a dark sophisticated atmosphere.

The extensive acoustic treatment in the room works to improve the soundstage of the room, it also prevents sound entering other parts of the home and disturbing anyone. Sound from your speakers travels in waves or vibrations through the air, which then bounce off any surfaces in the room. These surfaces include the walls, floor, ceiling, windows and even the furniture.

Acoustic panels and fabric walls are two ways of helping to reduce this effect – and because they are low profile they are easily integrated into any home. Acoustic panels are made from foam or fabric, which helps to minimise reverberations and echo in smaller spaces that lead to unclear and muddied sound. They do this by soaking up sound waves and stopping them bouncing around a room. The curtains along one wall do the same job, add colour and soften the space by reducing the amount of exposed walls.

Home Theatre Installation: We do all the work ourselves!

What makes us different is that we do all the work ourselves, taking into account your needs, lifestyle and budget.

This can involve structural works – which depending on your project could include:

  • Blocking in walls
  • Building bulkheads
  • Building steps ups and platforms
  • Carpet (supply and installation)
  • Curtains and blinds (supply and installation)
  • Electrical (lighting and powerpoint installation)
  • Seating and custom (supply and install)
  • Custom cabinetry (design, supply and installation).

We also advise and supply which components suit your space, including leading AV brands such as Epson, Sonos, Denon, Origin Acoustics, Velodyne, B&W, Yamaha Aventage, Optoma, RTI, Samsung, LG, Sony and BenQ.

Why not browse some of our recent projects to see what we are capable of.

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to make your home theatre dreams a reality, or you can book your install online.

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Sometimes you want the very best for your home, with the latest tech and access to sound and vision in every room as well as your outdoor entertainment areas – features you, your family and close friends can enjoy for many years to come.

This project definitely ticked that box with:

  • A full cinema room fitout with 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos sound, star ceiling and custom cinema seating, including installation of tiered step up for seating and carpeting of the room.
  • Multiple lounge rooms fitted with Samsung 85” TV and Sonos ARC wall mounted soundbars.
  • New TV in master bedroom with a connection run to the lounge room for Foxtel access.
  • Sonos controlled speaker system installed in the home’s outdoor areas to cover the pool and bbq area.
  • Games room and man cave fitout with wall mounted TV’s and Sonos Beam soundbar.

If you are not familiar with Dolby Atmos let’s take a look at what this sound format is all about and how you can get it.

What is Dolby Atmos?

You may have seen Dolby Atmos branding on the front of a 4K TVs, home theater receiver or latest soundbar. Sound gurus’ Dolby Laboratories developed Atmos to offer an ‘immersive sound’ and ‘multidimensional experience’ for home theater – and is basically surround sound on steroids.

Atmos adds surround channels that come from overhead to any existing surround-sound set-up. Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers direct sound upward and reflect it off the ceiling to produce incredibly lifelike, overhead sound – so rain sounds like it is falling from above. It does this by giving each individual Atmos speaker multiple channels – including front, surround and ceiling-mounted height channels. By comparison Dolby Atmos has the ability to process up to 128 channels of sound, where with a typical 7.1 setup you get a maximum of 8 channels.

How do I get Dolby Atmos?

If you are wondering how to get the Dolby Atmos experience in your home theatre setup you have a few options:

  • A Dolby Atmos-capable A/V receiver with Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers (with ceiling firing speakers)
  • Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar
  • You can also add “Atmos modules” – small speakers which fire upwards – to your existing 5.1, 7.1 or 9.1 setup.
  • You can also install ceiling speakers to create the Atmos effect.

Components supplied and installed

Components supplied and installed in this fit-out included:

  • Epson TW9400 projector
  • 158” fixed frame Cinemascope Elite screen
  • Yamaha RXA3080 receiver
  • 3 x Speakercraft AIM 8 III ceiling speakers as fronts
  • 3 x Pairs Speakercraft Profile CRS2 in-ceiling speakers as rears and for Atmos
  • 2 x Sunfire SDS10 Subwoofer – Gloss Black
  • Apple TV
  • Fetch TV box
  • Foxtel box
  • RTI XP6 controller
  • Star ceiling
  • Manhattan New Yorker Pro series with dual motor mechanism (seat + headrest) and Config 430 x 2 rows
  • Step lighting profile with LED strip
  • Thor Power surge protection

Home Theatre Installation: Customised to your lifestyle and specifications

What makes us different is that we do all the work ourselves, taking into account your lifestyle and budget.

This can involve structural works – which depending on your project could include:

  • Blocking in walls
  • Building bulkheads
  • Building steps ups and platforms
  • Carpet (supply and installation)
  • Curtains and blinds (supply and installation)
  • Electrical (lighting and powerpoint installation)
  • Custom seating (supply and installation)
  • Custom cabinetry (design, supply and installation).

We also advise which components suit your space, including leading brands such as Sonos, Heos, Jamo, B&W, Yamaha, Yamaha Aventage, Optoma, RTI, Samsung, LG, Sony and BenQ.

Why not browse some of our recent projects to see what we can do.

Or give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to get your home theatre project off the ground

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This client wanted an existing room converted into a dedicated home cinema space. They requested a star ceiling, which was integrated into their coffered ceiling. We also painted the room and ceiling, installed in-wall front speakers alongside the 130” fixed frame screen.

Component highlights of this installation include:

  • Yamaha Aventage RXA2a AV receiver, which has seven channels of power, each rated at 100W into 8 ohms. It has 7.1 channels which allows us to run 5.1.2 with two ceiling speakers delivering height signals. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding are both onboard.
  • The Epson TW9400 projector has 4K/UHD1/3LCD technology for amazing colour brightness, a wide colour gamut for professional colour accuracy and an exceptional 4K visual experience.

Custom cabinetry to house all AV components, including the AV receiver and Foxtel box.

Let’s now take a closer look at this home theatre installation, including the tech behind a star ceiling.

Custom starlight ceiling adds atmosphere

Manual installation of starlight ceiling

Our starlight ceiling installations use fibre optic filaments to give a room real atmosphere, and the effect of the night sky above. It creates a variety of star constellations and inspiring visual effects on your ceiling – and it can all be controlled via your home automation setup. Starlight ceilings are not just for home theatre rooms, you can also install them in other places – including games rooms, reception halls and even kids bedrooms.

Installing the step-up with integrated LED lighting

For this installation we also supplied LED edge lighting to highlight the raised platform or step-up for safety, visibility and that real cinema look.

Let’s take a closer look at the cinema-style seating installed here.

Manhattan’s New Yorker Pro series cinema seating

For this project we installed Manhattan’s New Yorker Pro series in a two row configuration for the ultimate in ergonomic home theatre comfort. This is an Aussie brand who creates high quality cinema seating with multiple features like a choice of leathers, stitching, and cup holder colours. The Pro series’ outstanding feature is the motorised recliner mechanism with an ultra quiet ‘Stealth’ motor, for silent adjustment, as well as a handmade solid wood frame for rock solid stability and durability.

Components supplied and installed

Components supplied and installed in this fit-out included:

  • Epson TW9400 projector

  • 130” fixed frame Tauris projector screen

  • Yamaha Aventage RXA2a AV receiver

  • 3 x Polk Audio V85 in-wall speakers as fronts

  • 2 x Pairs Polk Audio V80 in-ceiling speakers as rears

  • 1 x Polk Audio PSW111 Subwoofer

  • Manual installation star ceiling 500 kit

  • Custom cabinetry

  • Seating: 2 x rows Manhattan config 420 and config 320 New Yorker Pro Black Leather

  • Building of step up for second row of seating

We also installed carpeting, which helps with acoustics/soundproofing, as well as block-out curtains and painted the room.

You can also browse some of our recent projects to see what we are capable of.

Like what you see?

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to get your home theatre project off the ground

Client Review

We first had Universal hang a couple of TVs in our apartment a few years ago where we got great service. So when we bought our new place a few months ago we gave Andy a call to hang another couple of TV’s. Andy and Mick came out a few days later and did a nice job again. Whilst they were here we discussed some thought s about putting in a theatre room into a space that was under utilized. The room was single level tiled floor 7×3.5 with plenty of windows. That discussion lead to a full on installation with a step up built, carpet laid, custom cabinetry, 7 beautiful leather seats, full curtains and a tremendous picture and sound system that has transformed our house and that room to an awesome space. The quality of the installation is excellent and communication through the process perfect to keep us updated and explain the system. Andy and Mick (Mick the master electrician) are great people, professional work and kept our place nice and tidy each day, Sam in the office well organised, pleasant to deal with and kept us up to date and Andy’s team of contractors also great to work with. Zac the cabinet legend built us a fantastic cabinet, James “the blind guy” and his family did a wonderful job of our drapes, the carpet team efficient and friendly people. Everyone we dealt with were awesome. We are so happy we chose Universal Home Theatre Sydney and as you can tell definitely recommend them.

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Who wouldn’t want a wine cellar and home cinema room in your basement?

Well, that’s exactly what this client had in mind when they approached us. We actually surprised ourselves how much we managed to squeeze into the room – including a monster Grandview 120” fixed screen, 2 levels of seating and all the audio/video/streaming smarts you could wish for!

As you can see from the before/after shots, this project required our team to use all our skills from the design, to the supply of all AV components and all structural works. This included blocking in walls, building bulkheads and building step ups and platforms – as well as installing all the hardware, cabling and software.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the gear we installed in more detail.

Gear highlights of this installation…

  • Grandview 120” Fixed Acoustical screen, so no one misses any of the action. This screen has a unique woven structure which is 4K compatible for the truest, most vivid and dynamic images. It is also an acoustical screen, which means the fabric helps to absorb sound in the room, not reflect it.
  • Yamaha Aventage amplifier, which is a fully featured 7.2 channel home receiver, dynamic 110 Watt amplifier with 7 channels of amplification for crystal clear dialogue, extra oomph of sound effects and surround sound.
  • Origin Acoustics in wall fronts and Thin Fit rear in-ceiling speakers, for an immersive audio experience – so the roar of the crowd, music and dialogue will all be crystal clear.
  • Epson EH-TW9400 DLP projector, an award-winning DLP projector that scores highly based on its ability to handle HDR, vibrant colours and excellent sense of depth. DLP projectors have higher light output than a LED projector, which is enhanced by Epson’s 4K Enhancement pixel shifting technology, which basically makes any input look like high resolution 4K.
  • Manhattan acoustic panels, which help to minimise reverberations and echo in smaller spaces that lead to unclear and muddied sound. Acoustic panels are made from an absorbent foam, which helps to stop sound waves pinging around a room. The most obvious benefit is that sound coming from your home theatre audio is clear, which makes dialogue easy to understand and bass sounds are not muffled. Acoustic panels have an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating which measures how much of the sound it can absorb. For example a NRC rating of .80 means that the panel will absorb 80% of the sound.

Here is a more detailed list of all the tech and features we managed to squeeze in:

  • Epson 9400 projector
  • Grandview 120” Fixed Acoustical Transparent screen
  • Origin Acoustics LCR65 in wall fronts as LCR Front in walls
  • Origin Acoustics Thin Fit TF37EX as rear in ceiling speakers
  • Yamaha Aventage RXA4A amplifier
  • Apple TV
  • Manhattan Acoustic Panels
  • Whole-home zoned audio with Sonos
  • Recessed ceiling lighting
  • Step ups and platforms for the Manhattan seating
  • Carpet supply and installation

Why Universal Home Theatre?

Unlike other home theatre installers who contract work out, we do it all ourselves! Our team of techs and installers do it all – including all the structural works like building step ups, installing carpet, blinds and much more. These are just some of the elements we take care of:

  • Data cabling installation
  • Blocking in walls
  • Building bulkheads
  • Building steps ups and platforms
  • Carpet (supply and installation)
  • Curtains and blinds (supply and installation)
  • Electrical (lighting and powerpoint installation)
  • Seating and custom (supply and install)
  • Custom cabinetry (design, supply and installation).

We also advise which components suit your space, and supply leading brands such as Sonos, Epson Jamo, B&W, Yamaha, Yamaha Aventage, Optoma, RTI, Samsung, LG, Sony and BenQ. And when all your gear is installed we also calibrate your audio and video for pixel perfect images and crystal clear audio – using dedicated equipment.

Like what you see? Then why not browse some of our other recent projects to see what we are capable of.

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to make your home theatre dreams a reality, or you can book your install online.

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For this client, who had just purchased a new home, they wanted to spec out an existing room measuring 7.5m x 3.8m, and convert it into a dream home cinema room. 

This project definitely ticked the box with: 

  • A full cinema room fitout with 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos sound, including 3 x in ceiling fronts, and 3 x pairs of in-ceiling rears
  • Custom cinema seating, with tiered step up for seating and carpeting of the room.
  • Manhattan New Yorker Pro custom cinema seating with step LED lighting
  • Full custom cabinetry installed to house all the AV components
  • Acoustical curtains around the whole room

We also carried out a full audio and video calibration. For TV’s and projectors this means you get the right skin tones, clarity and clarity from your picture; and for speakers and home theatre audio it can make a big difference to the overall soundstage and sonic clarity you experience. 

Let’s take a closer look at this installation, including the tech behind Dolby Atmos and also what subwoofers speakers do in a surround sound setup.

How does Dolby Atmos work and how do I get it?

Developed by world-famous acoustic engineers, Dolby Laboratories, Atmos is their latest evolution in ‘immersive sound’ for home theater environments.

The highlight of this sound format is that it gets you additional surround channels ‘from above’ – so any sounds that come from overhead, like rain or a helicopter. It achieves this by being able to process up to 128 channels of sound, where with a typical 7.1 setup you get a maximum of 8 channels – and giving each individual Atmos speaker multiple channels – including front, surround and ceiling-mounted height channels. 

To be able to get Dolby Atmos you need:

  • Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers direct sound upward and reflect it off the ceiling to produce incredibly lifelike, overhead sound – so rain sounds like it is falling from above.

  • A Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver that can decode and push out this sound format.

Let’s now look at subwoofers and what they do in a home cinema setup.

What are subwoofers and do I need them?

If you watch a lot of action movies or like your music delivered with a solid thump chances are you will want subwoofers in your audio setup.

Why?

Subwoofers are speakers that deliver low frequency sounds – in the 20-200 Hz range, also known as bass sounds. While your traditional front facing two-channel or surround sound setup can produce some of this range, they can’t come close to a dedicated subwoofer. The result with a subwoofer is a fuller, more vibrant sound stage – and real oomph to any action scene involving explosions or any other impacts. They also make any gameplay – on a PS or XBox more involving and dramatic.

Components supplied and installed

Components supplied and installed in this fit-out included:

  • Epson TW8400
  • 110” fixedGrandview screen

  • Yamaha Aventage RXA2080

  • 3 x SpeakerCraft  Profile AIM 8 Three in ceiling fronts

  • 3 x Pairs SpeakerCraft Profile CRS8 Once in-ceiling speakers as rears and Atmos

  • 2 x Speakercraft SDSi10 Subwoofers

  • Apple TV

  • Foxtel

  • Manhattan New Yorker Pro config 410 and config 320

  • Construction of step up for second row of seating

  • Step LED lighting

  • Full custom cabinetry installed front of room

  • Carpet supplied and installed

  • Curtains supplied and installed

  • Full system Audio & Video calibration

Home theatre design and installation

We want to make it very clear that when we install your home theatre equipment we do all the project work ourselves. This is true right from the initial consultation to the design and installation itself.

The first thing we do is analyse your room and select components that make sure you get the optimum audio/visual experience. AV components we install include control and automation software, display devices, input devices, speakers and peripherals like games consoles. We also stock, supply and install leading AV brands such as Sonos, Heos, Jamo, B&W, Yamaha, Yamaha Aventage, Optoma, RTI, Samsung, LG, Sony and BenQ.

Our after sales services also includes teaching how to use your new toys, as well as after sales service and troubleshooting.

You can browse all our other home theatre installations on the showroom page of our site.

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to get your home theatre project off the ground

Client Review

We first had Universal hang a couple of TVs in our apartment a few years ago where we got great service. So when we bought our new place a few months ago we gave Andy a call to hang another couple of TV’s. Andy and Mick came out a few days later and did a nice job again. Whilst they were here we discussed some thought s about putting in a theatre room into a space that was under utilized. The room was single level tiled floor 7×3.5 with plenty of windows. That discussion lead to a full on installation with a step up built, carpet laid, custom cabinetry, 7 beautiful leather seats, full curtains and a tremendous picture and sound system that has transformed our house and that room to an awesome space. The quality of the installation is excellent and communication through the process perfect to keep us updated and explain the system. Andy and Mick (Mick the master electrician) are great people, professional work and kept our place nice and tidy each day, Sam in the office well organised, pleasant to deal with and kept us up to date and Andy’s team of contractors also great to work with. Zac the cabinet legend built us a fantastic cabinet, James “the blind guy” and his family did a wonderful job of our drapes, the carpet team efficient and friendly people. Everyone we dealt with were awesome. We are so happy we chose Universal Home Theatre Sydney and as you can tell definitely recommend them.

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For this large downstairs space the client wanted to convert the area to a luxury home cinema room with a bar off to the side.

Our contribution to the home cinema portion of the works included:

  • Building out the front wall to make the screen appear it is ‘floating’, a feature which will have led strip lighting installed around the edges.
  • Changing the framing and building a new bulkhead at the rear of the room so in-ceiling Dolby Atmos speakers could be installed.
  • Installing a step up or riser so a rear row of luxury cinema style seating could be installed, including carpeting and painting of all new installed works

Let’s understand the benefits of installing a riser or step up in a home theatre setting.

The benefits of installing a riser or step up

A riser or step up is simply an elevated section that is installed to optimise the viewing experience if you have multiple rows of home theater seating – just like in a real cinema.

A step up also enables you to fit in more seating if you are constrained by the width of your home theatre room or space. For example, with a riser or step up you could fit in two rows of three seats, with the rear viewers able to see the screen with no obstructions – thanks to the elevation the riser provides. You need to take into account the minimum and maximum distance from the screen, and place the riser with these measurements in mind. Seating should also be placed with enough room for people to move freely to and from their seats.

The raised platform of the step up is typically constructed from timber framing, at a height that suits the size of the room, with reference to distance to the screen as well as the height of the chair or front row of seating. The final touch is to carpet the step up for aesthetics and sound proofing, and install the luxury home seating.

The client also specified a 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos system with overhead Atmos fronts – all powered via a Yamaha RXA1080 receiver. If you are not familiar with Atmos here is a brief overview of it and how you can get it.

What is Dolby Atmos and how do you get it?

Dolby Atmos is Dolby Laboratories ‘immersive sound’ and ‘multidimensional experience’ for home theater – basically surround sound on steroids.

Atmos main feature is that it adds surround channels that come from overhead to any existing surround-sound set-up. Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers direct sound upward and reflect it off the ceiling to produce incredibly lifelike, overhead sound – so rain sounds like it is falling from above. It does this by giving each individual Atmos speaker multiple channels – including front, surround and ceiling-mounted height channels. By comparison Dolby Atmos has the ability to process up to 128 channels of sound, where with a typical 7.1 setup you get a maximum of 8 channels.

If you want to Atmos in your home theatre setup here are they ways you can get it:

  • A Dolby Atmos-capable A/V receiver with Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers (with ceiling firing speakers).

  • Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar.

  • You can also add “Atmos modules” – small speakers which fire upwards – to your existing 5.1, 7.1 or 9.1 setup.

  • You can also install ceiling speakers to create the Atmos effect.

Here is an idea of all the components installed for this client.

Components supplied and installed

Components supplied and installed in this fit-out included:

  • Epson TW9400

  • 135” fixed frame Elite Acoustic screen, a UHD edge-free fixed frame screen with the ability to handle 3D, 4K, and HDR ready

  • Yamaha RXA1080

  • 3 x SpeakerCraft AIM LCR5 THREE in wall speakers as fronts

  • 1 x Pair SpeakerCraft Profile CRS8 Two in-ceiling speakers as rears and Atmos

  • 1 pair Speakercraft AIM Series 2 ATX100 Atmos speakers

  • 2 x SpeakerCraft SDSi12 Subwoofers

  • Apple TV

  • Foxtel

  • PS5

Like what you see? Then why not browse some of our other recent projects to see what we are capable of.

Give us a call today on 1800 144 199 to get your home theatre project off the ground.

Contact

SYDNEY
Rodd Point 2046

CENTRAL COAST
Holgate NSW 2250

BRISBANE
Capalaba QLD 4157

ADELAIDE
Para Hills West SA 5096
Showroom by appointment only

MELBOURNE
Frankston South VIC 3199

GOLD COAST
Queensland 4217

PERTH
O’Connor WA 6163

Phone: 1800 144 199

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