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# 261331 21-Nov-2019 11:53
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Received this as a press release and thought worthy of posting here in the Home Theatre sub-forum. Some very cool installations:


Sony Australia has announced the winners of its inaugural Sony 4K Home Cinema Projector Master Installation Awards - the Australia and New Zealand awards it set up to honour and celebrate stunning, creative and unique customer installations featuring Sony Home Cinema projectors.


2019 Sony 4K Home Cinema Projector Master Installation Awards winners are:


  • Soundline Audio – Christchurch, NZ
  • WaveTrain Cinemas - Wonderwall
  • Len Wallis Audio - Coastal Cinema
  • Lifestyle Store - Seaforth project
  • Lifestyle Store - Kangaroo Point project

Sony Australia Professional Solutions Business Development Manager Michael Bromley explained, “2019 is the 46th year Sony has been making home cinema projectors. We started back in 1973 and our first 4K projector hit the Australian market in 2011. We have been at the forefront of many of the developments in the industry during that time including laser, 4K, HDR, and 4K HDR laser short throw projectors to name a few. It’s this heritage, innovation, performance and quality we wanted to celebrate through this award.”
Sony’s 4K Home Cinema Projector Master Installation Awards recognise, highlight and honour the company’s many talented dealers across ANZ, who use and install Sony SXRD 4K home cinema projectors into home cinema theatres and spaces for their clients.


Bromley continued, “We have very loyal, professional and passionate partners and we believe these awards are a way for them to be recognised and rewarded not only by Sony, but also by their peers for the incredible work they do.”


The 4K Home Cinema Projector Master Installation Awards go to the best and most creative spaces in the industry that use Sony high performance projectors, with this year’s winners receiving an award plaque and a unique Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker prize.


The awards were open to all dealers who installed a Sony SXRD 4K home cinema projector into a project over the last 12 months with special consideration given to those unique entries that overcame specific issues or challenges including the use of ultra-short throw technology, large lens shift and lighting considerations.


Bromley added, “We were overwhelmed by the response and number of entries across ANZ. Home Cinema is clearly evolving. We are now seeing less traditional dark theatre rooms and more multi-purpose spaces, like a lounge or a rumpus room, where clients want the big screen cinema experience in a non-traditional space. The mixture of entries and how projectors were installed into these spaces reflected this. The five finalists really tapped into their client’s briefs and delivered immersive big screen experiences using Sony SXRD 4K projectors in unique ways, without compromising image performance.”
Of the five winners, the judges highlighted that Soundline Audio – Christchurch, NZ (using the Sony VPL-VZ1000ES ultra short throw, SXRD 4K laser projector) team used space hidden in custom designed and built cabinetry with a motorised screen in a small living space to enable the room to quickly go from a relaxing lounge to showing 4K HDR movies in seconds making it both creative and beautifully delivered. 



WaveTrain Cinemas – Wonderwall (using the Sony VPL-VW870ES) were commended for delivering a unique, immersive and luxurious space for a true 4K cinema projection experience creating a one of a kind design and installation.



Len Wallis’ Coastal Cinema (using the VPL-VW760ES) was described as “all class”. A more traditional theatre than some of the other winners, but a beautifully executed room that is amazing to experience.



The judges thought that the Lifestyle Store - Seaforth project (using the VPL-VW550ES) really tapped into the type of modern spaces projection can work in. A bright, open and modern space that really needed a big screen experience for fun family time on the couch.



Then the Lifestyle Store - Kangaroo Point project (VPL-VW550ES) created a real hybrid space, with all the trimmings of a dedicated theatre and the flexibility to be a more open and inviting communal space.



Michael Bromley concluded, “The awards were launched to recognise our dealers and the truly inspiring work they do. Sony’s 4K, laser and HDR technology gives our dealers the creative licence to design unique large screen experiences for their clients, no matter how big or small their space, without compromising the visual performance. In years to come the Sony 4K Home Cinema Projector Master Installation Awards will not only provide ongoing recognition of excellence in the industry, but a real barometer of the direction of the home cinema industry in Australia and New Zealand.”


The Sony 4K Home Cinema Projector Master Installation Awards will now be held annually.

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  # 2358622 21-Nov-2019 12:58
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You probs need to get a Sony 4K for 'review'... just saying.

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  # 2358628 21-Nov-2019 13:04
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Couple of these seem to have white ceilings, I wouldn't call that master class.. it'd be a contrast washout..



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  # 2358636 21-Nov-2019 13:17
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Couple of these seem to have white ceilings, I wouldn't call that master class.. it'd be a contrast washout..




 A bright, open and modern space



Yeah, those are definitely not things projectors struggle with... unless some of that ~£25000 pays for some sort of nuclear fusion light source that the poor man's projector (the ones that I still think are expensive) can't contain.




Love the size of that Wonderwall though, great idea, executed poorly in this case. Combine that with the Coastal cinema and we have a winner.

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  # 2358638 21-Nov-2019 13:17
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If you're dealing with a multi-purpose room it's always a compromise. If you can get a difficult room to work well and keep everyone in the home happy, I would consider it a job well done.


To some degree, making a dedicated, blacker-than-black cinema install look good - well... it's not as tricky!


Once you have to deal with a living room that has ceiling fans, light bleed through drapes / blinds, brightly coloured finishes and people more interested in their home decor than contrast ratios, things get tricky. I believe that's why near field projectors and drop down tab-tension screens have their place.

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  # 2358650 21-Nov-2019 13:53
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That 2nd one must be a massive screen. Would be interesting to see it in the dark, really can't judge any sort of quality from that shot (other than a full wall screen).


The general purpose rooms usually have to not only satisfy a picture / viewing quality perspective, but also an "other half acceptance" factor, where they may not want the space to look like a movie room. The actual "mini theatre" with the rows of seats looks top notch

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  # 2358696 21-Nov-2019 14:51
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Don't know about the stores, but I have to give a huge recommendation to Sony themselves. I bought a projector recently and it did have issues... The resolutions weren't straightforward but at no stage did I feel anything but confident that Sony would sort it. They shared good info, forward replacements where required and ultimately an upgrade based on availability of a suitable unit.


I'll never buy anything but a Sony projector again and from now on Sony would be my default first choice - purely on how incredible their support was.


My installation is a lounge, but I installed an in-ceiling screen and am now considering either painting the room dark, or even putting a dark wash on the ceiling and drapes around all walls. Seems a shame to have a nice 4k projector and not give it the best opportunity to shine.


Cheers - N



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