Sunday, November 23, 2014

5 common mistakes in Home Theatre Setup

Design
Hiring a interior designer or architect with no knowledge in home theatre knowledge is a bad move. Designing and building a theatre room is more than the look. It requires the knowledge in acoustic treatment, seat position, projection throw distance and size of a screen and many other factors. One can ended up with nicely design room with bad architecture that can cause inevitable problems such as rattling structure and unegonomic. 



Expensive Gear
Those who can afford high end product will stretch their financial limit to own the best and most expensive system money can buy. Have you seen high end system in someone's home but sounded nothing exciting? High end system requires proper calibration and in room treatment to ensure the environment is able to handle the high spl while maintains good clarity. Many high end system is meant for huge room application and while not careful, it's like driving an ultimate sports car in a village road. Matching system according to your environment and budget is crucial rather than burning money away. 


Post Removation Purchases
For many people, they will engage a home theatre dealer or installer after they have completed the renovation work. This is another bad move because unlike off the shelves HTiB (home theatre in a box), the pre-wiring work is very important. Always engage your home theatre specialist as soon as you home is in the renovation stage. You will save more on labour cost plus better planning during this stage. 


Structural Endorcement
Home theatre system installed by custom installer can produce reference sound which can give your Neighbour problem. Let the home theatre specialist wiring closely with your architect and interior designer at the construction stage and not after everything is completed. 

M&E Planning
Planning a home theatre room requires proper electrical wiring plan. This is to ensure your theatre room is well protected with power urge and lightning. Recently there are many cases with Satelite/cable TV causing problem with electrical appliances. Talk to us prior to designing your home. It will save you much hassle and money in long run. 





Monday, July 21, 2014

Video Calibration in Kuching

Just had a two days video calibration in Kuching with Venki for all Sound Fusion's customers. 

Calibrated displays include 2 plasma, a LCD, 2 Sony HW40ES projectors, 1 Sony VW500ES 4K projector, 1 JVC RS48 and a HD25LV. 

Some of the pictures after calibration are here for preview. Look at how you can differentiate the depth and natural colors of these pictures. 


It has been a two exciting days of work but all customers are happy that their displays (LCD, Plasma and Projector) are well calibrated to reference and they are able to fully enjoy their movie picture quality. 

Video Calobration Sevice is exclusively for Sound Fusion's Customers and all protectors purchased from Sound Fusion will enjoy a special discount on all future calibratik services. 



Friday, July 4, 2014

2014 KLIAV (Kuala Lumpur International Audio Video Show)

I haven't been visiting KLIAV for almost 2 years. This trip down to KL is to check out the latest 2014 offering especially the 4K displays. 

Also a member of The ISF (imaging science foundry) certified video calibrator, displays are crucial in a theatre for me. Be it a LED, Plasma, OLED, projectors or laser projection, all has standards to follow. 

A big disappointment of all times is how consumers are being taught to buy the most expensive and sleekest looking display while neglecting the picture quality from the displayed images. 


Why we calibrate displays is the same as why audio is being calibrated. Movies directors hired graphic experts or animation designer during the movies picture editing but not many displays consumers have at home can reproduce the reference colors. Most displays are being calibrated to a very vibrant look to attract the eyes of unawared consumers. 

Above picture is a pre-calibration reading.
Below is a post calibrated result.  

We always see THX Certified or ISF Certified Display on most higher end TV or projectors. And many times, the buyers don't realize they need to hire video calibrators to calibrate the displays for them. All displays are manufactured to a factory stands and components used in the displays generate different imaging results which require video calibrators to future perform a full calibration of GAMMA (based on user's viewing environment and lighting condition) and CMS (color management system). 

A well calibrated display can reproduce reference pictures that can blow your viewing experience away where you get to see what director's intended color and definition of the movie's picture. 
Above is a calibrated picture that you can see the picture seems to pop out. Correct gamma and CMS will reproduce natural brightness and color saturation and skin tone. 
Natural colors can never cheat our eyes as we have been seeing colors in our daily lives. If you happened to notice the colors in your 4K UHD OLED that you paid RM50k isn't the same as what you normally see in the real world, please contact us NOW to ensure you get a proper calibration to that TV to fully enjoy the full potential of it!!

Contact Sound Fusion @ Kuching Malaysia at +60178089020 to schedule for a calibration appointment. We only perform 2 to 3 sessions annually and limited to 8 displays per session (2-4 hours per calibration work depending on the calibratable features in your displays). 


The HAA Theatre Experience


I have been traveling to many places for the past few years to broaden my hearing and viewing on the best audio visual setup. 

Every single detail in a "Great" personalized theater is crucial. The moment I stepped into the room or theater space, the entrance should be welcoming with properly designed acoustically treated door and as much as possible, a controlled ambient lighting. 

The construction materials and colors used in the ceiling and walls of the theater are the most important parts of the theater that will change how everything sounds and reflected. 


Be it a tiled, wooden laminated or carpeted floor, it will change the characteristic of how the subwoofer(s) and speakers response, also the ETC of the room. 

The lighting controls are important and so as the type of lights (Led, fiber optics, fluorescent, halogen) used and the grouping on the switches. The dimming control, the effect lighting, diffuse lighting to showcase your equipment prior to show time. 

Many owners has opted for brand names that paid high price for reviews & advertisement from popular magazines but they have neglected the most important part in home theater building; which is matching & calibration by an experienced calibrator. 

When I said experienced calibrator, I do not mean dealers who attended certification class by passing theories and never get their hands on any calibration ground work. 

There are better installers with DIY experience that they learn both from internet and trial an error during previous installation projects. 

There are less than 5000 HAA audio calibrator in the world and most of these HAA calibrators are experts in helping you building a dedicated reference home or small commercial cinemas. 

What HAA certified engineers do starts from the design phase of a room. 
Unlike THX home theatre professional who gives you guidelines of what a theatre should be designed, HAA engineers get down to the war zone to handle the situation and solve onsite' issues with calibration gear such as RTA, FFT, ETC and run spatial averaging to the room. 

We HAA engineers will do a pre-reading of the room and take individual reading from every speakers and subwoofers before we do our "stuff". 

Upon completion of a full HAA calibration, we provide a reports showing the pre and post reading so users can see what has been done. With reports in hand, HAA calibrators can do tweaking work to the user's personal preference while retaining the reference audio output. 


We, HAA calibrators will be visiting sites annually or upon request to verify the consistency of the results as some speakers or equipment could deteriorate over time. This is to ensure every HAA calibrated room will stay up to standard so that you can always be enjoying the best sound from the directors' mix. 

To experience a HAA theatre, please visit Sound Fusion @ Kuching Malaysia. You can also contact Sound Fusion at +60178089020 or email tcw@soundfusion.asia to locate HAA calibrated theatres near you. What's the use if an expensive setup is not being calibrated to reference!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Renovating Sound Fusion Kuching

It has been 2 years since I've been demonstrating in my W13.5 x L23.5 room with a OS fixed frame 100" screen. 

It is time to move on to a totally new business concept. The feature wall holding my 50" plasma has to come down. No TV has the match for a big projector screen (size to price ratio, projector is always the best as compared to television). 

This renovation project should take me 3 weeks for all renovation work and another 1 to 2 months to get all new gears installed and calibrated (HAA and ISF) according to THX specification for home theater. 
Constructing the right wall with a display shelf on the outer portion. 

Wall uses 12.5mm gypsum boards while ceiling uses 10mm gypsum boards. 

A new ceiling design with led strips. 
The new size will be W16 x L27. A 160" Screen Innovation reference lunar maestro G1.1 Acoustic Transparent screen will be used in this new showroom. 

I have short listed to either go for sony 4K or jvc whichever gives me the best bang for the buck. 

Front wall, ceiling and side walls will be treated to make sure the ETC read outs within 350-400ms. 

Tentatively a 9.4 setup with premium pre-amp and 2 units of 7x450 power amp. Equipment list will be reviewed at a later stage. 

Two rows of seats with the rear row with a height raise by 8". 

Karaoke system as well as ECLER professional audio system will be showcase at this new room. 
 
So stay tuned for more exciting renovation updates. 





Sunday, March 30, 2014

Moving forward as Custom Installer

Having attended my second HAA session in Shenzhen on 19-22nd March has gained further knowledge in providing Custom Installation with Full calibration service. 


Working closely with our own in house architect and interior design with experience in building high end home cinema without burning too deep into your pocket is our motto. You can be assured that our design and installation will exceed all retailers in the market. 

As an associate member of the HAA(Home Acoustic Alliance) network, we shares technical knowledge and solve common mistakes many others have made. 

Why is HAA different from THX as many has asked me. Well, the simple answer is THX sets all the standards while HAA calibrator will design, build and most importantly calibrate the sound according all the standards set by THX. 

Many may know the standards but many also do not comply during the building stage because designer, builders and contractors aren't aware of the strict standards set by THX and HAA. 


The worse part of audio or video calibration is when your installer uses his eyes or ears to calibrate and completed the calibration without any proven pre and post calibration reports. 

Wondering how a Rm100k system can outperform a Rm1Million system, drop by sound fusion in May 2014 and experience for yourself. Our demo room will be HAA certified studio. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sneak peak into The Starke Sound IW-H3

Starke Sound Halo3 IW version, while settings its own level in the Home Cinema Market, it will be a a different gameplay in all of the HT market. 

Designed & Built from the ground up specially for Custom Installer, it carries a 10 Years manufacturer warranty. This proves how confident Starke Sound has in its product by giving their customers a peace of mind when purchasing Starke Sound.


Carefully packed in a double box packing to protect the heavy (14kgs) speaker panels. You will be amazed by how carefully Starke Sound packs their product; this shows the dedication in product quality. 

All parts are being designed and crafted using high tech CNC Process and hand installed to the greatest precision. 


The exterior is important to attract audience but what really matters is also how the internal component is being designed to produce such prestige speaker. 

There are speakers that utilize horn tweeter but if not careful, it will cause more harm than good. At Starke Sound, the engineers choose a different path by re-designing the best tweeter system to produce a very cinematic feel yet not over exaggerates on the high frequency which can cause annoying yet unfulfilling pitches. 

The front speaker panel is being casted with solid Aluminium to counter vibration and reduce resonance if not being installed carefully. 


Installing Starke Sound IW is a breeze if you have built the front baffled wall in accordance to the specifications being provided in the installation manual. 
I choose to custom made my own enclosures using high density compressed fiber board. Laminating a dual 18mm layered board, I have a thickness of 36mm on all 5 sides. Sealing all gaps with silicon to ensure no air leak is possible. With the Starke Sound Halo 3 IW Series being mounted to my custom enclosure, the nett weight for each speaker is about 30kgs each. 


In my L26xW16xH11 feet room, the maximum SPL for all of LCR can go as high as 110dB with ease.

Starke Sound will be launching its official Halo Series 3 worldwide soon. Please stay tuned for product launch date and information.