Len Wallis teams up with Meridian to pack a punch
Len Wallis Audio recently created a state-of-the-art cinema room with surround sound, having worked closely with Meridian Audio to pack an audio punch.
The home owner was adamant about having a cinema that could deliver powerful bass response.
Meridian supplied 10 DSP640 in-wall loudspeakers, six DSP320 in-ceiling loudspeakers, and three DSP7200SE loudspeakers for behind the screen. The in-built Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology enables superior-high-quality audio for a prolonged period of time, with no additional amplification required.
Acoustic treatment was vital in an incredibly challenging room where a large concrete beam in the middle of the ceiling dictated many aspects of the design. Len Wallis used Meridian’s Design and Specification Service to achieve the best possible outcome.
They applied a 3M blast-proof coating to a large existing window to limit reverberation and the possibility of cracking at high SPL. An architectural wall structure placed the entire speaker package discreetly behind the acoustically transparent fabric; this created space for the side speakers to be positioned on-axis as well as the necessary acoustic treatments complementing the aesthetic design and enhancing the surround sound performance.
All 23 loudspeakers connect to Meridian’s 271 Digital Theatre Controllers, creating lifelike, authentic audio with flexible control. The controllers allow for the integration of any analogue and digital AV processor to the DSP loudspeakers, vital given that the project had multiple 4K video sources.
The project also uses a Meridian 218 Zone Controller which features IP and IR control, easily partnering with the Meridian loudspeakers.
The audio is complemented by a Sony 4K laser projector, a Lumagen 4K video processor and a 157” micro-perforated cinemascope screen from Stewart Filmscreen for the ultimate movie-watching experience.
Lutron lighting and shading solutions are also incorporated for accurate dimming and light treatment, with Elite Home Theatre Seating in red silk leather and a starscape ceiling make design statements in the room.
Len Wallis Audio senior custom sales consultant Jono Dorset says: “Building a reference cinema system is complicated due to the fact that the audio system must be able to perform at high SPL levels. Specification of the speaker system is generally limited to either pro-audio type equipment, or an active speaker system.”
Jono adds that Meridian combines immense power and output with the subtlety and finesse of a true audiophile-grade loudspeaker.
He adds: “Meridian’s support and Design & Specification Service really assisted in ensuring exemplary results and gave the client a feeling of involvement through the sales and design process. Unsurprisingly, we have very happy clients. The performance is sublime, and the project is a true testament to the quality of Meridian and the hard work of our integrators.”