A world class property in one of the most sought after locations in London, this loving refurbishment manages to pull off several amazing feats.
Not only does it meet and enrich its’ grade 1 listed status, but it also discretely encompasses the very latest AV delivery technology, intertwining it with the heritage features to create an environment that is truly outstanding and in keeping with the owner’s love of fine quality things.
Amina invisible speakers were used throughout the entire property, the dining room and conservatory were the two most challenging areas. The original plans were to install traditional loudspeakers into the dining room ceiling but this was immediately vetoed by local planning and conservation officers. Amina speakers were the solution and two AIW5X speakers were installed into a suspended ceiling.
The conservatory itself had a challenge of it’s own with its glass walls and roof to provide light. The incredibly thin profile of the Amina speakers meant that with a simple plinth erected across the door lintel the speakers could be hidden anonymously within.
As the sound waves in the speaker evolve in all directions, a hemispherical wave sweeps through the entire space and into tight corners to give a more even coverage.
The whole complex is a subtle intertwining of cutting edge AV, superior craftsmanship and the owner’s vision to create a home of outstanding beauty and functionality. It also is a living example of how to sympathetically refurbish a historic grade 1 listed building with the latest technology and lose neither identity in the progress.
In the heart of England, Kent, The Dower House is a beautiful Victorian style country house with extensive grounds. 27.8 acres in total, encompassing a lily covered lake with summer houses and a large woodland area. With butterflies and bumble bees abound in the pretty gardens, the setting is wonderful.
Externally very traditional in appearance, interior, not so much, inside these walls are a hidden underground garage to hold the owners classic sport cars, a home cinema and a games room. The homes show piece is the indoor swimming pool. This Greek themed architecture themed space fuses high end finishes, floods of natural light and stunning views onto the surrounding gardens.
The owners wanted to incorporate an audio and video entertainment system in the pool area creating a social space for friends and family to enjoy, movies, music and TV. It was important, however, for the technology to leave as little visual intrusions as possible. For audio, Amina Invisible Loudspeakers were perfect for the job.
The Amina speakers were installed into the ceiling, which allowed it to be completely flat, also the Amina speakers were able to create a positive sound effect through audio reflections in the room
It was decided that five AIW550E speakers were installed into the pool area. Three (front left, right and centre) were installed at one end of the pool directly above the TV. The other two were installed at the rear of the room around the Jacuzzi.
Whether the system is used for subtle background music whilst enjoying a relaxing swim or entertainment for the family while watching a movie, the result is the same. High quality sound and a high quality atmosphere.
The media gurus of Amina Technologies have there own new creative pad.
Surrounded by golf courses, zen gardens, lakes and shopping centres, this project is the most exclusive condominium in the capital of Colombia. This house has been designed to incorporate contemporary architecture and the best technological devices to create a building that not only looks fantastic, but also delivers sensuous luxury in the form of light and sound.
The objective was to seamlessly blend high tech elements and stunning aesthetics, therefore choosing the right products was essential for both to work in harmony.
In wall touch screens are installed allowing the owner to easily change the lighting mood inside the building, also with the option to choose preset modes such as holiday mode and good night mode, it was also possible to change the lighting from a mobile phone through the home owners IP address.
No house as technologically advanced as this one could go with out the highest quality speakers. Amina were chosen to allow the owners to keep a spacious, modern and personal feeling to the building. when installed they became invisible so no blemishes were left to ruin the decor.
A key feature in this house is how the lighting and audio compliment each other. As mentioned earlier, the owner can control the lighting using devices around the house of from their mobile, this is combined with the Amina Invisible loudspeakers to produce a tailored atmosphere in which the owner feels totally at home as the lighting subdues and the sound fills the room from all areas.
Chris Smythe, one of Amina’s employees has created an installation wall for our seminars held at Huntingdon. The wall is used to show the installers how the speaker is correctly set up into a cavity wall in six easy steps.This with the presentation and the demo will allow installers to use our products with confidence so the end client will enjoy the sound system Amina has to offer. This product is also mobile being mounted on to four small wheels, so there is a possibility that it will be seen at shows in the near future.
Today we had a talk from Paul Hall, the man who coached Louis Smith, who achieved a silver medal in the London Olympics in Gymnastics.
Dancing by the pool
A paradox about custom installations is that the more cleverly they are done, the less there is to see. The magic of a really good installation is the way all the equipment melts away leaving the interior design to speak for itself.
Not only are the Amina speakers invisible, they are also practical in wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and swimming pools. Once plastered over, the speaker is sealed away and protected from the humidity and damp.
This fantastic swimming pool, just outside of Cambridge is a great example of this.
This pool area is equipped with the the latest AV equipment, all very discrete, including five Amina AIWX loudspeakers, with a subwoofer these created a full 5.1 surround sound system cinema experience for the main pool.
A big challenge with swimming pools is that they contain a lot of acoustically reflective surfaces such as ceramic floors, well, ceilings, windows and even the water itself. The energy wave produced by the Amina speakers are not directional, so the reflections act in a far more positive manner and the result is a crystal clear audio.
Finally there are two Amina speakers placed under the water level behind the tiles of the pool, this has enabled the owner to keep listening to their music even while swimming.
I have taken over the demo room for the next couple of weeks to create 2 new videos.
Transform your garage into the family entertainment room.
Fancy a state of the art entertainment room but all your other rooms are being used and you can’t extend the building ?
One family from South Wales have created the perfect solution. As their children grew older, they realised they needed to keep up to date with technology. However, the family had no option to build and all rooms were fully in use. However, with a bit of thinking the family realised that they could transform their double garage to meet their goal.
This new space would have to both be a room to relax in and as a home cinema. With a limited space the technology footprint had to be small or hidden to prevent clutter. Amina invisible loudspeakers made this possible, when installed the speakers completely disappeared.
First the room was fitted with damp proof and material and insulation, then the wiring was completed for the AV. Installation into the plasterboard was simple. Using the spacesaver, the cut was drawn out, cut out and the speaker was fixed into the wall. Once installed they are then skimmed over with 2mm of plaster to become hidden. After the plaster is dried the room is decorated. If you don’t believe it then visit www.amina.co.uk to check out the speakers in detail.
With wiring complete, screen installed, speakers plastered over and the room decorated, the room was complete and is now used to accommodate all the AV fun for the family; widescreen TV with surround sound, stereo and entertainment server for the latest interaction games.
Amina technologies have recently sponsored the local squash club in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Amina have equipped the team with bright new team shirts to wear during their competitions in the future. The team consists of 3 men’s teams and 2 women’s teams. Matches are played every week and show a very high standard in their play being the Huntingdon county winners for the past 2 years.
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One of the most desirable houses in the UK, this art deco dream on the outskirts of Harrogate is visually stunning. Simple, no fuss and boasting large minimalist open plan for living space, the interior design is consciously contemporary. Although the interior incorporates the very latest audio visual, communication and entertainment systems, the visual disruptions from this state of the art technology has been minimised.
The center piece of the house is the main living area with two full height, two story windows providing magnificent views of the garden and let light flood into the room.But for the AV suite it meant there were very real physical restrictions on where loudspeakers could be put. The only available space was at the extremes of the room.
The audio set up was a 5.1 surround sound configuration which worked along side two centrally located plasma screens. Conventional in wall speakers were set up before but the room and location restrictions resulted in unacceptably poor performance.
Amina loudspeakers were the solution to this issue., placing the speakers in the exact same location produced outstanding results with the audio quality. The entire room is now filled with high definition sound with no more steep sound pressure gradients and the speakers have disappeared.
We are now listed on www.selfbuild.com
A modern contemporary home on the edge of Richmond Park in London is the perfect fit for Amina loudspeakers, providing great sound with no visible intrusions.
This cutting edge, yet classic Richmond Town House is of uncompromising build quality, incredible architectural integrity and enviable specification. The three floor design give the sense of space and openness.
The owner is particularly pleased with how the sound permeates throughout the house even into the hallway and stairwell, where there are no speakers installed. This allows guests to enjoy music all over the house when they mingle.
The result, an owner who is absolutely delighted with the outcome. A townhouse fitted with high quality invisible sound and mood lighting throughout.
The certificate says the following:
Certificate of Award
Amina Invisible Loudspeaker
( High Wing Integrated Tech. Ltd.)
Won 2013 Top Ten Creative Product at The Green Leaf Award of the Information AV industry.
by InfoAV China Maggine.
Amina is very pleased to have won this award and to have been noticed in China.