The Steinway Lodge Entertainment Room

Our client and his wife recently completed a magnificent conversion of a 1930s power substation, having purchased the land and building from the power company. They created a beautiful Georgian entertainment lodge, the ground floor being a dedicated music and home cinema room and the upper floor to be a quiet retreat and homage to Jane Austen.
Being an avid Hi-Fi enthusiast for many years, our client had invested a lot of time and money into his hobby. He already owned a stunning Clearaudio Turntable and a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 802 speakers which he wanted to incorporate in a new surround sound system. He contacted us about supplying a Lyngdorf surround sound processor along with a combination of Miller & Kreisel speakers to be installed for his new music and movie room.
Following several exchanges of communication, a site visit was made and it became apparent that the couple had gone to extraordinary lengths to achieve the superb finish of this project – this included triple glazed sash windows, oak-engineered flooring in the main music room, period tiling in the entrance way and a beautiful wrought-iron spiral staircase to the first floor. The music room walls and ceiling were lined with textured wallpaper.
My immediate statement was “this room is deserving of an extraordinary audio system which sounds and looks beautiful” – following our visit, we arranged for the couple and their delightful dog, to enjoy a VIP demo afternoon in Headley, home to our exclusive Steinway Lyngdorf showroom and demo facility. Following an extensive 7 hours of musical and movie demos, they were completely blown away by their experience and agreed that they wanted to invest in a Steinway system for their project. What impressed them the most was simply how powerful the system compared to anything they had heard before and in particular, the speakers were beautifully designed. Although it was the discrete Model S-15 speakers they enjoyed listening to, the client really wanted to enjoy seeing a pair of beautiful floor-standing speakers and so part of the remit was to include a pair of Model O speakers as part of the system. The client’s wife fell in love with the gold-plated Iconic Remote and this was also added to the list of requirements. Most importantly, our client wanted to integrate his glorious Clearudio turntable with the new music system and enjoy his treasured vinyl collection to his heart’s content.
The client already had a motorised 16:9 screen installed along with a top-of-the range native 4K projector from JVC. Cabling had already been done to allow a 7.2.4 immersive audio speaker configuration. However, the screen needed to be replaced with an acoustically transparent screen in order to allow the centre speaker to function correctly. We fitted an acoustically transparent 2.35:1 screen for cinematic immersion.
Following installation, the system was calibrated using the proprietary RoomPerfect digital room correction software in the P300 processor. Since then, the room continues to delight and entertain, performing above and beyond all expectations.

Kit List

  • JVC D-ILA N9 native 4K projector
  • Screen Research 128-inch perforated 16:9 motorised in-ceiling screen
  • Steinway & Sons P300 Processor
  • 4x Steinway & Sons A2 True Digital power amps
  • 5x Steinway & Sons Model S-15 on-wall speakers (centre and 2 pairs of surrounds)
  • 2x Steinway & Sons Model O floor-standing speakers
  • 4x Steinway & Sons IC-16 in-ceiling speakers
  • 4x Steinway & Sons LS R-212 boundary woofers
  • Steinway & Sons Iconic Remote

Cost

AV System: £145,500
Installation: £2,000