School of Home Cinema

The information below is all amazing educational tools and resources for people who live and breath home theatre and DIY enthusiast. Remember knowledge is power and the more education the less errors, the less errors the greater the home theatre. Lets have fun making your escape from the real world first class. 


Floyd Toole

(Master of Sound)

Dr. Floyd Toole has impressive business and academic credentials, having held the postion of Corporate Vice President – Acoustical Engineering at Harman International from 1991 until he retired in 2007 and Senior Research Officer in the Acoustics and Signal Processing Group at the National Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Toole’s research has focused on the acoustics and psychoacoustics of sound reproduction in small rooms, directed to improving engineering measurements, objectives for loudspeaker design and evaluation, and techniques for reducing variability at the loudspeaker / room / listener interface.

Most notably, he established methods for subjective and objective evaluations which have been used to clarify the relationships between technical measurements of loudspeakers and listeners’ perceptions.

Dr. Toole has published numerous papers in the journals of the AES and the Acoustical Society of America, chapters in two audio engineering handbooks, and many articles in consumer audio publications. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, and a Fellow and past President of the Audio Engineering Society. In 1996 he was awarded the AES Silver Medal for “significant developments in the subjective and objective evaluation of audio devices”.

THE HOLY GRAIL

Floyd Toole has written the bible for home theatre enthusiasts called SOUND REPRODUCTION LOUDSPEAKERS AND ROOM, which is an amazing book that explains the physical and perceptual processes that are involved in sound reproduction and demonstrates how to use the processes to create high-quality listening experiences in stereo and multichannel formats.  Understanding the principles of sound production is necessary to achieve the goals of sound reproduction in spaces ranging from recording control rooms and home listening rooms to large cinemas. This revision brings new science-based perspectives on the performance of loudspeakers, room acoustics, measurements and equalization, all of which need to be appropriately used to ensure the accurate delivery of music and movie sound tracks from creators to listeners

Master Handbook of Acoustics, Sixth Edition 6th Edition

The most complete and current guide to architectural acoustics principles and practices

Design and construct audiophile-quality sonic environments of all sizes--from home theaters and project studios to large-scale recording studios. Thoroughly revised to include new acoustical design techniques, Master Handbook of Acoustics, Sixth Edition, explains the art and science of room acoustics and architecture by combining theoretical instruction with matter-of-fact engineering advice.

Written by renowned experts in the field and refined through several editions, this fully updated classic describes the fundamentals of acoustical properties, as well as the latest solutions to acoustical problems. Throughout, this authoritative text provides clear explanations, describes hands-on techniques, and features numerous room designs that can be built as presented, or adapted to your particular needs.

  • Understand how sound waves travel in free fields and in enclosed spaces
  • Learn how human sound perception and psychoacoustics affect room design
  • Calculate and predict reflections, reverberation times, and room modes
  • Perform acoustical measurements and site surveys, and choose construction materials
  • Design, build, and install treatment modules to optimize early reflections, reverberation, and diffusion
  • Design and build home theaters, home studios, control rooms, recording studios, and other acoustically sensitive spaces
  • Reduce HVAC noise levels, and achieve excellent sound isolation with proven wall, window, and door designs
  • Understand the acoustics of auditoriums and concert halls
  • Utilize the supplied cost-effective plans and specifications for a variety of recording and listening rooms



Treating Rooms For Acoustic Designs

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Room Design & 3D Renders

Working Out Sound Rays, Speaker Locations, & Seating Positions

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Education and Knowledge

Different room scenarios in Home Cinema

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What is ISF Calibration

ISF stands for Imaging Science Foundation, an organisation set up with the goal to provide individuals and corporations the opportunity for AV products to perform at the highest quality. The ISF works with TV and projector manufacturers to develop and provide tools that produce professional-grade calibration. Engineers are taught the basics of TV setup and trained to calibrate the equipment to deliver the best picture possible.

The ISF calibration procedure takes into account the lighting conditions, the layout of the room, and configuration of your TV to provide a truly personalised viewing experience. While the factory settings of your television may look acceptable to the untrained eye, ISF calibration will enhance the experience to display the perfect picture.

Calibration is necessary to ensure that content looks the same across the world. Due to changing technologies and advanced equipment, high-quality products like HDTV’s need to be calibrated backward to meet industry standards. Proper calibration means you see the content exactly as designed.

Consider these additional benefits of ISF calibration:

Receive the most accurate image and colour

Clear and crisp image

Greater longevity from your TV

Deeper colours

Full details in dark and bright images

Reduced eye strain

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EXPERIENCE THE BEST IN HOME ENTERTAINMENT WITH THX

THX certification is a true seal of quality. From TVs and speaker systems to 4K HDMI cables, THX Certified home entertainment products have been tested and verified to consistently provide the optimal entertainment experiences.

THX engineers perform over 400 hundred tests to ensure sound and picture reproduction in the industry’s top entertainment equipment is fully preserved. Only the very best products with uncompromising quality, performance, and consistency become THX Certified, making your next home entertainment purchase an easy decision.


WHAT IS THE HAA?

The Home Acoustics Alliance has developed the foremost course for Home Theater Acoustics design and performance. Whether you are seeking improvements in an existing system or building a new one, the course provides the framework and knowledge to practice acoustic design and calibration in the field. 

The various "Elements" that outline this framework are reviewed by the acoustical calibrator and graded based upon how well they conform to industry standards. The calibrator then has the information necessary to "pro"scribe the required changes to bring performance up to its best.

The final analysis of performance is then summarized in a concise System Performance Report judging performance based upon our fundamental acoustical goals (see below). These goals are common to to all home sound systems. If your current AV Contractor is not HAA Certified, many consumers will hire an HAA Calibrator to review a proposed design as an outside consultant.

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HAA Founder: Gerry Lemay

Gerry Lemay is the Founder of the Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA), and President of Quest Acoustical Interiors Inc..  He has extensive experience in consumer electronics technology and acoustics first entering the industry in 1977.  He has worked as business executive in CE retail and manufacturing, and spent 28 years in the US Navy Reserve recently retiring as a Captain.

Gerry has designed hundreds of theaters worldwide and taught hundreds of seminars and workshops on high performance audio design and calibration throughout the world.  This includes the highly successful development of the HAA China and now HAA India.  His work with CEDIA over the years has been as subject matter expert, instructor, course writer and the update of the newest version of the CEDIA Technical Reference Manual’s section on audio.