HOMEOWNER WITH A PASSION FOR SOUND
Take a “spare-no-expense” investment property in the heart of an up-and-coming South London neighborhood. Add a visionary owner with a passion for sound. Throw in a Steinway Lyngdorf S – Series system. The result? An incredible home theater installation that has wowed even the most seasoned industry professionals. As Home Cinema Choice magazine editor Mark Craven wrote in their December 2013 magazine: “I was prepared to be impressed, but ended up being blown away.”
Featuring dark walls and carpeting, nine ivory leather chairs, and an inventive lighting scheme (with intermittent shooting stars), the cinema room is one of the most remarkable spaces in the home, which is currently being remodeled from an industrial building to a smart-home apartment.
The homeowner is a self-described “AV-holic” with an undying passion for perfect sound. He selected a 7.4 channel Steinway Lyngdorf Model S series system with Model LS boundary Woofers, including a P1 processor and A1 fully digital amplifiers. Impressive to Craven from Home Cinema Choice was the homeowner’s ability to actually save money with the selection of the Steinway Lyngdorf system: “With Steinway Lyngdorf’s P1 processor and A1 digital amplifier employing the brand’s RoomPerfect correction/calibration wizardry, [he] reveals he’s been able to eschew traditional room treatments altogether, and therefore save an estimated £40,000.”
Craven is well-known among audiophiles for his tough assessments of high-end systems. Clearly, the Steinway Lyngdorf system makes the grade. “The quartet of subwoofers certainly adds to the fun. Each armed with two 12in drivers (so eight in total) and capable of hitting 120dB, they moved so much air I could feel it in my face. When Disney’s super-hound is given the order to unleash hell (‘Bolt! Speak .. .’), the seismic ripple unleashed by his bark thundered into the room with brutal intensity, yet sweetly integrated with the rest of the array. It’s a full-range performance, with breathtaking scale, dynamism and accuracy.”
He continues: “We moved on to Tron: Legacy. Even in its regular 2D guise, the upscaled 4K image provided tangible depth, while Daft Punk’s inventive electro score swelled and throbbed with menace. Again, the scale of the soundstage, the invisible nature of the speakers and the finesse of the higher frequencies proved astonishing.”
As a mark of the homeowner’s faith in Steinway Lyngdorf, he has hosted open house events to welcome dedicated audiophiles to come experience the Model S system first hand. Every guest who hears the system becomes a true believer. “I have been into home cinema for 20 years now and have heard some stunning setups in my time,” said one self-proclaimed audiophile. “I can assure all that this is the best cinema I have ever experienced, period.”