Cinema Pedigree

Cinema Pedigree is a unique blend of Audio / Video, ensuring accuracy to the very best commercial cinemas.

Using the principles developed by Projectiondreams and offering the most immersive viewing experience outside of a commercial theatre,  Cinema Pedigree brings together the best-in-class, certified devices to deliver the best Custom Home Cinema installations imaginable for you.

See below for more information about Cinema Pedigree.

Total Synergy

CEDIA - Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association


Cinema Pedigree is the total synergy of the following five elements: –

1. CEDIA design

The most important thing in the creation of an Audio / Visual environment is the conception of an accurate  technical design for the space.

This design – from the word go, must incorporate known Audio / Video principles regarding lighting control, viewing distance and equipment placement.



2. Acoustic Synergy

The perfect Audio / Video environment is one in which the equipment can function as intended without excessive reflections / echo or audio imbalance of any kind.

Using our own proprietary Acoustic preparations and expert audio setup, we ensure you hear the movie how it was meant to be heard.

3. Equipment Matching

This is critical to ensure optimal performance.

Our experience ensures that we choose the correct amplifiers and audio processors for the speakers, the correct screen for the projector and so on.

It is well known by Audio / Video specialists, that there is a point at which performance can be considered optimum and after that, you may as well throw your money down the drain. Cinema Pedigree ensures you don’t waste money on very expensive speakers designed for a concert hall and not an average sized room.

ProjectionDreamsAudio / Video Interiors will make the correct recommendations to you with all our suggestions being verifiable within the Cinematic or Hi-Fi arenas.

ProjectionDreamsAudio / Video Interiors know hugely expensive Hi-Fi speakers for example, will never sound good for a cinema and great cinema speakers won’t sound good for Hi-Fi.

So, the selection of the right equipment for the job is paramount and cost-effective.

Every piece of equipment chosen by ProjectionDreamsAudio / Video Interiors will have real motion picture video and audio pedigree – Aurea speakers and Sony Professional laser projectors (used in ALL the top commercial cinemas worldwide) for example.

And of course, every link in the chain will be setup to perfection.

Aurea excellence in our Praia da Luz showroom

Zulu Screenshot at 4K resolution - picture setup by Vincent Myers

4. Cinema Pedigree – Expert Setup

After many years of experimentation, the aim of ProjectionDreams – Audio / Video Interiors is to create the most absorbing experience possible through the correct use of sound & vision.

Following principles – in part advocated by Jim Fosgate – we believe in a 360 degree sound field where the room ideally wouldn’t be square, but round, and the audio channels are calculated for the size of the space from 6-channels to a 32-channel Dolby Atmos setup to not only replicate a great cinema, but to go beyond it!

Jim Fosgate said: –

“In real life, we’re used to hearing in a 360 degree sphere from all around us. Stereo is unnatural in that it is coming only from the front speakers.”

Few however, have a round room, so specific room *treatments can be applied to reduce what we call the “boxy sound” of a square room and to more closely emulate the sound characteristics of a circular room.

*At ProjectionDreams Audio / Video Interiors, we employ “simulated acoustic curvature” to create a curved environment.

In addition to this, movies are mixed fairly “bright” to take account of the fact that in commercial cinemas, the front L/C/R (left, centre and right) speakers are behind an acoustic screen.

This is the ideal placement for the three front speakers and ensures that the sounds come from where they were intended to come from on screen. The brightness is slightly tamed by passing through the screen material.

So, with speakers not behind a screen, soundtracks can sound too bright. Behind a screen, the sound is closer to how the original sound mix was intended. This is our preference and what we advocate for Cinema Pedigree systems.

After years of experimentation, we have found the brands we consider perfect for Cinema Pedigree and are perfectly suited to compliment movie sound mixes of today.

The screen of course should be IMAX ratio correct.

At ProjectionDreams Audio / Video Interiors, we custom build screens, specifically for your room – just like in a commercial cinema, which ensures that no or as little zoom as possible is employed on the projector setup and all resolution used.

Cinema Pedigree setups calculate the optimum screen size for your environment, the ideal seating position for maximum immersion in the movie.

In Commercial Digital Cinemas until recently, 14-fl was the recommended brightness level for digital projection although the SMPTE (50-years old) cinema recommended standard was 12-16ft lamberts of brightness (to reflect back from the screen). This was a film standard – more a technological limitation of the time – as opposed to a realistic ideal for today.

Cinema Pedigree projection will aim for a minimum of 31ft lamberts to achieve a bold, dynamic picture with a more accurate colour range and 35-45 in a non-dedicated environment.

As a comparison, the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square, produces about 30ft lamberts.

This precision is mandatory and critical in maximising your setup.

The ability of the greatest equipment cannot be realised if incorrectly setup.

We will blend the setup to your viewing preference. In a dedicated movie room for example, our suggestions would be different than a sports-based system, or a system that is good for both.

A Cinema Pedigree setup, is tailored for your viewing preferences.

Cinema Pedigree is a concept that includes total synergy in all sound and vision aspects – a synergy that from conception to implementation, uses the best cinematic “knowns” – some of which have historically, been too costly to replicate in the home, until now!

The Cinema Pedigree total ideology, is the perfect Audio / Visual “cake”, blended by knowledge and correct setup throughout. The perfect Audio / Video environment cannot be achieved by just one element of the above or even two! It MUST be fully encompassing and include ALL of the above.

Over the past few years, we have seen a heavy dispensation towards overly expensive equipment being installed without careful setup. We have seen 50k projectors, so poorly setup, that a 10k projector from us, calibrated correctly, would thrash it in picture quality, clarity, brightness and colour.

We have seen expensive Hi-Fi speakers, plonked in a room, even centre speakers placed on the floor. The aim in all instances it seems, has been to “extract” the most money possible from the customer, with no thought or care to correct setup and to convince the customer that just because the equipment is expensive, it must be good!

People have been encouraged to think that a brand name in Audio / Video will guarantee performance. Frankly, that is nonsense without expert setup.

Vincent Myers – creator of Cinema Pedigree says: –

“The upshot of the Cinema Pedigree ideology is, by way of example, that a 50k system well chosen, implemented and setup, will easily outperform a poorly setup 75k system in both the Audio & Video arenas.

Understanding the basics of setup takes hours. Being able to produce a great picture takes years of practice and experience. After over 40-years associated with setup and over 20-years in the consumer market, it has taken me this long to perfect techniques. I am very proud of my qualifications and looking back, I consider them the foundation of my knowledge only. Cinema Pedigree expert Setup is a far different level again”.

The Picture Quality our customers can expect!

Come and experience a Cinema Pedigree Cinema that conforms to THX standards with 9.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos / Auro 3D audio and 4K / 3D projection onto an IMAX Enhanced screen at our showrooms in Almancil, Carvoeiro or Praia da Luz.


South Pacific screenshot at 4K resolution - picture setup by Vincent Myers

Themed Blues-Room tuned for Blues music

5. Specific Room Tuning

Room acoustics and layout are incredibly important, to convey the correct emotion of what’s being listened to or watched.

Have you ever walked past a bar and heard live music? Of course, you have! It is obvious its live music – and there is a very good reason for that.

Live music is uncompressed in the bass area specifically. Recorded music is compressed and that compresses the bass down as well. So – if a room is designed correctly, you can “adjust” to compensate for the compression to replicate more a “real” event.

But we can go further. Using the correct products and setup we can prepare a room to a client’s specific tastes of music. For example: a jazz fan can have a room “tuned” for Jazz and even have a specific memory setup on their controller. We will suggest the ideal equipment for Jazz.

We call this S.P.R. (Specific Room Tuning). Within S.P.R., we shall have optimal preferences.

For example: a customer’s preference may be that the Music Room is optimised for Jazz & Blues and has an intimate club sound and feel or his Entertainment Room is optimised for gaming and has immersive qualities.

At ProjectionDreams Audio / Video Interiors, we believe this is the missing link to the perfect Audio / Video puzzle. We are the first company in Europe to offer this level of tailoring. Regardless of what other Audio / Video purveyors may tell you, there is no speaker or amplifier that sounds great with ALL material – if there were, there would only be one speaker and one amplifier in the world for sale!

In the Hi-Fi community, it’s long been known that equipment matching is critical to produce a great sound. Knowledge has always ensured that a client’s musical preference(s) are catered for, and the right equipment suggested.

Different speaker technologies sound different – horn speakers are very dynamic. That is why they are used in all the top cinemas. Electrostatics speakers can be very detailed. Ribbon speakers are very expansive – and so on.

Only a fool suggests only one speaker technology and touts its great for everything or suggests the wrong speaker type for the wrong application – a bigger fool believes it!

The same applies with a Listening Room. Nobody has yet succeeded in building a consumer room that has optimal sound for Rock, Jazz, Blues, Orchestral and so on. You can get decent all-rounder at the highest price points, but it is still a compromise. We know that optimal beats compromise any day of the week.

“Would Pavarotti sound right in a jazz club? Would a symphony sound good in a basement?
What do you want your room to do?”

Quote:- Clint Deboeur

Just tell us your preference(s) and let the S.P.R. process create the perfect environment for your movie and musical tastes!

Attached to this Custom Cinema was a Blues room for our customer - a Blues guitarist

The Gravity Concept

Dolby Atmos


Using Immersive 360 Experience techniques, we have devised – THE “GRAVITY” CONCEPT

This is the ultimate sensory assault, using the very best products in the world.

From design to implementation, through to fantastic aesthetics and expert setup, this can be an environment like no other.

The absolute ultimate in Cinema, Entertainment, Media or Gaming will be assured.

Each environment will have the very latest and greatest technology and the requisite customisation necessary for the space.

It will be unique – TO YOU!

The Gravity Concept

Immersive 360 Experience

How The West Was Won 1962 - Cinerama


Immersive 360 is a total system and setup using Cinema Pedigree ideology, that features the latest audio codecs (DTS-X / Auro-3D / Dolby Atmos) with THX specified equipment to achieve the most realistic sound you have ever heard and felt.

Coupled with a giant IMAX Enhanced screen, the aim is a return to the Cinerama days where you feel part of the Movie!

Building on IMAX principles, the setup uses video dynamic depth techniques to create an almost holographic experience!

How The West Was Won 1962 - Cinerama