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CEDIA Awards 2015 – Best Home Cinema Under £40,000

“The Big Picture has created room which provides the homeowner with a true cinematic experience, worthy of rooms costing three-times as much and all the more impressive as The Big Picture did every single part of the build and finish themselves.

We awarded this winning project more points than any of the other 17 winning entries in this year’s awards”.

CEDIA Awards Judges comments 2015


Hope you are doing well. As you know, I have been very busy for the last month with all the events and guests and did not manage to tell you about the new TV’s and our thoughts about them. Now that everything is back to normal and I have had a proper chance to “test” the new TV’s, I am pleased to say that they are absolutely great and the family loves them! Everyone really liked the room and the “leather-look” screens during the busy period as well, commenting positively. Even the screen sizes which I wasn’t too sure about before the installation have turned out to be perfect size in both rooms. Neither of them are too big or too small, they are both just right – which is great. As you know from our previous conversations, I do not really watch too much TV and neither do I get much time to do so, but I have to admit, for some reason since the new TV’s, I am always wanting to watch them…

…and finally, to let you know my family and I have been very pleased with you, as well as Luke (who is a great guy), and the quality of work and your service, and we would not think twice in the future about contacting The Big Picture for the many years to come to look after all our requirements in everything The Big Picture can offer!

Jonty And Kathy, Oxfordshire

We would like to thank Ciaran and Luke of the Big Picture very much for taking the stress of choosing and installing an audio system completely away from us.

Neither my wife nor myself have the first clue about audio equipment and when we started to look into various systems, we were bamboozled by a number of specialists all offering the best bespoke system for our new house and frankly, we had no clue which to choose.

The Big Picture approach was refreshing. They visited our house, listened to our expectations from a system, listened to our budget and then suggested a suitable and affordable system. They then installed it and tweaked it to make it even more user friendly. The Big Picture are very friendly, professional and a pleasure to work with. Many thanks.

CEDIA Awards 2011 – Best Home Cinema Under £40,000

“The Big Picture’s ‘Junk Room’ impressed us as a project which created an unrivalled cinema experience on a tight budget”

CEDIA Awards Judges comments 2013

Wildwood PR remarked: A technically outstanding, dedicated home cinema has gained recognition for The Big Picture in the 2013 awards scheme run by the industry trade association CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association).  This just months after picking up ‘Best Media Room’ in the ‘Control 4 ISE Europe’ awards held in Amsterdam in February. The Midlands-based integration company achieved a highly commended accolade in the Best Home Cinema over £100,000 category, where its ‘Wave Cinema’ project was described by the CEDIA Awards judges as being “equivalent in standard and style to a London film preview room”.

They also picked up a highly commended award in the ‘Best Dressed Rack’ category for the same project.

Steve Price, MD – Extra Personal

I thought it was time I let you know what we think of the cinema room. It is absolutely outstanding.

Although Carole and James have always been keen movie fans I have never been that bothered, well not any more.

The room has added a new dimension to our home entertainment and is getting more use than anything else we have had put in to our new home. We have been in the cinema most nights since even before you had totally finished.

From both a visual and acoustic point of view we are delighted, also the overall appearance and wonderful feel the room has, compels us to be in there all of the time.

Finally I would like to thank you, Mark and Luke for the way the installation was carried out, in such a tidy and efficient manner.

Simon Ward – Managing Director, ITG

Just a quick note to thank you for the installation you have just completed at our new home.

The system is amazing, the work has been carried out without any mess or fuss and your teams are a credit to you.

I would have no issues recommending you and your business in the future

The after sales service and technical support has been excellent, a job well done!

Gary Redman Managing Director, NOW Careers

Yes all seems good, we are away this week, kids are home alone so if there have been any problems I will let you know on Monday.

The big screen is getting a lot of interest from friends and we have couple of friends who are in the process of refurbing and one building

Danny Flanagan – Head Of Development, Central England Co-Operative

If you are considering getting a home cinema, look no further that the “Big Picture” we had a tight budget to convert the spare attic room into my man’s room, after meeting with Ciaran on site and reviewing option’s he submitted a quote, following that we visited his home/showroom and reviewed a number of options that would enhance what we had agreed. We are really please we went that extra mile, because my family and friends, who I’m struggling to get rid of; now love the room, great sound and vision wrapped up in the great package.

The team that actually delivered the project, all direct employees for The Big Picture, were true professionals, kept me informed at all times, cleaned up each day and made sure that my expectations where exceeded.

I have no hesitation recommending the Ciaran and the team from “The Big Picture” they delivered great service, a great product and excellent value for money.

Dr Masoud Afnan – Consultant Gynaecologist

I strongly recommend the Big Picture Ltd. They took over a job that had been started by another firm, and the difference was remarkable. They were knowledgeable, always helpful, and offered advice as and when they considered they had better solutions. Delightful people to work with.

Jackie & Andrew Rumney – Whittington, Lichfield

We are delighted with the excellent advice and service provided by you and your company. All the TV, surround sound & associated equipment throughout the house is working well and giving great quality viewing & sound. The new sky set up is giving us all the flexibility we need & keeping the whole family happy.

Your courteous & hardworking team ensured the installation was done on time & with minimum disruption, also that any disturbed décor was repaired invisibly. Please pass on our sincere thanks to them – we really are very impressed!

Dave Hathaway – Managing Director, Pinnacle Packaging

Throughout our extensive dialogue with The Big Picture, their passion to provide customer satisfaction was apparent.

The options discussed for audio and visual hardware were unbiased and the advice given on room layout, lighting and ambiance was professionally considered.

This was particularly reassuring as we had given them a realistic budget to work within, which they dually achieved.

All work was carried out in an efficient and tidy manner, around a flexible time frame, allowing for decorating and furniture fitting.

The system we now have installed performs way beyond our initial expectations and we would recommend The Big Picture to anyone who has genuine aspirations of enjoying a home cinema / theatre experience.

Drs Ghaffar & Saleem – Walsall

Luxuries do not come cheap. Fact. So when you decide to have your own dedicated home cinema, certain principles are crucial: room design, acoustic preparation, equipment specification, installation, calibration, commissioning, and post-installation service and advice. The Big Picture delivers all of the above with the addition of an essential ingredient and the genuine secret of their success…. -an uncompromising passion for achieving the best audiovisual experience possible within the limits you set.

When we decided to re-decorate and improve our house rather than move, our interior designer suggested that we transform our “junk-storing” double garage, into a lounge or home cinema…. as he had done the same recently. When we saw his dazzling example, we were totally convinced about the idea and he kindly put us in touch with Ciaran from The Big Picture. Although I was aware of a few installation companies who could lay cables, hide speakers in ceilings and fit plasma televisions to walls, I hadn’t come across a dedicated custom design AND installation team. And it was to our pleasant surprise that Ciaran took a genuine interest in how we lived as a family, what we hoped to achieve, what building and financial limitations we had and most importantly, he provided essential advice on which factors would influence the overall performance. It was refreshing to learn that something amazing could be achieved by making certain room improvements, without having to spend a fortune on expensive technology.

Ciaran is a visionary artist with an adept knowledge of audio-visual science – so his room designs combine the natural laws of physics and what looks amazing and feels comfortable. Equally, his recommendations of audiovisual equipment are based on field testing and experience and he will ensure that you choose the best performing equipment within your budget. Luke is the technical genius and will be able to solve any audio-visual and connectivity puzzles which arise during and after the installation.

The design was realised by our trusted builder and the garage was transformed into an amazing entertainment centre. It is the gasps of friends and family upon entering the room and the wide gazes and grins of delight during a demonstration which is testament to the project’s success.

So if you want to fulfil your dream and wish to spend your money rather than frivolously waste it… then do not compromise – use an expert team that doesn’t compromise either.

The system we now have installed performs way beyond our initial expectations and we would recommend The Big Picture to anyone who has genuine aspirations of enjoying a home cinema / theatre experience.

Dr William Murphy – Managing Director & Dental Consultant, Newhall Dental Practice

In 2008 I decided to totally refurbish my dental practice. My vision was to create a state of the art Dental Suite portraying an image of modern high quality. To break the mould of the stereotypical dentist I wanted a TV monitor above each dental chair. I realise that my profession can invoke fear and even boredom when patients are in the chair and this was something I wanted to break away from.

With this in mind I decided to find a specialist home entertainment provider in whom I felt that I could trust with this important project. Ciaran from TBP gave me confidence straight away and his early advice on cabling saved a major headache later in the build. His team understood my requirement immediately which was pleasing as not everyone has TV’s projecting from their ceiling.

TBP had some great ideas and the recommendation for white televisions in the surgeries was inspired. The main TV in the waiting room looks superb and is a big hit with the patients.

Ciaran is a perfectionist and this shows in the tidiness of the work and invisible cabling. I am really happy with the job he and his team have done and I feel this has added to the look and feel of my practice. I know for a fact that I have won new business because patients have talked to each other about the “Dentist with the TV in the ceiling”

Dave Townsend – Managing Director, Honest Employment Law Practice Ltd

Having experienced shoddy and unreliable services from so many suppliers I have used during my recent house move – I thought I would take this opportunity to praise a company that actually gets things right.

I was hesitant at the start as to how much money I wanted to spend on home entertainment but these concerns were put to rest by end result of your work. My family and I now have the full cinema experience whether we are watching Gladiator or Coronation Street!

Your staff are knowledgeable and helpful – there is no wiring on show after you fitted my sound equipment and no mess either.

A thoroughly professional company that I would have no hesitation in recommending to any other like-minded potential customer – it is worth investing that little extra!!

Mr Jon Brookes – Musician, The Charlatans

Not being a Hi Fi or digital TV aficionado and simply wanting some kind of entertainment system installed in my newly designed loft extension I had no hesitation in calling The Big Picture, who had supplied my Linn Stereo system some years before. The boy’s in the funky green van came in quickly, gave me a quote, which was transparent and well within my budget. They then set about working with the other tradesmen and fitted the new TV and surround sound system with professionalism, no disruption and a great aftersales service to boot. This gave my new room a real tech vibe and I’m pleased as punch every time I lie down to watch those gadget shows on TV!

CEDIA Awards 2013 – Best Home Cinema Under £100,000

“Equivalent in standard and style to a London film preview room”

CEDIA Awards Judges comments 2013

Jon, Zoe & Sooty

Just a short note to thank you for your generosity with regards to the speakers you have kindly supplied as a sign of appreciation for the recommendation we made.   Although not necessary, it is a wonderful gesture and one that further endears us to both your style and professionalism.

We are delighted you have won the contract at the significant new build locally and will whenever possible put your name forward to others.   Not because of your kindness in this instance, but because of your workmanship and respect when working in your customers very often prized property.

Well done Ciaran and here’s to your continued success

Yvonne Day And Graham Dorrans

Everything with the cinema system is great, really enjoying it and are so impressed with the work. Thank you for everything.

Graham and Myself were thinking that in the future we would like the music system added to the house, all the wiring is in place it’s just connecting it etc. Is it ok to contact yourself for this in future?

Thanks Again

Ian Harvey – MD, One Edge LLP

I first approached the Big Picture, along with 2 other AV installers, to look at a whole house solution for the new family home we were having built, which included lighting, security, sound & vision throughout; after careful consideration I went with Ciaran. Something just seemed right and the designs, specification and budget where all spot on with my requirements.

The team arrived on the job bang on time in what I can only describe as adverse conditions but they never complained and just got on with the task in hand. They are knowledgeable, friendly and tidy with levels of attention to detail rarely seen!

After not even originally planning a cinema/media room but being open to ideas, the Big Picture convinced me that the size was ideal. I then challenged them to impress me and to suggest they succeeded would be a huge understatement!! The situation is perfect. Snug by day, entertainment hub come weekends! The result is truly amazing! The picture is stunning on both the LED TV and the drop down screen but what really blows us away is the sound!

I now have a house with more functionality than I thought possible and a system that is easy enough for the whole family to use!

From day one the team have been a pleasure to deal with, with the best aftercare I’ve encountered! Should I take on any more projects like this in the future then the Big Picture will be the first name on the list!!

Chris Brunt – Captain, West Bromwich Albion FC

The team at The Big Picture were first class throughout the whole process, from the initial consultation right through to the handover of the system. They have provided myself and my family with a magnificent cinema experience in our own home.

Dave Foster – Polypipe Sales & Design Executive

OMG, Thanks, WOW

Firstly cheers for an amazing system I am totally shocked!

Secondly your lads are top notch and a credit to your business very professional and good communicators

I will do everything I can to push your company now I have got my head around what it’s all about. Mind boggling stuff when explained makes sense and the sound haha what a sound!

DJ Lowe – Director, ITG

The Big Picture was engaged to review, design, fit and commission a bespoke audio and cinema system for our duplex office facility in The Fort Dunlop building in Birmingham. Ciaran and the team reviewed the offices, discussed options and ultimately fitted a unique system that met our entire criterion.

The unusual design and differing requirements for each section of the offices presented a challenge to ensure our requirements were met. We found that the staff at Big Picture listened to our needs and delivered systems that matched our goals with high quality equipment and workmanship. The staff were pleasant, knowledgeable, willing to please and very tidy whilst working to tight deadlines and around a fully operational business with minimal disruption.

The after sales service and technical support has been excellent, a job well done!

Chris Hibbs, Partner At PricewaterhouseCoopers

I wanted to document my thanks for your work on our cinema room.

As you know the room was previously a TV/cinema/sitting room and was mainly used for watching the TV – despite its equipment it was hardly used for a more cinematic experience. When we decided to make the change I met with two companies and it was clear from the start that you and the big picture team had the vision to make the room special. You listened to my ideas and budget and then made a series of suggestions which dramatically improved the scheme but kept within the main budget constraints.

Over the course of the build you have improved on the initial ideas, kept a very high focus on detail and quality and most importantly innovated. The innovative approach to sound, the changes to the walls including the different fabrics and the use of different media sources has been first rate.

What we ended up with is a room that has impressed many visitors, is used as a cinema regularly by our family, provides truly stunning images and generates a great auditory experience for people in the room – movies, sport, games and even regular TV are transformed.

The quality of your work stands out and I can only be grateful I made the choice I did at the start.

Mandeep Singh Kohli – Managing Director, Shimla Pinks Restaurant

The home automation system designed and installed by the Big Picture has by far exceeded our expectations. The room is now the centre hub for any gatherings taking place at the house and has everything we have ever wanted in a good but simple to use system.

My friends really love hanging out here we can socialise, game and watch movies which I must say look fantastic, better than I have seen anywhere before. I have even moved my Gym to the basement as the sound with driving bass is great for working out.

I’m very glad I used The Big Picture, they didn’t just sell us a load of kit, they came up with loads of ideas, they considered aesthetics, all the potential uses of the room, they really put themselves in our shoes helping us to achieve more than we could have ever wished for, they even coordinated all other trades including electricians, builders, Interior design and decorators. They will be getting all my business and recommendations in the future”.

Chris Green – Managing Director, Crystal Ink Jewellers

Just a quick note to say what a fantastic job you did on my plasma TV and cinema surround sound system.

Your advice on the Pioneer TV was perfection as it is the best picture I have ever seen. The attention to detail was second to none on installing the TV on to the wall and fitting the speakers all round the room not one wire is on view and I did not have to re-decorate.

To have one remote control is very useful to control the TV, Sky, Blueray, Apple TV all through the Amplifier.

It makes staying in with a pizza and a good Bluray movie so much more enjoyable.

I will recommend The Big Picture to anyone who wants quality and professionalism.

Dr Sawhney – General Practitioner

This home cinema installation is fantastic; it has met all our original requirements and exceeded all expectations. Initially I would like to say that aesthetically the room itself has been transformed. Previously it was not a particularly inviting room, but now with the design of the centre installation, there is a real focus and purpose for the room. The system is also very simple to use and to switch between the various sources and lighting themes.

The impact of the projector screen when deployed gives a real “James Bond” wow factor, but what even supersedes that is the picture and sound quality of the system when watching Bluray titles, which is truly breathtaking.

Overall, we are delighted with the design, installation and after care from The Big Picture and believe they have delivered a world class home cinema room on a realistic budget

Mr Nick Cragg – Managing Director, Corus (British Steel)

Our introduction to The Big Picture came from a recommendation which proved to be very well founded. In a field where we have limited knowledge the options available to us were very well explained and, despite us changing the scope of our work several times, Ciaran was always happy to oblige with new options and ideas. When we came to the installation, it was done to both budget and time in a very professional manner. The system was explained and demonstrated to us and the after sales service was excellent with several phone calls to ensure that we were happy with the installation. So satisfied were we with the first job, we are now planning a new project with the company.

Nicholas Tardent – General Manager, YO! Company & Simon Woodroffe OBE

We enlisted The Big Picture to advise & install a home entertainment system. The experience from start to finish was superb. They listened to our needs and noted our budget extremely carefully and then gave us various options explaining everything in great detail. Once we made our decision, the rest of the process went smoothly and to plan. TBP took great care of our home and showed pride in all they did. We now have a home entertainment system that works exactly as we wanted and integrates beautifully into our 100 year old London home. In time we will definitely use The Big Picture again to extend our entertainment system into other rooms and eventually the garden. We recommend TBP without hesitation!

Ian Shackleton – Director, H Shackleton Ltd Community Pharmacies

When I decided to do a major refurbishment and extension of my home it had always been on my wish list to have a multi room audio system so that music from different sources could be listened to simultaneously in different rooms.

I also wanted to install a home cinema system, Lutron custom lighting system, hard-wired computer network and have a TV/satellite distribution system installed at the same time. The question was how to get this done.

I naturally went to the internet and working blind through a Google search came across The Big Picture. I made contact and explained what I was trying to achieve and was immediately impressed with Ciaran’s knowledge of the market and suggestions of what I could do. Naturally I was a little nervous due to the way I found the Big Picture on the internet but after speaking to a couple of customers who had dealt with Ciaran previously this nervousness immediately disappeared.

The Big Picture use top quality audio equipment so the hardware cost is not insignificant but I think Ciaran is very competitive with his labour charges. Attention to detail, forward planning and the quality of workmanship is really superb. Every time I listen to music or watch a movie on the home cinema system it makes me smile because the sound quality is so good.

My project was a big undertaking but everything I requested was handled with ease by Ciaran and his staff especially as I could be considered, by my own admission, quite a demanding client! I will gladly speak to anyone personally to give more details about my installation and would be happy if a prospective client would like to view my system if required.

This installation has without a shadow of doubt enhanced our lives and transformed our viewing experiences.

Anonymous, Engineering Scientist & CEO

We are currently involved with a substantial refurbishment of a large property, part of the upgrade consisted of installing a audio system throughout the house to consist of a cinema, plasma TV to all five en-suite bedrooms together with Linked Audio, three reception rooms and outside entertaining space.

Linn equipment was selected and installed by The Big Picture together with a complete lighting control system for the entire house; the refurbishment has been phased and so has meant a complex installation programme had to be developed.

The Big Picture complied with the programming demands and found innovative solutions to multi room switching and facilitated extensive entertainment equipment including a professional standard Karaoke system which has proved to be very popular.

The service provided was at all times prompt and courteous and the importance given to aesthetics of the installation ensured the finished installation was of the very highest quality. Thanks and well done to The Big Picture.

Ciaran is a perfectionist and this shows in the tidiness of the work and invisible cabling. I am really happy with the job he and his team have done and I feel this has added to the look and feel of my practice. I know for a fact that I have won new business because patients have talked to each other about the “Dentist with the TV in the ceiling”