Sound Advice showroom is pure sophistication

posted on Wednesday, 26th April 2017 by David Slater

home cinema  Interior Design  Showrooms 

What’s the time? Time for Inside CI to hit the road again, of course, to visit some outstanding integrators. This time, we travelled to Brentwood in Essex to meet Sound Advice.

Established in 1994, the company has grown from high-end hi-fi to full systems integrator - with a peerless approach to design aesthetics. “We began by providing high quality audio systems for consumers who didn’t want large speakers or boxes of equipment on show,” explains Director Tony Sackett. “We now supply fully integrated smart home solutions. These systems have become incredibly sophisticated.”

Arriving at the show room, visitors are presented with an entrance and impressive stairway made from oak which takes you up to the demo facility. I must say this is one of the largest independent showrooms we have visited. It includes two cinema rooms, with Dolby Atmos and the amazing Sony VPL-VW5000ES, a cinema-grade display solution which uses a laser light engine and a performance that reflects the company’s dominance in the commercial cinema projection market. 

The cinemas are equipped with a plush range of seating, with each room showing off a different range. The rooms have been fully treated with acoustic panels. The attention to detail is very impressive, with lighting effects dramatically washing walls in different colours at the press of a button.

Moving through the building, we come across a meeting room that has two large racks full of AV kit on show. These power the two cinemas. There are numerous pieces of free standing furniture on display, showcasing the massive range of bespoke furniture available.

All the joinery work is manufactured on site, in a 12,000 ft workshop that house some of the latest CNC machines.

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Next to this are two rooms kitted out to resemble a real world lounge and living room area. Once again, all kit is hidden. Even the subwoofers are out of sight, with slits in the bottom of the plinths the only evidence that they are there. All very impressive.

Furniture is clearly a large part of Sound Advice’s business, so we quizzed Sackett to find out more. “We took a no compromise approach in designing our truly unique range of cabinets. This has enabled us to produce stunning looking furniture, capable of delivering high-end sound quality. They will quite simply take your breath away,” he says.

The design work here is outstanding. “Our goal also extended to hiding all the speaker components within the cabinet, long gone are the days of ugly black boxes and cables all over your home. Another industry first, is that we made sure all the electronics hidden within the cabinet, can run at optimum performance through our forced air ventilation. As a final touch, we’ve ensured remote control is a breeze for all the family, via concealed infa-red modules.”

As well as interior design and furniture manufacturing, Sound Advice offers home automation solutions from the likes of Crestron and Control4, with 24/7 IT support to allow the client to have total piece of mind.

Looking around the showroom, you can tell that the business is driven by design, offering the client a complete bespoke service from start to finish. Sound Advice is a 5-star company; they make me proud to be part of this CI community. 

A bit about Sound Advice...

Our services include; Audio FurnitureHome CinemaSmart Home and Interior Design. We now have an 12000 square foot manufacturing space and an amazing 7000 square feet cutting edge show room facility featuring 3 individual cinema rooms. Our 32 seater room will be opening 2017.

Sound Advice

43a Tallon Road


CM13 1TG

Tel: 01277 204444


David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
Living North

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