L-Acoustics Creations & C SEED raise the bar in home entertainment with Maunakea

L-Acoustics Creations and C SEED have partnered to combine the M1 TV with the Island Prestige, two of the most luxury products in the home entertainment space, significantly raising the bar for luxury residential and superyacht environments.

At the beginning of this year, we saw C SEED reveal its ground-breaking M1 TV, emerging silently from the floor and unfolding into a 165” 4K MicroLED TV for the home. About a year prior to this, L-Acoustics Creations unveiled its Island Prestige, a new luxury immersive sound lounge delivering ultra-high resolution spatial audio to provide a unique listening experience in high-end homes.

Today, a partnership between the two companies means the products have been brought together to create Maunakea.

“Maunakea is named after a volcano in Hawaii, the world’s tallest peak as measured from its sea-floor base to summit – even taller the Mount Everest,” explained Laurent Vaissié, CEO of L-Acoustics. “In the same spirit, our latest product collaboration with C SEED affords new heights of modern elegance in luxury home entertainment systems. And just as most of Maunakea, the volcano, resides beneath the ocean surface, the technology offered by L-Acoustics Creations and C SEED remains cleverly concealed yet spectacular.”

Designed by Christian Heil and the R&D team at L-Acoustics, Island Prestige is a personal auditorium designed to bring the live music experience to the home. It offers an unprecedented sonic environment that very comfortably places its occupants at the epicentre of the concert, film, or gamin action with 13 professional audio frontal speakers, five rear speakers, and two substantial subwoofers. Optional overhead speakers are also offered to provide an even more immersive experience.

Complete with a media processor, Island’s state-of-the-art technology seamlessly integrates to play audio from any format, including CD, DVD, Blu-ray, gaming platforms, Dolby Atmos, and hi-res streaming services such as Apple Music Spatial Audio, Amazon Music Ultra HD, TIDAL and more.

C SEED’s M1 TV was designed by Stefan Pani and features a folded screen which rises from the ground in a tidy package to then unfold into a huge 165” 4K MicroLED display. Its 4K MicroLED technology surpasses the performance of LCD and OLED screens, creating vibrant colours and resolution with 1,000 nits brightness and 64bn colours. Thanks to a special screen surface treatment, the display delivers deep and accurate blacks. In addition to onboard HDR Plus, C SEED’s Adaptive Gap Calibration Technology renders borders between the display panels totally invisible.

C SEED’s founder and managing partner, Alexander Swatek said: “Separately, Island Prestige and M1 each represent superb and inimitable technological achievements in their respective markets. But together? There is simply no more visually and sonically incredible way to experience a film or a livestreamed concert event at home. Maunakea is the latest evolution and true zenith of home entertainment, rivalling the experience of the movie industry’s top screening rooms.”

This is not the first time the two companies have combined their innovations; since 2017, L-Acoustics has provided amplified controller and embedded loudspeakers technologies for C SEED Hyde 125, a fully retractable speaker system delivering up to 125 dB of output and cinema-quality 9.1 surround sound. Highly water resistant, Hyde 125 has been deployed in tandem with the C SEED outdoor TV, designed by Porsche Design Studio, at high-end residences and pool and yacht settings around the world.

“Maunakea is another leap forward in our collaboration with C SEED,” added Christian Heil, president and founder of L-Acoustics. “This is a much needed departure from the conventional, rectangular dedicated dark cinema room. Maunakea taps into a contemporary and vital desire to transform the living space into a more human-centred multi-purpose entertainment, wellness, and social environment. When a screen is required, it appears, as if by magic!

“The viewer is fully enveloped in physical comfort and stunning realism when watching a film or a favourite series. When end credit roll and guests wish to take in the view of a beautiful sunset, Island gently rotates to face any direction for a change of experience and scenery. It’s unique, natural, elegant, and effortless, the very definition of a luxury lifestyle.”

M1’s unfolding screen rotates 180-degrees in each direction to provide the perfect viewing angle for users. When it is not needed, it simply refolds with a button press and completely disappears into the floor.

Maunakea gives an immersive, ultra-high-resolution AV entertainment experience without any construction needed in walls and ceilings. It is also designed to fit into any home styles. Island comes in a variety of light and dark wood finishes and fabric colour options which can be further customised in collaboration with an interior designer. Likewise, the C SEED M1 metallic base is available in four elegant tones and a choice of casings to match any taste.

Maunakea will be available for shipping in spring 2022.