Carada's automated Masquerade CIH™ (Constant Image Height) masking system can be installed over your Carada screen as well as many other brands of fixed frame projection screens, or even over your own DIY screen! The Masquerade CIH™ is a DUAL-MOTOR system with masking panels that glide in and out from the sides at the touch of a button, to mask those annoying “black bars” on the sides of your "scope" screen when viewing 16:9 HDTV, 1.85:1 movies, or classic movies in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio. With built-in "Jog" capability the masks can easily be adjusted beyond the factory presets to fit films with uncommon aspect ratios. And thanks to the dual-motor architecture, each mask can controlled independently allowing you to offest the image left or right to accommodate images that aren't perfectly centered. The Masquerade CIH™ can be built to fit scope screens with aspect ratios of 2.35:1, 2.37:1, or 2.40:1 (customer's choice).
Masks fully retracted
At the push of a button, masking panels glide in from both sides of the screen.
The Masquerade CIH™ comes with four factory preset aspect ratios: Wide, 1.85:1, 16:9, and 4:3
The masks can also be "Jogged" in small increments to adjust the screen to less aspect ratios.
With DUAL-MOTOR control, the masks can be independently (or jointly) moved in either
direction to offest the viewing surface to correct for image-centering errors.
The Masquerade CIH™ is a beautifully engineered system, handcrafted with the precision and attention to detail that Carada is well known for. Some of the other masking systems currently on the market have various brackets and bolts visible on their exteriors, have flat-faced frames that are unattractively butted or overlapped at the corners, and are non-symmetrical by design (the top, bottom, and side pieces are of different widths). Sure they do the job they're designed to do, but when the lights come up frankly they aren’t much to look at. Our masking system has no unsightly brackets or bolt heads visible from the outside of the fascia. The frame is fully symmetrical with a nice beveled front fascia which is precisely mitered at the corners, and comes standard with our Black Hole™ trim (an extra-cost option on some competitors’ systems!) Simply put, the Masquerade CIH™ will look as beautiful as the rest of your theater. And the Masquerade CIH™ is built to last with custom-designed heavy-duty aluminum extrusions, a features a pair of SOMFY’s new ultra-quiet Sonesse 50 tubular motors. SOMFY motors are widely used in the world's leading brands of projection screens, masking systems, and other high-end home automation products, and the Sonesse motor will give you quiet, trouble-free performance for years to come.
The Masquerade CIH™ is easy to install by design. It is shipped in four pieces (all in one shipping container) which makes getting the system into tight entryways a breeze. The system is then assembled one piece at a time directly onto your wall over your existing projection screen. While it is possible for just one person to install the Masquerade CIH™, we strongly recommend a second person help with lifting the heavier structures. Minimal skill and tools are needed for the installation. And the Masquerade CIH™ is a fully integrated design. Some masking systems on the market come without a remote control (they come with a basic up/down wall switch instead that must be hard-wired to the system). If you want a remote control with those systems you have to pay EXTRA for that option, and what you get with the remote is an ugly metal electrical box roughly the size of a brick, and an Infrared sensor with a long wire attached. You must find a place to stash the metal box, find a place to mount the infrared sensor somewhere in your room, and run wires from these components back to the masking system. Yuck!
The Masquerade CIH™ has all controls built into the system, and the Infrared sensor is integrated into the frame for an attractive, hassle-free installation. The remote itself is elegant and powerful, with dedicated buttons for the most common aspect ratios and several different "Jog" buttons that allow you to move the masks together as a group OR independently (one at at time), giving you the maximum flexibility to set your masking to fit whatever image you're watching.
We worked closely with packaging engineers to design an innovative packaging solution that will protect your Masquerade CIH™ from the most grueling shipping conditions, ensuring that it arrives at your home in the same pristine condition that it leaves Carada. We use a custom virgin linerboard crate with 1 1/8” thick plywood end caps, for a container MANY times stronger than heavy duty corrugated boxes, yet far lighter, smaller, and less costly than crates built from plywood and 2”x4”s. The masking system is fully suspended inside the crate with ample clearance on all sides so that the beautiful Black Hole™ trim is protected from the crate itself. The result is an incredibly strong package with the crate acting as the exoskeleton, and the rigid aluminum structure of the masking system itself acting as the endoskeleton. Thanks to this innovative packaging solution, systems with an outside frame width of less than 113.5” can be shipped via economical FedEx Ground service. Systems with outside frame widths greater than 113.5” will ship via FedEx Freight, yet are still less expensive to ship than massive wooden crates, and far easier to handle once in your home (no forklift necessary!)
Finally, as you’ve come to expect from Carada, the Masquerade CIH™ is an extraordinary value. For example, a Masquerade CIH ™ made to fit a 120" diagonal 2.35:1 screen is just $4,337.86 (THOUSANDS of dollars below competing dual-motor Constant Image Height masking systems)! And remember that price includes the custom infrared remote and our Black Hole™ trim (not included in some competitors' prices).