Sticking with the idea of a clean screen wall and the room width limitations, I was constrained to having an acoustically transparent screen. I was a bit worried since I would only have about 18″ for the space behind the screen. Luckily I met the minimum requirements for the speakers proximity to the screen. The 18″ also gave me just enough room for the two SVS SB-2000 subwoofers.
Without really thinking I got the framers to basically frame the screen wall as a second wall. As I was getting closer to mounting the screen and setting up the speakers, I quickly realized that this wouldn’t work. Once I knew what I wanted I reconfigured the wall, and built a platform for the speakers to sit on.
Screen & Masking System
In our previous house we didn’t have a dedicated theatre room, but we did have a projector setup. I was very happy with the screen we were using which was a 108″ EluneVision Reference 4K 16:9 fixed frame. I had every intention of simply reusing it in our new theatre, but as previously mentioned, the room dimensions pretty much required me to have an acoustically transparent screen.
I was not happy about having to drop a bunch of extra cash on a new screen, but luckily the company offered me upgrade pricing which saved me around $600. It was still a tough pill to swallow, but I was happy to get it at a discounted price.
Ever since I started using a projector in our previous house I wanted some sort of masking system. I researched many DIY solutions, but nothing really gave me what I wanted. I had watched some videos of the motorized Carada Horizontal Masquerade system and dreamed of having it, but I just couldn’t justify spending that much money for something like this in a non-dedicated room. Once we moved to the new house however, we would have a dedicated theatre. I decided to take the plunge and went with the Carada system.
Carada’s customer service was exceptional, and they were a joy to deal with. The salesman worked through every detail with me to ensure that the custom system they built would work flawlessly with my screen. He stuck with me over the course of a couple months as I designed the theatre, and answered a lot of questions.
I really feel that the Masquerade was worth the money. The perceived contrast boost it gives when the masks are deployed is incredible, while the coolness factor it adds to the theatre is undeniable. Granted, a DIY solution would have cost a fraction of the price, but I don’t think I could have gotten the refined and professional look of the Masquerade.
For the area around the screen frame I built panels that friction fit into place. They are nothing more than wooden frames built out of 3/4″ square moulding and wrapped with black speaker fabric.
One limitation of the screen wall is that it does not lend easy access to the left, right, and centre channel speakers. If I didn’t have the masking system I could simply lift the screen off the wall since it just hangs by hooks. But the masking system is physically attached to the wall and built over top of the screen frame which will make it a real chore to gain access to the speakers. I’m trying to design a solution to remedy this.
For some unknown reason I took no photos while assembling the frame and the masking system.