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Wow, sounds absolutely brilliant. Love the remote. Great new CIH calculator on the website too!

I agree with Rich.
Very cool!
Especially the dual control.

Now how will someone program all that into a universal remote?


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Makes me wish there weren't other things higher up the priority list

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Thanks guys! Glad you like the new design (and the new calculators on the website).

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The new design and remote are Fabulous and that calcultor is SUPER cool! (I can't stop playing with it!)
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Thanks guys! Glad you like the new design (and the new calculators on the website).

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David, is there a 4-way masking system in the works?

I, too, can't stop playing with the calculator. Beautiful.
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The new design and remote are Fabulous and that calcultor is SUPER cool! (I can't stop playing with it!)

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I, too, can't stop playing with the calculator. Beautiful.

I knew the calculator would be cool, but I didn't know it would be so addictive.

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David, is there a 4-way masking system in the works?

No we don't have a 4-way system in the works. Could happen in the future, but no definite plans at this time.

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Prices are on the website now (taking preorders). And shipping estimates have improved:

Ship within the next 3-4 weeks - 90% confidence

Ship within the next 5-6 weeks - 99% confidence

Ship before the end of the summer - 100% confidence

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Prices are on the website now (taking preorders). And shipping estimates have improved:

Ship within the next 3-4 weeks - 90% confidence

Ship within the next 5-6 weeks - 99% confidence

Ship before the end of the summer - 100% confidence

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Cool.

Pics - Link - http://www.carada.com/MasqueradeCIH.aspx
Prices - Link - http://www.carada.com/Category.aspx?CategoryID=19


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David,

Love the new calculator - works great with one small caveat: Some of the dimensions and radio buttons don't show up on a print of the page from IE8.

One other question for you: If I order a CIH Masquerade without power cord, can I have the 120V wires enter from the left side of the frame?

Thanks!
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Glad you're enjoying the calculator Brad! And thanks for the catch on the printing issues. We'll take a look at those and try to get them fixed soon.

If you order the Masquerade without a power cord, then you simply have to run your power wiring to the terminal block which is mounted near the right corner inside the bottom structure. Normally your power wiring should exit your wall behind the Masquerade CIH fascia about 5" above the bottom right corner of the frame (and 2 1/2" in from the right side). The terminal block can't easily be moved in our design, but you could have your wiring exit your wall at the LEFT side of your system (5" above the bottom and 2 1/2" in from the left side) and run your wire down inside the bottom structure over to the terminal block. In your pre-wiring, you'd simply need to leave enough wire hanging out of your wall to reach the terminal block (the length of wire would need to be roughly equal to the width of your masking system plus a few inches for slack).

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...you could have your wiring exit your wall at the LEFT side of your system (5" above the bottom and 2 1/2" in from the left side) and run your wire down inside the bottom structure over to the terminal block.

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Thanks, David. I'll be running it through the bottom channel from the left as you described. My basement home theater uses an area that includes a foundation inset. The inset begins at about the mid-point of the screen. It will be *much* simpler to run from the left side - that's into an unused area of the basement. Since the walls will be finished before the CIH system is available, it will work well to wait for the AC until I receive the screen.
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Prices are on the website now (taking preorders). And shipping estimates have improved:

Ship within the next 3-4 weeks - 90% confidence

Ship within the next 5-6 weeks - 99% confidence

Ship before the end of the summer - 100% confidence

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David -

We are nearing the 3wk period.
Just curious if there is an updated ETA?


Thanks.

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Hey Mike,

We're waiting on some parts needed for shipping which should be here by the middle of next week, and assuming there are no problems (or delays) with those parts we'll be shipping the first systems by the end of next week.

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Hey Mike,

We're waiting on some parts needed for shipping which should be here by the middle of next week, and assuming there are no problems (or delays) with those parts we'll be shipping the first systems by the end of next week.

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Cool.
I look forward to hearing the early reviews.
Still waiting on clearance for mine.

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We're waiting on some parts needed for shipping which should be here by the middle of next week, and assuming there are no problems (or delays) with those parts we'll be shipping the first systems by the end of next week.

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Kewl. I just placed my order. Went with the 136" with a Brilliant White 2.35:1 screen.
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Kewl. I just placed my order. Went with the 136" with a Brilliant White 2.35:1 screen.

Congratulations!
ETA?

Remember to post some pics!



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Congratulations!
ETA?

Remember to post some pics!

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Haven't yet received an ETA (ordered over the weekend). I'm hoping it will be 3-4 weeks max -- that would match the progress of the HT build.
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Kewl. I just placed my order. Went with the 136" with a Brilliant White 2.35:1 screen.

Fabulous! Please be sure and fill us in on all the details (pics too). Question: Why did you choose 2:35 over 2:37 or 2:40 (just curious).
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Fabulous! Please be sure and fill us in on all the details (pics too). Question: Why did you choose 2:35 over 2:37 or 2:40 (just curious).

I checked my DVD/BR collection for aspect ratio and found the vast majority (85%) of 'Scope films were 2.35. Only 10% of my 'Scope films are 2.37 or above. I figured I'd have to jog a 2.40 Masquerade just a bit each time I wanted to watch a 2.35, so I just went ahead and ordered it as a 2.35.

Also, if I've used the Carada calculator correctly, I lose less than 1/4" of the image from each side of a 2.40 film watching it on a 2.35 screen - not too objectionable. But, the viewable image height of the 2.40 screen would be a full inch less than the 2.35 version - I preferred the larger height.
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I have to agree with you.
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I checked my DVD/BR collection for aspect ratio and found the vast majority (85%) of 'Scope films were 2.35. Only 10% of my 'Scope films are 2.37 or above. I figured I'd have to jog a 2.40 Masquerade just a bit each time I wanted to watch a 2.35, so I just went ahead and ordered it as a 2.35.

Also, if I've used the Carada calculator correctly, I lose less than 1/4" of the image from each side of a 2.40 film watching it on a 2.35 screen - not too objectionable. But, the viewable image height of the 2.40 screen would be a full inch less than the 2.35 version - I preferred the larger height.

Interesting.

David (or others) -

Do you know of a table (or calculator) that compares screen aspect ratio (AR) and size and with image AR and size related to the amount of cropped image (or black bars)?

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I checked my DVD/BR collection for aspect ratio and found the vast majority (85%) of 'Scope films were 2.35. Only 10% of my 'Scope films are 2.37 or above. I figured I'd have to jog a 2.40 Masquerade just a bit each time I wanted to watch a 2.35, so I just went ahead and ordered it as a 2.35.

That seems contrary to the gist of other threads on this subject. Most who have investigated have found that the majority of films are actually 2:40:1, even some of those listed as 2:35:1, which is why a number of folks have ordered 2:40:1 screens when possible.
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That seems contrary to the gist of other threads on this subject. Most who have investigated have found that the majority of films are actually 2:40:1, even some of those listed as 2:35:1, which is why a number of folks have ordered 2:40:1 screens when possible.

Rich -

So you are saying the packaging/disc says 2.35:1 and the actual output is 2.40:1?

I just popped in a 2.39:1 disc recently but can't recall which one.
I really don't notice any problems with "sub" 2.40:1 content on my 2.40:1 screen.

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We've got to be realistic here. On a 100" wide screen, the difference in height between 2.35:1 and 2.40:1 is less than one inch (1"). That's less than a half inch either blank or overscanned depending on your screen and movie.

My screen came out to be 2.39:1 because I sort of miscalculated when I built the border. But it all works out well in the end. I've got the projector/lens configured so the width is right and the geometry is right and I've never noticed anything missing due to that approx half inch that overscans onto my border.

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So you are saying the packaging/disc says 2.35:1 and the actual output is 2.40:1?

I just popped in a 2.39:1 disc recently but can't recall which one.
I really don't notice any problems with "sub" 2.40:1 content on my 2.40:1 screen.

Mike


Here's one thread on the topic. (There have been many):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7&highlight=40

I bought the Carada Masquerade at a custom AR (close to 2:05:1 - taller than a 2:35:1 screen) to use with 4 way masking. I had Carada set the "235:1" stopping point to a 2:40:1 aspect ratio.
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So no personal reviews/critiques of this product???
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That seems contrary to the gist of other threads on this subject. Most who have investigated have found that the majority of films are actually 2:40:1, even some of those listed as 2:35:1, which is why a number of folks have ordered 2:40:1 screens when possible.

I went back and read the threads, Rich. It is indeed odd that my collection's sweet spot is 2.35 while others report 2.40 as the most common. I wonder if quite a few of mine are not listed correctly, either by the studio or in the DVD Profiler user-generated database (or both!).

Ah well, it's too late to change now. I'm hoping the CIH Masquerade is delivered this week!

I decided to hire the fine folks at AVS for the mounting, aiming, and calibration of the RS20 and Primsasonic/AVS lens. I'm lucky to live just a few hours away...

The final tidbits of HT construction happened while we were away on vacation last week. I'll be completing the painting today and carpet arrives tomorrow. If the Carada system arrives this week, it will be installed next weekend, then we'll schedule AVS' visit.

Hands-on review coming soon!
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Awesome! ^^^

I'm going to be ready to hang my screen, and hopefully my Masquerade (CIW version) in the next week or two.
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Any updates on shipping, receipt of masking system, or reviews yet?

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Any updates on shipping, receipt of masking system, or reviews yet?

We had some unexpected shipping issues that we had to overcome which delayed things a bit. But we started shipping this week and I suspect you'll start seeing comments/reviews in the next few weeks.

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