Hey guys, thanks for all the questions (and answers!)
Jon I'm glad to hear your installation went smoothly and that you're so pleased with the results! And that's great that it only took you an hour and a half to do the entire installation! I honestly figured it would take most customers at least 2 hours or maybe even 3.
Joe the bad news is that it sounds like you won't be able to accommodate the Masquerade system primarily because you don't have enough space around your screen's frame, but also because your screen's frame is too wide (based on what you said in your PM).
The Masquerade fits around the outside of the existing screen-frame (and completely covers it) and the maximum WIDTH screen frame that can properly fit inside the Masquerade is 3.3" which includes the following frames: Carada Criterion Series and Precision Series, Stewart's Luxus screenwall (both the Deluxe and non-deluxe model), Da-Lite's Permwall, DaSnap, and Cinema Contour, Draper's Cineperm and Clarion (but definitely NOT the Onxy) and Vutec's VuEasy and Vision XWF. The Silverstar comes in at least two different frame styles and I'm not sure what they're called or of their dimensions. But in effect, ANY fixed frame screen should work as long as its frame members are no wider than 3.3" AND as long as they protrude from the wall no more than 2.25". Joe in your PM you mentioned that your Silverstar's frame is 3.5" wide so it wouldn't fit properly. Technically we COULD build a Masquerade to fit around a 3.5" wide frame, but the inside edges of the Masquerade frame (i.e. the system's "aperture") would be slightly outside the edges of the screen's viewing surface.
As far as determining the amount of space you need for a Masquerade, as long as your screen's frame is no wider than 3.3" and no deeper than 2.25", then it is actually easier to think in terms of your viewing surface
. Once installed, the Masquerade will be larger than your viewing surface by 12.5" in both height and width. So for example if your screen's viewing surface is 59" by 105", then your Masquerade's outside dimensions would be 71.6" x 117.6" (by 3.75" deep). And Joe unfortunately you can't just "lose" viewing surface because your screen's frame would still be in the way. Now if you're willing to take a chainsaw to that Silverstar frame then we might be in business...
Another thing to consider is that you also need some extra space beyond the final installed dimensions. At the top you need 3/4" of clear space because of the way the top structure hooks over the wall bracket (you have to lift the structure 3/4" to clear the lip of the bracket, then lower the structure onto the bracket).(the photo above was taken with no screen frame in place for the sake of clarity)
And on the sides you need to have a couple inches of clear space in order to slide the side fascia in place (which is the last step in the installation process). So if you wanted to install the Masquerade in the example above, which had outside dimensions of 71.6" x 117.6" your "free" wall space would need to be 72.4" x 121.6", and the top of the system would be 3/4" below the ceiling after installation (of course it can be MORE than 3/4" below your ceiling but 3/4" is the minimum). Technically AFTER you've completed installation of the side fascia, you could put something (like a speaker) directly up against the side of the system, but you would then have to remove that speaker first if you ever needed to take the Masquerade down.
Curtis, as Jon mentioned, the primary mounting structure for the Masquerade is a long wall bracket that you mount behind the top of the system. But you also anchor the system at all four
corners (roughly 1" in from the sides and 2" from the top/bottom). So yes you would need to attach the system to your wall at the bottom at each corner. The system requires 120V AC 60 Hz power and the weight depends on the size of course. I'm afraid Jon wouldn't win the "guess my weight" game at the fair.
His 100" diagonal system weighed 81 pounds as installed and the whole crate ready to ship weighed 111.
In the near future we plan to get some nice drawings up on the website that will show all these dimensions and mounting details.