I received my Masquerade on Saturday. I installed it over my 92” Da-Lite Imager screen. Here is my first impression of the Masquerade Masking System.
First, I want to say that they probably over engineered the packaging of the Masquerade.
I’ve never seen anything that packaged this well. Every piece is protected.
Masquerade is a very well designed system. The build quality is great. Everything fit together every well. The installation is pretty straight forward.
The frame has a beautiful Black Hole trim. I didn’t know what it was before I ordered the system. It feels like fabric. It is pure black with every little reflection on the light. The masking panel is made of the same material. When it is down to 2.35:1, even when lights are on, I couldn’t tell it is not part of the trim from my sitting position.
The remote control works well. The masking panel moves very fast. It takes a couple seconds to change from 16:9 to 2.35:1. I wish the Jog button would move it at a slower speed. Because the panel moves so fast, it is hard to fine tune it with the Jog button.
Now for the effect of masking, what a difference it makes! I used to hate watching 2.35:1 movies because of the not so black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Let’s face it. How can your projector make those bars black on a white screen? With Masquerade, for the first time, I really enjoy watching 2.35:1 movies at home! It makes the picture stands out. Actually, the 6” Black Holy trim enhanced 1.85:1 movie too! My Da-Lite has only 2” trim.
Masquerade also reduces the light spill to the ceiling by quite a bit because it hangs in front of the existing screen. The downside of that is that I can see the shadow it casts on the screen. I learned to ignore it quickly.
Another thing that I want to mention is that if you hang your screen on a white wall, make sure you put a black fabric behind the screen. It stops the light from reflecting back to the screen. This improves the contrast a lot.
Masquerade is an expansive system although it is cheaper than other masking systems. But to me it is money well spend. It makes my new Panny 2000 projector looks a lot better. Dave and other people at Carada are clearly customer oriented. They are very quick in responding emails. Thank you, Dave!