Seymour-Screen Excellence claims it is bringing “Hollywood director-level” screening room performance to a wider audience with its TRIM motorized masking film screen system. Manufactured in Iowa, and with a 90- and 150-inches wide screen size range, TRIM uses a removable border design to make shipping more convenient, reducing costs, and making possible easier repair or replacement of border panels.
TRIM is the company’s most affordable fixed-frame motorized masking film screen so far, and is available in 1.78 and 2.40 aspect ratios. The screens also come with the 4K Enlightor Neo acoustically transparent and 16K light-rejecting Ambient-Visionaire surfaces, as well as the Radiant White and Gray series.
Seymour-Screen Excellence’s True Aspect Masking (TAM) systems achieve “outstanding video and audio performance,” and allow for precise aspect ratio control. They are configured as either constant height (native 2.40 format with side motorized masking) or constant width (1.78 format with top and bottom masking). The masking panels are finished in a sheer black speaker grille material for acoustical transparency. The TRIM series is aimed at those with a more modest home theater budget, and the company claims the systems provide the same kind of 2-way masking control and performance yet at half the cost of TAM.
“For TRIM we designed our Infinite Black borders to be removable. This makes it possible to ship the entire system nestled in a cardboard box,” says managing director Chris Seymour, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, a minor in economics from University of Missouri-Columbia, and an M.B.A. with honors from New York Institute of Technology. “This significantly reduces cost because we don’t have to ship in wooden crates like we do with the TAMs which on average weigh 700-pounds and require up to 3-days to build. It also gives the option that if the velvet border gets damaged, the panels can be inexpensively repaired or replaced.”
Seymour also says he brought costs down by opting for DC motors to drive TRIM’s masking assemblies, which can be independently controlled via IR receiver, trigger, dry contact, RF, RS-232, Ethernet or Z-wave. TRIM borders measure 3.7-inches wide and are finished in the company’s Infinite Black velvet borders. The Enlightor acoustically transparent fabric screen surfaces attach with either grip-channel or posts. The Ambient-Visionaire and Radiant screen surfaces attach by either grommets or O-rings.
TRIM is shipping now. MSRP spans $5,000 to $10,000 depending on size, and before motor and control accessories and installation costs. For more information, go to www.seymourscreenexcellence.com.
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