Seymour-Screen Excellence Unveils ‘Budget’ Projection-Screen Masking System

Seymour-Screen Excellence aims to bring Hollywood-style screening room capabilities to a broader audience with a new, lower-priced motorized projection-screen masking system.

Dubbed Trim, the system is offered in screen sizes between 90 and 150 inches and provides constant height and width adjustment for aspect ratios from 1.78 to 2.40. It features Seymour’s acoustically transparent 4K Enlightor Neo material with replaceable black-velvet borders and a choice between three surfaces: Radiant White, Radiant Gray, or ambient light-rejecting Ambient-Visionaire 16K.

The Enlightor material attaches to the frame using a grip-channel or posts, while the Ambient-Visionaire and Radiant screen surfaces attach using grommets or O-rings.

Trim is essentially a budget version of the flagship True Aspect Masking (TAM) systems used in high-end home theaters and screening rooms around the world. Built in the U.S. at Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Iowa manufacturing facility, the system features a removable border that makes shipping more convenient and cost-effective and uses remote-controllable DC motors to drive the masking assemblies. The motors can be controlled via IR, a low-voltage trigger, dry contact, RF, RS-232, Ethernet, or Z-wave.

Prices range from $5,000 to $10,000, depending on screen size, and before motor/control accessories and installation costs — which is about half the cost of a TAM system and the lowest price ever for a motorized masking system from Seymour-Screen Excellence.

“For TRIM we designed our Infinite Black borders to be removable,” said company co-founder Chris Seymour. “This makes it possible to ship the entire system nestled in a cardboard box, which significantly reduces cost because we don’t have to ship in wooden crates like we do with the TAMs that weigh 700-pounds on average and require up to three days to build. It also gives the option that if the velvet border gets damaged, the panels can be inexpensively repaired or replaced.”

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