June 19, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
With a name like Cabaret, you’ve gotta have a few bells and whistles, no?
The new Cabaret Screen from Stewart Filmscreen makes good on that, serving up style, convenience and even a little mood lighting if you want for your multimedia setup.
The Cabaret Screen is in Stewart’s lineup of electric retractable screens, where the housing is exposed. Because of that, it looks good with the removable aluminum valance that comes in a range of finishes and can be customized with the color or fabric of your choice.
A sliding adjustable wall-mount bracket also acts as a nice cable management system, so you don’t see any cable clutter, and the motor for the screen operation can be just about any you (or your professional installer) chooses, like the Lutron QS and Legacy 120v quiet motors.
If you have a room that features one or more TVs as the alternate viewing source, you can have the Cabaret Screen in there and it will deploy without touching a flat panel TV thanks to the cantilevered design of the mount.
As an added touch, you can add mood lighting in cobalt blue or white to slightly illuminate the room and enhance the viewing experience.
The 49 x 87-inch FireHawk G3 model with 3 inches of black drop has an MSRP of $3,999, and optional mood lighting bumps it to $4,599. Screens will begin shipment this summer, and pricing can vary depending on screen size.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.