New Low-Cost Projection Screens Come from the ‘Cloud’
Canadian manufacturer Cirrus Screens offers low-cost fixed, manual and motorized home theater and boardroom projection screens in sturdy metal encasements.
Integrators are more challenged than ever wading through the “cloudy” (and crowded) projection screen market these days. That’s because another relatively new player has joined the market: Canadian-based Cirrus Screens.
Selling its screens solely via distribution, Cirrus Screens has four different models, each named after various cloud formations akin to the company name. But the company’s focus is not cloudy at all; it's crystal clear.
According to national sales manager Scott Donaldson, the six-year-old Brantford, Ontario-based company has been in the U.S. market for the past three years with its affordable metal-encased fixed-frame, manual pull-down and motorized screens.
“Screens like these are unheard of at our price points,” says Donaldson.
Because of the newly redesigned metal encasements, the screens are all heavy and sturdy, weighing between 36 and 55 pounds depending on the screen size and motorization.
The company has several unique innovations, including the use of springs to keep its white and gray screens taut and smooth for better viewing, calling the innovation “Springtastic.” It also has a new pushbutton to control the limit when lowering the screen. Another innovation is a security bracket to keep the encasement secure to the wall. The motorized screens are all controllable by automation systems via a wireless 12V trigger. All the screens come with a two-year warranty.
Cirrus Screens currently has a limited number of SKUS, including:
Stratus – Fixed frame 100- to 150-inches in slate gray or pearl white from $849 to $1,449.
Tauten – Tab-tensioned screens between 110 and 135 inches in gray or white from $1,899 to $2,599.
Arcus – Motorized 100- to 120-inch screens in gray or white from $999 to $1,249.
Nimbus – Targeting DIY or boardrooms, this pulldown 100- or 120-inch unit comes only in gray and it priced at $525 or $625.
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