I tested the following setup:
Da-Snap 92x52 with HC Cinema Vision
Dukane 9000d (JVC G10 equivalent)
ISCO II anamorphic lens
1.33 GHz Athlon w/512 MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM
Radeon LE Ultra (32MB DDR equivalent)
Until now, I've been using a DIY screen made with grey satin. This is my first commercial screen.
The Da-Snap was easy to assemble. Four screws to secure the sides together, four screws to mount the brackets, six screws to mount the hanger rail to the wall, snap the screen to the frame and hang it on the wall. Piece of cake.
When I first assembled and hung the screen, there were some light streaks on the right hand side of the screen. These faded after a day or two though, and might have been due to the fabric needing to "stretch out." The screen does have several minor scuff marks and a few small wrinkles that I'm sure were not created when I assembled and hung the screen. They're pretty minor but I'm surprised they're there at all. Hard to believe they would be introduced at the factory but the screen was drop shipped to me, so where else could they come from?
OK, on to the important stuff... The first thing I noticed when I fired up my projector was how bright the image looked. The grey satin I was using was a little darker than the HC Cinema Vision, so the blacks are a little lighter as well, but overall the contrast is much, much better. I can see lots of details, particularly in dark scenes, that I couldn't see before yet whites are very bright and colors are very saturated.
There is no hot-spotting to speak of, despite the gain. The viewing angle is also quite good, even at extreme angles. The downside of this is that light control is critical when using the screen.
Overall, I am very happy and would get this screen again.
Minor negatives: the screen stinks (literally). The smell of vinyl pervades my living room. I'm hoping that after it's had some time to "air out" the smell will go away, but it's pretty strong after three days. The screen is also slightly translucent, so if I wasn't hanging it on a light colored wall, I'd need some backing. Finally, if it were my decision, I'd have made the fabric a tiny bit darker, maybe 5 or 10%. Of course, this gives me a little room to play with color filters.
I haven't compared the screen to a Firehawk, but given the difference in price, it's hard to believe I'd be any happier. For the money, the HC Cinema Vision represents a great value.