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I may just accept my regular motorized VAPEX screen for now. I really don't want to try another replacement and nothing else really fits my budget although I could still save another $150 if I completely bail on VAPEX screens and just grab a cheap Elite off eBay for now. I don't imagine the there is a significant difference in the PQ of the materials. I'm not particularly interested in paying $1k+ for a non-tensioned screen unless it helps deal with my less than ideal viewing environment. If Elite made the CineGrey 5D in a motorized of even manually retractable I'd consider trying it.
Thanks for the reply. I may try the Elite. One thing I liked about the VAPEX was the extra drop. Seems it would make things easier for setup. Since I am new to this game....
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120". My 2nd screen was damaged on arrival, 3rd was peachy though!
Are you happy with the screen? Easy to set up?
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Are you happy with the screen? Easy to set up?
I am happy that I got a good screen. Quite easy to set up. A few measurements and some drilling and maybe a buddy to help lift and you're good!

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I am happy that I got a good screen. Quite easy to set up. A few measurements and some drilling and maybe a buddy to help lift and you're good!
I am so on the fence about buying one. It would hang from a suspended ceiling in my basement above a gas fire place. So if I had trouble, it would be easy to take down.
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I have had the Visual Apex package for the Epson 8350 with the 110" motorized screen since Nov. and it has been a treat. I mounted it by myself, which really wasn't too bad as long as you have all your measurements correct before hand.
My screen hangs flat with no wrinkles and the extra drop has helped on the placement. Only issue I've had seems to be the 12v trigger won't work and I have to use the remote to drop the screen. That happens maybe once in every 20 times, so really not that big of a deal. But is way cool when you have friends and family over for movie night and turn the lights off, start the pj and screen drops at the same time. I will look at this company again when I am looking to upgrade. Just my 2 cents worth.
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If you get one without quality control issues it's a nice budget screen. Mine still has some light waves that haven't completely smoothed out but we watched a movie last night and I didn't notice it at all. I wasn't willing to accept anything but perfect from the $1k tab-tensioned screen but at $300 for the motorized version I think I'm satisfied enough to not go through the trouble of getting another replacement or trying something else that will require changing the mounting brackets.

FYI - the "return" process is really easy with VAPEX. They simply write off the unit and have you send back a few small items and a 2ftX2ft section of the screen. Essentially they just want to make sure that the original unit is useless to you. The only negative is that you are left with disposing of the 10ft long metal case.

I saved a bunch of pieces of the screen material from my tensioned screen if anyone is interested in having a piece of the material to check out.

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I am so on the fence about buying one. It would hang from a suspended ceiling in my basement above a gas fire place. So if I had trouble, it would be easy to take down.
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If you get one without quality control issues it's a nice budget screen. Mine still has some light waves that haven't completely smoothed out but we watched a movie last night and I didn't notice it at all. I wasn't willing to accept anything but perfect from the $1k tab-tensioned screen but at $300 for the motorized version I think I'm satisfied enough to not go through the trouble of getting another replacement or trying something else that will require changing the mounting brackets.

FYI - the "return" process is really easy with VAPEX. They simply write off the unit and have you send back a few small items and a 2ftX2ft section of the screen. Essentially they just want to make sure that the original unit is useless to you. The only negative is that you are left with disposing of the 10ft long metal case.

I saved a bunch of pieces of the screen material from my tensioned screen if anyone is interested in having a piece of the material to check out.
Maybe I will take the plunge and order it. Want to pair it with a BenQ 1075. If you need to send it back, will they let you use it until the new one comes in?
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They are very easy to work with. They send you a replacement and you send back the parts from the old one. I still haven't gotten around to stopping by FedEx and the replacement was delivered over a week ago.
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They are very easy to work with. They send you a replacement and you send back the parts from the old one. I still haven't gotten around to stopping by FedEx and the replacement was delivered over a week ago.
I talked to Brian at VA yesterday. Said if I have problems, I could keep the screen until replacement arrives. So, when income tax gets here, looks like I will go for it.
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I talked to Brian at VA yesterday. Said if I have problems, I could keep the screen until replacement arrives. So, when income tax gets here, looks like I will go for it.
Just to get you warmed up, here are some pictures I took this morning.

Pretty much in the dark but light was bleeding through from the windows
Now with the overhead lights on







Here is a movie zoomed to full screen







And here it is the original size



Lastly my Epson 8350 on the shelf I built.




Good luck with it all and hope these pictures help make your decision easier.
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I'm trying to decide between the fixed frame 120 VApex screen for $399, or the 126 Carada classic white for $690. Has anyone compared the two materials? I've read the Carida is a little smoother, but does that make a difference from 14ft to be worth the extra cost?
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Haven't seen a Carada screen but the material from the VAPEX motorized is pretty smooth. Certainly nothing that shows any texture.
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Just to get you warmed up, here are some pictures I took this morning.

Pretty much in the dark but light was bleeding through from the windows
Now with the overhead lights on







Here is a movie zoomed to full screen







And here it is the original size



Lastly my Epson 8350 on the shelf I built.




Good luck with it all and hope these pictures help make your decision easier.
Wow. Nice clear picture. How was the Espson to set up?
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I'm trying to decide between the fixed frame 120 VApex screen for $399, or the 126 Carada classic white for $690. Has anyone compared the two materials? I've read the Carida is a little smoother, but does that make a difference from 14ft to be worth the extra cost?
I've owned the Vapex screen and seen the Carada classic a number of times. The screens are more alike than different. I like the way Carada screens attach to the frame, but material wise, there's not much difference. In fact, i think the Vapex was a tad brighter, and actually compares better with the Carada Brilliant White.
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Wow. Nice clear picture. How was the Espson to set up?
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The Epson was really easy to get up and running. Plus is the lens shift, giving more freedom of placement. I went with the Epson because it is a non 3d projector. 3d gives me headaches. The other thing that I liked with it is the zoom for distance setting had a wider range, giving me about 15 feet to screen but still holding the image clear.

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The Epson was really easy to get up and running. Plus is the lens shift, giving more freedom of placement. I went with the Epson because it is a non 3d projector. 3d gives me headaches. The other thing that I liked with it is the zoom for distance setting had a wider range, giving me about 15 feet to screen but still holding the image clear.
So now the Panasonic PT-AE8000U is on sale. I wonder how that would work with the Visual Apex screens. Anybody??
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So now the Panasonic PT-AE8000U is on sale. I wonder how that would work with the Visual Apex screens. Anybody??
It will work beautifully. The ae8000 is a definite step up from the lower and mid tier Epsons. You have to go all the way to the 2000 dollar 5025 to get comparable performance. A 1500 dollar ae8000 coupled with a 400 dollar Vapex screen is a bargain and a half.
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It will work beautifully. The ae8000 is a definite step up from the lower and mid tier Epsons. You have to go all the way to the 2000 dollar 5025 to get comparable performance. A 1500 dollar ae8000 coupled with a 400 dollar Vapex screen is a bargain and a half.
Good to hear, Ben. Thanks
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I have had the Visual Apex package for the Epson 8350 with the 110" motorized screen since Nov. and it has been a treat. I mounted it by myself, which really wasn't too bad as long as you have all your measurements correct before hand.
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I have a question about your screen. Do the hooks on it slide for mounting? Or, are they fixed? Just did some measuring, and a 120 inch screen won't work for me.
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Yes the mounting can be slid. I have my mounts about 2ft in from each end but could have gone further toward center point. How much further I don't know offhand.

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Yes the mounting can be slid. I have my mounts about 2ft in from each end but could have gone further toward center point. How much further I don't know offhand.
Isn't there a eyelet on each end of the screen so you can use hooks? I was wondering of those were movable?
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There are 2 D-rings on a channel that let them slide along the length of the case if you want to hand the screen from hooks rather than use the mounting brackets.

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Isn't there a eyelet on each end of the screen so you can use hooks? I was wondering of those were movable?
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There are 2 D-rings on a channel that let them slide along the length of the case if you want to hand the screen from hooks rather than use the mounting brackets.
Thank you. That's what I was looking for.
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Panasonic 8000 arrived yesterday. Just waiting on my Vapex screen. Ordered the 110 electric tensioned screen.
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Screen came yesterday. Endcap was broke. They are sending another cap. Otherwise, it seems dead flat, with no wrinkles. Hope to get everything up and running this weekend.
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Screen came yesterday. Endcap was broke. They are sending another cap. Otherwise, it seems dead flat, with no wrinkles. Hope to get everything up and running this weekend.

That's great! Wrinkles weren't really a problem with the vapex tension. If you don't see any white bands in the middle of the screen, you have an awesome screen on your hands.

I spoke to visual apex support last week regarding the status of my refund (which reflected in my account a couple of days ago). I told them how much I liked the screen and how unfortunate the banding issue was. She told me that they are aware of this issue and have informed the product manager. Here is hoping they fix this so people can enjoy a otherwise great screen.

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