OK, after tinkering, and dragging my feet, it is finally time to finish my space...at least v1.0...and get a "real" screen. I'm glad to see there is a Carada thread; I've always been leaning this way, if for no other reason than a) they offer 1.85:1 ratio screens (I know the others will make whatever size you ask for, but who wants to go through that hassle; Carada offers these "out of the box"), b) the selection process is simplified (Da-Lite, do you want Cinema Contour, Da-Snap, Perm-Wall, Series 200, Series 300, etc...), and c) all things being equal, they seem to offer great value.
Here's a pic of v0.1
That's a 8' x 4' piece of laminate, so when the screen-wall is finished I should keep about 96" of width, but obviously my "real" screen is going to come down some. Once the room is rocked, I don't want to butt too close up against that sloping ceiling, but I'm hoping I can do 100 or 104" and still maintain about 28-29" to the bottom of the screen (I need that for my proposed cabinet and center). Here's a question, if I have
to choose, would you go 104" with the thinner Precision
framing, or go a little smaller, like 100", but with the thicker Criterion
? The idea being, I assume, the thicker framing does a better job of "defining" the image, preventing light bleed, etc.? Even so, is it enough of a difference to sacrifice 4" or so of sweet, sweet digital video?
I currently have a VPL-AW15, so I'm definitely looking for a little gain, which means I'll be going BW. Now I said c) all things being equal
, Carada seems to offer great value, but I will probably have a chance to order a Da-Lite at around the same price (I know a guy who knows a guy kinda thing). Any thoughts on comparing the two? Is it Carada is the better value, but at the same price Da-Lite has an edge, or is it still a pick-'em, even though I can get a deal on a Da-Lite?
Thanks for any help; can't wait to put that first BD up on the new screen,