I posted this review on Amazon, folks here might find it useful:
I ordered the Cinetension2 106" TE106HW2-E24 model with the extra 24" black drop, but Amazon sent me the regular TE106HW2 by mistake. Fortunately, I don't actually need the extra black drop for my installation, I just wanted it for flexibility in case I change the location or move to a new house. So I kept the TE106HW2.
The screen arrived doubled boxed, with very good foam padding, the packaging is very impressive and minimizes the possibility of shipping damage.
This screen comes fully loaded with all the options most people would ever need:
- The Screen in CineWhite 1.1 gain with tab tensioning
- IR Remote
- RF Remote
- Wall switch
- IR receiver/extender dongle
- 12-volt trigger with dongle
- mounting brackets, screws
- a really nice bubble level
It really amazes me that it comes with all these options as most other "high end" screen companies sell you each one of these at an extra charge even though their starting price is several thousand dollars. The Cinetension2 is an AMAZING value in my opinion.
The mounting was very easy. My wife and I did it ourselves. The mounting brackets are very easy to install and come with all the screws you need. Also, the screen comes with three velcro straps tied around the screen box, this is very handy, you leave these on during the installation to prevent the screen's weight bar from flapping around during installation. The screen is not very heavy, but you do need two people to lift it up to the mounting brackets. The sliding mounting bolts are very neat in that you don't have to line anything up ahead of time, just lift the screen, hook the back to the bracket, slide the bolts into position, and tighten with a wrench... all very easy, and can be done in ~20min.
Whether you use the remote, the wall switch or the 12-volt trigger, the up and down motion is very smooth and relatively quiet and pretty fast compared to other brands (check out other brands on YouTube and you will see how slow they are!!). I'm using the remote at the moment, but intend to connect the 12-volt trigger to my projector. I found this handy wiring diagram for the RJ45 port:
Vertical Drop Adjustment
The first time you lower the screen, it will go all the way down to its lowest level by default (at least mine did). I needed to raise it by 3 inches so that it stopped just above our media cabinet. The instructions to do this are on the website here:
The instructions are not very clear. You can only fine tune the adjustment on the way down, which means you must first bring the limit up and then adjust it down. Here's my version, if you want to raise the limit of where the screen stops on the way down...
1) First, don't mess with the grey screw, this adjusts the UP limit and you shouldn't have to touch this.Screen
2) To adjust the DOWN limit, you want to adjust the yellow screw ONLY.
3) Put the screen down.
4) DO NOT turn the yellow screw counter-clockwise at this point as this will cause the screen to fully come down and possibly drop out of the box
5) With the screen down, measure approximately how many inches you want to raise the lower limit.
6) Raise the screen up (fully retracted)
7) Turn the yellow screw clockwise one full turn per inch that you measured, and add an extra turn or two.
8) Put the screen down, it should now have stopped at a higher point than before.
9) With the screen down, turn the yellow screw counter-clockwise. For each small turn, the screen will immediately drop a little bit. Keep turning the screw slowly until you are satisfied with the position. Done.
I have read reports that some people have received screens that have waves or are not perfectly rectangular. Luckily, I did not have any issues with mine. My screen surface has no waves, is uniform and perfectly rectangular. The tab tensioning works very well so far. The whole thing appears to be a high quality piece of equipment.
Now this is where the fun starts. This is my first ever projection screen. I paired it with a Panasonic PT-AE4000 which I also bought here at Amazon. I have a 14' throw distance and ceiling mounted and 13.5' viewing distance. The first movie we watched was Avatar! It was absolutely amazing! The color, contrast, everything... just amazing.
I've only had the screen for a couple days, so it remains to be seen how it will withstand frequent use. But at this point, I see no reason to pay thousands of dollars more for the "high end" brands. I would highly recommend this screen to anyone.