Originally Posted by JimmyDaves
Well, now I'm bummed. I was so dead-set on getting the Carada Brilliant White screen but after reading your experience with it compared to the HCCV screen from Da-Lite has me totally re-thinking the whole screen choice.
Getting the Carada brilliant white was one of my biggest mistakes in home theatre purchases - aside from getting a GrayWolf screen (...accidentally for a ceiling mounted projector).
The GrayWolf was actually a spectacular screen - unfortunately I just hadn't done enough research initially to discover that it didn't work so well with ceiling mounted projectors. And when I say "didn't work so well" I mean, I may have been projecting onto a black wall! However, the GrayWolf was phenomenal when I positioned the projector directly in line with the screen. However, since I couldn't accommodate that setup, I quickly sold it for the Carada brilliant white screen.
As for the Carada: First, I have to say, the frame quality is top notch. You could easily spend $2k+ for a fixed frame screen from DaLite and not get the same quality of frame material. It's thick and very durable. However, something never sat right with me regarding Carada's screen materials. First, there aren't too many screen materials to choose from (only 3 vs. DaLite who has over a dozen). Second, their matte white material is so thin that the projected image actually shines right through the screen. Third, their gray material is very low gain - especially compared to some other companies' gray screens that go well over 1.0. Forth, all of their screen materials just seem very cheap compared to some of the others that I've seen - almost like a shower curtain liner.
Regarding the brilliant white material, my suggestion would be to only use it in a room with no ambient light whatsoever (that is...if you want to have any control over your black levels). The screen is so incredibly white that if you have any ambient light in the room, the blacks will come out gray. If, however, you don't care about black levels, then the reflectiveness will definitely produce a brighter picture, for sports and things where blacks don't matter. However, you better make sure you don't care about black levels (at all!). And just to add a little perspective, before I got the brilliant white, I didn't even comprehend what a "black level" was. I thought everyone on this forum was crazy (I kid)... but little did I know that the gray screen was actually spoiling me all along! When I got to my latest setup, I actually preferred projecting onto my wall over the brilliant white, just because the paint on the wall changed the black levels so drastically.
However, I will say that if you have a perfectly light-controlled room (with a great-contrast projector), the billiant white is quite possibly one of the better screen materials to go with. Any other setup, I'd suggest to go with something else. In retrospect, I would've paid Carada to send me their gray material, but I didn't want to drop to 0.8 so I had to just give up on them. If they ever get a better variety of screen materials, I may give them another go.