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Monoprice or Carada

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
What are everyone's thoughts on Carada vs. Monoprice? The price of a Monoprice makes them such a good deal but I want to make sure I get the right screen. Looking for something for my JVC RS4810 from 17' in a light controlled room. Does the quality of the screen differ or improve enough to justify the cost difference to a Carada?

Thanks!
post #2 of 14
I wish I could help answer your question. I have a JVC RS 46 arriving today and my new Monoprice 120" multiformat screen is sitting in the garage awaiting it all to be setup this weekend. Throw will be 14' (min for 120 is 11.7 for this model). I can let you know as soon as I see it how it looks if you like. smile.gif
post #3 of 14
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Absolutely would love your feedback. Hope it works out well.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Isantus View Post

Absolutely would love your feedback. Hope it works out well.

Okay,
I got everything set up but my chairs. That Monoprice Multi Format is pretty impressive. I ran The Dark Knight Rises on it and the movie looks amazing through that JVC RS 46. I am very happy with the screen. I will say the instructions are insane.. (Think IKEA) but patience will get it setup. The masking for 235:1 is neat. It's like a window shade that you pull down on a little to get it to open (spring system) and can be set at different sizes between the 16:9 and 235:1.

Here is an Iphone picture of it hanging in my new theater room:



Ill try to answer any question I can.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Wow! I'm jealous. I still have some waiting for my setup.

My first question is the brightness. I've been looking at the BW Carada screen at 1.4 gain. The monoprice is only 1 or 1.1 gain I believe. Is it bright enough for your comfort?

Have you ever seen another screen brand? How is the quality of the monoprice screen? Does it produce a nice picture without defects (hot spotting, stealing etc.)?

Having a hard time deciding if I am going to see a difference in picture quality if I spend more then the cost of a monoprice. Thanks for your input and happy viewing.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Isantus View Post

Wow! I'm jealous. I still have some waiting for my setup.
My first question is the brightness. I've been looking at the BW Carada screen at 1.4 gain. The monoprice is only 1 or 1.1 gain I believe. Is it bright enough for your comfort?
Have you ever seen another screen brand? How is the quality of the monoprice screen? Does it produce a nice picture without defects (hot spotting, stealing etc.)?
Having a hard time deciding if I am going to see a difference in picture quality if I spend more then the cost of a monoprice. Thanks for your input and happy viewing.

I've seen the Firehawk from Stewart out at Best buy. I haven't noticed any hot spotting or anything yet. I still need to calibrate it but everything lined up and looks amazing, even at 8 feet. The throw is 14 ft (almost at JVC min for 120" so the brightness is really good. I would say its a 1.1 gain. My screen wall and ceiling is flat black with flat grey suede walls around that so basically a bat cave lol. As far as the difference between that firehawk and this Monoprice, I really couldn't see a difference (note the best buy store was throwing a Sony HW30 to the screen). I actually think the quality of my picture was better than the one at BB (but that is probably the projector).
post #7 of 14
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Are you planning to, or have you run any 3D with it Curious as to the brightness on a 1.1 gain screen for 3D. Does the masking system seem solid and that it will stand some use of the years?
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Isantus View Post

Are you planning to, or have you run any 3D with it Curious as to the brightness on a 1.1 gain screen for 3D. Does the masking system seem solid and that it will stand some use of the years?

I haven't run 3D through it as I haven't gotten the glasses and RF Emitter. Durability on the masking appears to be good though I have no kids, etc. to mess with it. It will take me some time to see if it has staying power.
post #9 of 14
So I do not have a digital Camera. All I have is my Iphone which takes horrid blurry pictures. So, please keep in mind that these 2 picture are taken from a camera phone that sucks. But, I did want to show you some shots with a movie on the screen

Taken today about 10 minutes ago (1:30 PM Central).

10 Feet Away:



Here is a shot from 4 feet away from right angle (so my shadow wasn't on it): Again, blur is my camera. It just doesn't do justice to the picture quality.
post #10 of 14
Very nice. What is the size of that room? I am assuming its a fixed screen?
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by tractng View Post

Very nice. What is the size of that room? I am assuming its a fixed screen?


It's a small room. 14 Feet 6 inches Long by 12 feet 2 inches wide.

Fixed 120 Inch Multi Format Monoprice Screen.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Looks like a quality screen for a good price. It is too bad they charge so much for shipping. I am looking at that screen plus shipping is almost the same as the screen at Carada, cost wise, though I am told the picture quality of Carada is pretty solid. Have to decide whether masking or a slight increase in picture quality is my priority. If masking is priority then the Monoprice is clearly the choice. If masking is not priority and the Carada is a worthy enough increase in picture quality then the Carada would be my choice.

Another factor is the Monoprice is only a 1.1 gain where the Carada is a 1.4 gain. I am looking for the biggest screen possible and wanting to do 3D. This means I will need every lumen possible. This decision is almost ore difficult than the actual projector decision. Screen size will be somewhere between 120" and 138" with a 17' throw. Decisions decisions.

Thanks for the screenshots and the information.
post #13 of 14
Sorry to hijack the thread, but thought that perhaps Neowulf can comment on the Masking mechanism of the Monoprice screen. I submitted a question in another thread but didn't get any responses yet.

I bought a 120" Monoprice multiformat screen but having problems with the lower masking panel, it's not retracting into the drum. Monoprice sent me a replacement and the second one has the same problem. Wondering if it's to do with my assembling skills or there's a more systematic problem.

Would appreciate any thoughts on this, thoughts I'd ask the group before calling monoprice again.

Thanks
Tariq
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by takhan View Post

Sorry to hijack the thread, but thought that perhaps Neowulf can comment on the Masking mechanism of the Monoprice screen. I submitted a question in another thread but didn't get any responses yet.
I bought a 120" Monoprice multiformat screen but having problems with the lower masking panel, it's not retracting into the drum. Monoprice sent me a replacement and the second one has the same problem. Wondering if it's to do with my assembling skills or there's a more systematic problem.
Would appreciate any thoughts on this, thoughts I'd ask the group before calling monoprice again.
Thanks
Tariq

It's definitely a pain to assemble the masking system as you have to put it on the plastic things just right as well as make sure 3 is to 3 4 is to 4 etc.

At first, I just tried to push it down to get it to roll and it "bunched" up on the outside.. Then I realized it was like the old window shades. You have to give it a little nudge up and then one fluid motion down will retract it.

Other than that, I have had no issues.
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