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post #121 of 1421
" I imagine this also improves the quality if you're watching a 720p signal since you'd be more likely to get 1:1 pixel mapping."

Yup, that is the case. I have some screen shots in my gallery showing this on the Panasonic. They are all on a Carada BW screen too.

Shawn
post #122 of 1421
I'm expecting my 118" criterion next week. They recommended the 1.4 gain screen because of the size. Projector is an ae-900u. I'm not too impressed with its black levels, so I was thinking of the lower gain screen, but I'll see what happens.
post #123 of 1421
I am looking for a new screen for my NEC crt projector. I was thinking about getting the Studiotek 130. Is the Carada BW just as good for less money ?
post #124 of 1421
Well, my 118" criterion came in today. It was packaged and wrapped very nicely and the frame is assembled already. It's cake even if you suck at all home improvement jobs like I do The quality of the frame is outstanding, the 4 parts fit together like a glove without any gaps and it feels very strong. The velvet coating on the criterion series looks very classy. I haven't unrolled the screen yet, I need to pick up some screws and anchors and I'll finish the job tomorrow.

The only flaw was that I was apparently missing one of the snap-screws (screws into the frame, then you snap the screen on it later). But there were 1 spare screw and snap-screw so that turned out ok.

BTW, has anyone else put the top rails on the wall without it being perfectly in the center? If I move it 4" to the left, I can hit 3 studs. Dead center means drywall only anchors. I think it will be ok 4" off though...
post #125 of 1421
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Originally Posted by cherzra View Post

I'm expecting my 118" criterion next week. They recommended the 1.4 gain screen because of the size. Projector is an ae-900u. I'm not too impressed with its black levels, so I was thinking of the lower gain screen, but I'll see what happens.

What is your viewing distance?
post #126 of 1421
4" shouldn't be enough to matter, as long as the clips are resting on the rail when in the desired position.

I just received my screen material in Brilliant White from Carada. I had them make the additional screen to replace the Classic White since I have just changed projectors to one with a better picture but far fewer lumens. While the change isn't astounding it was certainly worth it. I've also got to comment about the customer service, when I emailed with a question I got almost immediate response. To take it further David Giles even offered to hand deliver the screen if I could wait a couple of weeks when he was going to be in my town on personal business. Other than having bought a couple of screens from him there isn't a connection. Too bad the majority of customer service falls below this level.
post #127 of 1421
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What is your viewing distance?

About 12 feet. See attached picture. Everything isn't done yet, but the rest is mainly cleaning up. The build quality is very good, I'm impressed. Watching a quality DVD through the oppo player is astounding.

BTW, it looks like it's not straight, but it really is

http://tinypic.com/view/?pic=qq661l
post #128 of 1421
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Originally Posted by cherzra View Post

About 12 feet. See attached picture. Everything isn't done yet, but the rest is mainly cleaning up. The build quality is very good, I'm impressed. Watching a quality DVD through the oppo player is astounding.

BTW, it looks like it's not straight, but it really is

http://tinypic.com/view/?pic=qq661l

It looks good. I am going to order mine. Thanks.
post #129 of 1421
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Originally Posted by cherzra View Post

About 12 feet. See attached picture. Everything isn't done yet, but the rest is mainly cleaning up. The build quality is very good, I'm impressed. Watching a quality DVD through the oppo player is astounding.

BTW, it looks like it's not straight, but it really is

How do you project to the screen with a ceiling fan there?
post #130 of 1421
How much of an improvement will the Carada BW be over the DYI Parkland Plastics???
post #131 of 1421
wonder how the new sammy 710 will go with BW
post #132 of 1421
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Originally Posted by VABills View Post

How do you project to the screen with a ceiling fan there?

The Panasonic AE-900U works wonders I'm new to projectors and figured I would have to remove the fan. However, the 900u can shift the picture up or down by a full screen. So you can place it on a desk, in a cabinet, on a shelf or anything. I put it on the rear wall, halfway the height of the screen on a shelf, in the middle of the projected picture. It works magic.
post #133 of 1421
Hi guys,

I'm planning on a 96" or 104" Carada screen with AE900U for our mixed use basement. Room is light-controlled with dimmers controlling 3 areas: front - viewing area, middle - seating area and rear - other activities (ie. pool table, etc).

I can have front and middle lights off and vary the degree of light behind the projector. No other light sources to worry about. While we will likely spend most time with lights fully off, I recognize there will be times when we would like to have some light in rear activity area at same time as using the PJ.

Couple of questions:

1). Does anyone else have any experience with using a Carada screen (or AE900U...I know this is probably wrong thread for that question) in similar partial light set-ups? If so, wondered how they addressed the issue. I realize there is likely a trade-off between degree of light and PQ but I'm trying to get a sense of where this becomes generally unexceptable and what options exist to mitigate the consequences.

2). For experienced Carada screen owners, I wondered which of BW or CCW they would recommend?

3). For those using a Carada screen with the AE900U, wondered if anyone can give me recommendations on ideal PJ placement (ie. throw distance and PJ ceiling mount alignment with screen height, etc). I have projectorcentral's recommendations, but wondered about some real life experiences.

Any help, much appreciated.
post #134 of 1421
I own the 900, but I do not have a Carada screen. However, my friend did. He had both a BW and HCG Carada (in the same size range that you are considering), and we both preferred the HCG. To us, the black level (or lack thereof) on the BW was unacceptable with this projector.

There is a minor compromise with the HCG in whites, but the other colors were true. We both felt that the compromise in pure white was much, much easier to accept than the severely compromised black level, but YMMV.
post #135 of 1421
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Originally Posted by Kipp Jones View Post

How much of an improvement will the Carada BW be over the DYI Parkland Plastics???

My question is the same as Kipp's. Anyone with a Carada BW come from a Parkland Plastics? Or had one and can give us some comments? Thanks.
post #136 of 1421
I ordered the Carada and it should be here this weekend. I will answer back.
post #137 of 1421
Sounds good Kipp. I know you'll tell it how it is
post #138 of 1421
post #139 of 1421
The improvement is significant. I can't say enough about the Carada pq, build quality and over all aesthetics. Very happy.

See below:
LL
post #140 of 1421
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Originally Posted by Kipp Jones View Post

The improvement is significant. I can't say enough about the Carada pq, build quality and over all aesthetics. Very happy.

See below:

Nice. Did you buy the BW or the regular white?
post #141 of 1421
Kipp, Can you give us some specifics on the improvement of the Carada vs. Parkland? Which side of the Parkland were you using? The pebble side or the smooth side? The smooth side had more "pop" to it IMHO. I know the Carada is well built, I would like a little more info on the picture quality vs. Parkland. Thanks.
post #142 of 1421
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Originally Posted by Ready2Buy View Post

Nice. Did you buy the BW or the regular white?

Keep in mind that picture has been resized down to 800x600. The pq is much better. I purchased the BW.
post #143 of 1421
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Originally Posted by Blasst View Post

Kipp, Can you give us some specifics on the improvement of the Carada vs. Parkland? Which side of the Parkland were you using? The pebble side or the smooth side? The smooth side had more "pop" to it IMHO. I know the Carada is well built, I would like a little more info on the picture quality vs. Parkland. Thanks.

Sure, the Parkland is a great budget, DYI screen and it offers the most bang for the buck. However, I felt something was missing when using it. Gain was good but not great. Detail was ok but not what I was expecting. It always seemed like I was slightly out of focus even though I was not. The Parkland had some slight waves to it as it could not be tensioned. Aesthetics were just o.k. I will be using this screen now as an outdoor screen on my deck. I was using both sides.

With the Carada, the difference is immediate. PQ is significantly better. The image was very crisp and detailed. Gain was much better than the Parkland. I am running a Mits HC3000 DLP projector. Focus was dead on. The pq finally had the pop I was expecting. Blacks were better too. They were very very good on the Parkland but that much better on the Carada. Aesthetics are top notch with the Carada. The build quality is second to none.
post #144 of 1421
Thanks Kipp! Very good info for me to mull around in my head. I have my Parkland mounted on a type of foam board and put a picture frame around it. In fact it looks just like the Carada. I guess I need to order a Carada to see the difference myself What size did you go with Kipp?http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...enshots031.jpg
post #145 of 1421
Looks real nice. I went with the 96". That was as large as I could go between my speakers. See the attached pic. Everything turned out really clean. My goal was to allow for more room in my HT and keeping a very very clean look.
LL
post #146 of 1421
You have to excuse the pic, it is squeezed in from me resizing it for upload. Also, I have not finished with my center channel. It currently is sitting on the floor but I plan to either put in a glass stand or mount it to the wall. I cannot get it all done at once with my 1 1/2 year keeping me occupied most of the time. I am sure many of you fathers know what I mean.

My speaker system is Klipsch 2-RF7s, 1-RC7, 4-RS7s and SVS PB2+ sub. A Pioneer Elite VSX-49TXi is driving everything. All controlled by a Pronto Pro TSU-7000 via RF. It truely is a killer system. I highly recommend the system is you like detailed speakers.
post #147 of 1421
All my gear (receiver/DVD player and such) is located in my utility room next door. I wanted to minimize anything that did not have to be in the HT. It work perfectly.
post #148 of 1421
The room is 26x18x8.
post #149 of 1421
Here is a pic looking from the screen.
LL
post #150 of 1421
Great shots Kipp. Still enjoying the HC-1? I'm thinking about getting one of those also. I know screen shots of actual material can only do so much for accuracy, but maybe you could give us a few more shots with some dvd, HD on your new Carada?
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