Originally Posted by Kipp Jones
The screen install really is that simple.
I installed my 104" CCW last night. I can confirm that Kip and Jedi are correct when saying it is easy. If you have ever used a level and tape measure and drilled anchors into drywall for pictures or shelves, then you can save yourself a few hundred $ by doing the install yourself.
I would add a couple more things (all really minor believe me - but I think worth knowing in advance):
1). It is important that your mounting wall be as flat as possible. If you have any power outlets or similar things protruding from the wall, you should probably remove them before trying to install or at least test them for clearance. The screen does sit pretty flush to wall. You would not want a bump protruding through (or worst to tear the screen).
2). Check your wall to make sure it is straight. If yours are like mine, there was a 1/4" bow over the screen's width. Ideally the wall brackets should be straight and not bend with wall. With longer screens like mine, if bracket not straight it can be difficult for lower screen edge to clip securely. I solved this by simply gluing the appropriate portion of a piece of wood shim (like the ones used for door framing, etc) to the back of the affected wall bracket, then pre-drilled through the wall bracket holes into the shim to ensure I didn't split it when attaching to wall with screws. Took 10 mins and bracket attached straight and snug.
3). It took me 2 hours to assemble (from start of opening box to finished). I went pretty slow as this was my first PJ screen install. Having done it once, I am pretty sure it could really be done in a little over an hour by an experienced person. You can assemble the screen by yourself - it is that simple - but you will find things go easier if you have a helper for attaching the screen to the frame and mounting the finished screen to the wall brackets.
Other than that, all I can say is "wow"! I am coming from a 32" TV and I can now say is I know what I have been missing!
I am using my screen with the Panasonic AE900U. Sitting at 13ft and projecting from 16ft. PQ is great!
For those wondering about Carada CCW ability to handle ambient light, my early experiments indicate that I can have lights in the rear third of my Rec Room (behind PJ and viewing area) up around 40% with only minimal impact on Black level and contrast. This is more than sufficient for family members to play pool or cards in the rear area while others watch a movie. Above the 40% level, PQ does decline quite quickly as light increases.
Quick thanks again to all the AVS members who posted here or PM'd me with their expertise and own personal experience and advice. It helped a lot and is appreciated.....especially by the kids
...their jaws dropped to the floor when I fired everything up for the first time