Carada Projector Screen Review
- Product Name: Criterion Projector Screen
- Manufacturer: Carada
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- Review Date: February 23, 2005 19:00
- MSRP: $ 690
Frame: 3.25" x 1.5" 6063 T-5 Aluminum Frame
Bracing: 14 gauge plate steel
Tensioning System: Manual via snap system with 3M adhesive-reinforced screen borders
Screen Material: Classic Cinema White (1.0), Brilliant White (1.4), High Contrast Grey (0.8)
Over-spill Absorption: "Black Hole" velvet trim
Available Screen Ratios: 1.33:1, 1.78:1, 1.85:1, 2.05:1, 2.35:1
Outside Dimensions (as tested): 86.8" (W) x 51.7" (H)
Screen Dimensions (as tested): 80.2" (W) x 45.1" (H)
- Rock solid tension with no visible inconsistencies in surface material
- Steel corner bracing and well-constructed aluminum frame
- Able to attain a very even grayscale uniformity and color balance
- Bottom wall-bracket somewhat cumbersome for anchoring screen to wall
So you wouldn't recommend the high contrast grey? I thought that would be better to get deeper blacks. And these screens, I would have to put it together myself right, how easy is it to assemble?
Most people view front projection in a light controlled room, in those cases high contrast grey does nothing to help. If you have a new projector, then it is rarely necessary to go with grey screens. I have a grey screen with my fairly low contrast Panasonic PT-L300U and I have compared it to a white 1.1 gain screen - if I had my way (I don't) I would use a 1.4 gain screen instead of grey. I think brilliant white is appropriate for about 90% of installations... or more.
As for assembly, it takes about 2 hours to assemble and hang. Just go to the hardware store and pick up a stud finder and some EZ wall anchors.
I hung a 160" screen last Saturday and it took a little over 2 hours to do it myself. That's one big ol' screen I was hangin'!
Bottom line, the difference in price between the Precision and Criterion screens is all about the frame cost and design change and the price difference is 'fair'. If it were a lot more expensive, then it wouldn't be cool and if it were much cheaper, then it would likely need to compromise build quality... or just be called one heck of a bargain.
As for the screens themselves: For the money, there is nothing out there that I would consider better for your money. You get a build quality that is similar to Stewart for a price that is far less than DaLite or Draper... That sounds EXACTLY like a great deal to me. There are do-it-yourself techniques that are very good as well, but I think my money would go towards a nice Criterion brilliant white screen most days of the week.
Should I go with the Criterion or the Precision and should I get the classic cinema white, brilliant white, or the high contrast grey?
Please let me know.