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Oct 1, 2014 Terry P from Texas, USA
ORDER NUMBER: 19584
Carada 110" 1.78:1 Criterion Screen - Classic Cinema White

We have spent the last year putting together the dedicated Home Theater in our new home. We installed the projector early on and just watched on the wall, opting to invest in our speakers first. We've enjoyed it, but oh what a difference our new Carada screen has made!

Our projector is a Panasonic PT-AE8000U, ceiling mounted 13' from the screen. With our 110" screen size, I have it on Eco mode and it's easily bright enough to watch programming with the lights fully on in the room (4 75W Cree LED bulbs in wall mounted up firing sconces). When the lights are dimmed or turned off for a Bluray movie or FIOS TV, WOW! The picture is simply amazing. Colors are deep and strong, contrast if excellent, sharpness is superb. The screen surface is perfectly flat, with no ripples, bows, creases, etc.

Cinemascope movies look great; the unlit areas are not bothersome whatsoever and hardly noticeable -- certainly not noticeable enough for me to opt for a 2.35:1 screen, which I had seriously considered. Before deciding which aspect ratio to go with, I set up the automatic switching on my projector to go between a 1.78:1 HD/Bluray source and a 2.35:1 source. While it worked well, I ultimately decided I didn't want a smaller-than-110" HDTV screen, and couldn't zoom out enough for a 128" 2.35:1 screen which I needed to get the same height HDTV screen. I'm very happy I went with the 110" 1.78:1 format. And honestly, give the incredibly affordable price, I figured if I was left wanting in the future, I'd sell this one on eBay and just get the bigger one later!

The Criterion frame size is perfect for this screen size. It looks striking when the lights are on, but the "black hole velvet" wrap completely eliminates any light spill from the projector. It's sweet!

Assembly was easy, but I was grateful for my brother's strong hands helping pull the screen taut as we snapped the viewing screen to the frame. Also, we struggled with the height of the bottom bracket -- had to move it two times to get it right. Might have been user error, but I swear we measured it properly!

To avoid that issue for others, I think it would be helpful if Carada provided the exact distance from the top bracket for the bottom bracket installation height for each screen size to make the installation just that much easier. Again, I could have mis-measured, but I'm almost certain I didn't. Either way, if the distance were provided, there would be no question for the installation.

Almost forgot to mention: I wasn't home when FedEx delivered the screen, but when I got home I found my box had some slight damage from shipping. I emailed Carada with pics as a precaution, and David Giles emailed me back just 7 minutes later, telling me it looked like a pretty bad puncture, but open it up and let them know if there is any damage and if there was, they'd take care of it. Totally put my mind at ease from a customer service perspective. The great news is due to Carada's excellent packaging/packing, there was no damage at all to the frame or screen.

My price comparisons showed that Carada has the best value for my money. Comparing the Carada screen to a friend's competing "D-" brand that costs twice the price for the same size, I certainly don't see how others justify such a higher price than Carada. My only regret is that I obsessed so long on what size to get -- I should have just bitten the bullet and gotten the screen ages ago. We could have been enjoying this awesome screen six months ago!

I wouldn't hesitate a second to highly recommend a Carada screen to anyone considering a projector screen.
Sep 22, 2014 Mike R from Florida, USA
I recently purchased a Carada Horizontal Masquerade Masking System for my home theatre. Having worked in the theatre as a projectionist for many years, I have tried to create the “real theatre experience” in my home. The Carada Horizontal Masquerade Masking System helped me achieve that goal.

I am using a BENQ W6000 digital projector to provide a 126” diagonal screen image. Seating is 14’ from the screen. For several years, I have been trying to determine a practical way to hide the annoying horizontal grey bars on 2.35:1 pictures. I considered several possibilities but they all required some type of manual rigging that had to be changed for each aspect ratio. I searched the internet for screen masking systems but most required professional installation and cost which I could not justify. I discovered the Carada web site and after several visits to the site and responses from David Giles to several questions concerning my particular installation, I decided their masking systems were the solution to my problem.

The Carada web site provides details on the masking systems they sell. I especially liked the screen demo of the masking systems in operation. The web site also provides access to the Owner’s Manual which explains how to install their system. I found this most helpful. To maintain the size of my existing screen image, I ordered the Horizontal Masquerade Masking System that would provide a horizontal image of 126”.

The system was delivered by freight truck and I was impressed by the substantial crating of the system. Because of the weight and length of the crate, I had it placed in my garage rather than move it into the theatre. Since the top & bottom horizontal frame components are approximately 10’ in length, they are somewhat awkward to handle so I had my handyman assist me with the installation (which I strongly recommend). Instructions are clearly written and photos are provided for visual guidance. The masking system was installed over my existing screen. Installation took about 3 hours. No unforeseen problems were encountered.

My new Carada masking system is beautiful. The 6 ¼” black velvet masking panels certainly enhance the screen image. From my seat, I operate the masking using the remote control unit which is included with the system. When the masking is moved, it is silent except for a faint click when it stops. People who have seen the installation rave at the difference it makes in the picture by hiding the horizontal grey bars. I am extremely pleased with the Carada Horizontal Masquerade Masking System.

My experience with Carada was very positive. David Giles quickly responded to my questions and concerns about installation. I did internet research on Carada and found no negative comments about the company or their products. Their web site provides all the information about their products including prices. No need to contact your local dealer. You work directly with the company. No middle man. They do it right.
Aug 29, 2014 Scott P from Idaho, USA
Carada 2.35:1 Criterion 112 inch diagonal screen

This is my second Carada screen with the first being a Precision screen. The quality screen you get for your dollar is amazing. It has to be the best value out there for fixed projector screens. If I build another home theater room my screen of choice will be Carada. Highly Recommended!
Aug 25, 2014 Michael O'Toole from UK, United Kingdom
Consider this a long considered review. I bought an 116" Carada screen some seven years ago - it was fantastic to set up, came with everything I needed, and it is still going strong, a house move or so later. Great screen, good price, well shipped here to the UK.

David from Carada was more than happy to answer any questions I had, too.

Michael
Jul 24, 2014 Lam SFbay from California, USA
I recently purchased a 142" Carada Criterion with brilliant white screen material. Shipping was quick to California Bay Area (took about a week). It arrived in excellent condition. The screen is very sturdy and well made (made in USA does mean something!). Tried a couple of blu-ray movies and love the sharpness and popping color. The wider frame of the Criterion model also gives it a more "upscale/professional" look even without the projector on and blends in very well with other furniture in my living room.

I rarely write reviews (+/-) on any product I buy online but likes this screen so much I feel I should write one this time.
Feb 27, 2014 OwenW from Wicklow, Ireland
After hearing about Carada 7-8 years ago and reading many positive reviews on the UK and US forums I planned to upgrade from a DIY screen to a Carada in my recently constructed home cinema.

I ordered a 112" 2.35:1 Criterion screen at the beginning of 2014 and it was shipped and delivered in about a week. Any questions I had were answered quickly and it is clear that Carada are enthusiastic and rightly proud of the service and products they offer. I would recommend them highly.
Feb 18, 2014 Jeff Stryker from Virginia, USA
I purchased a Carada 110" Criterion Classic White (CCW) screen from David Giles (Carada) through Gregg Loewen (Lion Audio Video) in late December.
Pricing was very fair from both gentlemen especially after a delivery snag. Mr. Giles offered a partial refund for the inconvenience. Customer service was 24-Carat First Class!
From the very first online chat session with Carada to a follow-up email after setup I was in good hands. And I had dozens of questions - all cheerfully answered.
I love the screen - especially the solid frame, tight fabric, outstanding viewing angles, and perfect color reproduction.
Highly recommended.
Dec 20, 2013 Chuck from Georgia, USA
Carada CIH Masking System.

About 5 or 6 years ago I visited a friend who had a very nice theater but his theater had one thing mine did not: an automated masking system. The difference in the quality of the image with and without the masking system in place was startling. The contrast was so improved that I knew I needed to add masking to my theater. My first attempt was to build some panels that I could stick in place as necessary. While it certainly improved the picture, it lacked the flexibility that I wanted (multiple sized masks) and the automation of the masks that added the “cool factor” and did enhance the whole “theater experience”.

Next up was an automated system that was a MAJOR pain in the rear to install and was not without it’s hiccups operationally. It did provide two setting, however, and was certainly better than the manual approach. One of the other issues with the manual system was where to store the masks when not in use. The automated system solved that problem as well.

We recently sold our home and purchased a new home and, of course, I was going to build my last and final theater. Given my experiences with my previous system, I decided to do it right and purchase a masking system from a company who had some long-term experience doing so and also had a solid reputation. I looked at Stewart and Carada. But once I saw the Stewart pricing (they are very proud of their masking system apparently), I decided to go with Carada.

I ordered the CIH system (for a 51 x 120 screen) and when the shipment arrived and the delivery guy needed my assistance in getting this 160 pounds off the truck, I was quite surprised at the bulk.

My college minor was mechanical engineering. When I opened up the shipping container, I was massively impressed. They seemed to have thought of everything: They had threaded spots built into the system whose sole purpose was to assist in securing the various components in place for shipping. As it turns out, probably 60 pounds of the 160 pounds (those are estimates only) were attributed to the packaging and securing of the system to the container. Once I began removing pieces from the container, it was quite obvious, that this was one hefty and well constructed product (a far cry from my last automated system).

When I first read the installation instructions, I was a bit overwhelmed. Even after opening the container, I was still a bit overwhelmed. But once I took every thing out of the box, and began the installation, it was very straightforward. They have clearly put a lot of thought into this product and what the consumer must do to install it. And on the few occasions that I had any questions, David was very helpful and did not make me feel like the complete moron that I thought I was.

Given my background in engineering and my previous experience with another automated masking system, I was quite impressed with the design, implementation, construction and operation of this product.

Once I got everything connected, and pushed the buttons on the remote, it did EXACTLY what was advertised. The masks move fairly quick and simultaneously to provide both the function I needed and the cool factor I desired.

For anyone looking a a well designed, constructed and supported automated masking system, I HIGHLY recommend the products from Carada.

Dec 6, 2013 RD from New York, USA
Product: Criterion 118" Brilliant White 1.78:1.
Projector: Epson 6030UB.
Helpful consultation to choose the correct product.
Easy ordering.
Surprisingly quick to ship especially considering they are made to order.
Easy to install (two person), and ...
Fantastic image!!! My room has light colored walls, so in bright scenes the reflected light does add to the ambient, but the PJ/screen combo holds contrast exceedingly well. Can't wait to see how well it does once I paint the walls.
Couldn't be happier with screen, or with Carada as a company. Highly recommended.
Jul 22, 2013 Denis from Pennsylvania, USA
I have been wanting a dedicated home theater since I was in college 20 years ago. I finally was able to build it and started researching every component I needed to death. This lead me to Carada for what I heard was the absolute best value and best customer service. I was not disappointed. I ordered a 128" 2.35:1 BW screen. It came in a few days. When I got it I was worried because the box was a little banged up. I emailed Darald at Carada who had been helping me and he said to contact him if anything was wrong and they would fix it. Fortunately the screen was packaged well enough that everything was fine. I set it up with my Dad in about a half hour. It looks AMAZING with my new Panny AE80000u. Definitely go with the biggest 2.35 if you can ;) . Everyone who sees it is speechless and can't stop staring. Top notch company with over the top customer service.
May 12, 2013 Joe"The Irish Guy" from New Hampshire, USA
Hi folks, after looking at a lot of other screen company's on the net we decided to go with Carada.
We ordered an 88 Inch Precision Series Projection Screen - 1.85 to 1 ratio High Contrast Grey.
We were in search of deeper blacks as our old screen wasn't fulfilling this task very well.
Not the largest screen you will ever see due to the weird shape of our basement this was a perfect size for us.
The screen came perfectly packed with no damage and 20 minutes later we had it up on the wall.
Our projector is a Planar 8150 a couple of years old but still great paired up with Wharfdale Jade 3 speakers and Bowers & Wilkins surrounds.
Our first movie was Braveheart and all I can say was .......wow!
Most of the mountain and fight scenes we filimed near my home in Ireland so I wanted to see just how good just the countryside looked.
The image was mind numbingly brilliant, crisp and insanely clear and the blacks wer pitch black!
I dont know how clear the human eyeball can see but this gotta be it.
We are so pleases with this product and highly recommend that you buy from Carada.
From start to finish the customer service is top notch, they double check ones order before manafacturing and followup to check that all is fine.
Carada makes great screens at a very reasonable price point.
Now and get yourself one!!
Joe "The Irish Guy"
Apr 26, 2013 Nate Howard from Michigan, USA
ORDER NUMBER: 18860
For 2 years I waited patiently for the opportunity to upgrade my projection screen from a Dalite perm wall 120" gray to the Highly touted Carada Criterion BW. I was looking to eek every bit of performance out of my video experience. I upgraded my blu ray player to an oppo 93. I could not wait to pair my Epson 8700UB with a Carada Criterion BW screen. Two weeks ago my Carada screen was delivered. The package arrived safely with no issues. I inspected the screen and frame thoroughly. No material defects were discovered. I have installed my screen in my theater room. I am beyond excited about the quality of the screen and frame. The look is extremely professional. The only thing that exceeds the look is the image quality that I am enjoying while watching blu ray movies via my oppo bdp-93 and Epson 8700ub. I am using the THX mode of my projector and with your 115 BW screen the brightness difference and sharpness of the picture is obvious . The black levels are deeper. I am one satisfied customer. Thank you!!!

Mar 28, 2013 Jerry from Kansas, USA
I've had a Carada screen and masking system for about 6 months. Both were custom built to my specifications to fit in my space. I've changed aspect ratios on the fly with the masking system probably hundreds of times, it still works perfectly. The screen is a HUGE step up from the wall I was using. I had no problems with shipping and turnaround time from my order was short. I ended up hiring a contractor for installation, but I am not the "handyman" type and I have old, plaster walls that took a bit of extra work. It took two men about 6 hours to complete installation. It seemed to go smoothly and instructions are well written. Highly recommended.
Mar 12, 2013 bmax774 from Texas, USA
I have ordered twice from Carada now and have been extremely impressed both times! The first screen I had to leave behind when we sold our home thus the reason for ordering a second time. Carada makes a fantastic product that will live up to anyone's high standards. I have seen numerous screens over the years ranging from low end to the upper end and I will take a Carada Screen over any of the others any day of the week! The build quality is second to none. I just received my 104" Criterion screen and I must say it looks fantastic in our media room with the large aluminum frame covered with the black hole felt trim - it just looks like it belongs and my wife and I love it! I could talk about their screens all day and why it is the only screen you would ever want, but what impressed me the most this time around was their customer service. The box arrived via FedEx damaged and opened on one end. I immediately took pictures and sent them to Carada for documentation purposes in case of damage or missing pieces. Darald with Carada responded immediately and was more than willing to help rectify any situation that would have arose. However, Carada had packaged the screen and the contents so well that nothing was lost or damaged - I was truly amazed! Threw the whole process Darald was extremely friendly and made me feel like he genuinely cared about my order. He was willing to do what it took to make the order right should something have been wrong and he worked to make me feel important. Carada's screens speak for themselves and their customer service has proven to be top notch! I will not hesitate to recommend a Carada screen to anyone in the market as Carada is truly a great company that makes a great product at a great price point!!!
Oct 26, 2012 HomeTheaterFan44 from Texas, USA
Put up my second Carada Brilliant White HDTV screen a couple of days ago in our Home Theater I seem to evolve each year. This one is 126" Criterion Series with the elegant 3.25" beveled frame. Order process was easy and shipping was free and fast. I received a shipping notice the next day Fedex ground. The screen is outstanding. Quality (The packaging is very well done and I like the white gloves but to be honest I didn't use them), wide viewing angle (I really like the extra pop the BW 1.4 gain provides without a lot of viewing angle loss), affordable (I have used a Stewart in the past and as great as that screen is, the price performance for this screen is excellent) and easy to install (I have installed this screen before so this was easier with the button snap a simple screwdriver, rubber mallet to tap the frame together and I use sheet rock toggle bolts with large washers with the brackets works really well) but the 126" required a bit of help from someone else when it came to mounting it to the wall bracket) is how I can describe it. I was afraid it would be too big in the room but I wanted a great immersive experience as I as I continue to evolve the room. The first movie the family watched was Avatar 3D (lights out of course for us ambient light can lessen the 3D effect with 2D my room can stand quite a bit of ambient light due to the new projector specs....WOW. All we can say is this screen matched with my new Panasonic AE8000 makes this experience a 3DISCOVERY! There are a lot of great screens out there, I have used a number of them, but the Carada design and price performance is working very well for us. Thanks Carada
Sep 14, 2012 70mm_Forever from Florida, USA
I bought Carada's 96" 1.78 Precision in Cinema Classic White back in 2005 (!) for my apartment. For 5 years it lived in a living room "home theater." Still worked very well.

Then I bought a house in 2010. Here's where the Carada quality comes in: Despite my best efforts in preparing and executing the move, Things Went Wrong: A piece of tape stuck to the FRONT side of the screen, right on the vinyl. I un-stuck it, no damage. Then, the screen got toppled over, and landed on the corner of a box, where it remained overnight. I was horrified to find a huge pimple on the screen. The next day, the pimple was gone, without a trace. What a fantastic screen!

Now it resides in a bedroom converted to a proper cinema, with black screen wall and ceiling, dark side and rear walls. The result is better than ever. A spectacular value, a spectacular screen, tough as nails, and after 7 years, still beautiful to look at. Still flawless!

Instead of a new screen I think my next purchase will be their horizontal Masquerade masking system, coupled with curtains so I can mask in all four directions.
Jul 24, 2012 mn_hokie from Minnesota, USA
I have purchased from Carada several times over the past 8-10 years. My most recent screen was a 135" Criterion in the 2.35 aspect ratio. Like every purchase before it, the service was top notch, pricing was FAR better than the closest competitor, and the order was processed and shipped to my doorstep in less than a week. I still believe that Carada screens are the best deal in the industry when shopping projection screens and I will continue to promote them with each and every project that I run across.
Jul 9, 2012 Art Harris from Georgia, USA
I planned to purchase the Epson 6010 and wanted a screen for 3D as well as normal viewing. He sent a package of screen materials and documents to assist in my selection. I bought the Carada 118" Brilliant White screen and could not be happier. I can't imagine paying $2000-$5000 for a screen after seeing how well the Carada screen and frame is made. The installation was very well documented and easy to install.I ordered it on a Tuesday morning and it arrived on Thursday.(maybe because I am not that far for shipping)I am more than pleased with my purchase and look forward to hours of enjoyment. Thanks Carada!!
May 15, 2012 Jeremy Bunn from Washington, USA
ORDER NUMBER: 18352
I ordered the 126" brilliant white screen. Rex contacted me before the order shipped to confirm a few things. He reviewed my basement plans and answered questions about ambient light.

Installation was ridiculously easy. The snaps that Carada uses made tensioning pretty much effortless.

We do not have our projector hooked up yet but the screen looks fantastic.

I do recommend these guys.
May 8, 2012 adam from New Brunswick, Canada
After a year of trying out various wall paints and never being truly happy with the result, I finally gave up and decided to invest in a proper screen. Rex at Carada helped me choose the best screen type for my room, and built exactly to my custom dimensions. At under $1000 for a 130" screen, I definitely recommend Carada for a quality personal home theatre.