I have a CPVC manifold that I use in both of my MLTs, and it works great. I batch sparge, and also use a pump to vorlauf and move wort to my boil kettle. I haven't used a braid, so I can't make any direct observations as to whether either works better in my system. However, I know some brewers who do use braids and, as Denny said, the wort seems to clear a little faster. I went with the manifold because I already had the CPVC around the house, and because I hadn't come across the braid idea yet. I'm sure you'd be happy with either a braid or a manifold - it's really a matter of preference and how much tinkering you want to do.