Originally Posted by MississippiMan
Don't be mistaken.
If it was a very recent image posted last week, the Shot you saw was of a "Painted Bright White Solid" screen compared to a Silver Spandex surface merely draped over the latter....not stretched.
Otherwise, several weeks earlier was an actual White vs Gray "side-by-Side" that was much more indicative of what you should expect. However that Example also did not feature the Silver Spandex in a stretched-mode....only draped.
Too often people get misdirected by incomplete postings or their own assumptions.
At least two members have recently received Spandex material that has an actual Matte Silver metallic coating....something that might hold far greater promise than merely a Spandex that is "called" Silver metallic because of it's silver/gray color.
Study the threads a bit more carefully, and remember this above all else, ......comparing any pure white surface against a darker Gray surface will always grossly favor the former if sheer brightness is the primary consideration. As such, any such comparison is not really valid as far as showing the potential of same.
It's all about creating a balance between the PJ's output, the Screen's reflectivity, and the Room's reflective surfaces / Lighting conditions. The image /s you saw...while certainly posted with good intentions, offered none of those criteria. It was simply a "Hey...lookee here at the difference" kinda thing.
And just to make it clear.
None of the images posted by anyone would ever matter. Too many variables involved to copy another person's applications.
It all comes down to what is best fit for your viewing preferences, equipments, room conditions, blah, blah, blah.
What I posted shows a significant difference in brightness between a WHITE screen and the silver molesksin (facts I fully disclosed).
I noticed with my own eyes that the matte silver was too dark (per my PJ settings), so I put a meter to it to prove it.
Now that's fact that anyone can consume. I repeat, fact. But there are people that prefer a darker picture, with better blacks and deeper colors while sacrificing brightness. You just can't have it all.
The best way to find out is just TRY it. Just like buying speakers, bring them home, put them in your room, hook them up to your components and listen to contents that you normally do and find the best set of speakers for your ears.
Good luck with our project, and remember to post some pics. We love 'eye candies' around these forums.