Also, I had to use my iPhone because my batteries were dead in my digital camera...
As to gain changes with the black backing, I noticed no differences in overall gain with or without the backing. I did, however, see significant improvements in contrast due to the better blacks from the absence of reflected light from the furnishings behind the screen.
Ultimately I'll post a short build thread with more screenies. Is there a thread where screen shot technique is discussed in detail? I just chose the same frames and "perceived" method used by Art Feierman at ProjectorReviews.com for what I thought was a more universal comparison standard.
1) pick up Milliskin Silver and Milliskin white
2) leave the moleskin alone and put some white behind it instead of the black
3) just go watch some movies
I was also considering getting some Mellotone speaker cloth from Parts Express to use on the rest of the wall since my speakers are in that wall too. Damn pricey tho. What if I just used the Black Milliskin from Spandex World? Someone else also asked about the stretch velvet from SW http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/677. Thought about that for the frame around the screen. Thoughts?
117" screen, Epson 8350 throwing 12 feet
Either White or Light Silver Milliskin will give you a smoother looking image than the Moleskin....at least marginally. The real advantage lies in the better acoustic properties of the Milliskin over the Moleskin, especially when a dual layer is employed. I personally prefer White over Silver...some like a Black rear layer for even more greater contrast off a White Top Layer.
But with a dedicated room, I would always suggest a White top layer with a darker underlay.
"I'm laughing at the superior intellect"
As always, thank-you MM for the experienced guidance. You've never led me astray!
I have a closed concept living room that is 13x18 with an 8 foot ceiling. It has one 6x4 window facing north that lets in some ambient light. I don't think I would want to go dark and pull the blackout curtains every time I want to watch something unless it was a movie. If I decided to go with a Panny8000 and the white matte and silver matte milliskin on a 120 inch screen, would I go silver top layer and white underlay? Or does the Panasonic have enough to pull off the white top layer in a non-dedicated theater room? Thanks for your time.
One funny note, my screen looks smaller now. It is in fact 1 inch smaller @ 117", but even my kids commented "Dad, why does it look smaller?" Damn kids!