Originally Posted by wbassett
'painted mirror and basic Parkland' with the same rating, and god forbid a mfg screen material rated higher than that... then a piece of laminate at the top! ... it'll be said it's because you use a crt and not a digital projector
I have no problem with people trying or using a mirror screen or any other screen... if it works better for them, that's all that matters.
My mirror tests were only on a wardrobe mirror. And my results indicated that the approach was valid. However, the cost of a mirror larger than 4x8 was extremely cost prohibitive. Gluing mylar didn't seem feasible to me, either... I wouldn't find 1' piece glued mylar a suitable for shaving in the morning... much less watching at 10' when we do everything we can to get imperfections out of our picture at a sub-pixel level.
And on top of that, durability is very important to me. Even if I applied the paint perfectly to the mirror, with the right depth and the right spray technique, how long would it take (especially with kids in the house) for the surface to get scraped or flake?
CRTs have incredibly high contrast ratios. And they work best on white screens with gain from 1.0 to 1.8 - higher gained screens need to be curved (torus) to mitigate color shift and hotspotting. And CRTs don't need gray to help with black levels... they don't have to try to use a pixel to block 1000 lumens from a bulb. If CRT wants complete black, it just doesn't send a beam to the phosphor.
Originally Posted by hg57
Would you recall if that was the matte finish on the Formica panel?
It was a couple of years ago, but I recall the surface as appearing very similar to the Wilsonart surface... typical flat matte. It wasn't special order, it was the standard off-the-shelf stock at HD. Next time I'm there, I'll see if they still stock Formica and I'll see what the finish is. In fact, I might even re-buy another sheet of Formica (and save the receipt) just to do a side-by-side comparison with the same projector and same setup.