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Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: W Simsbury, CT, USA
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Thanks for the compliments. The house has a very open floor plan with some very interesting details, which is what we loved about it when we first saw it, but the open floor plan and angled white walls don't allow for many options when trying to fit in a home theater.
I think I've been running my PJ in "Natural" mode. I don't remember if I ever tweaked any of the settings. I've been happy with how that looks at night, so I've delayed spending serious time trying to adjust the settings.
As far as the High Power screen is concerned...I thought about switching to a gray material, to aid in daytime viewing, but I've read mixed opinions with some saying that they don't get enough punch from it. I suspect that I'd find myself having to run the lamp in a higher power mode more often, which I'd rather not do. Quite honestly, I think I've come to the opinion that there's (almost) no such thing as too much brightness. At night, I can run this projector in a low-power mode, and while the blacks might not be pure black, that's usually only noticeable in super-dark scenes. In any scenes that have some amount of brightness in them, the black areas look plenty black to me. During the day is when I think I might get some benefit from a gray screen, combined with running the PJ's bulb in high lumens mode. I worry, though, that if I'm also going to increase my screen size significantly, I'll be lacking the lumens I need. And, as I said, at night I currently don't find the image to be too bright in my low-power mode (though perhaps it might be), and it will dim as I increase the screen size, even if I stick with a High Power material.
I guess the bottom line is that I'd love to try out a gray screen, but I'm wary of spending the money on something that I may decide I'm not happy with. And I don't think an 8.5x11" sized sample is going to be big enough for me to gauge how it will really feel. Whereas, with a larger High Power screen, I pretty much know what I'll be getting: a larger, dimmer version of what I've already got.
But now you've got me thinking...maybe I should inquire with Da-Lite about what a fairly large sized piece of one of their "gray" materials (I think the HCMW falls into that category) would cost with no frame or anything. If I could get something like a 45"x40" piece, that would be 1/2 the size of my current 45"x80" screen, and I could hang it over the current screen, and get a really good feel for how they'd compare. If I could do that for less than $100, it might be worth it.
I'd much rather watch a great movie in B&W at 240 lines of resolution than a lousy movie in 1080p with lossless audio.