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You MIGHT be able to find a meter for circa $3500 or so that could read current black levels on most displays and projectors... maybe. It wouldn't be cheap no matter how you go about it. You'd also have to have a reference black room to do the measurement in because darker TVs and projectors are so dark that the light from a single LED anywhere in the room would affect your measurement of "black".
FAR easier, faster, and cheaper to have a 0% and 2% PLUGE pattern or digital 16, 17, 18, 19, etc. pattern (having below black would be helpful but not completely necessary).
The are called light meters because they are good at measuring light and not good at measuring dark.
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