Originally Posted by ThePrisoner
You nailed it George! After all, your the guru on the subject. I purchased the Ideal-Lume a few years back for behind my Panasonic 60GT30. I took your advice on ditching the wall mount (my previous Panny 50VT25 was wall mounted). My only problem with the Ideal-Lume is what you stated, my wall color is not ideal. This is my living room and I can't get away with neutral colors due to my wife.
As you might guess, I haven't used the Ideal-Lume in awhile due to the wall color and the light illumination. My display is calibrated with about 35fl light output, we've been watching in total darkness when viewing movies and have not experienced eye fatigue.
Here we have a classic quandary! Females of the species are actually more sensitive to color than the male. Their retinas have more cones than men. This makes women biologically equipped to better distinguish between, and appreciate more readily, subtle differences in colors than their mates. Unfortunately, physiology and biology don't inherently foster an appreciation for logic and reason.
Ever really looked at a major departments store's makeup department? How many shades of pink, beige, coral, etc., do you see there? If the store lighting was changed significantly, all those color samples would look substantially different. Would your wife care? Most would.
Color selection in wardrobe items, makeup, hair color, etc., has been developed into a fine science in the fashion industry. Most of it is based upon complexion. How the color of a garment interacts with the color composition of a woman's face/eyes/hair
is at issue. Certain colors are "unflattering" with a particular woman's type of complexion. It's a perceptual issue for anyone viewing the woman.
These exact same points can be made when it comes to surrounding a painting, photograph, video display, etc, with any particular color. The only way to avoid unflattering interactions between the image on a video display and its environment is to surround the TV or monitor with a neutral color (any shade of gray- from near black to white). It's not the entire room that has to be neutral, just the wall that is within the observer's field of view when watching the display. Truly neutral colors complement any other color near it, because neutrals reflect all other colors equally.
Common decorator practice in designing rooms includes having most of the walls a near white color for good light reflection, but one wall a more vivid accent color to complement other design elements (carpet, furniture, drapes, etc.). Unfortunately, I've seen many times where the TV will be placed in the middle of the accent wall. This is just plain ignorance on the part of the designer. Of all the walls to choose for the accent color, the TV wall is the worst. Surrounding a video display with any color other than neutral will skew the color perception of the viewer. The color of the surround will be subtracted from the video image. More saturated color in the surround will increase this effect. Less colorful surrounds have less effect.
Room lighting also affects the perception of the surround, as well as how the image on the screen is perceived. The intensity and color of ambient lighting in a video viewing environment impact the viewing experience. Pick the wrong elements, and the picture quality of a video system will be unavoidably flattered or distorted/contaminated/compromised/disrupted/diminished. There are demonstrations of this phenomenon included in this video interview with Scott Wilkinson: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1499286/the-room-is-a-video-component-with-alan-brown
How many walls are in your house? Tell your wife she has control of all of them.............except one. You get one wall- she gets all of the rest.