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Has your G11 been calibrated yet? Out of the box my G15 had 250:1 contrast which looked good, but definitely lacked the punch of the 500:1 contrast after calibration.
The Grayhawk does add contrast and black level, but it comes across as the picture having more depth and detail, rather than punch.
The punch comes from brightness. When I had my last Draper M2500 screen it's 2.3 gain definitely added more punch, which helps with light control issues. Of course having a larger screen combined with lots of light does bring out problems with light reflections.
After getting the larger screen I could visibly see the reflected light off the ceiling, walls and floor splashing back on the screen, washing out the image.
My solution was darkening the ceiling, and putting black velvet curtains on the walls, and it made an improvement, especially for the image contrast on the edges of the screen.
We are both at the edge of the brightness vs. screen size spectrum, and it is a trade off between screen size, brightness, contrast, and black level. So with such a large screen, you will not have the retina-searing brightness of a RPTV or tube TV, but the immersiveness is a worthwhile tradeoff for me.
You might try to add some dark curtains if possible to reduce the reflected light.
[This message has been edited by Dean McManis (edited 01-16-2001).]