A few of us have been discussing here the choices of different greys out there and which is best. I sat down and decided to build a test screen with blackout material which turned out way better than my expectations. You can see pictures and construction here:http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000910.html
I then went to home depot and bought 3 different shades of grey. All were glidden interior latex flat. Specifically, they are called Snowfield (lightest), Universal Grey (UG for short), and Veil (darkest that I used). I then sectioned off the screen in fourths using masking tape and left one area as-is and then painted the remaining three. Judges (if we can call them that) were myself and two other friends. It became clear right away the grey was yielding an improvement and that the Snowfield just wasn't enough. The real debate was between the UG and Veil. The only problem was that sectioning the screen in fourths put the UG and Veil on the right part of the screen. This made things difficult because in most movie scenes light seems to be coming from the right or the left and not top to bottom.
So back to painting we went. This time I painted the top half of the screen UG and the bottom Veil. This gave me a much better comparison but it is still tough. We all basically agreed it boils down to what means more: Whiter whites or blacker blacks? Whiter whites will occur on the lighter paint (UG). Blacker blacks will occur on the darker paint (Veil). I am considering splitting the difference between the two and having a custom made paint made. All I think you would have to is split the difference between the lamp black. Anyway, here is a number of different screenshots with the UG on top and the Veil on the bottom. These images were taken with an Olympus C2000Z on a HQ setting and everything else at default except no flash. They were all taken during the movie so there might be some blur. None were taken with the dvd paused. They were then ONLY resized. The big difference between the images and reality is that the black level shown on the top part of the image isn't quite as bad as the images would lead you to believe but it can you give a comparison at least. Still for images shot with a digital camera they aren't that far off:
Here you can see the screen itself with the different shades of grey.http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...645&p=44849461
Here you can see what shades of grey can do to color. Do we call this inaccurate or more rich http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
? I prefer the latter.http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...645&p=44849470
Here is the start of fifth element. You can really see the difference in black level and yet white is only slightly effected between the two:http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...645&p=44849500
More fifth element:http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...645&p=44849490
This is my favorite. My biggest complaint with dlp's and lcd's is this white haze that forms over the image so many times. I think you can see here by comparing the top left of the image with the bottom left how moving to a darker grey can help alleviate this effect.http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...645&p=44849492
The Matrix is one of those movies again were the scenes are fairly dark and with blacks not at least being close to black the movie can be difficult to watch.http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...645&p=44849488
Boiler Room screenshots:http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...645&p=44849475
I just painted the entire screen with the darker color (Veil). It might be too much but I just can't tell until the entire screen is done. I'll keep everyone posted.
****ARGH! I did not know the maximum amount of images which could be posted is 8. So I had to take off a few. If you want to see the whole album just go to photopoint.com and use my e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). The album is titled grey split screen I believe.