Simple question for you all:
People keep wondering whether or not they'd benefit from the black levels of a JVC even in a room that isn't very well light-controlled (light ceilings/walls, e.g.).
Well, isn't this a simple way to tell if your
setup would benefit from a projector with better black levels:
On a 16:9 screen, put up 2.35:1 content. Put your hand up in the light path so you see its shadow on the bottom black bar. IF
you see a significant shadow of your hand, then you'd benefit from a projector with better black levels. IF
you don't, you probably have a JVC or
you have so much ambient light/reflections that the black level of the projector is of little consequence.
I know this test depends on a # of factors; e.g. the shadow of my hand is much dimmer when the iris on my Sony HW50 is clamped down. But I can see it quite well when the iris opens up (not even fully, since I have max iris clamped down to 2/3 stop dimmer than fully open using 'Auto Limited'). I've attempted to combat room reflections by going with a High Contrast High Power (HCHP) screen, added Protostar material (only 30" out from screen) on my ceiling, & limited my iris so that it's never fully open.
But there are still room reflections I can see (ceiling further out, floor, etc.)
Still, I can see the shadow of my hand pretty well when the iris opens up. Since this shadow on the screen still experiences the same reflections as the black bar right next to the shadow of my hand, doesn't that mean I'd benefit from the projector putting out less light in that black bar area?
Pretty sure the answer is an obvious 'yes!
', but I just wanted to get people's feedback.