Quote: Originally Posted by Charles R
To some degree it can have the reverse affect... it becomes much more noticeable your black level isn't quite as good as you thought. When you have predominantly dark scenes and your environment is really dark all of a sudden you begin to notice your image looks washed out. At least this is what I have noticed over the years as my room has become darker and darker. If one cuts down on the obvious reflections I think you're in good shape. As an example you can see how much my ivory trim (click on my Avatar) shows up during a viewing.
I have also noticed if my room is very dark I have to reduce the projector's light output or my eyes get tired from
I actually had a similar experience. I have a jvc x35, so pretty darn good blacks(better than nearly all the plasmas on the market now) and with my room painted 'medium' brown it looked fantastic. still, I found the room got lit up by the images on screen, and wondered if the picture could get even better, and if I could reduce the amount of the room that would 'distract' me during viewing. so I painted the ceiling black(from white), the top half of my walls dark blue and the bottom half black.
I did notice less of the room during viewing, and I was surprised to find the room felt larger. not what I was expecting at all, but with the black ceiling it kind of felt like there was no ceiling. the room just felt taller and more spacious. I also found that I was more comfortable closing up the iris on my jvc than I was before. but, what I didn't like was that due to the dimmer picture(closed the iris), and much dimmer room, I guess my eyes adjusted to the darker level and the inky blacks I loved on the jvc now looked like 'good' blacks and I could clearly see the outline of the screen now. watching a dark movie, I was less impressed with the black levels. watching a bright movie, the fades to black still look pitch black. but if it stays blacks for 20seconds or longer that's enough time for my eyes to adjust and the blacks don't look so black anymore.
between my personal experience and what I've read from others, i'm beginning to believe it's more important to make sure absolutely no ambient light enters the room, than to have a completely black cave. the only time your white walls/ceiling will light up the screen is when the screen is bright. and when the screen is bright, your irises close up, and dark greys look black anyway. the only time your walls/ceiling will drastically affect a dark image on screen is if there's light shining on them other than from the projector.
honestly, I feel like i'm far more sensitive to all the lighting flaws in my room now that I've gone black/dark blue. it could be I'm paying more attention, but I really believe it's a matter of my eyes staying adjusted to a dark environment and being more sensitive now.