Originally Posted by zombie10k
I made some progress tonight and covered up most of the adjacent wall to my screen. The different is dramatic and I'm thrilled with the results so far. I went through some familiar demo content and it's very engaging to see nothing but the screen. Now everything that isn't covered stands out.
This is motivation to keep going.
Whoa, that looks amazing, Zombie. Have you gone mad enough to cover your speakers with velvet yet? (It looks like it, but can't really know from the photo - that was one of my last "had to do" things and it made a serious difference). When you say "it's very engaging to see nothing but the screen" this is
an experience that is hard to really "get" until you have it.
So many people think about this and say "well, so what? when I'm watching a movie all I'm concentrating on is what's on screen anyway. I don't feel I'm distracted by anything, so what's the big deal?"
What this thinking misses is how our our experience of anything is affected by all sorts of factors that we aren't consciously aware of. We often don't understand what those things are until they are removed, and the experience changes.
When we walk around perceiving things, we may be focused on one particular item, say that car ahead of us, but our visual system and brain is nonetheless using much more of the surrounding visual information in our understanding of what we are focusing on - it's size, color, depth relationship to it's surroundings etc. If you start playing with the surrounding information that you aren't "aware of" it turns out you start altering the experience of the very thing you thought you were "only aware of," as countless visual optical illusions show us.
The more you start removing other visual cues from around your screen, the more you realize they made some contribution to your previous viewing experience even if you weren't aware of it at the time.
I've had a number of friends who didn't get the whole "make the room black" thing until they watched movies in my room, and then they tell me literally weeks after that they keep thinking about how great the "experience" was - "more like I was IN the movie or something" being a common description.
Which is why I think the removal of competing visual cues around the projected image is just as much a benefit of "going black" as cutting down the light reflections/maintaining image contrast.