Originally Posted by Charles R
This part I have to disagree with (for me). My room has evolved over the years through multiple changes so I'm well aware of how they influence my experience. The biggest being a few sound panels. As I have posted before I understand and don't necessarily disagree with the concept however at the same time I think the attention deficit disorder for anything visible is self-induced to a large degree. Such that it is more a mental distraction one has in the desire to cover it up versus its inherent distraction.
I think it's a fair point that you raise. And it's the nature of the "enthusiast" to make mountains out of mole-hills.
However, I find support for this concept not only through my own experimenting and perception, but through the reactions of other people as well.
I started doing these types of experiments with my very basic ED resolution Panasonic plasma, years ago. Once I started masking it for 2:35:1 content, and then adding a pitch black curtain behind it when watching movies, erasing the visible background, I was just amazed at how much more vivid and immersive it seemed to make the image.
The thing is, visitors tended to have the same reactions. They were so blown away (watching under the conditions above) by the image, even though a number of them owned newer, better plasmas, that they thought I had some sort of "special" display or something. Because they'd never experienced an image quite like it. What they were experiencing was really the culmination of my paying attention to the method of presentation, to enhance the qualities of the image - going to a degree they had not experienced before. Not knowing why it looked so much better, they simply attributed it to the plasma itself. (I still to this day have people telling me they never experienced a better flat panel image).
The same has been playing out in my home theater. A number of the people who see movies in my home theater either have projection set ups themselves, or have other friends with projectors, yet I continually am told how much more effective and immersive the experience seems to be at my place. Often they can't articulate exactly why, but speak of the focus and being "in the movie" sensation they get, that they don't experience elsewhere.
Having experimented with presentation for so long, I believe I know why. Unlike in their homes, I've gone to greater lengths to maximize the focus on the image, which pays such dividends.
For most people.