The setup is a Sony VPL-VW100 projector projecting on a Elite CineTension 100" screen. The problem is the images seem too dark unless I max out on contrast! The screen has a gain specification of 1.1. The projector is rated to be 800 lumens. The projector is set at about 14' from the screen. The projector was attempted to be calibrated by a well known ISF professional calibrator in our area - known as Mr. Bob in various internet forums.
Myself and Mr. Bob tried various menu options on the projector. We just couldn't get the image to be bright enough unless we maxed out on the contrast - which of course degrades the image quality considerably. Mr. Bob's opinion was that I should try a new screen - perhaps one from Stewart. I called up a local Stewart dealer, and he visited my HT to take a look. He thought changing the screen is not going to help much - I should get the projector checked, as the image is too dark for ANY screen gain factor.
So now I am confused what the problem could be. I do plan to call Sony and get the projector checked out. But do any of you see any obvious problem in throwing up a 100' image from a 800 lumens projector on a screen that is said to have a gain of 1.1? Is there any more detail about the setup that you need to know to comment on it? Appreciate any help.
On a side note, since the calibration, the image quality is superb when things are right (which I can achieve by reducing the image size to around 80" - something that we don't want to live with).