Overall I'm very satisfied with my Pearl but I have some questions on what to expect with black levels in general.
I set up 120" screen on the wall with Goo Systems CRT white. The room is completely dark. The colors are satisfyingly rich, mostly bright scenes are voluptuous, and dark space scenes appear to have a lot of dark detail. I've been using the contrast/brightness settings recommended many pages back.
The one thing that does bother me, and this is where "expectation" comes in is when you have a mostly bright scene, or greater than 50% bright, and it appears that I loose a lot of dark detail. This is mostly noticeable, for example, on actors with black or dark hair, in a scene with a lot of white. It's also noticeable with mostly anything black in a bright scene. Coats, hair, dark objects, the detail, or amount of shades of dark grey and/or black seem to disappear and it looks like one uniform dark color, except it's not really a dark color, because the overall brightness seems to make these dark areas go more gray.
And there is a second part to this, also relating to what should I expect to see. In scenes that are bright, the areas that are suppose to be black, or more gray than black. IN bright scenes, the room does get quite a bit of light reflected back and I am wondering what to call this effect of loosing my blacks in white scenes. Is it light spill? Because there is so much light being thrown at the screen?
And of course, I just want to make sure these things are just normal for a projector. I also have a DLP TV, and the surface is very dark and it maintains black areas much better in bright scenes so I'm guessing that loss is just something I have to live with, with a projector.
I have the CRT white, and I can see how those "gray" screens might help black levels. Is this an issue with white screens? It seems to me that when projector is projecting pure black, it's pretty damn dark, so I'm wondering why I loose so much black detail in bright scenes. Maybe a better white screen is needed, or maybe this is the compromise between white and gray?
Comments from you people?